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Countertop Garden Ideas: Learn How To Make A Countertop Garden

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-07-10 11:05
Maybe you have no garden space or very little or maybe it’s the dead of winter, but either way, you’d love to grow your own greens and herbs. The solution could be right at your fingertips – a countertop kitchen garden. Interested in learning how to make a countertop garden? The following article contains some terrific countertop garden ideas or inspiration for an idea of your own. What is a Countertop Kitchen Garden? A countertop kitchen garden is exactly what it sounds like, a garden on a miniature scale in the kitchen. It can be simply made or you can spend some money, sometimes quite a bit of money, on a prefab setup. A countertop garden can be as simple as rinsed out aluminum cans that serve as free pots or a bit more costly with a unit such as a grow light garden or an aquaponic setup. How to

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Growing Gardens For Artwork – Learn About Using Plants For Art

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-07-10 07:10
Using plants for art is a concept that has been around since primitive times. Plant art for grownups is a more modern twist on the idea and may easily include plants you already grow. If you’re looking for some ideas to get started, read on for more information. Plant Crafting Ideas Some plant crafting ideas are more obvious, such as making brooms from broomcorn and planting self-drying strawflowers for wreaths. Gourds have been used for making everything from ladles to birdhouses. But using carrots for garden plant crafts? How about sunflowers? Many plants lend themselves well for dyeing fabric and making paints. Carrots, beets, skins from your onions, and blueberries are just a few edibles that can be used for painting and other garden plant crafts. Making your own paper from spent tomato stems and other materials is wonderful for using plants for art. Even better, make note or greeting

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Campsis Tree Damage – How To Remove Trumpet Vines From Trees

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-07-09 18:00
In many places, trumpet vines are a stunning native perennial plant. Attractive to pollinators and to hummingbirds, these vines are commonly seen growing along roadsides and up the sides of trees. While some trumpet vine plantings can be well maintained by regular pruning, others may become invasive. These invasive vines can quickly spread through underground runners, which make the plant extremely difficult to control and to maintain. Removing the vines from trees is often a very common issue for home gardeners. Let’s learn more about removing trumpet vine on trees. Will Trumpet Vines Damage Trees? While beautiful, these Campsis vines on trees can be very detrimental to the overall health of the host tree. Though trumpet vines only use trees to climb, there are some negative effects to consider. Trees which have been covered in vines may struggle to support the additional weight, which may lead to broken or damaged

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Fertilizing African Violets – Learn How To Feed African Violet Plants

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-07-09 15:00
African violets are one of the most charming blooming houseplants available. They have a sweet, old-fashioned innocence that appeals to everyone. There are just a few straightforward rules for growing African violets. Water and light needs are two of these, but just as important is how to feed African violet plants. The type of food is crucial when feeding African violets because some sources say nutrients can actually harm the plant. Do African Violets Need Fertilizer? African violets are fairly low maintenance. They do need proper exposure, heat and keep water off those leaves, but they usually keep producing those sweet flowers much of the year. To keep your violet in good health, it needs to be fed. When, how and with what are questions we will be answering. Almost all plants need proper macro- and micro-nutrients as well as soluble vitamins, and African violets are no exception. African violet

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Beatrice Eggplant Uses And Care: How To Grow Beatrice Eggplants

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-07-09 11:00
Gardeners love growing eggplant. It is a beautiful plant in both beds and containers and also makes healthy, excellent eating. If you are seeking a large Italian-type fruit with a great taste, you may want to consider growing Beatrice eggplants. What is a Beatrice eggplant? It’s a type of eggplant that is particularly attractive and delicious. For more Beatrice eggplant information, including tips on how to grow Beatrice eggplants and Beatrice eggplant uses, read on. What is a Beatrice Eggplant? Eggplants come in so many sizes and shapes that there is literally a type suited to any garden. Given the number of eggplant varieties out there, you may not have heard about the joys of growing Beatrice eggplants (Solanum melongena var. esculentum). But it’s worth a look. This is a stately, upright garden plant that produces large, round, bright lavender fruit. The plants can grow to 36 inches (90 cm.)

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Spent Balloon Flower Pruning: Tips For Deadheading A Balloon Flower Plant

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-07-09 07:00
Platycodon grandiflorus, balloon flower, is a long-lived perennial and the perfect flower for a mixed bed or as a stand-alone specimen. The buds swell and become puffy and full before the five-lobed blossoms of balloon flower appear, hence the common name. A member of the bell flower/campanula family, blooms begin in summer and last into fall. Do Balloon Flowers Need Deadheading? You may ask, do balloon flowers need deadheading? The answer is yes, at least if you want to take advantage of the longest bloom period. You can let the flowers go to seed early if you want to feature other blooms in the same area. You can keep your plants bursting with blooms all season by using this technique of balloon flower pruning along with some deadleafing (removal of spent leaves). This keeps more flowers coming if you remove the fading bloom before it goes to seed, along with

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Barbados Cherry Information – What Are Barbados Cherries

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-07-08 18:06
What are Barbados cherries? The Barbados cherry (Malpighia punicifolia) is known by a number of names, including acerola tree, garden cherry, West Indies cherry, Spanish cherry, fresh cherry and several others. Barbados cherry is native to the West Indies, but has naturalized as far as southern Texas. It is suitable for growing in USDA plant hardiness zones 9b through 11. Read on for more Barbados cherry information, and learn how to grow Barbados cherry in your garden. About the Acerola Tree Barbados cherry, or acerola, is a large, bushy shrub or small tree that reaches mature heights of about 12 feet (3.5 m.). This attractive shrub produces thick, bright green leaves. Small, pinkish-lavender flowers bloom from spring to fall, and may pop up year round in warmer climates – usually after irrigation or a rainfall. Acerola tree blooms are followed by shiny, bright red fruit shaped much like miniature apples

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Cocoon Vs. Chrysalis – What’s The Difference Between A Chrysalis And A Cocoon

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-07-08 15:00
Gardeners love butterflies, and not just because they are great pollinators. They’re also beautiful and fun to watch. It can also be interesting to learn more about these insects and their life cycles. How much do you know about a cocoon vs. chrysalis and other butterfly facts? These two words are often used interchangeably but are not the same. Enlighten your friends and family with these fun facts. Are Cocoon and Chrysalis the Same or Different? Most people understand that a cocoon is the structure a caterpillar weaves around itself and from which it later emerges transformed. But many also assume that the term chrysalis means the same thing. This is not true, and they have very different meanings. The main difference between a chrysalis and a cocoon is that the latter is a life stage, while a cocoon is the actual casing around the caterpillar as it transforms. Chrysalis

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Can You Pick Wild Ginseng – Is Foraging For Ginseng Legal

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-07-08 11:00
Ginseng is a hot commodity in Asia where it is used medicinally. It is believed to have numerous restorative powers along with being rich in antioxidants. Prices for ginseng are anything but modest; in fact, wild ginseng can go for up to $600 per pound. The price tag makes harvesting wild ginseng seem like a great way to feather one’s nest, but can you pick wild ginseng? The issue of foraging for ginseng is a bit more complex than it might seem. About Foraging for Ginseng American ginseng, Panax quinquefolius, is a native herb from the Aralia family. It can be found in cool, moist woodland areas throughout the eastern deciduous forests. The most sought after ginseng roots are older roots that are larger. Asian buyers prefer not only older roots, but those that are oddly forked, stubby yet tapering, off white and firm. While roots can be harvested at

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Flower Drying Methods: Learn About Preserving Flowers From The Garden

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-07-08 07:00
Wish you could extend the life of those colorful flowers growing in your garden? You can! Drying flowers is easy to do anytime blossoms are in their prime. Filling your home with dried bouquets or creating gifts from your dried flower preservation will bring back memories of summer’s bounty. Keep reading for more info on how to dry flowers from the garden. Flower Drying Methods Always collect flowers that are in peak condition – almost completely open and free from insect damage or breakage. Use pruning shears or scissors to cut the stems when plants are dry to avoid mold. Remove leaves from the stem, as they don’t dry well. If planning to wire the stems, do so before drying. The most popular flower-drying methods are air drying, chemical drying and pressing. It also is possible to preserve stems and leaves with a glycerin soak. Experiment with different flowers and

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Potted Cottage Gardens: Growing A Cottage Garden In Planters

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-07-07 18:00
The gardens of the wealthy in old England were formal and manicured. In contrast, “cottage” gardens were delightfully haphazard, mixing veggies, herbs and hardy perennials. Today, many gardeners want to bring the charm of the cottage garden into their own yards. A true cottage garden requires a bit of backyard, but even those without this can achieve the appealing look with a cottage garden in containers on a patio or front porch. Read on for information about container-grown cottage gardens and tips on how to grow a cottage garden in planters. Potted Cottage Gardens If you love the natural look of a cottage garden but just don’t have the time or space, you can start growing a cottage garden in planters. A cottage garden in containers allows you to capture the essence of this look without a lot of fuss or expense. Potted cottage gardens work well in small patios

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Is Mandrake Poisonous – Can You Eat Mandrake Root

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-07-07 15:07
Few plants have such a storied history rich in folklore and superstition as the poisonous mandrake. It features in modern tales such as Harry Potter fiction, but past references are even more wild and fascinating. Can you eat mandrake? Ingestion of the plant was once thought to sedate and improve sexual function. Further reading will help understand mandrake toxicity and its effects. About Mandrake Toxicity The oftentimes forked root of mandrake is said to resemble the human form and, as such, brought to rise many supposed effects of the plant. People who live where the plant grows wild have often mistakenly eaten its round fruits with surprising results. Although fantasy writers and others have given the plant a colorful back story, mandrake is a potentially dangerous vegetative selection that can get the diner into serious trouble. Mandrake is a large leaved plant with a stout root that may grow offshoots.

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What To Do With Sunflower Hulls – Adding Sunflower Hulls In Compost

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-07-07 11:00
For many home growers, the garden simply would not be complete without the addition of sunflowers. Whether grown for the seeds, for cut flowers, or for visual interest, sunflowers are an easy-to-grow garden favorite. Sunflower seeds, when used in bird feeders, also attract a wide array of wildlife. But what can you do with all those leftover sunflower hulls? Read on to learn more. What to Do with Sunflower Hulls Though extremely popular, it is likely that sunflowers have uses beyond what most of its growers may have imagined. Both the seeds and sunflower seed hulls have changed the way that many think about sustainability. Sunflower hulls, especially, are being used in new and exciting ways. Sunflower producing regions have long used discarded sunflower hulls in applications ranging from an alternative fuel to wood replacements. While many of these uses are not easily replicated in the home garden, sunflower growers

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Nemesia Plant Types – Growing Different Varieties Of Nemesia Flowers

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-07-07 07:00
Nemesia flowers grow as small, showy bedding plants. Although they are a perennial specimen, most people grow them as annual flowers, except in the warmest zones. Nemesias add colorful swaths of breathtaking, low growing flowers in late spring as groundcovers or edging in bigger beds. Different Kinds of Nemesia Nemesia blossoms with half-inch flowers in colors such as pink, purple, blue and white. Some plants reach up to two feet (60 cm.) tall and spread to a foot (30 cm.) while many are no taller than 6 to 12 inches (15-30 cm.). Their diminutive size makes blooms appear larger, and they are often so dense that foliage is nearly hidden. Older nemesia plant types bloom into summer, when they may balk at extreme heat. An overall pruning at this time can encourage an entire new flush of blooms lasting until frost. Newly created varieties of nemesia expand your choices of

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Bloomeria Flower Care – Information About Golden Star Wildflowers

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-07-06 18:00
If you enjoy growing wildflowers in your garden, then the golden star plant is definitely one worth consideration. This little eye popper will bring much needed color early in the season. Keep reading for more information on how to grow Bloomeria golden stars. Golden Star Wildflowers The golden star (Bloomeria crocea) is a bulbous diminutive plant at just 6-12 inches (15-30 cm.) that is native in southern California. Named after the botanist Dr. Hiram Green Bloomer, the golden star is a geophyte, which means it grows from buds on an underground bulb. From April through June, it produces clusters of bright yellow star-shaped flowers along hillsides, coastal sage scrub, grassland and chaparral edges, and in dry flats, often in heavy clay soil. At the end of the stalk, the flowers spring fountain-like from the umbel. And, unlike most plants, the golden star has only one leaf that usually dies back

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Growing Indian Eggplants: Learn About Common Indian Eggplant Varieties

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-07-06 15:00
As the name suggests, Indian eggplants are native to the warm climate of India, where they grow wild. In recent years, the small egg-shaped veggies, also known as baby eggplants, have become highly desired for their mild sweet flavor and creamy texture. The good news is that growing Indian eggplants isn’t difficult, and is much the same as growing other varieties. Types of Indian Eggplants Gardeners can choose from several kinds of Indian eggplants. Here are a few of the most popular Indian eggplant cultivars: Black Chu Chu hybrid, which produces small rounded fruits, is one of the newer Indian eggplant varieties. Red Chu Chu hybrid is an egg-shaped, bright reddish-purple eggplant. Calliope is an attractive oval eggplant with purple and white streaks. Apsara is one of the newest kinds of Indian eggplants. It produces rounded purple fruit with contrasting white stripes. Bharata Star is a high-yielding plant that produces

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Rice Leaf Smut Info – How To Treat Leaf Smut Of Rice Crops

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-07-06 11:00
Rice may not be a typical backyard garden plant, but if you live somewhere soggy, it can be a great addition. This tasty staple food thrives in wet, marshy conditions and warm climates. Diseases can ransack your rice paddy, though, so be aware of signs of infections like leaf smut of rice and what to do to manage or treat it. Rice Leaf Smut Information What causes rice leaf smut is a fungus called Entyloma oryzae. Fortunately for your garden, if you see its signs, this infection is usually minor. It is widespread where rice is grown, but leaf smut doesn’t often cause serious damage. However, leaf smut can make your rice vulnerable to other diseases, and ultimately this can cause a yield reduction. The characteristic sign of rice with leaf smut is the presence of small black spots on the leaves. They are slightly raised and angular and give

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Planting Poppies In Containers: How To Care For Potted Poppy Plants

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-07-06 07:00
Poppies are beautiful in any garden bed, but poppy flowers in a pot make a stunning display on a porch or balcony. Potted poppy plants are simple to grow and easy to care for. Read on to learn more about container care for poppies. Planting Poppies in Containers It is not difficult to grow poppies in containers as long as you plant them in the correct sized pot, use quality soil, and give them adequate light and water. Ask your local nursery to help you choose the variety of poppies you want. You can choose by color, height and type of bloom – single, double or semi-double. Any medium-sized container is perfect as long as it has never contained chemicals or other toxic materials. The container needs drainage holes to prevent the plant from standing in waterlogged soil. You can also attach casters to the bottom if you want to

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Okra Plant Varieties: Lean About Different Types Of Okra Plants

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-07-05 18:00
If you love gumbo, you may want to invite okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) into your veggie garden. This member of the hibiscus family is a pretty plant, with showy purple and yellow blossoms that develop into tender pods. While one variety dominates the okra seed sales, you may also enjoy experimenting with other types of okra. Read on to learn about the different okra plants and tips on which kinds of okra might work well in your garden. Growing Different Kinds of Okra Plants You might not appreciate being called “spineless,” but it’s an attractive quality for okra plant varieties. The most popular of all the different okra plants is Clemson Spineless, one of the types of okra with very few spines on its pods and branches. Clemson Spineless plants grow to around 4 feet (1.2 meters) tall. Look for pods in about 56 days. The seeds for Clemson are fairly

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Common Ginseng Uses: What Is Ginseng Used For

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-07-05 15:00
Ginseng belongs in the Panax genus. In North America, American ginseng grows wild in the deciduous forests of the eastern part of the United States. It is a huge cash crop in these areas, with 90% of the cultivated ginseng grown in Wisconsin. What is ginseng used for? It is considered a panacea which can help enhance well-being. Ginseng remedies are wildly popular in Eastern medicine, where the herb is used for everything from curing the common cold to promoting sexual virility. What is Ginseng Used For? Ginseng remedies are often seen in holistic or natural health food stores. It may be raw but is generally sold in a drink or capsule. In Asian markets, it is often found dried. There are many purported uses for ginseng, but no actual medical evidence of its effects. Nevertheless, ginseng remedies are big business and most studies seem to agree it actually can

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