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Creating An Urban Jungle: Urban Jungle Apartment Ideas

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-12-01 15:00
Living in a small apartment in the city doesn’t mean you have to live without plants. Create an urban jungle apartment space to enjoy the benefits of soothing nature right in your home. And this isn’t limited to apartments, of course. Creating an urban jungle is something you can do in any setting. How to Grow an Urban Jungle Growing an urban jungle is essentially just picking the right plants for indoor containers and providing the best conditions so they can grow and thrive. Here are some indoor jungle ideas and tips to get your creativity flowing: Use what you already have to arrange plants. Bookshelves and windowsills, for instance, are great staging points for jungle plants. Use hooks in the ceiling for hanging plants and to create more vertical plant space. Create different layers and textures. Put trailing plants up high, tall plants and small trees on the floor,

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Choosing Tools For Kids: Child Sized Garden Tools For Pint-Sized Gardeners

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-12-01 11:00
Gardening is great fun for kids and may become an activity they’ll enjoy throughout their adult lives. Before you turn the little ones loose in the garden though, it’s important to get them started with their own set of child sized garden tools. Grown-up tools are too large, heavy, and some full-size garden tools may be unsafe for the youngsters. Read on for information on choosing tools for kids. About Garden Tools for Kids A few ideas for child sized gardening tools include rakes, hoes, and spades. These are basic necessities and are often sold in sets. These smaller versions of grown-up tools are best for kids ages seven and up. Watering cans are fun (especially for toddlers) and in this case a sturdy, lightweight plastic watering can is more practical. Make sure the size is appropriate, as full watering cans can be too heavy for little ones. Gardening gloves

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Beginner Gardener Tools – Essential Tools For Your Tool Belt Or Apron

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-12-01 07:00
Choosing gardening as a new hobby is fun and exciting but can also feel overwhelming when you see all the things you can buy. It doesn’t have to be complicated though. There are a few beginner gardener tools you should have. Once you get better at gardening and start learning more, you can add to your collection. Essential Tools Every New Gardener Needs You don’t need anything fancy or expensive to get started in gardening. A few hand tools for a new gardener will be adequate enough and fit nicely into a small tool belt or apron for easy access. These may include items such as: Gloves: Invest in a good pair that fit well. Gardening gloves should be breathable and waterproof. You won’t regret spending a little extra on these. Trowel or spade: A small garden trowel is indispensable for digging holes for transplants and turning soil. Get one

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Laurel Sumac Care – How To Grow A Laurel Sumac Shrub

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-11-30 18:14
An easy-care shrub in its native growing area, laurel sumac is a great choice for those looking for an attractive plant that’s both carefree and tolerant of wildlife. Let’s learn more about this fascinating bush. What is Laurel Sumac? Native to North America, laurel sumac (Malosma laurina) is an evergreen shrub found in the coastal sage and chaparral along the coasts of Southern California and the Baja California Peninsula. The plant was named for its resemblance to bay laurel, but the two trees are unrelated. Laurel sumac reaches heights of 15 feet (5 m.). Clusters of tiny white flowers, similar to lilacs, bloom in late spring and summer. The leathery, fragrant leaves are shiny green, but the leaf edges and tips are bright red year round. Clusters of tiny white fruit ripen in late summer and remain on the tree well into winter.  Laurel Sumac Uses Like many plants, laurel

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Dwarf Hydrangea Plants – Choosing And Planting Small Hydrangeas

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-11-30 15:14
Hydrangeas are among the easiest flowering plants for a backyard garden but look out! They do grow into large shrubs, often taller than the gardener and certainly wider. Those with smaller gardens can now enjoy the romantic look of easy-care hydrangeas by planting smaller varieties. There are lots of attractive dwarf hydrangea varieties available that will grow happily in a pot or small area. Read on for information about dwarf hydrangea plants. Dwarf Hydrangea Bushes Who doesn’t love bigleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla)? These are plants with tricks, as the flowers will turn from blue to pink if the acidity of the soil changes. These are shrubs with round clusters of flowers bigger than your fist. The leaves are not the only thing big about them. The plants themselves grow 6 feet (2 m.) tall and wide. For smaller spaces, you can get the same frilly elegance with ‘Paraplu’ (Hydrangea macrophylla

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Disease-Resistant Plants – What Are Certified Disease-Free Plants

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-11-30 11:07
“Certified disease-free plants.” We’ve heard the expression many times, but exactly what are certified disease-free plants, and what does it mean for the home gardener or backyard orchardist? If you’re wondering how to keep plants disease free, starting out with disease-resistant plants is even more important than you may realize. Read on to learn more about buying disease-free plants. What Does Certified Disease Free Mean? Most countries have certification programs in place, and regulations vary. In general, to earn the label of certified disease-free, plants must be propagated following a strict set of procedures and inspections that minimize the risk of infection and spread of disease. To be certified, plants must meet or exceed a certain level of quality and safety. Generally, inspections are completed at independent, certified labs. Disease resistant doesn’t mean that plants are protected from every possible disease that could befall them, or that the plants are

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Are Small Nurseries Better: Reasons To Shop At Your Local Garden Center

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-11-30 07:03
Bigger isn’t always better, especially when it comes to shopping for plants. And I should know. I’m sort of considered by many to be a bit of a plantaholic. While I do purchase a number of plants online, most of them come from local garden centers. Still, there’s nothing more satisfying than actually strolling through a plant nursery where you can take in all the beauty and touch the plants (maybe even talk with them some too). Local vs. Big Box Garden Center Okay, I won’t lie. Many of those big box stores with garden centers offer huge savings BUT they’re not always the best option. Keep in mind that you “get what you pay for.” Sure, if you’re an experienced gardener, you may easily be able to nurse that marked down, yellowing plant back to health from the brink of death, but what if you’re new to gardening? Maybe

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Elsholtzia Mint Shrubs: Growing Mint Shrub Plants In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-11-29 18:00
If you’re looking for a low maintenance mint plant that’s attractive and a little bit different, you might consider adding Elsholtzia mint shrubs to the garden. These rare members of the mint family have woody shrub-like branches near the base of the plant with herbaceous stems at the top. Mature mint shrub plants are circular in shape and covered with an abundance of edible minty fresh leaves. What is a Mint Shrub? Elsholtzia mint shrubs are native to China, particularly the ravines and open grasslands of the Himalayas where they can still be found growing. Mint shrub is also known as Chinese mint shrub. The genus and species name (Elsholtzia stauntonii) were dedicated to two men: George Staunton, who collected mint shrub plants while on a diplomatic expedition in 1793, and Johann Sigismund Elsholtz, a Prussian horticulturist. There are about 40 different species of mint shrub plants growing in the

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How To Make Mint Compost – Mint Hay Compost Uses And Benefits

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-11-29 15:00
Have you ever considered using mint as mulch? If that seems odd, that’s understandable. Mint mulch, also called mint hay compost, is an innovative product that is gaining in popularity in regions where it is available. Gardeners are using mint compost for the many benefits it offers. Let’s take a look at what it is and how to make mint compost. What is Mint Mulch? Mint hay compost is a byproduct of the peppermint and spearmint oil industry. The most common method for commercially extracting the essential oils from mint is by steam distillation. This process starts with the fall harvest of mint plants. Commercial mint crops are harvested in much the same way as grass and legume hay, hence the name mint hay. Mature plants are cut by machine and allowed to air dry in the fields for several days. After drying, mint hay is chopped and taken to

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Experimental Garden Info: What Are Demonstration Gardens For

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-11-29 11:00
We can all use a little education on the things about which we are passionate. Experimental garden plots give us inspiration and expertise from masters in the field. Also called demonstration gardens, these sites provide educational opportunities for lay people and experts alike. What are demonstration gardens for? They are for everyone with a keen interest in gardening and land stewardship. Experimental Garden Info What is a demonstration garden? Imagine it as a field trip for gardeners. Depending upon the theme or situation being studied, these sites are developed to highlight plant types, care, sustainable practices, vegetable growing, and much more. Other demo garden uses might be to test out different varieties of plants, or to show attendees how to garden using specific growing methods, such as hugelkultur. Who puts together experimental garden plots? Sometimes, they are assembled through universities and colleges as a teaching tool for students or as

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Black Friday Deals – Shopping For Offseason Gardening Bargains

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-11-29 07:10
The end of the gardening season can be a tough time for those of us who love digging in the dirt. With winter right around the corner, there’s not much left to do in the garden. It’s a little sad, but the good thing about this time of year is Black Friday for gardeners. Enjoy the end-of-season sales and stock up for next year while saving money. Offseason Gardening Bargains Include Plants Once the fall stock hits the shelves – think hardy mums – gardening stores and nurseries will begin marking down the summer stock. This means you have a last chance this season to get a great deal on a pricier kind of plant for the garden, like a new tree or shrub. The longer you wait, the lower the prices will get, and there is usually room for negotiation. Although it’s fall, there is still time to get

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Using Broomcorn For Crafts – How To Harvest Broomcorn Plants

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-11-28 18:04
Broomcorn is in the same genus as the sweet sorghum we use for grain and syrup. Its purpose is more serviceable, however. The plant produces big fluffy seed heads that resemble the business end of a broom. Does that give you a clue as to what to do with broomcorn? Some tips on harvesting broomcorn will get you in the crafty mood. What to Do with Broomcorn Our ancestors didn’t have the ability to go to a hardware or big box store to pick up cleaning tools. They had to get creative and make their own. Consider the modest but indispensable broom. These were handmade from wild or cultivated plants such as broomcorn. There are more broomcorn uses, though, than just this practical device. People who like fun and useful crafts make their own brooms from broomcorn even today. It is a fairly easy plant to grow, but you need

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Ornamental Cabbage Care – How To Grow Ornamental Cabbage Plants

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-11-28 15:00
Nothing signals fall like brightly colored ornamental cabbage (Brassica oleracea) nestled among other autumn staples such as chrysanthemums, pansies, and flowering kale. The cool season annual is easy to grow from seed or can be purchased at the garden center as fall approaches. About Ornamental Cabbage Ornamental cabbage, also called flowering cabbage, has smooth, wavy edges with bright rosette centers of pink, purple, red or white leaves. It grows about a foot wide and up to 15 inches (38 cm.) tall with a mounding habit. Though considered edible – it has a very bitter taste – ornamental cabbage is more often used as a food garnish. It may be consumed with a double-boiling method to reduce bitterness or sautéed in olive oil. In the landscape, ornamental cabbage plants can be combined with flowering kale and late season annuals that can tolerate a frost such as petunias, chrysanthemums, and snapdragons. They

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Ruby Perfection Variety – How To Grow Ruby Perfection Red Cabbage

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-11-28 11:01
Did you know the color red stimulates the appetite? Adding red cabbage to coleslaw or salad makes those dishes more appealing. Some colorful dishes, like braised red cabbage with apples, are considered a traditional holiday side dish. Additionally, red cabbage contains anthocyanins and phenolics which benefits memory, the immune system and the urinary tract. For gardeners, growing Ruby Perfection cabbage is the perfect opportunity to not only add color to the dinner table but also increase the variety of vegetables growing in the garden. When selecting a red cabbage to grow, the Ruby Perfection variety is the one of choice! What is Ruby Perfection Red Cabbage? Ruby Perfection red cabbage is a mid to late season, medium-sized variety of hybrid cabbage. Ruby Perfection plants produce firm 4- to 6-pound (1.8 to 2.7 kg.) heads in a rich, deep red color. They have good storage potential and can often last well

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Thanksgiving Centerpiece Plants: Growing A Thanksgiving Dinner Centerpiece

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-11-28 07:00
Thanksgiving is a time of remembrance and celebration. Coming together with family and friends is not only a great way to foster feelings of caring, but a way to bring the gardening season to a close. While planning Thanksgiving dinners can be stressful, it is often a time for us to hone our cooking and decorating skills. Carefully crafting a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece is just one important aspect of this celebration. However, doing so by using plants and flowers can take your décor to the next level – especially if you’ve grown them yourself.  Growing Plants for the Thanksgiving Table It is undeniable that the Thanksgiving table is synonymous with plants. From cornucopias to pumpkins, images of this holiday almost always involve bountiful harvests from the vegetable garden. With a little planning and effort, it is possible to grow plants for Thanksgiving that will both look and taste great. That’s

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Are Citrus Leaves Edible – Eating Orange And Lemon Leaves

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-11-27 18:00
Are citrus leaves edible? Technically, eating orange and lemon leaves is fine because the leaves aren’t toxic as long as they haven’t been treated with pesticides or other chemicals. While citrus leaves smell fabulous, most people aren’t crazy about their bitter taste and fibrous texture; however, they convey delicious flavor and aroma to a variety of dishes, especially orange and lemon leaves. Take a look at a few of these ideas for using lemon leaves and other citrus. How Can You Eat Citrus Leaves? Citrus leaves are often used to wrap meatballs, chicken breasts, roasted pork or seafood, which are then secured with a toothpick and grilled, steamed, or roasted. Orange leaf uses also include wrapping the leaves around chunks of smoked mozzarella, gouda, or other savory cheeses. Toss a citrus leaf into soups, sauces, or curries. Using lemon leaves is much like using bay leaves, often with spices such

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Is Wintercress Edible: Wintercress Uses Straight From The Garden

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-11-27 15:13
Wintercress is a common field plant and weed to many, which goes into a vegetative state during the cold season and then comes roaring back to life when temperatures rise. It is a prolific grower, and because of this, you might wonder if you can eat wintercress greens. Read on to find out if wintercress is edible. Is Wintercress Edible? Yes, you can eat wintercress greens. In fact, it was a popular potherb generations ago, and with the advent of modern foraging, it is regaining that popularity once again. Back in the day, wintercress greens were called “creasies” and were a valuable source of nutrition during cool months when other greens had died back. About Wintercress Greens There are actually a couple of different types of wintercress. Most of the plants you come across are common wintercress (Barbarea vulgaris). Another species goes by the names early wintercress, creasy greens, scurvy

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Medicinal Wintercress Uses: Information On Using Herbal Wintercress

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-11-27 11:00
There was a time in our history when natural herbs were all the protection we had against disease. Herbal wintercress is one of these storied plants and has centuries of reliable medicinal uses. The wild green is also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Medicinal wintercress is so hardy it can often be harvested year around. Learn about some wintercress remedies and its many other uses. What is Herbal Wintercress? Wintercress is a perennial herb native to North America. It was used extensively by indigenous groups, both as a food and as a medication. It is a low growing, 1- to 2-inch (2.5-5 cm.) tall plant that can be found in meadows and roadsides, particularly where soil is moist. The leaves are divided with oval larger upper leaves flanked by smaller bract-like leaflets in green or bronze, depending upon the time of year. Racemes of small, golden flowers appear

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Greenhouse Fennel Care – How To Grow Fennel In A Greenhouse

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-11-27 07:09
Fennel is a delicious plant that is commonly used in Mediterranean cuisines but is becoming more popular in the United States. A versatile plant, fennel can be grown in USDA zones 5-10 as a perennial. However, what about growing fennel in a greenhouse in cooler zones? If you’re interested in learning how to grow fennel in a greenhouse, the following article contains information on greenhouse fennel plants and care. Greenhouse Fennel Plants Fennel is a member of the carrot and parsley family and is related to dill, caraway, and cumin. It produces aromatic fruits that are incorrectly referred to as seeds. While the fennel seeds are a delicious addition to many foods, this perennial is more commonly grown for its bulb. The fennel bulb does not grow underground but above the soil line. As it grows, soil is piled up around it (blanching) to keep the bulb from becoming green

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Growing Rex Begonias Indoors: Keeping A Rex Begonia Plant Inside

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-11-26 18:00
Many people might be shocked to know that certain begonias are grown for their leaves rather than their flowers. The rex begonia plant is one of those! Although they do flower, the main attraction is the beautiful and ornate foliage that it produces. Rex begonia care indoors can be a little tricky, but it is certainly possible to grow beautiful specimens if you understand the plant’s needs. Let’s take a look at the most critical elements of growing the rex begonia as houseplants. Growing Rex Begonias Indoors Rex begonias are rhizomatous begonias. A rhizome is basically a thickened stem, and the leaves emerge from the rhizome. Generally, the rex begonia indoors prefers relatively cool temperatures, moist soil and humid conditions.  Rex begonias do well in bright indirect light. Some direct sun is okay for short times, especially if it is from an eastern window that has morning sun, which is

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