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Living Centerpiece Plants: Learn How To Grow A Living Centerpiece

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-11-24 11:15
There are many interesting ways to use houseplants as a centerpiece. The centerpiece will last much longer than cut flowers and provide an interesting conversation piece at the dinner table. What is a living centerpiece? It is a centerpiece for your table that uses living plants displayed in an interesting way, instead of just having cut flowers on the table. How to Grow a Living Centerpiece Growing a centerpiece is not all that difficult. It just requires a little time and creativity. There are many living centerpiece plants that you can use as well. Your imagination is the limit! Here are a couple ideas to get you started. Living Centerpieces with Potted Plants One way to create a beautiful living centerpiece is by embellishing terra cotta pots and slipping your houseplants inside or planting directly in the pot. Simply brush a white water-based (latex) paint all over the exterior of

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Garden Tablescaping Ideas: Tips On How To Create Tablescapes

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-11-24 07:00
Whether acknowledging a special holiday or other major life milestone, there is no doubt that food plays a major role in how we celebrate these moments. For many, that means the creation of elaborate or traditional meals. While a delicious meal will bring family and friends together around the same table, many hosts wish to make the event even more special. This can be done in a wide variety of ways. However, one of the most common is by crafting an unforgettable tablescape. What is Garden Tablescaping? Tablescaping refers to the process of decorating the dining table through the use of fresh cut flower arrangements, candles, and/or other items. While elaborate tablescapes are common at events like weddings, they may also be set more casually. Garden themed tablescapes are especially popular throughout the summer months and into the fall. How to Create Tablescapes Taking inspiration from your garden is a

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Bog Garden Vegetables: Growing An Edible Bog Garden

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-11-23 18:04
If you have a water feature on your property, you may be wondering if you can put it to good use by growing water garden veggies. The answer is yes. You can grow many types of vegetables in a bog garden. How to Create an Edible Bog Garden While the term “bog” generally refers to wet, muddy areas that tend to be poorly oxygenated and low in nutrients, a bog filter garden is a water feature designed as a natural method for cleaning and filtering backyard ponds. Bog filter gardens are built adjacent to a backyard pond and use pea gravel, which acts as a biological and physical filter. Water is pumped from the pond into the gravel bed where bacteria “digest” organic waste. The water in bog filter gardens is highly oxygenated and nutrient-rich. It’s the perfect place to grow bog garden vegetables. Planting vegetables in a bog garden

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Greater Sea Kale Plant Info – How To Grow Greater Sea Kale

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-11-23 15:00
Greater sea kale (Crambe cordifolia) is an attractive, yet edible, landscaping plant. This sea kale grows in a mound composed of dark, green crinkly leaves. When cooked, the leaves have a delicate kale or cabbage-like flavor. Young leaves are preferred for consumption, as the foliage become tougher as it ages. Aside from culinary uses, it’s the blossoms which provide the greatest appeal for greater sea kale. Growing to heights of 70 inches (180 cm.), multitudes of tiny white “baby’s breath-like” flowers appear on fine branches to give the plant a bush-like presence for about three weeks in early to mid-summer. So exactly what is greater sea kale and does it come from the ocean, as the name would suggest? What is Greater Sea Kale? Like garden kale, Cordifolia sea kale is member of the Brassicaceae family. This native perennial of Afghanistan and Iran doesn’t grow in the sea, but is

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Giant Chain Fern Facts: Learn About Growing Woodwardia Chain Ferns

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-11-23 11:00
The Woodwardia giant chain fern (Woodwardia fimbriata) is the largest American fern, reaching towering heights of 9 feet (3 m.) in the wild. It’s a native of the Pacific Northwest, where it’s often found growing among the giant redwood trees. Giant Chain Fern Facts Named for its sporangia pattern resembling a chain stitch, Woodwardia chain ferns have high-arching fronds with delicate, dark green blades. Their attractive evergreen leaves remain intact until the new spring fronds begin to uncurl. They make an eye-catching addition to shady spots in the garden where year-round foliage is desired. Best of all, giant chain fern care is relatively simple. The largest and only evergreen species of the Woodwardia genus, this fern plant is also known as western chain fern and giant chain fern. While the fern can grow large, it remains a much smaller height of around 4 to 6 feet (1.2 to 2 m.)

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Potted Bog Gardens – How To Grow A Bog Garden In A Container

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-11-23 07:00
A bog (a wetland environment with nutrient poor, highly acidic conditions) is uninhabitable for most plants. Although a bog garden can support a few types of orchids and other highly specialized plants, most people like to grow carnivorous plants such as sundews, pitcher plants, and flytraps.  If you don’t have space for a full-size bog, creating a container bog garden is easily done. Even small potted bog gardens will hold an array of colorful, fascinating plants. Let’s get started. Creating a Container Bog Garden To make your bog garden in a container, start with something measuring at least 12 inches (30 cm.) deep and 8 inches (20 cm.) across or larger. Any container that holds water will work, but keep in mind that larger bog garden planters won’t dry out as quickly. If you have space, a pond liner or children’s wading pool works well. (The container should not have

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Feeding Pond Plants – How To Fertilize Submerged Aquatic Plants

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-11-22 18:00
Plants require nutrients to survive and thrive, and giving them fertilizer is one way to provide this. Fertilizing plants in ponds is a slightly different matter than fertilizing garden plants, requiring different products and procedures. Feeding pond plants is not always a necessity, depending on the condition of your pond. But if you do decide to go ahead, you’ll need to know how to fertilize submerged aquatic plants and when to feed them. Read on for the details of adding fertilizer for pond plants. Fertilizing Pond Plants If you have a water element like a pond or lake as part of your garden, you may wonder whether it is necessary to fertilize the water plants. That depends on the quality of the water, just like whether you have to fertilize your veggie garden depends on the quality of your soil. On the other hand, if you decide to try feeding

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Flowers Native To Swamps – Learn About Flowering Swamp Plants

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-11-22 15:01
Flowering swamp plants present a good solution for the gardener facing the challenge of a wet, swampy yard. Wetlands are simply another type of ecosystem. With the right plants, those that tolerate wet conditions, you can still enjoy a flowering garden in your backyard swamp. Growing Wetland Flowers While it may seem like an ecosystem that is less ideal for plants, a wetland or swamp area is home to a number of native plants, including pretty flowers. Swamp flowers and other plants that are native to your particular area should grow well with little intervention on your part. The most important thing you can do to grow these flowers successfully is knowing they’re needs. Some, such as blue flag iris, need a few inches of water to grow in. Others, like water lilies, root in the mud and float. They need a few feet of permanent standing water to grow.

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Bog Garden Maintenance: Growing Healthy Bog Gardens

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-11-22 11:00
A bog is a natural ecosystem, and if you’re lucky enough to have one on your property, you can enjoy a real native bog garden. If you don’t, you may want to create an artificial bog. Bog garden maintenance can be tricky, so make sure you understand the particular needs of this unique ecosystem. What Makes Healthy Bog Gardens? The most defining characteristic of a bog is water. If you have a pond or a natural area that is consistently too wet to grow much, consider turning it into a bog garden. A bog is a particular type of wetland area that builds up dead plant material (mostly moss) and turns it into acidic peat. Once you have built a bog, it needs certain things to stay healthy. The main need obviously being moisture. You cannot let it dry out. A bog also needs healthy plants and possibly protection from

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Koi Fish And Plants – Choosing Plants Koi Won’t Bother

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-11-22 07:11
First-time koi pond enthusiasts may have learned the hard way that koi love to browse the plants and roots of pond vegetation. When introducing koi into a pond already established with plants, the browsing may be manageable. But plants added to a pond already filled with koi can be problematic. Koi cannot resist the temptation to eat newly arrived plant delicacies. What’s a pond owner to do? Keep reading to learn more about how to keep plants safe from koi fish. Koi Proofing Pond Plants Koi pond owners do have options regarding the plant decimation. Some enthusiasts simply eliminate plants from the pond, opting instead to landscape the perimeter of the pond only. However, in locations with warm summers, plant cover is essential in keeping water temperature lower and koi comfortable. Plants also provide hiding and spawning areas and assist with filtration. Maintaining a number of diverse plants in the

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Common Fern Varieties: Learn About Different Ferns To Grow

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-11-21 18:03
If you’re searching for an unusual type plant to use in mostly shaded areas, consider the graceful textures and forms of fern varieties. As perennial plants, most remain through winter or die back in colder winters. They return in early spring to develop new fronds and once again provide an interesting specimen that lasts through autumn. Take advantage of various types of fern plants to grace the wooded landscape. Fern Plant Information There are many kinds of ferns from which to choose. Most outdoor ferns prefer rich, well-composted soil and gentle morning sun. Dappled sun that reaches the plants for a couple of hours each day is plenty.  Avoid full sun, unless it is in the morning and only reaches the plant for a short time. Choose an area with moist soil or water regularly for the best performance of fern varieties. Different Ferns to Grow in the Shady Landscape

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Snakeroot Plant Care: Information About White Snakeroot Plants

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-11-21 15:08
Beautiful native plant or noxious weed? Sometimes, the distinction between the two is obscure. That’s definitely the case when it comes to white snakeroot plants (Ageratina altissima syn. Eupatorium rugosum). A member of the sunflower family, snakeroot is a tall growing native plant of North America. With its delicate clusters of brilliant white blooms, it’s one of the longest lasting flowers in the fall. Yet, this beautiful native plant is an unwelcome guest in livestock and horse fields. White Snakeroot Facts White snakeroot plants have coarse toothed, round-based leaves with pointed tips that grow opposite each other on erect stems that reach 3 feet (1 m.) tall. The stems branch at the top where white clusters of flowers bloom from summer through fall. Snakeroot prefers moist, shady areas and is often found along roadsides, woods, fields, thickets and under powerline clearances. Historically, snakeroot plant uses included teas and poultices made

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Growing Woodland Wildflowers – Popular Plants For Woodland Gardens

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-11-21 11:00
Some gardeners consider shade the enemy, but if you have a wooded yard, embrace the shade. This is a perfect opportunity for a woodland garden. Woodland plants and flowers are abundant. Putting in and maintaining native woodland wildflowers and other plants is easy because they are right where they should be. Plants for Woodland Gardens Check with your local extension office to find out which woodland flower varieties are native to your area. Some native woodland flowers for many areas of the U.S. include:   Jack-in-the-pulpit: This favorite woodland flower is trumpet-shaped with a spadix in the middle, like a ‘Jack’ in his ‘pulpit.’ After it blooms, Jack-in-the-pulpit produces pretty red berries. Dutchman’s breeches: Related to bleeding heart, Dutchman’s breeches produces flowers that resemble a tiny pair of trousers. Each flower stalk contains several blooms hanging down like pants on a clothesline. Plant this flower in patches. Virginia bluebells: These

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Caring For Woodland Phlox Flowers: How To Grow Woodland Phlox Plants

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-11-21 07:00
What is woodland phlox? It is a native plant that grows wild in the eastern areas of the country. However, increasing numbers of gardeners add woodland phlox plants to their gardens as ornamentals. If you would like to bring blue woodland phlox flowers into your garden, you’ll want to know how to grow woodland phlox. For information about woodland phlox flowers, and tips on how to grow them, read on. What is Woodland Phlox? Woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata) is a perennial that can be seen in dappled woodland or meadows from Quebec to Florida and west to Texas. You may know this plant by any of a number of other common names like Louisiana phlox, wild blue phlox and wild sweet William. Woodland phlox is a relative of creeping phlox, a variety that grows in sun and spreads quickly. In contrast, woodland phlox prefers partial shade and spreads slowly. Woodland

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Heirloom Cabbage Plants – Growing Perfection Drumhead Savoy

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-11-20 18:00
The addition of heirloom cabbages to the home vegetable garden not only adds diversity, but can also add quite a bit of beauty. Ranging in size, color, and texture, these open pollinated varieties offer attributes that are suitable to the most difficult of growing conditions. While some gardeners may require fast growing cabbages, those with lengthier periods of cool weather can enjoy varieties requiring longer days to maturity. ‘Perfection Drumhead’ cabbage is just one example of a cultivar that adds both taste and visual appeal to the home garden. About Perfection Drumhead Cabbage Dating back to the 1800s, Perfection Drumhead savoy cabbage has long been a staple for many vegetable growers. Like most savoy types, these heirloom cabbage plants are known for their textured and wrinkled appearance. In this savoy cabbage, the growing heads form large groups of loosely packed leaves which keep exceptionally well in the garden. How to

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Growing Green Goliath Broccoli: How To Plant Green Goliath Broccoli Seeds

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-11-20 15:00
Are you thinking of growing broccoli for the first time but confused about when to plant? If your weather is unpredictable and you sometimes have frost and hot temperatures in the same week, you might’ve just thrown up your hands. But wait, Green Goliath broccoli plants may be just what you’re looking for. Tolerant of both heat and cold extremes, Green Goliath readily produces a crop in conditions where other broccoli plants might fail. What is Green Goliath Broccoli? Green Goliath is hybrid broccoli, with seeds bred to withstand extreme temperatures of both heat and cold. It reportedly grows heads of the vegetable clusters as large as one foot (30 cm.) across. After removing the central head, numerous productive side shoots continue to develop and supply the harvest. Harvest for this plant lasts about three weeks instead of the typical all at once. Most broccoli varieties bolt as the summer

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Caring For French Sorrel Herbs: How To Grow French Sorrel Plants

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-11-20 11:00
French sorrel (Rumex scutatus) may not be one of the herbs found down the spice aisle at your local supermarket, but it has a long history of use. It gives a citrus-like flavor to many types of dishes. This perennial can be used fresh or in cooking. It may also grow like a weed in the right conditions. The French sorrel herb plant might be just the thing to complete your kitchen herb garden. What is French Sorrel? French sorrel herbs are members of the Buckwheat family. Most gardeners grow French sorrel to use fresh in a variety of recipes. It is used in a similar manner to spinach but has a highly acidic taste that can overwhelm other flavors. It is also high in oxalic acid and, therefore, used sparingly by those that are bothered by the compound. The part of the plant used in cooking are the long,

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Giant Of Italy Parsley: How To Grow Italian Giant Parsley Herbs

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-11-20 07:00
Giant of Italy plants (aka ‘Italian Giant’) are big, bushy plants that produce huge, dark green leaves with a rich, strong flavor. Giant of Italy plants are biennial in USDA plant hardiness zones 5-9. This means it grows the first year and blooms the second. It often reseeds itself to return year after year. Uses for Italian Giant parsley are many and chefs frequently prefer this flat-leaf parsley over standard curled parsley in salads, soups, stews, and sauces. In the garden, this lovely plant attracts a variety of beneficial insects, including black swallowtail butterfly larvae. Giant of Italy parsley care and growing isn’t complicated. Read on to learn how. How to Grow Italian Giant Parsley Plant Giant of Italy parsley seeds indoors or start them directly in the garden in spring, when danger of frost has passed. You can also grow Giant of Italy plants in large containers. Seeds generally

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Cold Hardy Exotic Plants: How To Grow An Exotic Cool Climate Garden

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-11-19 18:00
An exotic garden in cold weather, could that really be possible, even without a greenhouse? While it’s true that you can’t grow truly tropical plants in a climate with chilly winters, you can definitely grow a variety of hardy, tropical looking plants that will provide a lush and exotic aura to the landscape. Take a look at these ideas for planning an exotic garden in cold weather. Creating an Exotic Cool Climate Garden Foliage is all important in a tropical garden. Look for hardy “exotic” plants with bold foliage in a variety of colors, textures, and sizes. Include a variety of annuals in your display of hardy tropical looking plants. Add a water feature too. It doesn’t have to be big and “splashy,” but some type of water feature, even a bubbling bird bath, will provide authentic sounds of a tropical garden. Plant hardy, tropical looking plants in dense layers.

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Hot Tub Landscaping – Tips On Planting Around A Hot Tub

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-11-19 15:00
A hot tub and surrounding plants should work together to create a luxurious and sensual lounging space. Be sure to choose plants for hot tub areas that create the look and feel you want. Planting around a hot tub is a critical step to setting the peaceful scene of a hot tub garden. If you are thinking about putting in some hot tub landscaping, read on for information about what to plant in backyard jacuzzi gardens. Hot Tub Landscaping When you decide to install a hot tub, you may have visions of romantic and relaxing evenings spent in warm water with a beautiful setting. Your first step is to select a good location for the hot tub itself. Many homeowners prefer to have their hot tubs within easy reach of the house. Work with the hot tub dealer to come up with a plan to integrate the spa into your

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