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Naranjilla Layering Info: Learn How To Layer Naranjilla Trees

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-06-26 18:00
Native to the warm climates of South America, naranjilla (Solanum quitoense) is a thorny, spreading shrub that produces tropical blooms and small, orange fruit. Naranjilla is usually propagated by seed or cuttings, but you can also propagate naranjilla by layering. Interested in learning how to layer naranjilla? Air layering, which involves rooting a naranjilla branch while it’s still attached to the parent plant, is surprisingly easy. Read on to learn about naranjilla air layering propagation. Tips on Naranjilla Layering Air layering naranjilla is possible any time of year, but rooting is best in early spring. Use a straight, healthy branch about one or two years old. Remove the side shoots and leaves. Using a sharp, sterile knife, make an angled, upward cut about one-third to half way through the stem, thus creating a “tongue” about 1 to 1.5 inches (2.5-4 cm.) long. Place a piece of toothpick or a small

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Queenette Thai Basil: Information About Basil ‘Queenette’ Plants

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-06-26 15:16
Lovers of the popular Vietnamese street food ‘Pho’ will be familiar with the assorted condiments accompanying the dish, including Queenette Thai basil. Crushed into the comforting soup, the basil ‘Queenette’ releases its heady flavors and aromas reminiscent of cloves, mint and sweet basil. Its complex flavor and versatility makes growing Queenette basil a must-have in the herb garden. What is Queenette Thai Basil? The basil ‘Queenette’ is a true Thai basil that hails from Thailand. It is a strikingly ornamental herb with small densely clustered green leaves surrounding the brilliant purple stems. Newly emerged leaves are also purple but green up as they mature. Its spires of purple flowers make it a beautiful edition not only to the herb garden but interspersed amongst other annuals and perennials. Thai basil is a common ingredient in Thai and other Asian cuisines in everything from chutney to stir fry to soup. Queenette Thai

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Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus In Oats – Treating Oats With Barley Yellow Dwarf

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-06-26 11:00
If you grow oats, barley or wheat on your small farm or backyard garden, you need to know about barley yellow dwarf virus. This is a damaging disease that can cause losses of up to 25 percent. Know the signs and what you can do to prevent and manage this viral disease. What is Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus? This is a disease that affects grains in most places in the U.S. where they are grown. Because of how widespread it is and how it affects yield, it is considered to be one of the most important grain diseases farmers face. Barley yellow dwarf disease is caused by a virus that is spread by aphids. Just 30 minutes of feeding on an infected plant and one of these tiny insects is capable of transferring the virus to the next plant on which it feeds. The name barley yellow dwarf is used

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What Is A Green Doghouse: Making A DIY Doghouse Garden Roof

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-06-26 07:03
As a beloved member of the family, Fido can contribute to the household produce selection by sharing his doghouse. Alternatively, a floral roof or even succulents can pretty up an old house and may even help keep the interior cool. A living doghouse roof should be considered another option for planting and adds charm to an unsightly canine abode. Learn how to make a garden doghouse for your landscape. What is a Green Doghouse? Even in urban settings, “green roofs” are all the rage. These have a multitude of purposes, but one of the most popular is as a peaceful resting point for the eyes. Beautifying a doghouse roof can help integrate it into the landscape and perk up an old eyesore. Plus, it can provide a habitat for birds, produce food, attract pollinators and butterflies, and even help clean the air. Going green encompasses more than remembering to recycle

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What Causes Begonia Leaf Spot: Treating Leaf Spots On Begonia Plants

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-06-25 18:00
Begonia plants are a popular choice for garden borders and hanging baskets. Readily available at garden centers and plant nurseries, begonias are often among the first flowers added to newly revitalized flower beds. Highly praised for their varying colors and textures, both tuberous and seed grown begonias offer growers a plethora of colorful flowers and waxy multi-colored foliage. With these attributes in mind, it is easy to see why many growers may have cause for alarm when their previously healthy begonia plants begin to show signs of distress, such as leaf spots on begonia. What Causes Begonia Leaf Spot? Leaf spots of begonia are caused by a pathogen called Xanthomonas. Among the first signs and symptoms that growers may notice when dealing with leaf spot on begonia is the appearance of darkened spots or “water soaked” leaves. As the disease progresses, leaf spot can continue to spread throughout the host

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Smoke Tree Verticillium Wilt – Managing Smoke Trees With Verticillium Wilt

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-06-25 15:00
When you grow a smoke tree (Cotinus coggygria) in your backyard, the leaf color is ornamental throughout the growing season. The small tree’s oval leaves are deep purple, gold or green in summer, but light up in yellows, oranges and reds in autumn. If you see your smoke tree wilting, it may be a serious fungal disease called verticillium wilt. This can kill a smoke tree, so it’s best to take precautions early. Read on for how to avoid verticillium wilt in smoke trees. Smoke Tree Wilting Smoke trees offer gorgeous foliage from the early buds of spring through the fabulous fall display. But the plant gets its common name from the pale pink, frothy flower clusters. The fluffy buff-pink clusters are light and hazy, looking a little like smoke. The tree lights up the backyard, and is both drought resistant and easy care once established. A smoke tree wilting

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What Is Amethyst Basil – Tips For Growing Amethyst Basil Plants

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-06-25 11:00
Few herbs have such unparalleled flavor and aroma as basil. Amethyst Genovese basil is a sweet basil cultivar that is favored in Europe. It is the only purple Genovese basil cultivar. Purple basil plants don’t really have a tremendously different flavor than green, but the color is wonderful in salads and fresh applications. Keep reading for our tips on growing basil plants. What is Amethyst Basil? There is something about the pairing of a fresh, vine ripe tomato and basil. Use Amethyst basil and you have a powerful color combination as well. What is Amethyst basil? Amethyst basil info lists it as having the same flavor as a regular sweet basil but the color precludes it from being used cooked or in pesto. Use it fresh to retain the beautiful color. The best Genovese basil is said to grow in Italy, but you can grow this Amethyst variety in USDA

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Container Grown Chinese Lantern – How To Grow A Chinese Lantern Plant In A Pot

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-06-25 07:12
Growing Chinese lanterns can be a challenging project. One easier method when growing this specimen is having your Chinese lantern plant in a pot. This contains the invasive rhizomes in most cases. However, roots of Chinese lantern in a container have been known to escape through drainage holes in the pot, so an occasional root pruning may be necessary. Read on for more information on potted Chinese lanterns. Growing Chinese Lantern in a Container Attractive, glossy heart-shaped foliage combines with detailed pods in yellow and orange, turning red and closely resembling a Chinese lantern. These are great additions when creating colorful, autumn decorations and accents. The papery pods are textured much like their namesake. These are called calyxes, which initially are green. Insignificant white flowers bloom before calyxes develop. It is a great plant to grow but is not without its challenges. Learning how to keep the roots in the

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Four Elements Organic Herbals: Growing Medicinal Herbs in Wisconsin

Organic Gardening 2 - Mon, 2019-06-24 21:37
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On a recent visit to Madison, Wisconsin, a group of herbal enthusiasts went to visit the medicinal herb gardens of HSA speaker, Jane Hawley Stevens, proprietress of Four Elements Organic Herbals. Here are some photos of her prolific gardens located near the Baraboo Bluffs in Wisconsin and her apothecary shop, which is in New Freedom.
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Growing Naranjilla From Cuttings – How To Root Naranjilla Cuttings

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-06-24 18:00
Native to the warm climates of South America, naranjilla, “little oranges,” are thorny shrubs that produce exotic blooms and rather odd-looking, golf-ball sized fruit with a very distinctive flavor. Can you grow naranjilla from cuttings? Yes, you sure can, and it’s not all that difficult. Let’s learn about naranjilla cutting propagation and growing naranjilla from cuttings. How to Root Naranjilla Cuttings Taking cuttings of a naranjilla is easy. Late spring and early summer are the best times for growing naranjilla from cuttings. Fill a 1-gallon (3.5 l.) pot with a well-drained potting mixture such as half peat and half perlite, vermiculite or coarse sand. Be sure the pot has a drainage hole. Water the mixture thoroughly and set the pot aside to drain until the potting mix is evenly moist but not sopping wet. Take several 4- to 6-inch cuttings (10-15 cm.) from a healthy naranjilla tree. Use a sharp,

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New Zealand Spinach Plants: Learn How To Grow New Zealand Spinach

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-06-24 15:00
The spinach we are familiar with is in the Amaranthaceae family. New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia tetragonioides), on the other hand, is in the Aizoaceae family. While New Zealand spinach may be used in the same way, it has very different growing conditions from its look-a-like, cool-season cousin. Keep reading for tips on how to grow New Zealand spinach, a plant you can enjoy all summer long. What is New Zealand Spinach? Spinach has a host of uses, whether fresh or cooked. Its high concentration of Vitamins A and C and low calories make it a perfect stand alone or complement to recipes. In many regions, growing New Zealand spinach is a warm-season alternative. What is New Zealand spinach? This plant is also packed with nutrients and a perfect stand-in for regular spinach. Like regular spinach, New Zealand is a leafy green; however, its leaves are much thicker and succulent, lending

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Potted Zinnia Plants: How To Care For Container Grown Zinnias

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-06-24 11:00
Zinnias in pots can look just as lovely, if not more so, than those planted in beds. Especially if you have limited space, why not put these vibrant, cheerful flowers in containers? Zinnias are colorful additions to any flower garden, they’re great for cutting, they are easy to grow and start from seed, so they make a great choice for container gardening. Why Grow Potted Zinnia Plants? There are many reasons to grow zinnias. These pretty flowers come in a range of colors and sizes, they are great cutting flowers and look nice in arrangements, they are easy to grow, and they keep producing blooms all summer, even when it’s very hot. There are also great reasons to consider growing potted zinnia plants. If your garden space is limited, for instance, containers on a patio can add color and greenery. If you have limited sun in your yard, a container

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Propagating Shooting Star Plants – How To Propagate Shooting Star Flowers

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-06-24 07:00
Common shooting star (Dodecatheon meadia) is a cool season perennial wildflower found in prairie and woodland areas of North America. A member of the Primrose family, the propagation and cultivation of shooting star can be used in the home garden, and to restore native grasslands. Propagating shooting star plants by seed takes a little extra effort while shooting star division is the simplest method of propagation. Shooting Star Plant Propagation via Seed Shooting stars may be propagated either by sowing seeds or by division. While propagating shooting star plants via seed is possible, keep in mind that the seeds need to go through a period of cold stratification before they are ready to plant and they grow very slowly. After flowering, shooting star produces small hard, green capsules. These capsules are the fruit of the plant and contain seeds. Allow the pods to remain on the plants until the fall

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Strawberry Water Needs – Learn How To Water Strawberries

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-06-23 18:07
How much water do strawberries need? How can you learn about watering strawberries? The key is to provide enough moisture, but never too much. Soggy soil is always worse than slightly dry conditions. Read on to learn more specific information about strawberry irrigation. Strawberry Water Needs Strawberries tend to dry out fairly quickly because they are shallow-rooted plants with roots that exist mostly in the top 3 inches (7.5 cm.) of soil. Generally, there is no need to water strawberries if your climate receives around 1 to 1.5 inches (2.5 to 3.8 cm.) of rainfall per week. In drier climates, you’ll have to provide supplemental moisture, especially during hot, dry weather. As a general rule, figure about an inch (2.5 cm.) of water per week, although you may need to increase that amount to as much as 2.5 inches (6 cm.) during hot, dry summer weather. How do you know

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Oats Loose Smut Control – What Causes Oat Loose Smut Disease

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-06-23 15:00
Loose smut of oats is a fungal disease that damages various types of small grain cereal crops. Different fungi affect different crops and are usually host-specific. If you grow cereal crops, it’s good to understand the basics about loose smut of oats in order to prevent it. Read on for information about what causes oat loose smut, as well as tips on oats loose smut control. Oats Loose Smut Info Loose smut of oats is caused by the fungus Ustilago avenae. You are likely to find this disease almost everywhere oats are grown. Related species of Ustilago attack barley, wheat, corn, and other cereal grasses. The term “smut” is a descriptive one, referencing the appearance of the black spores typical of oats with loose smut. According to oats loose smut information, the fungal spores enter and infect the oat seed kernels. They are visible on the seed heads that look

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Gardening In An RV: How To Grow A Traveling Garden

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-06-23 11:00
If you are a rolling stone that lets no moss grow under your feet, you need some ideas on a mobile garden. Keeping a garden while traveling can be challenging, but it also helps ground you and brings in wonders like fresh herbs and produce, or simply beautifies and detoxifies a closed space like an RV. Continue reading for tips on RV gardening. Can You Garden While Traveling? While keeping a garden in a moving vehicle may sound unwieldy and even impossible, many rovers do it with style and success. Start small and then work your way up to edibles. Even a cache of succulents can brighten the interior of a motor home and are low maintenance. Choose what your goal is and get cracking on some of these traveling garden ideas. If you once had a garden and find yourself missing it as you wander the world, there is

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Planting Potted Milkweeds: How To Grow Milkweed In Containers

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-06-23 07:04
Milkweed is among the primary plants to draw the Monarch butterfly to our yards. We all love to see them flitting through the summer flowers in our beds, so we want plants to attract them and encourage them to return. Since milkweed is sometimes considered an unwanted specimen in the landscape, and can be invasive, we might consider growing milkweed in a pot. Container Grown Milkweed Plants There are more than 100 species of milkweeds that grow in North America, and not all of them are hosts for the Monarch. Some draw Monarchs for nectar, but butterfly lovers are likely looking for those plants that encourage the dropping of tiny eggs on them. Let’s take a look at some that are native or naturalized plants and that can grow successfully in a container. These include: Tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) – This has naturalized in warmer areas of the U.S. and

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Curled Persimmon Leaves – Why Persimmon Leaves Are Curling

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-06-22 18:00
Persimmon trees, both native and non-native, are common in the warm climate of the southern United States. Although persimmon trees are generally durable and easy to grow, persimmon leaf curl is an indication that something isn’t quite right. If you’ve noticed curled persimmon leaves, careful troubleshooting is in order. Let’s investigate the possible reasons for curling leaves on persimmon trees. Leaves Curling on Persimmon from Pests Persimmon psyllid – Persimmon psyllid is a tiny, aphid-like pest that feeds on leaves, causing rolled and curled persimmon leaves. The damage is generally cosmetic and damage isn’t severe, although new growth may be deformed and stunted. Application of dormant oil in late winter or early spring, applied just before new leaves appear, will help keep persimmon psyllids in check. The pests are found anywhere persimmons are grown, but they’re most common in the southeastern United States. Scale – Scale is another pest that

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Squirrels And Birds Eating Sunflower Blooms: Protecting Sunflowers From Birds And Squirrels

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-06-22 15:02
If you have ever fed wild birds, you know they love sunflower seeds. Squirrels, too, compete with birds at feeders and generally make a nuisance of themselves. Wild animals don’t draw a line when it comes to food, and your ripening sunflower heads are also a target. Preventing bird and squirrel sunflower damage may seem like a round the clock defense strategy, but take heart. We have some simple tricks on how to deter birds and squirrels and save your sunflower seeds. How to Deter Birds and Squirrels from Sunflowers Admittedly, it’s kind of cute when squirrels shimmy their way up towering sunflowers to feast on the seeds, but what if you want to save that seed? Protecting sunflowers from birds and squirrels will help you keep the harvest all to yourself. You can get creative to deter birds eating sunflowers and squirrels taking your hard won harvest. Using netting

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Physoderma Brown Spot Of Corn – Treating Corn With Brown Spot Disease

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-06-22 11:00
Physoderma brown spot of corn is a fungal disease that may cause your plant’s leaves to develop yellow to brown lesions. It is favored by warm, wet conditions and, in the Midwest where most corn is grown, it is only a minor issue. Be aware of this disease, especially if you live somewhere warmer and with more humidity, like the southeast states of the U.S. What is Corn Brown Spot? This is a fungal infection caused by Physoderma maydis. It is an interesting disease, although it can be destructive, because it is one of few that produce zoospores. These are fungal spores that have flagella, or tails, and can swim around in the water that pools in corn whorls. The conditions that favor the infection are warm and wet, especially when water collects in whorls. This is what allows the zoospores to spread to healthy tissue and cause infection and

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