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Golden Cross Mini Cabbage: Tips For Growing Golden Cross Cabbages

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-12-24 18:00
If you have limited space and want an early variety, Golden Cross cabbage plants should be your top choice for cabbage. This miniature cultivar is a green hybrid cabbage that grows in tight heads and allows for closer spacing and even container growing. You’ll also get fully mature, tiny cabbage heads sooner than almost anything else in your vegetable garden. About Golden Cross Cabbage Variety The Golden Cross mini cabbage is a fun variety. The heads are just 6-7 inches (15-18 cm.) in diameter. The small size makes for easier storage in the refrigerator and also for closer plantings in a vegetable bed or growing cabbage in containers. Golden Cross is an early variety. The heads mature from seed in only 45 to 50 days. You can grow them twice, once in spring for early cabbage and again in late summer or early fall for a later fall harvest. The

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Dahoon Holly Care: How To Plant Dahoon Holly Trees

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-12-24 15:00
If you’re looking for an interesting species of tree for your landscaping needs, consider dahoon holly trees (Ilex cassine). This native holly species typically stays under 30 feet (9 m.) in height when used as a landscape tree. It has a moderate growth rate and at maximum height it will reach about a 12- to 15-foot (3.7 to 4.5 m.) spread. At this size, dahoon holly trees are big enough to provide an attractive amount of shade, but not so big they take over the yard or totally hide the front of the house. Additionally, when grown in pairs (one male and one female), dahoon hollies produce an abundance of red berries that adorn the branches in fall and winter. These berries provide food for wildlife and will attract various bird species and squirrels. Where to Plant Dahoon Holly Dahoon holly trees, also known as cassena, are warm climate evergreens

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Christmas Centerpiece Ideas – Growing Plants For A Christmas Centerpiece

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-12-24 11:00
Would you like a different look for this year’s holiday floral centerpiece? Traditional plants for a Christmas centerpiece include pine boughs, pine cones, holly and poinsettias. But if these choices of plants for Christmas table arrangements leave you feeling bah humbug, maybe it’s time to think outside of the “flower” box! Red and Green Centerpiece Plant Arrangements Changing up the plants for Christmas table arrangements doesn’t necessarily mean ditching that traditional red and green centerpiece. Plant arrangements for that special holiday floral centerpiece can include some not-so-traditional reds and greens: Roses – Rose, the flower of love, beautifully expresses the romance of the Christmas season. Use solid red roses accented with greenery for an elegant look or arrange white roses with red tips in a decorative sleigh to create that wintry feel. Ranunculus flowers – Ranunculus are popular vase flowers that can last for days if cut before they are

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Garden Gift Basket Ideas – How To Make A Garden Gift

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-12-24 07:06
There’s no better gift idea for garden loving friends and relatives than a gardening themed basket. That leaves one to wonder just what to put in a garden gift basket. Garden gift basket ideas are limited only by your budget and imagination. Ideas for garden gift baskets can be inexpensive and simple or more lavish. Read on to learn how to make a garden gift basket. How to Make a Garden Gift Basket If you are a gardener yourself coming up with garden gift basket ideas will be a breeze. For those with less than a green thumb however, ideas for garden gift baskets might be more difficult. No worries, we’ve got plenty of garden gift basket ideas to suit every budget. First things first, choose a container. A container can be almost anything, but it’s better when making gardening themed baskets to stick with the theme. That is, choose

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Kids Plant Art Projects – Learn About Fun Plant Crafts For Kids

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-12-23 18:12
The best way to introduce the joy of gardening to your kids is to make it fun. One sure way to accomplish this is to engage them in plant art for kids, using actual plants! Take a look at the following ideas for children’s plant art, and introduce your kids to creative art projects from plants. Plant Crafts for Kids: Coloring Flowers with Food Dye This is a fun experiment for older kids, but younger kids will need a little help. All you need are glass jars, food coloring, and a few white flowers such as gerbera daisies, carnations, or mums. Fill several jars with water and two or three drops of food coloring, and then put one or two flowers in each jar. Encourage your kids to watch as the color moves up the stem and tints the petals. This simple children’s plant art is as a great way

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How To Draw Plants – Learn About Making Botanical Drawings

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-12-23 15:00
Botanical illustration has a long history and dates back long before cameras were developed. At that time, making these hand drawings was the only way to convey to someone in a different location what a plant looked like. Even today, when it’s easier than ever to take photos thanks to cell phones, botanical images have a role to play and many find sketching plants a relaxing hobby. Read on for botanical drawing information, including tips on how to draw plants yourself. Botanical Drawing Information Photographs cannot take the place of botanical illustrations. Artists making drawings of plants can provide detail that a photograph may not reveal. This is especially true for cross section drawings that include many layers of detail in a plant. Whether you want to be a botanical artist or just want to learn how to draw plants in general, it’s useful to get advice and information from

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Botanical Art History: What Is The History Of Botanical Illustration

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-12-23 11:03
Botanical art history stretches further back in time than you may realize. If you enjoy collecting or even creating botanical art, it’s fun to learn more about how this specialized art form began and evolved over the years. What is Botanical Art? Botanical art is any kind of artistic, accurate representation of plants. Artists and experts in this field would distinguish between botanical art and botanical illustration. Both should be botanically and scientifically accurate, but art can be more subjective and focused on aesthetics; it does not have to be a complete representation. A botanical illustration, on the other hand, is for the purpose of showing all parts of a plant so that it can be identified. Both are detailed, accurate representations as compared to other works of art that just happen to be of or contain plants and flowers. History of Botanical Art and Illustration Humans have been representing

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DIY Plant Markers – Fun Ideas For Making Plant Labels In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-12-23 07:00
Labeling plants is a practical endeavor. It helps you be sure which is which, especially between varieties that look similar. Imagine picking a few leaves of lemon mint, thinking you were getting peppermint. It could be a culinary disaster. Making plant labels doesn’t have to cost much, and it can actually be a creative, fun task. Here are some ideas for inspiration. Why Homemade Plant Markers First, you can choose not to label your plants, but that can lead to confusion, especially when growing plants with different growing conditions. Labels will help you keep different varieties and types of plant identifiable so you can provide the right water and fertilizer. You could just buy those plain white plant labels at the garden center, but diy plant markers have a few benefits. You can make your own for less money, depending on the materials, and recycle what you would otherwise throw

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Plants That Move: Learn About Plant Movement

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-12-22 18:01
Plants don’t move like animals do, but plant movement is real. If you have watched one grow from a small seedling to a full plant, you have watched it slowly move up and out. There are other ways that plants move though, mostly slowly. In some cases, movement in particular species is fast and you can see it happen in real time. Can Plants Move? Yes, plants most definitely can move. They need to move in order to grow, catch sunlight, and for some to feed. One of the most typical ways that plants move is through a process known as phototropism. Essentially, they move and grow toward light. You have probably seen this with a houseplant that you rotate once in a while for even growth. It will grow more to one side if facing a sunny window, for instance. Plants may also move or grow in response to

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Common Red Leafed Plants: Growing Plants With Red Foliage

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-12-22 15:16
Seeing red? There’s a way to incorporate that regal color into your landscape. Plants with red leaves add a pop of color with maximum impact and can really brighten up the garden. Red foliage plants come in all shapes and sizes, some even keep that color year-round. Continue reading for some suggestions on red leafed plants that will add that “pow” to your garden. Why Choose Plants with Red Foliage? Red is a color that indicates passion. Our ancestors saw it as the hue of fire and blood, key primal and life-giving forces. Bringing plants with red foliage into the garden provides a tie to the most primitive elements in our lives. Plus, it’s a bright cheery tone that is the perfect foil for standard green leaved specimens. Small Plants with Red Leaves You don’t have to be big to make a big impact. Small plants with red leaves to

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Books for Gardeners, Foragers and Cooks

Organic Gardening 2 - Sun, 2019-12-22 15:13
Posted by cookinwithherbs
I am a confessed bibliophile; I love books. I enjoy reading and learning and try to spend time everyday with a book. Currently, I am reading/perusing at least six books. Here are a few ideas for gifts for your favorite gardeners, wild foods foragers and cooks for the holidays or to read in the new year ahead. Most are new--some just new to me.
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Color In Flowers – Where Does Flower Pigment Come From

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-12-22 11:00
Flower color in plants is one of the biggest determinants for how we choose what to grow. Some gardeners love the deep purple of an iris, while others prefer the cheerful yellow and orange of marigolds. The variety of color in the garden can be explained with basic science and is pretty fascinating. How Do Flowers Get Their Colors, and Why? The colors you see in flowers come from the DNA of a plant. Genes in a plant’s DNA direct cells to produce pigments of various colors. When a flower is red, for instance, it means that the cells in the petals have produced a pigment that absorbs all colors of light but red. When you look at that flower, it reflects red light, so it appears to be red. The reason for having flower color genetics to begin with is a matter of evolutionary survival. Flowers are the reproductive

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Flower Color Symbolism: What Do Flower Colors Mean

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-12-22 07:00
Do certain flower colors have meaning? Flower color symbolism dates back centuries or more and can be found in cultures all over the world. What each color means depends on the culture and region, but there are some persistent symbolic meanings and messages in western culture. Know these meanings to make more of your next floral arrangement or gift bouquet. Why Do Certain Flower Colors Have Meaning? The history behind what flower colors symbolize is not perfectly clear. It certainly varies depending on culture, and some of the meanings reach so far back that no one knows for sure why they exist. The various meanings of flower types and colors date back hundreds of years and are found worldwide. They are found in Shakespearean writings, ancient Greek and Egyptian texts, and in Asian folklore and mythologies. What Do Flower Colors Mean? The meaning of flower colors is not perfectly well

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Common Northern Conifers: Growing North Central Coniferous Plants

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-12-21 18:11
Growing conifers in North Central states is a natural. There are several native species including different types of pine, spruce, and fir. Coniferous trees that thrive in this region provide year-round greenery and privacy screening. They can grow quite tall and, with good care and time, will become striking focal points in your yard or garden. North Central Coniferous Plants There are many different types of northern conifers to choose from when planning for your yard and garden. Here are some options for native species and non-native trees that grow well in this region: Concolor fir: Also known as white fir, this tree has foliage similar to that of blue spruce. Needles are short and bluish-green. It is hardy to zone 4 and will tolerate alkaline soil. American arborvitae: This is a great species for privacy screening and hedging. It is a small-to-medium tree, and there are also dwarf cultivars

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Southwestern Conifers – Can You Grow Conifer Trees In Desert Regions

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-12-21 15:00
Coniferous trees are evergreens like pine, fir, juniper and cedar. They are trees that bear seeds in cones and do not have true flowers. Conifers are wonderful additions to a landscape since they retain foliage all year long. If you live in the southwestern section of the country, you’ll find a large selection of conifers to choose from. There are even conifer plants for desert areas. Read on for more information about these southwestern conifers. Choosing Conifers for the Southwest Conifers can be beautiful specimen trees for landscape planting, but they also serve well in groups as privacy screens or windbreaks. It’s important to take care when selecting conifers for the backyard to ensure the mature size of the tree fits in the site you have in mind. As conifer needles can be highly flammable, you may not want one too close to your home either. Climate is another consideration.

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Winter In South Central States: Winter Gardening Tips For South Central Region

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-12-21 11:00
Winter may be a time for plants to take a rest, but not so for gardeners. There are plenty of winter chores to do beginning in the fall. And if you live in the South Central region in winter, there may be even more you can do, depending on your specific location. South Central Winter Gardening Tips Here are some tips in preparation for winter in South Central states: After two to three hard frosts, clean up perennial beds by cutting back dead foliage and mulching with leaves or compost. If you prefer, sturdier plants can be left uncut to add winter interest in the garden and give extra protection to the sleeping perennials. In addition, plants such as echinacea, coreopsis, zinnia, cosmos, and rudbeckia provide seeds for goldfinches and other birds in winter. Protect plants from freezing by applying a 2- to 3-inch (5 to 7.6 cm.) mulch around

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Winter Wildlife Habitat – How To Help Animals In Winter

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-12-21 07:00
Getting through a long, cold winter can be tough for wildlife, and it’s normal to want to make their lives a little easier. If you want to help animals in winter, be sure you aren’t inadvertently doing more harm than good. Here are some tips for helping wildlife overwinter. How to Help Animals in Winter Birds, beneficial insects, and other critters require natural, undisturbed areas. Helping wildlife overwinter means giving up the idea of a perfectly manicured lawn and tidy garden. For instance, you can: Leave a few piles of leaves to create a winter wildlife habitat. Rake them into a corner where they won’t be as visible. Create a bundle of plant stems where birds and beneficial insects can overwinter. For example, gather a bunch of twigs or sunflower plant stalks, and tie them loosely with twine. Leave perennials untrimmed until spring. The seeds sustain songbirds during the winter,

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Ohio Valley Conifers: Planting Conifers In Central U.S. States

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-12-20 18:00
Are you looking for protection from harsh winter winds in the central U.S. states or Ohio Valley? Conifers might be the solution. Their dense foliage and evergreen characteristics make conifers ideal windbreaks. Conifers can also add vertical year-round eye appeal to the landscape and they serve as places to hang Christmas decorations. Additionally, many central U.S. and Ohio Valley conifers require little maintenance. What are Ohio Valley and Central U.S. Conifers? Homeowners typically think of conifers as cone-producing, Christmas tree-shaped evergreen trees. While that catch-all description does adequately describe many conifers, there are some which produce berries, others that are deciduous, and a few types are more shrub-like than tree shaped. Here are the main types of conifers for Ohio valley and central U.S. states: Pine (Pinus) – Pines prefer full sun. Common species include white pine, Austrian pine, Scotch pine, Japanese black pine and mugo pine. The latter exhibits

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What Are Climate Zones – Gardening In Different Climate Types

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-12-20 15:00
Most gardeners are familiar with temperature-based hardiness zones. These are set out in the United States Department of Agriculture plant hardiness map that divides the country into zones based on average lowest winter temperatures. But cold temperatures are not the only factor relevant to how well plants grow. You will also want to learn about different climate types and climate zones. What are climate zones? Read on for information about gardening with climate zones. What are Climate Zones? Plant hardiness zone maps were developed to help gardeners figure out in advance which plants could survive outdoors in their region. Many plants sold in nurseries are labeled with a hardiness range so that gardeners can find appropriately hardy selections for their garden. While hardiness to cold weather is one factor that impacts a plant’s health in your garden, it isn’t the only factor. You also have to consider summer temperatures, length

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