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Plane Tree History: Where Do London Plane Trees Come From

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-05-07 15:01
London plane trees are tall, elegant specimens that have graced the busy streets of the city for generations. However, when it comes to the history of the plane tree, horticulturalists are uncertain. Here’s what plant historians have to say about the history of the plane tree. London Plane Tree History It appears that London plane trees are unknown in the wild. So, where do London plane trees come from? The current consensus among horticulturalists is that the London plane tree is a hybrid of the American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) and the Oriental plane tree (Platanus orientalis). The Oriental plane tree has been cultivated around the world for centuries, and is still favored in many parts of the world. Interestingly, the Oriental plane tree is actually a native of southeastern Europe. The American plane tree is newer to the horticultural world, having been cultivated since the sixteenth century. The London planeRead this article
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Garden Stone Walls – How To Build A Stone Wall For Your Garden

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-05-07 11:00
A stone wall garden may offer privacy, delineate an area, serve as slope protection, act as a barrier, be used to create a spa setting or offer a combination of all these functions. The beauty of using garden stone walls is how they blend into the natural landscape and add a feeling of permanence. Interested in building a stone wall? Read on to learn how to build a stone wall and get some stone wall ideas. Stone Wall Ideas Really, stone wall garden ideas are only limited by your imagination. There are plenty of pictures on the internet to help get you started, and once you begin looking it may be difficult to settle on just one design. Garden stone walls may be made entirely out of stones or they can be a combination of stone and wood or even stone and metal. Stones may be purchased or, if you’reRead this article
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Barley Sharp Eyespot Control – Tips For Treating Barley Sharp Eyespot Disease

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-05-07 07:00
Barley, wheat and other grains are susceptible to a fungal disease called sharp eyespot. Fortunately, if you see sharp eyespot on barley growing in your garden, it shouldn’t have a big impact on yield. However, infections can become severe and prevent barley from growing to maturity. Know the signs of sharp eyespot and what to do about it if it turns up in your garden. What is Barley Sharp Eyespot? Sharp eyespot is a fungal disease caused by Rhizoctonia solani, a fungus that also causes rhizoctonia root rot. Sharp eyespot can infect barley but also other grains, including wheat. Infections are most likely in soils that are light and that drain well. The fungus is also more likely to attack and infect when temperatures are cool and humidity high. Cool springs favor barley sharp eyespot. Symptoms of Barley with Sharp Eyespot The name sharp eyespot is descriptive of the lesionsRead this article
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Basil Harvest Guide – How To Harvest Basil Herb Plants

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-05-06 18:00
Basil is known as the “King of Herbs” in part due to its popularity but also as a result of its name (basilicum), derived from the Greek word ‘basileus,’ meaning “king.” Because it pairs so well with a variety of cuisines, it is a must have in the herb garden, but how do you know when to pick basil? When exactly is basil harvest time? If you’re interested in learning how to harvest basil, read on for more information about picking and harvesting basil herbs. When to Pick Basil Harvesting of basil can begin as soon as the plant has at least six sets of leaves. Thereafter, harvest basil as often as needed. Pick basil in the morning when the essential oils are at their peak freshness. How to Harvest Basil To harvest a small amount of basil, just remove a few leaves for use. Cut back whole stem forRead this article
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DIY Seed Tape – Can You Make Your Own Seed Tape

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-05-06 15:09
Seeds can be big as an egg, like avocado pits, or they can be very, very small, like lettuce. While it’s easy to get the hefty seeds spaced appropriately in the garden, smaller seeds don’t sow as easily. That’s where seed tape comes in handy. Seed tape makes it simple to space tiny seeds where you need them, and the great news is that you can make your own seed tape. For a seed-tape how to, read on. Making Seed Tape You like elbow room, don’t you? Well, plants also like to have plenty of space to grow. If you sow them too close, it can be hard to space them out later. And if they grow in tight, none of them will thrive. Proper spacing is not a big deal with big seeds, like sunflower seeds. That doesn’t mean that everyone takes the time to get it right, butRead this article
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Growing Small Grain Crops – Small Grain Information for Home Gardeners

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-05-06 11:00
Many growers are familiar with summer garden favorites like tomatoes and peppers, but more and more gardeners are beginning to shift their attention to multi-purpose crops like small grains, which serve multiple functions in commercial applications, homesteads and family farms. Although labor intensive, the process of growing small grains is a rewarding way to maximize space and yields. Small Grain Information What are small grains? The term ‘small grains’ is generally used to refer to crops such as wheat, barley, oats, and rye. Small grain crops consist of plants that produce small usable seeds. The role of small grain crops is extremely important for both large- and small-scale farms. In addition to grain production for human consumption, they are also valued for their other uses. Growing small grains is beneficial to farmers as a means of farm feeding, as well as in the production of straw. Small grain cover cropsRead this article
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Spring Pea Cultivar – How To Grow A Pea ‘Spring’ Plant Variety

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-05-06 07:00
If you can’t wait for the first taste of produce out of your garden, an early spring pea variety might be the answer to your wishes. What are spring peas? These tasty legumes germinate when temperatures are still cool and grow rapidly, producing pods in as little as 57 days. Late summer is also a good time for growing spring peas, provided they are germinated in a cool location. What are Spring Peas? The Spring pea variety is a shelling pea. There are several other types of peas that are early producers but only this cultivar is called Spring pea. By all accounts, this is one of the sweetest pea varieties available. This is an easy-to-grow, low maintenance plant that offers a lot of flavor and yield. The pea Spring plant is a medium sized variety with heart-shaped leaves and classic legume flowers. Mature plants will spread 8 inches (20Read this article
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Why Doesn’t My Cactus Flower: How To Get A Cactus To Bloom

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-05-05 18:14
Many of us have to bring cacti indoors for winter to protect them from the cold. While this is necessary in many cold winter climates, by doing so, we may be creating conditions where cactus won’t bloom. Too much water, too much heat, and not enough bright light provide reasons that answer “why doesn’t my cactus flower.” Reasons a Cactus Won’t Bloom The type of cactus you grow may actually be unable to produce flowers for many decades. Fifty to 100 years is not uncommon for cactus bloom times on certain varieties. If you desire ready flowering indoor cactus, choose from the following types: Mammillaria Gymnocalycium Parodia Notocactus How to Get a Cactus to Bloom When keeping cactus indoors during winter, try to locate them in the coolest spot. While they likely won’t survive outdoors below 20 degrees F. (-6 C.), they do need a chilling period to bloom. Also,Read this article
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What Are Mr. Big Peas – How To Grow Mr. Big Peas In Gardens

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-05-05 15:00
What are Mr. Big peas? As the name suggests, Mr. Big peas are big, fat peas with a tender texture and a gigantic, rich, sweet flavor. If you’re looking for a flavorful, easy-to-grow pea, Mr. Big may be just the ticket. Mr. Big peas are easy to pick, and they remain firm and fresh on the plant even if you’re a little late to the harvest. As an added bonus, Mr. Big peas tend to be resistant to powdery mildew and other diseases that often afflict pea plants. If your next question is how to grow Mr. Big peas, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to learn more about growing Mr. Big peas in your vegetable garden. Tips on Mr. Big Pea Care Plant Mr. Big peas as soon as the soil can be worked in spring. In general, peas don’t do well when temperatures exceed 75 degreesRead this article
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Pickling Cucumber Varieties – How To Grow Cucumbers For Pickling

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-05-05 11:02
If you love pickles, you’ve noticed the varying pickling cucumber varieties. Some may be large and sliced lengthwise or in rounds and some are small and pickled whole. Pretty much any type of cucumber can be used for pickling, but true “pickling” cucumbers are different than heirlooms, slicers or Japanese cukes. So what is a pickling cucumber and how do you grow picklers? What is a Pickling Cucumber? Cucumbers for pickling refer to cucumbers that are used for processing or making pickles. This doesn’t mean they can’t be eaten fresh, but their thinner skins, crunchy texture and smaller seeds make them ideal for pickling. That and their small size which means there is little prep work involved. Pickling cucumbers are short with graduating hues of dark green at the stem to light green at the blossom end. Pickling Cucumber Varieties Cucumbers have tenacious tendrils that grasp onto fences or trellisesRead this article
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Topsy Turvy Echeveria Care: How To Grow A Topsy Turvy Plant

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-05-05 07:07
Succulents are varied and come in a lot of different shapes and colors. What they all have in common are the fleshy leaves and the need for a dry, warm environment. A Topsy Turvy plant is a stunning type of echeveria, one large group of succulents, that is easy to grow and adds visual interest to desert beds and indoor containers. About Topsy Turvy Succulents The Topsy Turvy plant is a cultivar of Echeveria runyonii that has won awards and is simple to grow, even for beginner gardeners. Topsy Turvy forms rosettes of leaves that grow up to between 8 and 12 inches (20 and 30 cm.) in height and width. The leaves are a silvery green color, and they grow with a lengthwise fold that brings the edges downward. In the other direction, the leaves curl upward and toward the center of the rosette. In summer or fall, theRead this article
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How Well Do Potted Sunflowers Grow: How To Grow Sunflowers In Planters

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-05-04 18:00
If you love sunflowers but lack the gardening space to grow the mammoth blooms, you might be wondering if you can grow sunflowers in containers. Potted sunflowers may seem an unlikely endeavor; however, some of the smaller dwarf varieties do very well as container grown sunflowers, and even the giant cultivars can be grown as container plants. Growing sunflowers in a pot or planter does require some special care, however. This article aims to help with that. Can You Grow Sunflowers in Containers? As mentioned, dwarf varieties, those under 4 feet (1 m.) in height, lend themselves very well as container grown sunflowers. If you want to grow the really impressive 10 footers, which is still doable, a larger container will be required. About Potted Sunflowers The size of the sunflower will dictate the size of the pot. Smaller varieties will do well grown as sunflowers in planters. Cultivars thatRead this article
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Barley Powdery Mildew Control: How To Treat Barley Powdery Mildew

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-05-04 15:00
You don’t have to be a plant expert to recognize powdery mildew on barley. The barley leaves are sprinkled with white fungal spores that resemble powder. Ultimately, the foliage yellows and dies. If you grow barley in your home garden, it’s important to learn to recognize the symptoms of barley with powdery mildew. Read on for more information on powdery mildew, as well as tips on barley powdery mildew control. Powdery Mildew on Barley Powdery mildew on barley is a fungal disease. You can recognize it by looking for fluffy white patches on the leaf surface of your barley plants. These spots get more gray as they mature. Barley with powdery mildew can appear as small isolated areas of white. But the disease can also cover the entire leaf surface as fungal spores germinate and infect the leaf. When you see powdery mildew on barley, remember that the spores areRead this article
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Watermelon Southern Blight: How To Treat Southern Blight On Watermelon Vines

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-05-04 11:00
For many people, juicy ripe watermelons are a summertime favorite. Beloved for their sweet and refreshing taste, garden-fresh watermelons are truly a delight. While the process of growing watermelons is fairly simple, even the most experienced growers may encounter issues that reduce yields or lead to the ultimate demise of their watermelon plants. In order to grow the best crop of watermelons, it is best that growers better familiarize themselves with pests and diseases that may impact the overall health of plants. One such disease, watermelon southern blight, is especially harmful during the hottest parts of the growing season. What is Southern Blight of Watermelons? Southern blight on watermelons is a fungal disease caused by the fungi, Sclerotium rolfsii. Though the incidence of this specific type of blight has increased in other crops over the last several years, blight of crops such as watermelon and cantaloupe is common and canRead this article
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What Is Batavia Lettuce – Growing Batavian Lettuce In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-05-04 07:07
Batavia lettuce varieties are heat resistant and have “cut and come again” harvesting. They are also called French lettuce and have sweet ribs and tender leaves. There are several types of Batavian lettuce plants, with different colors, sizes and flavors to suit any salad lover. Try growing Batavian lettuce and bring some interest to your vegetable crisper. What is Batavia Lettuce? Batavia lettuce is a summer crisp variety that will germinate in warm temperatures and is slow to bolt. There are both open and close headed varieties in colors of green, burgundy, red, magenta and mixed hues. All kinds of Batavia lettuce are open pollinated and good options for a late season garden. Batavian lettuce plants produce beautifully in cool days like most other lettuce varieties, but they also stand up once the heat comes. The seed will even germinate in temperatures that are too hot for most lettuce seed.Read this article
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Is My Horse Chestnut Sick – Identifying Common Horse Chestnut Issues

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-05-03 18:04
A large, beautiful tree with showy white blossoms, the horse chestnut is often used as a landscape specimen or to line streets in residential neighborhoods. The pristine canopy is perfect for providing shade and the spring blooms are a welcome sign of the new season. Aesculus hippocastanum is native to parts of Europe but grows now in most areas of North America. In spite of its attractiveness, though, problems with horse chestnut can and do occur. What’s Wrong with My Horse Chestnut Tree? As with all trees, there is always a chance of pest infestation and disease infection. These trees are popular but have recently experienced serious health problems from the horse chestnut leaf miner and bacterial bleeding canker. How can we avoid horse chestnut problems like this in our trees? Here are some tips for identification of horse chestnut issues and how to avoid the problems. Horse Chestnut LeafRead this article
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Bulb Plants Are Not Flowering: Reasons Bulbs Won’t Bloom

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-05-03 15:00
Tulips and daffodils are the first signs of spring, eagerly anticipated after a long, cold winter. It’s a tremendous disappointment when, inexplicably, bulbs are not blooming. There are many possible reasons why your bulb plants are not flowering. Let’s do some investigating. Reasons for No Blooms on Flowering Bulbs Sunlight: Are your bulbs planted under the shade of a tall tree, or is something else blocking sunlight? Flowering bulbs need at least six hours of bright sunlight per day. Poorly drained soil: Bulbs need regular moisture, but they won’t tolerate soggy soil. If you think this may be the reason why bulbs won’t bloom, dig up a couple and see if they have rotted. You may need to move your bulbs to a better location. Poor quality bulbs: It doesn’t always pay to buy the cheapest bulbs, as they may produce small or scant blooms. Sometimes, poor quality bulbs don’tRead this article
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What Is Barley Take-All: Treating Barley Take-All Disease

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-05-03 11:07
Barley take-all disease is a serious problem afflicting cereal crops and bentgrasses. Take-all disease in barley targets the root system, resulting in root death and can result in significant financial loss. Treating barley take-all relies on recognizing the symptoms of the disease and requires a multi-management approach. About Barley Take-All Disease Take-all disease in barley is caused by the pathogen Gaeumannomyces graminis. As mentioned, it afflicts small cereal grains such as wheat, barley and oats as well as bentgrass. The disease survives on crop debris, grassy host weeds and volunteer cereals. The mycelium infects the roots of living hosts and as the root dies it colonizes the dying tissue. The fungus is primarily soil borne but soil fragments can be transmitted by wind, water, animals and cultivating tools or machinery. Barley Take-All Symptoms Initial symptoms of the disease arise as the seed head emerges. Infected roots and stem tissue darkenRead this article
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Sugar Bon Pea Care: How To Grow A Sugar Bon Pea Plant

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-05-03 07:06
Few things taste better straight from the garden than a crisp, fresh, and sweet sugar snap pea. If you’re looking for a good variety for your garden, consider Sugar Bon pea plants. This is a smaller, more compact variety that still produces a heavy yield of delicious pea pods and that has some disease resistance. What are Sugar Bon Peas? When it comes to a great, versatile variety of pea, Sugar Bon is hard to beat. These plants produce high-quality pea pods of about 3 inches (7.6 cm.) in abundance. But they are also dwarf, growing in height to just about 24 inches (61 cm.), which makes them ideal for small spaces and container gardening. The flavor of the Sugar Bon pea is deliciously sweet, and the pods are crisp and juicy. These are ideal for enjoying fresh right off the plant and in salads. But you can also useRead this article
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Plant Patents And Propagation – Is It Okay To Propagate Patented Plants

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-05-02 18:00
Those who develop unique plant cultivars spend quite a bit of time and money doing so. Since many plants can be cloned through cuttings, it isn’t easy for those plant developers to protect their products. One way for plant breeders to protect their new cultivars is to patent them. You are not allowed to propagate patented plants without the permission of the patent holder. For more information on plant patents and propagation, including tips on how to avoid violating plant patents, read on. What are Patented Plants? A patent is a legal document that gives you the right to stop other people from making, using or selling your invention without your consent. Everyone knows that computer designers and automobile manufacturers get patents on their inventions. Plant breeders can get these patents, too. What are patented plants? They are unique plants developed by breeders. The plant breeders applied for and wereRead this article
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