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Frugal Gardening Ideas: Learn How To Garden On A Budget

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-08-15 11:00
Whether you garden as a hobby or you’re growing produce to feed your hungry family, learning how to garden on a budget can keep more hard earned green in your pocket. But gardening on a dime doesn’t mean going without needed supplies. You might be surprised to find the array of cheap garden supplies at your local discount and dollar stores. Are Cheap Garden Supplies Worth It? The old saying: “You get what you pay for” is true when it comes to gardening supplies. The quality of discount and dollar store items is generally not as good as what one might expect from a greenhouse or online gardening supplier. On the other hand, if biodegradable pots from the dollar store last long enough to transplant seedlings into the garden, then they’ve served their purpose. So let’s take a look at some useful, yet cheap, garden supplies one might find at

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Container Grown Sesame – Learn About Growing Sesame In A Container

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-08-15 07:00
Sesame in pots grown on your patio or balcony will not give you a huge harvest of seeds, but it’s still worthwhile. You can get about 70 seeds per pod and multiple pods on one small plant. And, of course, this is a pretty plant too, with luscious green foliage and delicate white flowers. Read on for more info about potted sesame plants. Can You Grow Sesame in Containers? Yes, you can absolutely grow sesame in a container or pot. It is generally grown on a bigger, agricultural scale for oil, but sesame plants will take to a container as well and can be cultivated on a much smaller scale. Sesame is native to warm climates, so start your seeds indoors and don’t move containers outside until it is well into the 70s during the day (21 degrees Celsius and up). Growing Sesame in a Container To grow potted sesame

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Tips For Irrigating Trees: Learn How To Water A Tree

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-08-14 18:00
People can’t live very long without water, and your mature trees can’t either. Since trees can’t speak up to let you know when they are thirsty, it’s a gardener’s job to provide sufficient tree irrigation to help them thrive. How much water do trees need? Irrigating trees is not an exact science, but if you follow a few general guidelines about watering trees, you’ll do just fine. Read on for information on how to water a tree as well as basic tree irrigation guidelines. How to Water a Tree It pays to learn how to water a tree, including where to put the water, what time of day you should be irrigating trees and how much water is necessary. Although everyone knows that young, newly planted trees require regular water, it’s easy to overlook the needs of mature trees. The idea of watering trees is to get moisture into the

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California Buckeye Care: How To Plant A California Buckeye Tree

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-08-14 15:05
Planting California buckeye trees is a great way to add shade and visual interest to the home landscape. Growing California buckeyes is not only easy, but also provides habitat for native wildlife and pollinators. With knowledge of a few California buckeye facts, homeowners will be able to make a more informed decision regarding whether or not this tree is a good choice for their yard. California Buckeye Facts California buckeye trees (Aesculus californica) are native to parts of California and southern Oregon. As a result of local growing conditions, this tree is specifically well adapted to growth in locations where there is little water or drought is possible. In fact, California buckeye trees are quite unique due to their summer loss of foliage. When weather becomes hot in the summer, California buckeye trees may begin to drop their leaves as a means to survive difficult growing conditions. Lush growth will

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Belle Of Georgia Peaches – Tips For Growing A Belle Of Georgia Peach Tree

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-08-14 11:00
If you want a peach that is the belle of the ball, try Belle of Georgia peaches. Gardeners in United States Department of Agriculture zones 5 to 8 should try growing a Belle of Georgia peach tree. The brilliant red flowers, multi-purpose fruits and disease resistant attributes of this plant make it an outstanding edible landscape tree. About Peach ‘Belle of Georgia’ Peaches are one of those fruits that are delicious fresh but also translate to canned, grilled and dessert recipes. The peach ‘Belle of Georgia’ is a blushed freestone with white succulent flesh. As an added bonus, the tree is self-fertile and doesn’t require a pollination partner to crop. It does, however, need at least 800 chilling hours for a reliable harvest. Not all peach trees are created equal. The Belle of Georgia peach tree is resistant to bacterial leaf spot and brown rot. Standard trees attain a height

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Greenhouse Succulent Care: Tips For Growing Greenhouse Succulents

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-08-14 07:00
The appeal of succulents for the home gardener continues to grow or may be just beginning. They are becoming favorites for many because they are easy to grow and handle neglect well. As such, commercial growers want their slice of the action and are growing the plants in their greenhouse operations. Hobbyists, too, enjoy growing greenhouse succulent plants. Growing Greenhouse Succulents Professional growers and hobbyists are adding substantial greenhouse succulent plants to their inventory in many areas. In places where succulents and cacti only grow outside for part of the year, greenhouse growing allows for bigger plants earlier in the year. However, they are facing a few pitfalls, especially with first-time growers. Growing succulents in a greenhouse is different from growing other plants in this environment. If you have a greenhouse and keep your succulents there, maybe you will benefit from these tips. Follow these basic suggestions for taking care

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What Is A Galia Melon: How To Grow Galia Melon Vines

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-08-13 18:00
What is a Galia melon? Galia melons have a tropical, sweet flavor similar to cantaloupe, with a hint of banana. The attractive fruit is orange-yellow, and the firm, smooth flesh is lime green. Galia melon plants were developed in Israel in the 1960s. Since that time, the hardy melons have gained popularity in countries around the world. Growing Galia melons isn’t difficult, even in humid or rainy climates. However, Galia melon plants need two to three months of consistently warm weather. Let’s learn how to grow Galia melon plants. Care of Galia Melons Plant Galia melon seeds directly in the garden when soil temperatures are at least 60 F. (16 C.). If you live in a climate with short summers, start seeds indoors about a month earlier. Plant the seeds in small pots filled with commercial potting soil. Germination requires temps of at least 68 F. (21 C.). Melons need

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Runoff Rain Gardening: Tips For Planting A Downspout Bog Garden

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-08-13 15:00
While drought is a very serious issue for many gardeners, others are faced with a much different obstacle – too much water. In regions that receive heavy rainfall in the spring and summer seasons, managing moisture in the garden and throughout their property can become quite difficult. This, in tandem with local regulations restricting drainage, can cause quite the conundrum for those looking for the best options for their yard. One possibility, the development of a downspout bog garden, is an excellent choice for those looking to add diversity and interest to their home landscape. Creating a Bog Garden Under a Downspout For those with excess runoff, rain gardening is an excellent way to optimize growing space that may have been thought unusable. Many native plant species are specifically adapted for and will thrive in locations that remain wet throughout the growing season. Creating a bog garden under a downspout

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What Is Etiolation: Learn About Etiolation Plant Problems

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-08-13 11:00
Sometimes, a plant will become spindly, colorless and generally listless not because of disease, lack of water or fertilizer, but due to an entirely different problem; an etiolation plant problem. What is etiolation and why does it occur? Read on to learn about etiolation in plants and how to stop etiolation plant problems. What is Etiolation? Etiolation in plants is a natural phenomenon and is simply a plant’s way of reaching for a light source. If you have ever started seeds without sufficient lighting, then you have seen how the seedlings grow rather spindly with a long abnormally thin, pale stem. This is an example of etiolation in plants. We generally know it as plant legginess. Etiolation is the result of hormones called auxins. Auxins are transported from the actively growing tip of the plant downwards, resulting in the suppression of lateral buds. They stimulate proton pumps in the cell

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Tomato Verticillium Wilt Control – How To Treat Tomatoes With Verticillium Wilt

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-08-13 07:00
Verticillium wilt can be a devastating infection for a tomato crop. This fungal infection comes from the soil and it cannot be treated with fungicides. The best way to avoid it is to use resistant tomato varieties. It is also important to know the signs of the disease to avoid spreading it from one area of your garden to another. What is Tomato Verticillium Wilt? Verticillium wilt is a fungal infection that can affect numerous plants, including tomatoes. The fungus persists in the soil and on plant material. It forms threads that infect plants through the root hairs. The best conditions for verticillium to thrive are those of early spring: cool and wet. Moist soil at a temperature around 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 Celsius) is ideal for the fungus to start infecting roots. Signs of Verticillium Wilt on Tomatoes Although the infection usually begins in spring, you may not see

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Barley Tillering And Heading Information – Learn About Barley Heads And Tillers

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-08-12 18:00
If you are thinking of growing barley in your home garden, you’ll need to learn about barley tillering and heading. Understanding barley heads and tillers is essential to growing this cereal crop. What are barley tillers? What is a barley head? Those just getting started with growing grains should read on to learn the ins and outs of tillering and heading of barley plants. About Barley Heads and Tillers To raise a good crop of barley, you need to understand how the cereal crop grows and the stages of barley development. The agricultural chemicals on the market today for barley only work if applied during specific barley growth stages. Both barley heads and tillers are parts of the barley plant. Their appearance signals new stages of barley plant growth. What are Barley Tillers? It is correct to say that tillers signal a stage of growth of the barley plant. But

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Do Plants Fight Off Predators: Learn About Plant Defense Mechanisms

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-08-12 15:00
Defense mechanisms are the automatic response by an organism in relation to a perceived threat. Examples of defense mechanisms, such as “fight or flight,” are very common when discussing mammals and other animals in the wild. However, plant defense mechanisms can be quite interesting as well. Due to their rooted nature, it may be difficult to imagine what measures plants are able to take to prevent outside attacks. One may quickly begin to wonder, “How does a plant defend itself?” Keep reading to learn about ways plants protect themselves from threats. How Do Plants Fight Off Predators? The ways plants protect themselves vary widely depending upon the location, growing conditions, and predators by which the plant may be attacked. In most cases, plant defenses are necessary to avoid damage, as well as to ensure that the plant is able to reproduce. When it comes to plant defense mechanisms, some plants

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Curly Parsley Uses: What To Do With Curly Parsley Plants

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-08-12 11:00
Curly parsley grows in most every herb garden, often along with flat-leaved parsley. Many recipes only call for parsley. So, what to do? Let’s take a look at the differences in parsley varieties and learn more about curly parsley plant care and uses. What is Curly Parsley? This is an easy-to-grow type of parsley with round curly leaves. The taste is stronger than that of the flat-leaf type and not too similar. Curly parsley uses include garnishing plates, often along with a fruit slice. You may also chop it finely and use as the parsley called for in those recipes, although the round curly leaves require more effort to wash than the flat-leaved type. This is part of the reason restaurants use flat parsley, as well as for its milder taste. The home gardener can easily grow both types of parsley and, depending on the recipe, decide whether to use

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Varieties Of Caraway – Are There Different Caraway Plant Species You Can Grow

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-08-12 07:00
Fans of caraway seed muffins know all about the seed’s heavenly aroma and slightly licorice flavor. You can grow and harvest your own seed to use in the spice cupboard, but first you need to choose the varieties of caraway that will perform best in your garden. There are approximately 30 caraway plant species, mostly native to Asia and Mediterranean regions. Caraway plant varieties are used across the globe, but they are usually classed by region and growth habit.  Different Kinds of Caraway Caraway has been used in food and as a medicine for centuries. The commonly cultivated variety has several cultivars but most remain unnamed. It is best to group the different kinds of caraway by their growth pattern, either annual or biennial. Technically, there are no listed named varieties. Annual caraway requires a longer growing season, while biennial types of caraway are grown in cooler regions. Biennial Caraway

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Squashes and Tomatoes and Corn, Oh My!

Organic Gardening 2 - Sun, 2019-08-11 22:37
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It's that time of year gardening friends--we're up to our ears in squash, tomatoes, cukes and corn! Oh what a lovely dilemna. Revel in the garden bounty--eat it everyday, share it when you can--and preserve the harvest by canning, fermenting, freezing and drying.
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What Are Early Robin Cherries – When Do Early Robin Cherries Ripen

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-08-11 18:00
Cherry pie, cherry tarts, and even that sundae topped off with a cherry just seem to taste so much better when coming from your own tree, fresh picked and delicious. And while there are lots of cherry trees you can grow, some stand out more than others. The Early Robin is one of them. Keep reading to learn more about growing Early Robin cherries. What are Early Robin Cherries? Discovered by a Washington orchardist in 1990, Early Robin is a large yellow cherry with a reddish blush. This heart-shaped cherry has a sweet flavor that makes it an ideal choice for fancy desserts, or for snacking by the handful. Early Robin cherries are marketed as a type of Rainier cherry. They are sometimes known as Early Robin Rainier. When do Early Robin cherries ripen? Rainier cherries ripen in late spring through early summer. Early Robin cherries ripen seven to 10

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Diseases In Orange Trees: How To Treat A Diseased Orange Tree

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-08-11 15:00
Growing oranges and other citrus can be a fun hobby for the home gardener, but it can also become derailed by disease. Make sure you know some of the main orange disease symptoms so that you can catch and manage problems early and still get a great harvest of fruit. Diseases in Orange Trees There are several common diseases that can impact citrus trees and that are caused by fungi, bacteria, or pests. Keep a close eye on your trees and look for the characteristic signs that you have sick orange trees. When you know the symptoms you can quickly diagnose and manage a particular disease. Greasy spot – Greasy spot is fungal infection that causes dark, greasy-looking spots on leaves, leaf drop, and reduced tree vigor. Fruits may have black specks. Citrus scab – Warty-looking scabs appear on fruit, twigs and leaves of trees affected with scab. Look for

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Grow Light Terminology: Basic Grow Light Information For Newbies

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-08-11 11:00
For those without a greenhouse or solarium (sunroom), starting seeds or generally growing plants inside can be a challenge. Giving the plants the proper amount of light can be a problem. This is where grow lights become a necessity. That said, for those new to greenhouse grow lights, grow light terminology can be confusing to say the least. Fear not, read on to learn some common grow light terms and other useful info that will serve as a future greenhouse lighting guide. Grow Light Information Before you go out and spend a bunch of money on grow lights, it is important to understand why grow lights are almost indispensable. Plants need light in order to photosynthesize, this much we all know, but many folks don’t realize that plants absorb different spectrums of light than just what is visible to people. Plants mostly use wavelengths in the blue and red parts

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Growing Berries That Attract Birds: How To Choose Berries Birds Love

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-08-11 07:00
Attracting birds into the home landscape can be an exciting and enjoyable hobby for everyone. Whether an avid bird watcher or one who just enjoys their beautiful songs, watching and listening to birds in the garden is an ideal form of relaxation for some people. From bluebirds to finches, encouraging colorful feathered friends into the yard can be achieved in a variety of ways, most especially by providing berries birds love. Planting Berries for Birds Although birds may easily be attracted with the use of feeders and bird baths in the warmer months, encouraging residents in your yard throughout cooler seasons can be a little more challenging. Diversity in bird feeding is essential to the health of birds, as well as the backyard ecosystem. By designing a space that incorporates diverse planting and feeding options, backyard bird watchers are able to meet the needs of the bird species they wish

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Treating Foliar Nematodes On Mums – Learn About Chrysanthemum Foliar Nematodes

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-08-10 18:17
Chrysanthemums are a fall favorite, growing in combination with asters, pumpkins and decorative winter squash, often displayed on bales of hay. Healthy plants fully flower and remain beautiful for several weeks with minimal care…unless the plants are hit by foliar nematodes (Aphelenchoides ritzema-bosi). Foliar Nematodes on Chrysanthemum What are foliar nematodes? They are tiny, unsegmented roundworms that swim in a film of water, according to pest information. Lesions appear and bottom leaves turn yellow and brownish, dropping when infected. Chrysanthemum foliar nematodes move up the stem, to higher leaves and the process continues. If you see this issue occurring on your mums, remove bottom leaves that are dying and avoid overhead watering. Treat healthy leaves that remain with a spray of insecticidal soap to decrease the nematode population. If desired, this might be a good time to replant into fresh soil. Nematodes often overwinter in soil and become active when

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