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Spring in the Vegetable Garden

Organic Gardening 2 - Sat, 2019-05-11 23:25
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It has been a very wet spring here in the Mid-Atlantic. I’m not complaining—always thankful for the precipitation—it makes it challenging for planting when the garden is soggy. Everything is verdant green and growing so fast you can see plants change daily.
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Survivor Pea Cultivation – Growing Survivor Peas In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-05-11 18:15
Shelling peas that produce prolifically and that have a delicious flavor are great to grow for fresh use and also to can and stock the freezer for winter. Consider the Survivor pea plant if you are looking for a unique variety that will give you a lot of peas with a time to maturity of just over two months. What are Survivor Peas? For a shelling pea, Survivor plants are desirable for a number of reasons. This variety is self-trellising, so you don’t need to plant it against some type of structure to support its growth. It produces a lot of peas that are easy to pick, and it takes just 70 days to reach maturity from seed. Of course, the flavor of the pea is also important, and this one is superior. The Survivor variety of pea was originally developed for commercial growing and to be harvested by machineRead this article
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Crispino Growing Info – Caring For Crispino Lettuce Plants

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-05-11 15:00
What is Crispino lettuce? A type of iceberg lettuce, Crispino dependably produces firm, uniform heads and glossy green leaves with a mild, sweet flavor. Crispino lettuce plants are especially notable for their adaptability, thriving in conditions that are less than ideal, especially in warm, humid climates. Are you interested in learning how to grow Crispino lettuce? Read on and learn how easy it can be. Crispino Growing Information Crispino iceberg lettuce matures in approximately 57 days. However, expect full heads to take at least three weeks longer in cool weather. Look for Crispino lettuce plants to mature about a week earlier in consistently warm weather. How to Grow Crispino Lettuce Caring for Crispino lettuce plants in the garden is an easy endeavor, as Crispino iceberg lettuce is hardy and can be planted as soon as the ground can be worked in spring. You can plant more lettuce when the temperatureRead this article
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London Plane Tree Problems – How To Treat A Sick Plane Tree

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-05-11 11:02
The London plane tree is in the genus Platanus and is thought to be a hybrid of the Oriental plane (P. orientalis) and the American sycamore (P. occidentalis). Diseases of London plane trees are similar to those that plague these relatives. Plane tree diseases are primarily fungal, although the tree may be afflicted with other London plane tree problems. Read on to learn about plane tree diseases and how to treat a sick plane tree. Diseases of London Plane Trees London plane trees are notable in their ability to withstand pollution, drought and other adverse conditions. The first hybrid appeared in London in around 1645 where it quickly became a popular urban specimen due to its ability to acclimate and even thrive in the city’s sooty air. Resilient the London plane tree may be, it is not without its share of problems, specifically disease. As mentioned, plane tree diseases tendRead this article
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African Violet Aphid Control – What To Do About African Violet Pests

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-05-11 07:00
Although African violets (Saintpaulia ionantha) hail from Africa, lots of people in the United States grow them as indoor plants. They are easy care and beautiful, blooming most of the year, but that doesn’t make them free of aphids or other pests. When you find African violet pests attacking your favorite potted plants, you need to take appropriate action. Read on for information on managing African violet insects, including tips for African violet aphid control. About African Violet Pests African violets have come a long way from their native home in the coastal woods of east Africa. Their vibrant blossoms in blues, pinks and lavenders can be seen on window sills everywhere, since they have become one of the most popular house plants in our country. But the flower’s popularity doesn’t prevent African violet pests from going on the attack. While one pest – root-knot nematodes – can kill theRead this article
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Apricot Brown Rot Treatment: What Causes Apricot Brown Rot

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-05-10 18:00
Homegrown apricots are so much better than anything you can get in the store. But if you grow them yourself, you have to contend with all kinds of problems you don’t see in the produce aisle. Apricots are prone to several serious diseases, and it’s vital to know how to fight them. Keep reading to learn more about what causes apricot brown rot and how to combat brown rot on apricot trees. What Causes Apricot Brown Rot? Apricot brown rot is caused by the fungus Monilinia fructicola, a fungus that affects most stone fruits. Apricot brown rot symptoms start appearing in the spring, soon after blossoms open. The blossoms turn brown and die, sap exudes from the flower bases, and brown cankers may form on the adjacent twigs. Fruit set will be much lower than normal. Young apricots are usually unaffected, but as the fruits mature, they become more susceptible.Read this article
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Summer Crisp Lettuce Info – Selecting And Growing Summer Crisp Lettuce

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-05-10 15:00
You can call it Summer Crisp, French crisp or Batavia, but these Summer Crisp lettuce plants are a lettuce lover’s best friend. Most lettuce grows best in cool weather, but Summer Crisp lettuce varieties tolerate summer heat. If you are looking for lettuce to grow next summer, read on. We’ll give you lots of Summer Crisp lettuce information, including tips for growing Summer Crisp lettuce in your garden. Summer Crisp Lettuce Info If you’ve ever eaten lettuce grown in too-hot weather, it’s likely you found it bitter tasting and even tough. That’s a good reason to put in Summer Crisp lettuce plants. These plants grow happily in summer heat. But they remain sweet, without any trace of bitterness. Summer Crisp lettuce varieties are a great meld of open lettuce and compact heads. They grow in loose, making it easy for you to harvest the outer leaves if you like, butRead this article
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Should You Move Bulbs – When And How To Transplant Bulbs In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-05-10 11:09
Planting spring-blooming flower bulbs in the fall is a great way to add a burst of early season color into the home landscape. Masses of flower bulbs, especially those which naturalize, can add years of interest to the garden. Bulbs like daffodils, muscari, and crocus are all examples of spring bulbs that thrive and often reproduce when planted in ideal locations of the landscape. However, one common issue with these plants results from a lack of bloom. Luckily, moving flower bulbs may be a simple solution to this problem. Should You Move Bulbs? Once planted, many bulbs do not need to be moved. However, in some cases, it will become necessary for bulb transplant. Moving flower bulbs is most often needed when a plant becomes too dense. As bulbs multiply throughout the years, the space needed for adequate root growth of the bulbs diminishes. One important sign of dense plantingsRead this article
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What Are Cremnophila Plants – Learn About Cremnophila Plant Care

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-05-10 07:19
The world of succulents is a strange and varied one. One of the genera, Cremnophila, has often been confused with Echeveria and Sedum. What are cremnophila plants? A few basic cremnophila plant facts will help sort out what these wonderful succulents are and how best to identify them. What are Cremnophila Plants? Cremnophila is a genus of succulent plants that was proposed in 1905 by Joseph N. Rose, an American botanist. The genus is native to Mexico and has characteristics that once put it in the Sedoideae family. It has been moved to its own sub-genus because it has features that also place it with Echeveria varieties. There is one species that is available for cactus lovers. Cremnophila succulents are primarily small desert plants that produce stems and flowers that resemble sedum. The leaves are closely aligned with those of echeveria in rosette form and texture. These attributes made classifyingRead this article
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What Are Cereal Cyst Nematodes – How To Stop Cereal Cyst Nematodes

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-05-09 18:00
Most wheat, oats and barley varieties grow during cool seasons and mature as the weather warms. Growing from early winter with a late spring harvest, the crop is less vulnerable to warm season pests. However, there are issues that arise during the cool season. One of the most prominent issues is cereal cyst nematodes. If you’re curious and asking, “what are cereal cyst nematodes,” read on for an explanation. Cereal Cyst Nematode Info Nematodes are tiny worms, often roundworms and cutworms. Some are free-living, feeding on plant materials such as wheat, oats and barley. These can cause extreme damage and make crops unsaleable. Yellowing patches above ground can indicate you have this nematode in the crop. Roots may be swollen, ropey or knotted with shallow growth. Small white cysts on the root system are female nematodes, loaded with hundreds of eggs. Juveniles do the damage. They hatch when temperatures dropRead this article
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Lady Fingers Care Guide: What Is A Fingertips Succulent

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-05-09 15:00
Lady fingers plant (Dudleya edulis) is a succulent plant with delicate, rounded leaves about the width of a pencil. The plant bears clusters of white blooms in summer. The fleshy, pointed leaves often turn red or orange during the heat of summer. Thanks to its finger-like appearance, this plant has garnered a number of unusual and interesting names, including string bean plant, fingertips succulent, San Diego dudleya, liveforever and dead man’s fingers. In the past, fingertips succulent, native to northern Baja California and southern California, was known as mission lettuce or chalk lettuce because the edible leaves were considered to be a delicacy. If this bit of information has piqued your curiosity, read on and we’ll provide a few tips on growing fingertips succulents. How to Grow Fingertips Lady fingers care is easy and growing fingertips plants is suitable in USDA plant hardiness zones 7 through 10. Look for ladyRead this article
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Strawberry Chill Hours – What Are Strawberry Chilling Requirements

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-05-09 11:00
Many plants require a specific number of chilling hours to break dormancy and begin to grow and fruit again. Strawberries are no exception and chilling of strawberry plants is a common practice amongst commercial growers. The number of strawberry chill hours depends on whether the plants are being grown outside and then stored or are being forced in a greenhouse. The following article discusses the relationship between strawberries and cold, and the chilling requirements for strawberries. About Strawberry Chill Hours Strawberry chilling is important. If the plants don’t get enough chill hours, the flower buds may not open in the spring or they may open unevenly, resulting in a reduction in yield. The production of leaves may be delayed as well. The traditional definition of a chill hour is any hour under 45 F. (7 C.). That said, academics quibble over the actual temperature. In the case of chilling requirementsRead this article
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Plane Tree Seed Saving: When To Collect Plane Tree Seeds

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-05-09 07:00
The London plane tree, the plane tree, or just the sycamore, are all names for the large, elegant shade and landscape trees most well-known for scaly, multi-colored bark. There are several species of plane tree, but they are all tall and attractive and desirable to have in yards. Harvesting plane tree seeds isn’t difficult, and with good care you can grow them into healthy trees. About Plane Tree Seeds The seeds of the plane tree can be found in the fruiting balls that develop from female flowers. They are also known as the fruit or the seed pods of the tree. The balls typically mature mid-fall and break open to release seeds in early winter. The seeds are small and covered in stiff hairs. There are many seeds in each fruiting ball. When to Collect Plane Tree Seeds The best time for plane tree seed collection is in late fall,Read this article
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Can Beer Be Composted: A Guide To Composting Leftover Beer

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-05-08 18:00
You may or may not be aware of how beer can be used in the garden, and the title of this article may induce shudders of revulsion in teetotalers and cringes of dismay in beer aficionados; nonetheless, the questions stands. Can you compost beer? Maybe a better question is should you compost beer? Does beer in compost add anything to the pile? Turns out that composting leftover beer has a few surprising advantages. Read on to learn more. Can Beer Be Composted? Those new to composting may have some trepidation introducing anything “out of the norm” to the compost pile. It is true that a compost pile requires a delicate balance between carbon and nitrogen, moisture, and sufficient aeration in order to create enough heat to break down. Too much or too little of one thing can disrupt the balance, leading to a wet, stinky pile or a dry oneRead this article
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Pea ‘Sugar Daddy’ Care – How Do You Grow Sugar Daddy Peas

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-05-08 15:00
With a name like ‘Sugar Daddy’ snap peas, they had better be sweet. And those who grow Sugar Daddy peas say you won’t be disappointed. If you are ready for a truly string-free snap pea, Sugar Daddy pea plants might be the ones for your garden. Read on for information on growing Sugar Daddy peas. About Sugar Daddy Pea Plants Sugar Daddy peas have a lot going for them. They are bush vine peas that grow fast and furiously. In two short months, the plants are laden with tightly packed pods at every node. Before you grow Sugar Daddy peas, you’ll want to know the type of garden space you are committing. The plants grow to 24 inches (61 cm.) tall, and each tender, curved pod is about 3 inches (8 cm.) long. They are deliciously sweet tossed into salads or cooked in stir-fries. Some claim that they are bestRead this article
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Driftwood Garden Art: Tips On Using Driftwood In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-05-08 11:05
While beautiful flowering plants are major focal points within any garden landscape, many growers find themselves looking to complete their yards with unique and interesting accent decorations. Some may opt for more expensive pieces, but budget savvy gardeners take joy from the collection of folk-art pieces – both equally fitting into the respective style of the garden. Whether garden décor is new, upcycled, or made from natural materials, there is no denying that it can add a sense of charm to these spaces. Driftwood, for example, has gained popularity in recent years just for this reason. How to Use Driftwood in the Garden Driftwood is an excellent material to use as garden décor for a wide variety of reasons. While the things to do with driftwood are limitless, using driftwood in the garden also allows for an organic and natural approach to decorating both large and small corners of theRead this article
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Mailbox Garden Ideas: Tips For Gardening Around A Mailbox

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-05-08 07:01
There are many mailbox ideas drawing from specific garden schemes and personal likes. What is a mailbox garden? Mailbox garden design centers on the mailbox and the space around it. How extravagant you get is up to you but consider the size, maintenance and access to the space before you begin planting. What is a Mailbox Garden? Gardening around a mailbox adds curb appeal and gives your mailperson something nice to view along their route. Your personal taste will dictate if you are creating a Mediterranean, English country, desert or other themed space. Remember that plants in this location are often near the roadside and will have to contend with exhaust, chemicals, heat that radiates off the curb or sidewalk, and often dry conditions. Mailbox gardens are more than just some plants around the box. They are an opportunity to brighten up a boring mailbox, but more than that theyRead this article
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Getting A Succulent To Flower: Why Won’t My Succulent Bloom

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-05-07 18:09
Most of us love our succulents just for the unusual and different types of foliage. Getting a succulent to flower is an additional bonus from this already wonderful plant. Yet, as proof that our thumb is really green, we may be concerned if there are no blooms on succulents. Learning how to make succulents bloom is somewhat different from getting blossoms on other plants. Let’s look at ways to encourage timely succulent flowering. Why Won’t My Succulent Bloom? Flowers usually appear on mature and properly located succulents. If you start new plants from leaves or cuttings, it might be five years or more before blooms appear. This time-frame is even longer for cactus, as some varieties don’t flower until the plant is 30 years old. If you know the name of your succulent or cactus, try searching for bloom information for the individual plant. Some experts say your succulents bloomRead this article
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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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