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Hosta Winter Preparation – What To Do With Hostas In Winter

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-11-02 11:00
Hostas are shade loving, woodland perennials that reliably come back year after year with very little care. While they are easy going plants for the most part, some simple hosta winter care should be undertaken in the fall. Keep reading to learn more. Hosta Cold Tolerance Prized for their color and texture, hostas can be grown in USDA zones 4-9. In these zones, the hosta growing season ends when temperatures dip below 50 F. (10 C.) at night. Hostas in winter go into a kind of stasis and this temperature dip is a signal to the plant to become dormant until temperatures warm in the spring. All hostas thrive when subjected to freezing or near freezing temperatures during their dormant phase. The number of days or weeks varies depending upon the cultivar, but chilling promotes earlier emergence and better all-around growth. At this juncture, it is time for some hosta

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Wind And Overwintering – Tips For Overwintering Plants In The Wind

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-11-02 07:00
Planning a garden filled with perennial flowers can be time consuming, as well as expensive. For many, protecting their landscape and investment in it is of great importance. As winter approaches each season, some gardeners find themselves wondering how to best protect perennial plants from swings in temperature. While frigid winter temperatures are obviously an issue, considering wind and overwintering of plants will also be of great importance. How Do Winter Winds Affect Plants? Overwintering in high wind areas can be difficult for many perennial plants. Convective heat loss resulting from high winds can cause damage to plants in cold climates. This issue is further exacerbated for plantings which are located in containers or pots. Overwintering Plants in the Wind When it comes to overwintering in high wind areas, protecting the plants will be key. When preparing for winter, perennial container plantings should be moved to a sheltered location. In

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Catalpa Tree Varieties: Learn About Different Kinds Of Catalpa Tree

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-11-01 18:00
Catalpa trees are tough natives offering creamy flowers in spring. The common catalpa tree varieties for home gardens in this country are hardy catalpa (Catalpa speciosa) and southern catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides), with some other kinds of catalpa available. However, like all trees, catalpas have their downsides. Read on for information on catalpa trees, including an overview of the varieties of catalpa trees available. Kinds of Catalpa Trees People either love catalpa trees or they hate them. These trees are tough and adaptable, so much so that they have been labeled “weed trees.” It doesn’t help that the tree is messy, dropping its large leaves, flower petals and cigar-shaped seed pods as they fade.  Still, the catalpa is a resilient, drought tolerant and attractive tree, used by indigenous people for medicinal purposes. It grows fast, putting down an extensive root system, and can be used to stabilize soil that may be

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Common Ginkgo Cultivars: How Many Kinds Of Ginkgo Are There

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-11-01 15:00
Ginkgo trees are unique in that they are living fossils, largely unchanged for nearly 200 million years. They have pretty, fan-shaped leaves and trees are either male or female. In the landscape, different kinds of ginkgo can be big shade trees and attractive ornamental additions to gardens. There are several varieties from which you can choose.  About Ginkgo Cultivars A ginkgo tree can grow up to 80 feet (24 meters) high and 40 feet (12 meters) wide, but there are also smaller varieties. All have the special, fan-shaped leaves. Ginkgo leaves turn vibrant yellow early in the fall, and they do well in urban environments. They require minimal care once mature. One important consideration when choosing a ginkgo tree of any variety is the fact that mature female trees produce fruit. The fruit begins to develop after about twenty years and it can be pretty messy. Many would also describe

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Eating Ginkgo Nuts: Information About The Fruits Of Ginkgo Trees

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-11-01 11:00
Over the last dozen years or so Ginkgo bilboa has made something of a name for itself. It has been touted as a restorative for memory loss. The purported curative is extracted from dried ginkgo leaves. Ginkgo also produces fruit, rather odoriferous fruit. Stinky the fruit may be, but what about eating the fruits of ginkgo trees? Can you eat ginkgo fruit? Let’s find out. Is Ginkgo Fruit Edible? Ginkgo is a deciduous tree that is most closely related to ancient cycads. It is a relic from prehistoric times, dating back as far as the Permian period (270 million years ago). Once thought to be extinct, it was rediscovered by a German scientist in the late 1600s in Japan. A group of Chinese Buddhist monks made it their mission to save and cultivate the species. They were successful, and today, ginkgo can be found growing around the world as an

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How To Eat Seed Pods – Growing Seed Pods You Can Eat

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-11-01 07:00
Some of the vegetables that you eat most often are edible seed pods. Take snap peas or okra, for instance. Other vegetables have seed pods you can eat as well, but the less adventurous may never have tried them. Eating seed pods seems to be one of those overlooked and underappreciated delicacies that past generations ate with no more thought than you would give to munching on a carrot. Now it’s your turn to learn how to eat seed pods. How to Eat Seed Pods Legumes are the most common seed pods you can eat. Others, like Kentucky coffeetree, have pods that are dried, crushed and then blended into ice cream and pastries as a flavor enhancer. Who knew? Maple trees have little “helicopter” edible seed pods that can be roasted or eaten raw. When radishes are allowed to bolt, they produce edible seed pods that mimic in flavor to

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Should You Separate Houseplants – When And How To Quarantine A Houseplant

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-10-31 18:00
What does it mean when you hear you should be quarantining new houseplants? The word quarantine comes from the Italian word “quarantina,” which means forty days. By quarantining your new houseplants for 40 days, you minimize the risk of spreading pests and diseases to your other plants. When to Quarantine Houseplants There are a few cases where you should keep houseplants separate and quarantine them: Anytime you are bringing home a new plant from a nursery Anytime you bring your houseplants inside after being outdoors during warm weather Anytime you spot pests or disease on your current houseplants If you separate houseplants by quarantining them, you will save yourself a lot of work and headaches in the future. How to Quarantine a Houseplant Before you actually quarantine a plant, you can take some preventative measures to help prevent the spread of pests and disease: Thoroughly inspect all parts of the

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Candy Corn Plant Won’t Flower: Why Is Candy Corn Plant Not Blooming

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-10-31 15:12
The candy corn plant is a beautiful example of tropical foliage and flowers. It is not at all tolerant of cold but forms a lovely bushy plant in warm regions. If your candy corn plant won’t flower, check that you are giving it the right environmental conditions and care. If you are, you should then look to its nutrient needs for answers regarding a candy corn plant not blooming. No Flowers on Candy Corn Plant Manettia inflata is known as the candy corn plant, cigar flower or firecracker vine. Each epithet aptly describes attributes of this beautiful Central and South American species. When a Manettia won’t bloom, it could be due to temperature changes, lighting, nutrients, inappropriate pruning, or possibly other cultural care, such as watering. Humidity As a tropical plant, candy corn vines need plenty of sun, moderately moist soil and humidity. In the absence of humidity, Manettia won’t

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Halloween Table Plants – Make A Living Halloween Centerpiece

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-10-31 11:00
Halloween is not just for kids anymore. Adults as well as youngsters appreciate the weird and wonderfully spooky nature of the holiday and organize get-togethers with costumed friends. If you are having a party or a sit-down dinner for the holiday, you might want to consider using Halloween flowers and plants as table decorations. Of course, the pumpkin is the rock star of Halloween, so it will feature in most Halloween centerpieces for tables, but there are plenty of other creative options. Read on to learn more. Halloween Table Plants Everybody knows that Halloween colors are pumpkin orange and black as night, but you won’t necessarily have to select Halloween flowers and plants in these colors for table decorations. If you include a pumpkin in the display, you’re already on point. One cool idea is to use a pumpkin as a vase to display flowers from your garden. That means

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What Is Broomcorn – How To Grow Broomcorn Plants

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-10-31 07:00
Do you wonder where those broom straws originate, the one that are bound tightly into the broom you may still use for sweeping porches and hardwood floors inside? These fibers come from a plant called broomcorn (Sorghum vulgare var. technicum), a variety of sorghum. What is Broomcorn? In addition to more traditional brooms, the broomcorn plant was also used for whiskbrooms, a short, hand broom that may still be used occasionally for small chores. Many brooms are replaced these days with some type of small, electronic sweeping device or with a sweeper product which grabs dust, dirt and hair. But, just in the previous century, brooms were regularly used as a cleaning device. Many people grew their own broom straw and made their own brooms. The crop was measured by how many hundreds of brooms it produced. It was a type of sorghum used exclusively for making brooms and whiskbrooms

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Labyrinth Maze Gardens – Learn How To Make A Garden Maze For Fun

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-10-30 18:00
A backyard labyrinth garden, or even a maze, is not as outlandish as it sounds. A small-scale labyrinth can be a pretty way to decorate garden space, and if you have more space, you can make a true puzzle: a maze to solve. Read on for some more garden maze and labyrinth ideas. What is a Labyrinth Garden? A labyrinth and a maze are not the same thing, but either can be made in the garden with plants or other materials. For a labyrinth, you simply construct a continuous path that twists and turns until it reaches the center of a circle, square or other shape. As compared to a labyrinth, maze gardens are more of a puzzle. This will look similar but contain branching paths. There is just one true route to the center and several wrong turns and dead ends to trick participants. A classic maze or labyrinth

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Planting With Cremains – Is There A Safe Way To Bury Ashes

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-10-30 15:04
Planting a tree, rose bush or flowers to memorialize a loved one can provide a beautiful place of remembrance. If you’ll be planting with cremains (cremated remains) of your loved one, there are extra steps you’ll need to take to ensure the viability of your remembrance garden. How to Make Cremains Safe for Soil It seems logical that ashes from cremated remains would be beneficial to plants, but in truth, cremains have a high alkaline and sodium content that is anything but beneficial. Both the high pH levels and excess sodium discourages plant growth by prohibiting absorption of the essential nutrients they require. This occurs whether the ashes are buried or scattered on top of the ground. The safe way to bury ashes or scatter cremains and ensure the viability of the memorial garden is to neutralize cremation ashes. Regular garden soil doesn’t have the capacity to buffer the high

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Common Plant Phobias – Fear Of Flowers, Plants, and More

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-10-30 11:00
I love gardening so much that I figure there must be dirt running through my veins, but not everyone feels the same way. Many people dislike mucking about in the dirt and have an actual fear of plants and flowers. Strange as it may seem to some, it turns out that there are actually a slew of common plant and garden related phobias. How Can You Be Afraid of Plants? Whether they admit it or not, everyone fears something. For many people, it’s an actual fear of plants and flowers. Considering the world is covered in plants, this phobia can be extremely serious and curtail a person’s lifestyle. Two of the most common plant phobias are botanophobia, the often irrational fear of plants, and anthophobia, the fear of flowers. But both botanophobia and anthophobia are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to garden phobias. Some garden phobias

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What Is Plant Mutation – Learn About Mutation In Plants

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-10-30 07:00
Mutation in plants is a naturally occurring phenomenon that alters the appearance of a plant’s characteristics, most notably in the foliage, flowers, fruit or stems. For example, a flower may exhibit two colors, exactly half and half. Many times, the mutant plants return to normal the next season. What Causes Plant Mutations? When a grower notices a favorable plant mutation, he or she can duplicate the effect through cuttings, grafting or division. Many variegated plants were cultivated from a mutation in a pure green tree or shrub, for example. Most gardeners can relate to finding solid green shoots in a variegated plant when new growth reverts to solid green. Removing the new green shoots can help keep the variegation intact. Changes in the genetic code occur randomly and can happen when mistakes are made during cell division and replication, after exposure to radiation or certain chemicals or because of weather

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Behavioral Problems And Gardening: Using Gardening For Behavioral Disorders

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-10-29 18:00
Many studies have been made on how gardening can positively influence the physical and mental wellbeing of gardeners. Whether growing herbs in a small container garden or making a much larger planting, the process of working the soil is invaluable to many growers. In recent years, the concept of horticultural therapy has gained popularity as a means for people to overcome physical, emotional, and behavioral barriers in their everyday lives. Therapeutic gardening for kids has specifically shown great promise as an effective way to help combat behavioral issues and to improve the self-esteem of children. How Gardening Helps Kids With the development of school and community gardens, the impact of planting vegetables and flowers with children has come into focus. These school gardens are undoubtedly a valuable classroom resource. However, they may also contribute to the overall well-being of students. The development of outdoor hobbies and interacting with nature can

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Gardening And Addiction – How Gardening Helps In Recovery

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-10-29 15:00
Gardeners already know how great this activity is for mental health. It’s relaxing, a good way to cope with stress, allows you to connect with nature, and provides a quiet time to reflect or not have to think at all. There is now evidence that gardening and being outdoors can aid in recovery from addiction and improve mental health as well. There are even organized programs for horticultural and garden therapy. How Gardening Helps in Recovery from Addiction Helping addiction with gardening should only be done after or while receiving professional support. This is a serious disease that is best treated by mental health and addiction professionals. Used as a supportive therapy or activity, gardening can be very useful. Gardening is a healthy activity to replace drug or alcohol use. People in recovery are often encouraged to take up one or two new hobbies to fill in extra time in

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Glow-In-The-Dark Plants – Learn About Plants That Glow

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-10-29 11:06
Plants that glow in the dark sound like features of a science fiction thriller. Glowing plants are already a reality in the research halls of universities like MIT. What makes plants glow? Read on to learn the underlying causes of glow-in-the-dark plants. About Glowing Plants Do you have solar lights in the backyard or garden? If glowing plants were available, you could do away with those lights and just simply use the plants themselves. It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. Fireflies and some kinds of jellyfish glow in the dark, as well as certain types of bacteria. Now scientists have worked out a way to transfer this glow-in-the-dark quality to living things that usually don’t glow, like plants. What Makes Plants Glow? Plants that glow in the dark don’t do it naturally. Like bacteria, plants have the genes that make glow-in-the-dark proteins. They do not, however, have the part

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Unusual Culinary Herbs – Spice Up Your Garden With These Different Herbs

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-10-29 07:00
If you love to cook and fancy yourself as somewhat of a foodie, then it’s likely you grow your own herbs. While most people grow the usual suspects: parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, mint, etc., the true connoisseur should spread his or her gardening wings and try growing some unusual, exotic culinary herb plants. If you’re interested in different cuisines, you may already have encountered the need for different herbs, so now it’s time to grow your own. About Unusual Herbs to Grow at Home Different herbs to try might simply be variations of a standard herb. Take mint, for instance. There are so many varieties of mint, from chocolate to pineapple to grapefruit and ginger, each with that intrinsic mint flavor but with a twist. Or instead of growing sweet basil, try growing beautiful purple Thai basil. Many common herbs have a relative with a little different spin that can

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Leaf Spot On Mums – Treating Chrysanthemum Bacterial Leaf Spot

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-10-28 18:06
When it comes to easy growing and general disease resistance, few plants can compare to the chrysanthemum. Lighting up the autumn landscape with myriad colors and forms, mums are a welcome addition to any outdoor space, whether in pots or planted in the garden. Unfortunately, the mighty mum has an Achilles heel: chrysanthemum leaf spot disease. How to Avoid Leaf Spot on Chrysanthemum Leaf spot of chrysanthemum is caused by the bacteria Pseudomonas cichorii, which is sometimes carried on the leaves of the plant, so even healthy looking specimens may be susceptible when conditions are right. For this reason, it is important to provide the proper growing conditions and use the appropriate watering technique to avoid bacterial leaf spot on mums. Bacteria thrives in warm, moist environments, so when planting mums, always use adequate spacing between plants to ensure good air circulation. Water plants at ground level rather than from

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Pea Plants With No Pods: Top Reasons Why Pea Pods Won’t Form

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-10-28 15:13
It’s frustrating. You prep the soil, plant, fertilize, water and still no pea pods. The peas are all foliage and the pea pods won’t form. There could be several reasons why your garden peas are not producing. Let’s take a look at the top reasons you have pea plants with no pods. Reasons for Garden Peas Not Producing Here are the top reasons why a pea plant may not be growing or producing as it should: Too Much Nitrogen Nitrogen is one of the macronutrients plants need. In the case of peas, more is not better. Peas are legumes, and these types of plants have the ability to take nitrogen from the atmosphere and convert it into a form used by plants. Legumes can even add nitrogen to the soil. When peas are all foliage with little or no blossom development, too much nitrogen is often the problem. Solution: Have

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