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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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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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