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Gravel Garden Ideas – Ways To Garden With Gravel In The Landscape

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-11-14 18:03
Creating unique and interesting spaces that are excellent for socializing or inviting to native wildlife is easier than one may think. Choosing hardscape materials is just one key aspect of developing the look and purpose of a space. In general, hardscaping refers to the manner in which homeowners use concrete, stones, and other non-plant structures. While attention grabbing boulders and water features is one idea, implementing various types of gravel gardens is another excellent way to enhance your space. Read on for some easy gravel garden ideas you can try out yourself. Benefits of Gravel Garden Beds When it comes to ways to garden with gravel, the options are limitless. Throughout the design process, homeowners will need to consider the size and color of stones to be used. While areas like driveways may be better suited for larger gravel, smaller stones may be optimal for areas that receive high amounts

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Gravel Bed Garden Design: Tips On Laying A Gravel Garden

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-11-14 15:08
There are many useful mulches to use on the garden bed. Some help retain moisture, as does the gravel garden bed. Gravel beds are something you won’t see in every garden, but they can provide something different in your landscape. Read more to see if laying a gravel garden is an option for you. Gravel Bed Garden Design Your gravel bed can be any shape and as large or small as you need. The secret to beautiful plants growing in the gravel bed is plant choice and soil preparation. Drought resistant plants are perfect for this type of bed. Once the gravel top cover is in place, you likely won’t disturb it. Use a border. This helps define the area and keeps the gravel in place. Bury a metal garden strip around the edges, leaving half an inch above ground to hold the rock. Or use a wider border made

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Gravel Garden Shrubs – Planting Shrubs In Rocky Soil

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-11-14 11:00
Not every backyard is filled with the rich organic loam many plants seem to prefer. If your soil is mostly gravel, you can still develop and enjoy a beautiful garden by selecting appropriate shrubs. You may actually be surprised by the number of shrubs that grow in gravel. Read on for some great ideas on what shrubs grow in rocky soil. Planting Shrubs in Rocky Soil Rocky soil and gravel beds make quick draining gardens, but lack nutrients many plants need to survive. Amending the soil is possible, if you don’t mind the very long process. The other option is to find shrubs that grow in gravel. Fortunately, there are more than a few. Many gardeners use their gravel soil areas to build rock gardens. Planting shrubs in rocky soil can create a garden for all seasons if you select the correct plants. Dwarf conifers add texture and interest all

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Nanking Bush Cherry Care – How To Grow A Bush Cherry Tree

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-11-14 07:00
Growing your own fruit is the pinnacle of many gardeners’ dreams. Once established, fruit trees supply a reliable harvest each year. Other than routine maintenance of the trees, the only real labor is the picking. What if you could grow cherries without the hassle of climbing a ladder to pick them? If that sounds intriguing, you may want to consider growing bush cherries. What is a Nanking Cherry? Nanking cherry (Prunus tomentosa) is a central Asian species of bush cherry tree native to China, Japan and the Himalayas. They were introduced into the U.S. in 1882 and are winter hardy in USDA zones 3 to 6. The Nanking cherry is a fast-growing species that sets fruit within two years. Without pruning, a Nanking bush cherry tree can reach heights of 15 feet (4.6 m.), but the spreading growth habits of the Nanking cherry allow it to grow as a shrub

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Chrysanthemum Crown Gall Treatment: Managing Crown Gall Of Mum Plants

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-11-13 18:00
Got galls? Galls are overgrowths of the stems in plants that resemble tumors. In chrysanthemums, they appear on the main stem and peripheral twigs. The fat, ugly tumors are the most obvious of the chrysanthemum crown gall symptoms. What causes this and how do you prevent it? The disease affects plants in over 90 families and is as contagious to plants as the common cold is to humans. Chrysanthemum Crown Gall Symptoms Crown gall of mum plants disrupts the flow of nutrients and water to other parts of the specimen. The first observed symptoms are usually on the crown of the plant but can also be seen on the stem. The disease also affects the roots, but this is less easy to detect without digging up the plant. The galls are warty tumors seen upon the basal or crown parts of the chrysanthemum. They are light green to whitish and

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Herbs for Thanksgiving

Organic Gardening 2 - Wed, 2019-11-13 15:54
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The robust, perennial, woody-stemmed herbs are what I use most during fall and winter. They lend themselves to the seasonal foods. Read all about what herbs will complement our Thanksgiving feast; I know we will receive compliments for these traditional family favorites.
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Whipcord Cedar Care – How To Grow Whipcord Western Red Cedars

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-11-13 15:00
When you first look at Whipcord western red cedars (Thuja plicata ‘Whipcord’), you might think you’re seeing a variety of ornamental grass. It’s hard to imagine Whipcord cedar is a cultivar of the arborvitae. Upon closer inspection, you’ll see its scale-like leaves are similar, but Whipcord western red cedar trees lack the conical shape so often associated with other arborvitae varieties. In fact, calling the Whipcord a tree is a bit of an overstatement. What is a Whipcord Cedar? Barbara Hupp, co-owner of Drake Cross Nursery in Silverton Oregon, is credited with the discovery of the Whipcord cultivar in 1986. Unlike other arborvitae, Whipcord western red cedars grow as a compact, rounded shrub. It’s very slow growing and will eventually reach 4 to 5 feet tall (1.2 to 1.5 m.). This is dwarf-like in comparison to the 50- to 70-foot (15 to 21 m.) mature height of the giant arborvitae.

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Pacific Rhododendron Care – How To Grow A Pacific Rhododendron

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-11-13 11:00
One of the more spectacular North American native shrubs is the Pacific rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum). Other names for the plant include California rosebay and coast rhododendron. Using Pacific rhododendron plants as part of natural landscaping provides eye-popping blooms combined with ease of care. These wild plants are very adaptable and versatile. Keep reading for tips on how to grow a Pacific rhododendron in your garden. Pacific Rhododendron Info Using native plants in the landscape is a foolproof way to reduce maintenance. This is because they are already adapted to growing well in the region and suffer less problems than exotic or imported species. The soil should be acidic for growing California Rosebay and it needs to live in an area that has cool winters and mild summers. If you’re looking for a bee magnet and a breathtaking early summer bloomer, consider Pacific rhododendron plants. They have lance-shaped, leathery, evergreen leaves

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Native Azalea Shrubs – Where Do Western Azaleas Grow

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-11-13 07:02
Both rhododendrons and azaleas are common sights along the Pacific coast. One of the most common varieties of these is the Western azalea plant. Read on to find out what a Western azalea is and tips on growing Western azalea plants. What is a Western Azalea? Western azalea plants (Rhododendron occidentale) are deciduous shrubs of about 3-6 feet (1-2 m.) tall and wide. They are commonly found in moist areas such as along the coast or along streambeds. They leaf out in the spring followed by brilliant blossoms of fragrant blooms in the late spring – May to June. The trumpet-shaped blooms may be pure white to pale pink and occasionally marked with orange or yellow. These are borne in clusters of 5-10 showy blooms. Newly emerging twigs are red to orange brown but, as they age, attain a gray-brown color. Where Do Western Azaleas Grow? Western azalea plants are

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Trimming Beech Hedges – How To Prune Beech Hedge Trees

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-11-12 18:01
Having a tidy property is one reason for trimming beech hedgerows. Left untrimmed, beech hedge plants would return to their natural state as scraggly bushes or trees. There are other reasons for homeowners to learn how to prune beech hedge. Regularly pruning and trimming beech hedges encourages more branches and leaves to grow. This translates to a fuller hedge with fewer gaps or bald spots. Likewise, pruning at the correct time of year allows beech hedge plants to retain their foliage throughout the winter. How to Prune Beech Hedge Select the best tool for the job. Firing up the hedge trimmer may get the job done quicker, but rough-hewed leaves can turn brown and leave the beech hedgerow looking unattractive. The recommended tool for trimming beech hedges would be pruning shears or hand pruners. Set up a string guide. If you’re looking for professional quality results, you’ll want the top

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Types Of Hedging: Information About Plants Used For Hedges

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-11-12 15:00
Hedges do the work of fences or walls in a garden or yard, but they are cheaper than the hardscape. Hedge varieties can hide ugly areas, serve as privacy screens for yards on busy streets, or block the wind, while also making the area greener and more attractive. What hedge plants to choose? Plants used for hedges should be chosen to fulfill the purpose of the hedge, so clarify your intentions before you decide. Read on for a list of hedge plant ideas. Types of Hedging Hedges can be as tall or as short as serves your purpose. Some hedge shrubs grow taller than 100 feet tall (30 m.) while others don’t get taller than you are. If you want a line of short hedge plants to mark the edge of a patio, you’ll want to use different hedge varieties than when you are trying to block 50-mile-an-hour winds. Plants

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Trees To Prune Into Hedges: What Trees Make Good Hedges

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-11-12 11:00
Hedges serve many purposes in a garden. These living walls can block the wind, ensure privacy, or simply establish one area of the garden from another. You can use shrubs for hedges; however, you can also try making trees into hedges. What trees make good hedges? Read on for some ideas on using trees as hedge plants. What Trees Make Good Hedges? Farmers have been using trees as hedge plants for hundreds of years. Often, they would use a local tree species that grows well in the area and simply plant them close together to form hedgerows. Today, homeowners tend to make hedges by planting one type of evergreen tree in a straight line. Popular choices for trees to prune into hedges include slender, upright evergreens like Spartan juniper or Emerald arborvitae. These trees both grow to 15 feet (5 m.) tall and 3 feet (1 m.) wide. In many

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Fast Growing Trees: Learn About Common Trees That Grow Quick

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-11-12 07:00
Mature trees add life and focus to a backyard garden and provide shade for warm, sunny days. It’s such an advantage to have trees sharing your space that most gardeners prefer fast-growing trees to reach that goal as quickly as possible. If you wish you’d planted trees years ago, you may be looking for the quickest trees to grow. Keep reading for a round up of some of the most popular trees that grow fast. What Trees Grow Quickly? It may seem discouraging to plant a tree seedling that won’t reach a reasonable height for years. This isn’t the case with all tree species though, so look for trees that grow quickly. What trees grow quickly? Luckily, there are quite a few fast-growing trees out there, making it very likely you can find one to suit your planting location. Be sure to select trees that grow well in your hardiness

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Earliana Cabbage Variety: How To Grow Earliana Cabbages

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-11-11 18:00
Earliana cabbage plants develop much sooner than most varieties, ripening in about 60 days. The cabbages are very attractive, deep green, with a round, compact shape. Growing Earliana cabbage isn’t difficult. Just remember that cabbage is a cool weather vegetable. It can tolerate frost but is likely to bolt (go to seed) when temperatures rise above 80 F. (27 C.). Get started as early in spring as possible so you can harvest the cabbages before the peak of summer. If you live in a mild climate, you can grow a second crop in late summer for harvest in winter or spring. Read on for more Earliana cabbage info, and learn about growing this sweet, mild cabbage in your own garden. Growing Earliana Cabbage Variety For an early harvest, start seeds indoors. Earliana cabbage variety can be planted outdoors three to four weeks before the last frost in spring, so start

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Growing Dwarf Viburnums – Learn About Small Viburnum Shrubs

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-11-11 15:00
Most shrubs are impressive for a season. They might offer flowers in spring or fiery fall colors. Viburnums are among the most popular shrubs for home gardens since they provide many seasons of garden interest. However, not every gardener has a space big enough to accommodate these large shrubs. If this is your situation, help is on the way as new dwarf viburnum varieties have developed. These compact viburnum plants offer the same multi-season pleasure, but in a smaller size. Read on for information about small viburnum shrubs. Dwarf Types of Viburnum If you are a gardener with a smaller yard, you won’t be able to plant the Koreanspice viburnum (Viburnum carlesii), the shade tolerant shrub with intoxicatingly fragrant spring flowers. This variety can grow to 8 feet (2 m.) tall, a formidable size for a small garden. Given the demand, the marketplace has responded with smaller cultivars so you

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Cold Hardy Shrubs – Popular Shrubs With Winter Interest

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-11-11 11:00
All shrubs look great in spring when new leaves or blossoms cover the branches. Some can add interest to a garden in winter as well. Shrubs for winter don’t have to be evergreens to be ornamental in the colder months. Some shrubs with winter interest have brightly colored stems or fruit that remain on the branches as autumn turns into winter. For more information about winter shrubs, read on. Choosing Shrubs for Winter Fall can bring brilliant and fiery displays as leaves turn different reds and yellows. Eventually, the colors fade and winter gray blankets all. If you choose your backyard shrubs carefully, however, they can add color and interest to the garden. Which plants make good winter shrubs? It is important to pick cold hardy shrubs that thrive in your hardiness zone. In addition, look for shrubs that offer ornamental qualities when their leaves are gone. Fruiting Shrubs to

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Elaeagnus Plant Care – How To Grow Elaeagnus Limelight Plants

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-11-11 07:10
Elaeagnus ‘Limelight’ (Elaeagnus x ebbingei ‘Limelight’) is a variety of Oleaster that is primarily grown as a garden ornamental. It could also be grown as part of an edible garden or permaculture landscape. It is an extremely resilient plant able to tolerate a variety of conditions, and is often grown as a windbreak. Since Elaeagnus growing conditions are so varied, it can be utilized in a multitude of ways. The following article contains information on how to grow Elaeagnus ‘Limelight.’ Information on Elaeagnus ‘Limelight’ Elaeagnus ‘Limelight’ is a hybrid comprised of E. macrophylla and E. pungens. This thorny evergreen shrub grows to about 16 feet (5 m.) in height and about the same distance across.  Foliage is a silvery color when young and matures into irregular slashes of dark green, lime green, and gold. The shrub bears clusters of small tubular shaped blooms in the leaf axils, which are followed

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Leaves That Stand Out: Growing Plants With Beautiful Foliage

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-11-10 18:00
Plants with beautiful foliage can be just as eye-catching and elegant as those with flowers. While foliage usually provides the backdrop of a garden, plants with cool looking leaves can get a starring role if the leaves are big in size or bold in color variegation. If you want to liven up a shady area or add a unique spectacle to your garden, you can do it with stunning plant foliage. Read on for ideas. Plants with Beautiful Foliage Every leaf has its own beauty, but some are more exceptional. They may ‘wow’ us by their size, shape, or color. Some of these plants also grow flowers, but the leaves are the primary ornamental attraction. You’ll find stunning plant foliage on more than a few perennials. One to look for is canna (or canna lily). This plant is actually not a true lily. It has huge banana-shaped leaves that can

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Attractive Seed Pod Plants: Growing Plants That Have Pretty Seeds

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-11-10 15:00
In the garden we plant colorful flowers and plants with different heights, colors and textures, but how about plants that have pretty seeds? Incorporating plants with attractive seed pods is as important as varying the size, shape and color of plants in the landscape. Read on to learn about plants with interesting seed pods. About Seed Pod Plants Plants that produce true pods are members of the legume family. Peas and beans are well-known legumes, but other less familiar plants are also members of this family, such as lupines and wisteria, whose blooms give way to bean-like seed pods. Other plants produce pod-like seed constructions that differ botanically from legume seed pods. Capsules are one type, produced by blackberry lilies and poppies. Poppy capsules are dark rounded pods with a ruffle on top. Inside the pod are hundreds of tiny seeds that not only self-sow, but are delicious in a

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Winterizing The Perennial Garden – Tips For Perennial Winter Care

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-11-10 11:05
While annual plants live for one glorious season only, the life span of perennials is at least two years and can go much longer. That doesn’t mean you can enjoy perennials summer after summer if you ignore them in winter, however. While those in extremely mild climates can get away with minimal perennial winter care, the rest of us need to think about winterizing the perennial garden. If you are not sure about how to take care of perennials in winter, read on for tips. About Perennials in Winter Winter is different in the many regions of the country. In some locations, winter means ice and snow and freezing winds. In others, it means a slight shift from mild to cooler temperatures in the evenings. Regardless of where you live, you’ll need to put a little effort into the perennial garden in winter. Otherwise, you may not find your plants

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