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Fireflies As Pest Control – How Are Fireflies Beneficial To Gardens

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-08-10 15:17
Fireflies are a treasured part of the summer garden. Also known as lightning bugs, these insects are unique for their ability to “light up” as they fly through the air on a hot and humid evening. Common in backyards, many gardeners may have never considered whether or not this insect is a garden friend or foe. By learning more about lightning bugs and about their life cycle, home gardeners are able to feel more confident about the benefits of fireflies and their ability to encourage more frequent visits from this insect.  Are Fireflies Beneficial? Adult fireflies are very common in gardens. In fact, even those living in larger cities have likely encountered this insect as the sun has started to set. Adult fireflies are those which are most easily identified. More specifically, male lightning bugs are typically the ones seen flying throughout the garden. As they glow, they actively seek

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Bulb Planting Depth Guidelines: How Deep Should I Plant Bulbs

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-08-10 11:00
Bulbs always seem a bit like magic. Each dry, round, papery bulb contains a plant and everything it will need to grow. Planting bulbs is a wonderful, easy way to add enchantment to your spring or summer garden. If you are considering adding bulb plants to your beds this year, you’ll want to get the how-to info well in advance, including site preparation and bulb planting depth. Read on for tips on planting bulbs, including how deep to plant bulbs of different sizes. About Planting Bulbs Most bulbs are either spring flowering or summer flowering. You can plant spring bulbs in autumn, then summer bulbs in spring. The preliminary steps for planting bulbs are very much the same as for garden plants. You need to cultivate the soil down to a depth of 12 to 14 inches (30-35 cm.) and be sure that the soil drains well. Organic compost can

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Eating Vegetables For B Vitamins: Veggies With High Vitamin B Content

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-08-10 07:02
Vitamins and minerals are essential to good health, but what does Vitamin B do and how can you ingest it naturally? Vegetables as a Vitamin B source are probably the easiest way to gather this vitamin, although B12 will have to come from fortified foods. B vitamin-rich veggies carry necessary compounds such as riboflavin, folate, thiamin, niacin, biotin, pantothenic acid, and B12 and B6. Each has a different effect on the body, and vegetables high in Vitamin B carry different levels of each compound. Using Vegetables as a Vitamin B Source Vitamin B is known to help store energy and utilize carbohydrates, produce red blood cells, aid in digestion, promote a healthy nervous system and more. These health benefits translate to less heart disease, lower risk of birth defect, clearer brain function and healthy skin. B12 is the only compound that is found in animal products and must come from

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Storing Caraway: Learn How To Dry Caraway Seeds

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-08-09 18:00
Dried caraway seeds add a sweet, subtle, licorice-like flavor to baked goods, hot dishes, soups, soft cheese and a variety of other culinary treats. Dried caraway seeds may even aid digestion and soothe upset tummies. If you’re wondering how to preserve caraways seeds from the plants grown in your garden, drying caraway is the easiest and safest way to go. Want to learn how to dry caraway seeds? Read on for easy instructions. How to Dry Caraway Seeds Harvest ripe caraway plants when the seed pods have dried and changed color but haven’t yet shattered. Divide the plants into small bunches. (You can also uproot entire plants). Put each bunch (or plant) in a paper sack with the top of the bag gathered and tied around the stems. Poke a few small holes in the sack to provide air circulation. Hang each bunch upside-down in a dry room where temperatures

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What Is Plum Bacterial Canker: How To Prevent Plum Bacterial Canker

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-08-09 15:02
Bacterial canker is a disease that can damage most types of stone fruit trees, including plum. If you grow fruit trees, knowing how to prevent plum bacterial canker is important for maintaining good tree health and a reliable harvest. Fortunately, prevention and management can help ensure you don’t see this disease in your orchard or that it has little impact on your trees’ health. What is Plum Bacterial Canker? Bacterial canker of plum is actually a disease that can affect any tree from the Prunus genus. These include plums as well as peaches and cherries. Other names for the disease are blossom blast, spur blight, twig blight, and gummosis. The cause of the disease is a bacterial infection triggered by Pseudomonas syringae. Bacterial Canker Plum Symptoms Plums with bacterial canker show most obvious signs of disease in spring. Trees most likely to be affected are between two and eight years

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Silicon And Gardening: Do Plants Need Silicon In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-08-09 11:00
If you garden, you know that there are certain essential nutrients necessary for plant health and growth. Most everyone knows of the big three: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, but there are other nutrients, such as silicon in plants, that while not perhaps as necessary, play a vital role in growth and health. What is the function of silicon and do plants really need silicon? What is Silicon? Silicon makes up the second highest concentration of the earth’s crust. It is commonly found in soil but can only be absorbed by plants in the form of monosilicic acid. Broad leaf plants (dicots) take up small amounts of silicon and accumulate very little into their systems. Grasses (monocots), however, accumulate up to 5-10% in their tissue, a higher than normal range over that for nitrogen and potassium. Function of Silicon in Plants Silicon seems to improve plant responses to stress. For instance,

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Mortgage Lifter Tomato Care – Growing Mortgage Lifter Tomatoes

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-08-09 07:00
If you’re looking for a flavorful, large, main-season tomato, growing Mortgage Lifter may be the answer. This heirloom tomato variety produces 2 ½ pound (1.13 kg.) fruit up until frost and includes a delicious story to share with fellow gardeners. What are Mortgage Lifter Tomatoes? Mortgage Lifter tomatoes are an open pollinated variety which produces a pinkish-red beefsteak-shaped fruit. These meaty tomatoes have few seeds and mature in approximately 80 to 85 days. Mortgage Lifter tomato plants grow 7- to 9-foot (2.1 to 2.7 meters) vines and are indeterminate, meaning they set fruit continuously throughout the growing season. This variety was developed in the 1930’s by a radiator mechanic working from his home-based repair shop in Logan, West Virginia. Like many depression era home owners, M.C. Byles (aka Radiator Charlie) was concerned about paying off his home loan. Mr. Byles developed his renowned tomato by crossbreeding four large-fruited varieties of

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Harvesting Hot Peppers: Tips For Picking Peppers That Are Hot

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-08-08 18:18
So you have a lovely crop of hot peppers thriving in the garden, but when do you pick them? There are several things to consider before you begin harvesting hot peppers. The following article discusses harvest and storage of hot peppers. When to Pick Hot Peppers Most peppers take at least 70 days from transplanting and another 3-4 weeks thereafter to reach maturity. Hot peppers often take longer. Be sure that you know what type of pepper you have planted and then look up the days to maturity. If you have a plant tag or seed packet, the planting time should be there. If not, there’s always the internet. If you have no idea what variety you are growing, you will need to ascertain harvest time by other means. The days to maturity will give you a big clue as to when your hot pepper harvest will commence, but there

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Indoor Bean Care Guide: Can You Grow Beans Inside

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-08-08 15:05
Whether it is the middle of winter or you are hard-pressed to find space for a garden, growing plants indoors is both appealing and beneficial. For many who wish to begin growing flowers and vegetables, doing so indoors is often the only option. Luckily, many crops can be grown in limited spaces and without access to a large vegetable plot. For those looking to begin planting indoors, crops such as beans offer a great alternative to traditional methods. Can You Grow Beans Inside? Growing beans indoors is an excellent option for many gardeners. Not only are indoor bean plants able to thrive, but they offer growers the benefit of attractive foliage throughout the process. Their compact size and quick growth habit make them ideal for container culture as well. Indoor Bean Care To begin growing beans indoors, gardeners will first need to select a container. Beans do well in most

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Chinese Pistache Issues: Chinese Pistache Tree Losing Leaves And Other Problems

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-08-08 11:00
Gardeners love Chinese pistache trees (Pistacia chinensis) for their graceful structure and vivid fall color. Many plant these deciduous trees to enjoy their fiery foliage. However, if you see your Chinese pistache tree losing leaves during the growing season, there’s a problem. Early Chinese pistache leaf drop or leaf yellowing often results from an irrigation issue, but it can also signal more serious problems. Read on for tips on handling these Chinese pistache issues. What’s Wrong with My Chinese Pistache? No landscape tree is entirely problem free, and this includes Chinese pistache. This ornamental is prized for its brilliant fall color before leaf drop, but if your Chinese pistache leaf drop starts before summer’s end, you’ll need to evaluate the care the tree is getting and its state of health. Are you seeing problems with your tree and wondering: “what’s wrong with my Chinese pistache?” Start to figure it out

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Physiological Leaf Roll In Tomato: Reasons For Physiological Leaf Curl On Tomatoes

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-08-08 07:00
Leaf roll is a well-documented symptom of several viruses and diseases. But what causes physiological leaf curl on tomatoes that are not diseased? This physical anomaly has several causes, mostly cultural. Is tomato physiological leaf roll dangerous? The curiosity has not been shown to reduce yields or plant health but seems to concern gardeners nonetheless. Read on for tips on preventing physiological leaf roll on tomatoes. Recognizing Physiological Leaf Roll in Tomato Plants Curled tomato leaves can be caused by factors like disease, environmental changes, and even herbicide drift. In healthy plants, the causes of physiological leaf roll in tomato can be difficult to uncover. This is because the effect may be caused by one situation or the result of several, and nature has a place in the occurrence. This can make uncovering the reason a bit tricky. Seemingly healthy tomato leaves will curl or roll at the center, producing

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What Is Plum Mosaic Virus: Treating Mosaic Virus On Plum Trees

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-08-07 18:16
Plum mosaic virus was discovered in Texas in the early 1930s. Since that time, the disease has spread throughout orchards in the southern United States and certain areas of Mexico. This serious disease affects both plums and peaches, as well as nectarines, almonds and apricots. Mosaic virus of plum trees is spread from tree to tree by tiny peach bud mites (Eriophyes insidiosus). The virus can also be spread by grafting. Unfortunately, there are no cures for mosaic virus of plums, but there are ways to prevent the disease from affecting your fruit trees. Thanks to strict quarantine programs, mosaic virus of plums is now relatively unusual. Let’s learn the signs and symptoms of plum mosaic virus and how to prevent the disease from infecting your trees. Symptoms of Mosaic Virus on Plums Plum mosaic virus shows up on the leaves, which are mottled with green, white or yellow blotches.

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What Is A Summer Pear Tree – Learn About Summer Pear Varieties

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-08-07 15:05
If you love pears and have a small home orchard, you need to add a summer variety or two of this tasty fruit. Growing summer pears will give you earlier fruit, and if you have autumn pears as well will give you an extended and longer harvest season. For true pear enthusiasts, summer pears are a must. What is a Summer Pear? There are many different varieties of pear, but they can be broadly categorized as two types: summer and winter. The difference between them is when harvest time begins. Summer pears are ready to be harvested beginning in late mid to late summer (July or August) in most places, while the harvest for winter pears doesn’t begin until the very end of summer or early autumn (August or September). Summer Pear Varieties Most types of summer pear are small or medium in size. They have a thin skin and

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Cutting Back Catnip: Should I Prune Catnip Plants

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-08-07 11:00
Catnip, Nepeta cataria, is a hardy perennial herb that will drive your feline friends wild. It is a no-fuss, easy-to-grow member of the mint family that requires little maintenance. What about pruning catnip plants though? Is cutting back catnip necessary? Read on to find out about pruning catnip plants and, if need be, how to prune catnip. Should I Prune Catnip? Catnip will grow well in almost any soil but prefers a moderately rich loam that is well-draining. This herb prefers full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Water young plants twice a week but as they establish, reduce watering to once a week depending upon weather conditions. Really, that’s about it with regards to caring for these herbs, with the exception of pruning catnip plants. If you’re asking, “when should I prune catnip,” or even why, then here’s your answer: Catnip blooms and sets seeds profusely and, as such,

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Making A Garden For Lizards: How To Attract Lizards To The Garden

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-08-07 07:00
You may have never considered this, but attracting lizards to your garden can be beneficial. Like turtles and snakes, lizards are members of the reptile family. Although their physique is similar to salamanders, which are amphibians, lizards have dry scales while salamanders have moist skin. There are over 6,000 species of lizards worldwide and it’s likely that native species of common garden lizards live near you. So why should modern day gardeners take an interest in these scaly remnants from the age of the dinosaurs, as opposed to getting rid of them, and how are lizards good for gardens? Let’s learn more. Lizard Friendly Gardens First and foremost, many species of lizards eat garden pests, such as slugs and harmful insects. More importantly, common garden lizards also serve as a barometer of environmental health. Since lizards are vulnerable to pollutants, their mere existence in the garden indicates low levels of

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State Fair Apple Facts: What Is A State Fair Apple Tree

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-08-06 18:00
Looking for a juicy, red apple tree to plant? Try growing State Fair apple trees. Keep reading to learn how to grow State Fair apples and other State Fair apple facts. What is a State Fair Apple? State Fair apple trees are semi-dwarf trees that grow to about 20 feet (6 m.) in height. This hybrid was first introduced to the market in 1977. The fruit is a bright red with subtle yellow-green blushing. The all-purpose apple has a semi-sweet to acidic taste and juicy, yellow flesh. State Fair blooms with showy clusters of mildly scented pink-blushed white flowers in mid-spring. The red apples that follow are striped with a touch of light yellow green. In the fall, the forest-green foliage turns a golden yellow before dropping. The tree itself has a fairly rounded habit with a general clearance of about 4 feet (1.2 m.) from the ground that lends

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Baby Names Inspired By Plants: Learn About Garden Names For Babies

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-08-06 15:00
Whether driven by family tradition or the desire for a more unique name, ideas for naming a new baby abound. From websites to close relatives and acquaintances, it seems that nearly everyone may have a suggestion for naming that sweet little bundle of joy. It is easy to see why an expectant mother can quickly become overwhelmed. For those with green thumbs, however, naming their new baby may be as simple as walking into the garden. Using Flower and Plant Baby Names Garden related baby names are a great choice for many. Whether choosing a more unique name or one that has long been used throughout history, the options are limitless when choosing baby names inspired by plants. Garden names for babies are also quite versatile. While many may assume that flower baby names might only work for girls, many of these plant baby names also make a good choice

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Cereal Rye Information: Learn How To Grow Rye Grain At Home

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-08-06 11:00
If you like organic whole grains on your table, you might enjoy growing rye for food. Organic cereal grain rye is expensive to buy and fairly easy to grow in a backyard garden. Are you wondering how to grow rye grain? Read on for tips and information that can help get you started. Cereal Rye Information Many gardeners work hard to produce vegetables and fruits in the backyard, but never think of planting grains. Don’t be fooled by the rumors that grains are hard to grow. In fact, grains like rye, wheat and oats are much easier to grow than most veggies. Rye, for example, is one of the easiest crops you might choose to grow. It grows well even in very poor soils, requiring little work. And it is quite cold-hardy, much more so than wheat. Rye as a cereal can be used to make pasta, bread or even

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Rosemary Disease Control – How To Treat Sick Rosemary Plants

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-08-06 07:07
Mediterranean plants like rosemary impart herbal elegance to the landscape and aromatic flavor to cuisine. Rosemary is a relatively stoic plant with few pest or disease issues but occasionally they do have some problems. Sick rosemary plants need an accurate diagnostic prior to treatment for adequate control. Learn about the most common rosemary diseases and how you can combat any problems. Is My Rosemary Sick? Rosemary disease control is almost unnecessary since they are naturally resistant to almost all common plant plagues. However, fungal diseases of rosemary do occur as well as a couple of bacterial infections. The best defense is good cultural care and proper siting. Questions regarding whether your rosemary is sick or not can be answered by first giving a thorough inspection of the plant. If plant stems, leaves or tissues are discolored, it could be from the feeding activities of certain pests. Check carefully for tiny

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Beginner Windowsill Garden: Learn About Growing Plants On A Windowsill

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-08-05 18:00
Whether your gardening season has recently come to a close or you simply do not have any growing space, finding another way to grow your own produce can be frustrating. While indoor gardening is a popular option, many growers do not have access to the necessary materials, like grow lights or hydroponic equipment. Fortunately, growing plants indoors is always a viable option for those wanting access to fresh greens or herbs. Starting a windowsill garden is an easy and efficient way to keep growing all year long. Keep reading to learn how to start a beginner windowsill garden? What is a Windowsill Garden? As the name would imply, a windowsill garden can be grown in a bright, sunny window indoors. The process of starting these small container gardens is relatively simple and cost effective. Before planting, check the windowsill to ensure that it is strong and sturdy. Growers will also

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