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Harvesting Peony Seed Pods – What To Do With Peony Seed Pods

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-03-02 18:00
Whether herbaceous, Itoh or tree type, peony flowers always add a graceful, classic touch to flower. Hardy in zones 3-8, peonies are pretty tough perennial or woody landscape plants. Throughout history, peonies have been cultivated for variety of uses. Today, they are mostly grown for their exquisite, but sometimes short-lived blooms. After their blooms fade, flower stalks are usually cut back and plants are trimmed back to a smaller, round shape. Peonies form interesting, clusters of wedge-like gray to brown seed pods, covered when young with a slight fuzz. As they mature, the seed pods turn dark brown and leathery, and as they ripen, the seed pods crack open, revealing dark purple to black shiny seeds. They can add interest to the garden and allow you to harvest seeds for peony propagation. Continue reading for tips on collecting peony seeds. Harvesting Peony Seed Pods When grown from seed, peony plantsRead this article
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Catnip And Insects – How To Fight Catnip Pests In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-03-02 15:00
Catnip is famous for its effect on cats, but this common herb has been used medicinally by generations as a treatment for maladies ranging from hives and nervous conditions to stomach upset and morning sickness. The plants are generally trouble-free, and when it comes to catnip, pest problems generally aren’t much of a problem. Read on for information on a few common catnip plant pests, along with some helpful tips on catnip as pest repellent. Catnip and Insects Common pests of catnip are few but do include the following: Spider mites are difficult to spot, but if you look closely, you may notice telltale webbing and tiny black spots moving around the leaves. Leaves infested by spider mites are dry and take on a stippled, yellow appearance. Flea beetles are small beetles that jump when disturbed. The pests, which may be brown, black or bronze, damage catnip by chewing holesRead this article
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Pecan Shuck Rot Treatment: How To Control Pecan Kernel Rot

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-03-02 11:00
A grand, old pecan tree in your yard is a wonderful anchor for the space, a good source of a large shady patch, and of course a bountiful provider of tasty pecan nuts. But, if your tree gets struck with pecan phytophthora rot, a fungal infection, you could lose the entire harvest. What is Pecan Shuck and Kernel Rot? The disease is caused by a fungal species, Phytophthora cactorum. It causes rot in the fruit of the tree, turning the shuck into a mushy, rotted mess, and rendering the nuts inedible. The disease is most common after it has been wet for several days and when the temperatures remain below 87 degrees Fahrenheit (30 Celsius) during the day. Pecan shuck and kernel rot infections usually occur in late August or early September. The rot begins at the stem end and slowly covers the entire fruit. The rotten part of theRead this article
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Catmint Companion Plants: Tips On Planting Next To Catmint Herbs

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-03-02 07:00
If your cats love catnip but you find it a bit drab in the garden, try growing the gorgeous blooming perennial catmint. While the cats may find the catmint irresistible, other nibblers such as deer and rabbits avoid it. What about catmint companion plants? With its lovely blue hues, companions for catmint aren’t hard to find and planting next to catmint is a sure way to accent other perennials. Read on to learn about catmint plant companions in the garden. About Catmint Companion Plants Catmint (Nepeta) is an herbaceous perennial from the mint family and, like other members of this family, has aromatic leaves. It is often confused with catnip and is, indeed, closely related, but where catnip is grown for its highly aromatic herbal properties, catmint is prized for its ornamental qualities. While there are a number of excellent catmint companion plants, the combination of roses and catmint standsRead this article
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My Naranjilla Isn’t Fruiting: Why Won’t My Naranjilla Fruit

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-03-01 18:00
One of the most rewarding aspects of growing your own fruits and vegetables is the ability to grow produce that is not commonly available local farmers’ markets or in grocery stores. Though some plants may be difficult to grow, many gardeners are eager to experiment in growing more challenging crops. Naranjilla shrubs are an excellent example of a fruiting plant, although not common in most gardens, that will delight and reward even the most experienced of home gardeners. However, the process of growing this plant is not one which comes without frustration, such as having no naranjilla fruits. Why Won’t My Naranjilla Fruit? Producing fruits commonly referred to as “little oranges,” these edible members of the Solanaceae family are native to South America. Prized for its use in desserts and flavored drinks, the naranjilla plant produces small orange-yellow fruits on upright shrubs. Though it is possible to purchase the plantsRead this article
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Chicory Plant Uses: What To Do With Chicory Plants

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-03-01 15:18
You’ve probably heard of chicory and you may even have this ornamental plant in your garden. But you may not be sure what to do with chicory or how you can start using chicory from the garden. What is chicory used for? Read on for information on chicory plant uses, including tips on what to do with chicory leaves and roots. What to Do with Chicory? Chicory is a hardy perennial plant that comes from Eurasia where it grows in the wild. It was brought to the United States early in the country’s history. Today, it has naturalized and its clear blue flowers can be seen growing along roadways and in other uncultivated areas, especially in the South. Chicory looks like a dandelion on steroids, but blue. It has the same deep taproot, deeper and thicker than a dandelion, and its stiff stalk can grow to 5 feet tall (2.5Read this article
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Growing White Peaches: What Are Some White-Fleshed Peaches

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-03-01 11:00
White peaches have low or sub-acid flesh as compared to the yellow varieties. The flesh may be pure white or even lightly blushed but has a sweeter taste than the traditional yellow. White fleshed peaches have lovely floral notes that perfume fresh fruit salads or delightfully invade the nose during fresh eating. Check out some popular white peach varieties as you decide which one to add to your garden. History of Peaches with White Flesh For me, white peaches are the only peach. The delicate flavor and intense scent are a delight to the nose and palate. Peaches that are white tend to bruise more easily than the yellow but can be stored carefully for a short time. In most cases, they probably will be eaten so quickly it won’t matter. There are many varieties of white peach, each with different chill hour requirements and a variety of harvest dates.Read this article
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What Is Chinsaga – Chinsaga Vegetable Uses And Growing Tips

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-03-01 07:00
Many people may never have heard of chinsaga or African cabbage before, but it is a staple crop in Kenya and a famine food for many other cultures. What exactly is chinsaga? Chinsaga (Gynandropsis gynandra/Cleome gynandra) is a subsistence vegetable found in tropical to subtropical climates from sea level into the higher elevations of Africa, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and many others regions. In the ornamental garden, we may actually know this plant as African spider flower, a relative of cleome flowers. Keep reading for more information on growing chinsaga vegetables. What is Chinsaga? African cabbage is an annual wildflower that has been introduced in many other tropical to subtropical parts of the world where it is often considered an invasive weed. Chinsaga vegetable can be found growing along roads, in cultivated or fallow fields, along fences and irrigation canals and ditches. It has an erect, branching habit that usually attainsRead this article
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Signs Of Rice Blast Disease: Learn About Rice Blast Treatment

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-02-28 18:03
Who doesn’t like rice? It’s easy and can be quick to prepare, it’s a perfect addition to so many meals it’s delicious and nutritious, and it’s inexpensive. However, a serious disease known as rice blast has caused devastating crop losses throughout North America and other rice producing countries. Rice plants are grown in flooded fields and are not a common plant for the home garden – although many gardeners do try their hand at growing rice. While rice blast may not affect your garden, this rapidly spreading disease could cause a serious hike in the price of rice, affecting your grocery bill. What is Rice Blast? Rice blast, also known as rotten neck, is caused by the fungal pathogen Pyricularia grisea. Like most fungal diseases, rice blast fungus rapidly grows and spreads in warm, humid weather. Because rice is usually grown in flooded fields, humidity is hard to avoid. OnRead this article
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Chicory Pest Problems – How To Deter Pests Of Chicory Plants

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-02-28 15:00
Chicory, easily recognized by its dandelion-like leaves and bright periwinkle blue blooms, grows wild across much of the United States. The long taproots have an important role to play in the environment, promoting soil health as they break up hard, compacted ground. This versatile herb is often incorporated into salads, while the long roots are eaten like carrots or parsnips, or ground for use as a coffee substitute. Although chicory is easy to grow, it is sometimes plagued by certain chicory insects and chicory plant pests. Read on for information about a few of the most common chicory pest problems. Chicory Pest Problems Below are some of the more common pests and bugs that eat chicory plants: Slugs – Slugs are number one when it comes to pests of chicory because they chew raggedy holes in the leaves. It’s easy to tell when slugs have been around because they leaveRead this article
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What Is A Shropshire Prune – A Guide To Growing Shropshire Prune Damsons

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-02-28 11:00
One of the best varieties of plums for cooking is the Shropshire, a type of Damson, often referred to as a prune because it dries well and is tasty. The flavor can be astringent when raw, but delightful when cooked, baked, or dried. Read on for more Shropshire prune Damson information to find out if this is the right plum tree for your garden. What is a Shropshire Prune? The Shropshire prune is one of several Damson types of plum. These are small plums with a bitter flavor when eaten fresh. Most people don’t enjoy the taste of a fresh Damson, but everything is transformed by both drying and cooking. When these plums are allowed to turn into prunes, or are baked, stewed, or cooked, their taste is transformed and they become sweet, rich, and flavorful. There are other types of Damson, but the Shropshire prune Damson tree is consideredRead this article
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Popular Yellow Peaches – Growing Peaches That Are Yellow

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-02-28 07:00
Peaches may be either white or yellow (or fuzz-less, otherwise known as a nectarine) but regardless they have the same ripening range and characteristics. Peaches that are yellow are just a matter of preference and to those that prefer yellow flesh peaches, there are countless yellow peach cultivars. About Peaches That are Yellow There are over 4,000 peach and nectarine varieties with new ones constantly being bred. Of course, not all of these cultivars are available on the market. Unlike apple varieties, most peaches look similar to the average person, so no one variety has dominated the market, which allows peach tree breeders to continue to come up with new improved varieties. Perhaps the biggest choice a prospective grower must make is whether to grow clingstone, freestone, or semi-clingstone fruit. Clingstone yellow peach cultivars are those whose flesh adheres to the pit. They often have fibrous, firm flesh and areRead this article
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Feeding Cape Marigolds: How To Fertilize Cape Marigolds

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-02-27 18:00
For many novice gardeners, the thought of growing and maintaining annual flowers from seed may be one which is very intimidating. These feelings continue to grow as one begins to delve further into specific feeding and watering requirements of various plants. Fortunately, even beginner gardeners are able to have great success when planting flowers that are robust, tolerant to adverse conditions, and bloom profusely. One such plant, the cape marigold, rewards growers with a deluge of bright and cheerful flowers, and both watering and feeding cape marigolds couldn’t be easier. Feeding Cape Marigolds Also known as Dimorphotheca, cape marigolds are small and brightly colored annual flowers. Low growing, these flowers are perfect for planting in areas which receive little rainfall. Due to their adaptability to various soil conditions, cape marigolds often spread when planted in locations with ideal growing conditions. As one may imagine, this too, means that the fertilizingRead this article
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Vandalay Cherry Tree Info – Learn How To Grow Vandalay Cherries

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-02-27 15:00
The Vandalay cherry variety is a beautiful and delicious type of sweet cherry. The fruit is dark red and very sweet. If you are interested in this cherry variety, read on for tips on how to grow Vandalay cherries and information on Vandalay cherry care. Vandalay Cherry Variety The Vandalay cherry variety resulted from a cross between ‘Van’ and ‘Stella.’ It was developed 1969 by Dr. Ghassem Tehrani at the Horticultural Research Institute of Ontario and named after one of his colleagues there. The Vandalay cherry tree produces fruit that is deep red on the outside, with wine-red flesh. The cherries are kidney-shaped and very attractive. They are also sweet and delicious, excellent for eating fresh from the tree but also perfect for use in pastries. If you are interested in growing Vandalay cherries, you need to know about their cold hardiness. The Vandalay cherry tree thrives in U.S. DepartmentRead this article
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Golden Transparent Gage Info – Growing A Golden Transparent Gage At Home

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-02-27 11:00
If you are a fan of the group of plums called “gages,” you will love Golden Transparent gage plums. Their classic “gage” flavor is enhanced with almost candy-like sweetness. Golden Transparent gage trees prefer warmer conditions than European plums and produce smaller but very flavorful fruit whose flavors come out in hot temperatures. Golden Transparent Gage Info Transparent or diaphanous gages are a subset of gages that have almost see through skin. If you hold the fruit to the light, the stone can be seen inside. They are considered to have a more refined “plum” flavor. Golden Transparent gage info indicates the variety was named for Sir William Gage, who popularized the gages in the 1800s. Some tips on growing a Golden Transparent gage can see you enjoying these delicious fruits in just a few years. Golden Transparent gage trees were developed in the UK by Thomas Rivers. They growRead this article
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What Are Flowering Ephemerals: Tips For Growing Spring Ephemerals

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-02-27 07:00
That unexpected, but brief burst of blooming color you see as winter ends likely comes, at least in part, from spring ephemerals. It may be the dainty blossom of woodland poppies, downy yellow violets, or dogtooth violets, the latter not related to the common violet. Read more to learn how to add this burst of color to your late winter landscape with spring ephemerals. What are Flowering Ephemerals? Flowering ephemeral info says these plants are wildflowers, able to exist without human intervention. Some are perennials, many are self-seeding annuals. Growing them in your landscape is easy and worthwhile when you see that first spring bloom. Most prefer a part shade to shade location with filtered sun. Blooms appear just as the soil is touched by warmth at the end of winter. These plants go dormant in summer, leaving room for continuing blooms of other flowers throughout late spring and summer. OriginatingRead this article
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Curly Dock Control – How To Kill Curly Dock Plants In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-02-26 18:00
We’ve probably all seen it, that ugly, reddish brown weed that grows alongside roads and in roadside fields. Its red-brown color and dried out, shaggy appearance makes it look like it’s been heavily doused with herbicides or burned. From the look of it, we expect it to wilt over dead or crumble to ash any second, yet it persists in this dead-looking stage, sometimes even poking its dried brown tips right through snow banks of winter. This ugly weed is curly dock, and when the plant is in its mature reddish-brown phase, it isn’t dead; in fact, curly dock can seem nearly impossible to kill. Curly Dock Control Curly dock (Rumex crispus) is a perennial native to Europe, Asia and parts of Africa. In its native range, different parts of curly dock are used as food and/or medicine. However, outside of this range it can be a problematic, aggressive weed.Read this article
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Troubleshooting Catnip Problems – Reasons For Catnip Plants Not Thriving

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-02-26 15:00
Catnip is a hardy herb, and catnip problems are usually fairly easy to figure out. If you’re dealing with catnip issues, read on and we’ll troubleshoot a few of the most common problems with catnip plants. Problems with Catnip Here are some of more common catnip problems and how to solve them: Cats – Most cats love catnip and they are frequently to blame for catnip plants not thriving. If this is the case, you can cat-proof the plant by surrounding it with wire fencing. Be sure the holes are small enough that kitty can’t reach through and grab the leaves. An old birdcage makes a decorative enclosure for a catnip plant. Insects – Catnip may be affected by pests such as aphids, spider mites, thrips, whiteflies or flea beetles. The best way to prevent pests is to water and fertilize properly (Don’t overdo either one.). Insecticidal soap spray isRead this article
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When And How To Pick Catnip – Tips For Harvesting Catnip Plants

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-02-26 11:00
Catnip is every cat’s favorite plant, and its drug-like, euphoric effect on our furry friends is well known to cat lovers. You can also use catnip, a member of the mint family, as a culinary herb and in herbal teas. If you grow catnip in the garden, you’ll need to know when and how to harvest the leaves. Why Grow and Harvest Catnip? If you have cats, you can simply buy catnip at the store, but when you grow it yourself, you know where it comes from and that it’s organic. It’s easy to grow and harvesting catnip is simple too. You can dry the leaves to use for cat toys, or let your cats try them fresh. Outdoor cats will also enjoy playing around the plants in the garden. For human consumption, catnip leaves are used in teas and salads and may be useful for soothing stomach upset, muchRead this article
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Is Chicory Edible: Learn About Cooking With Chicory Herbs

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-02-26 07:02
Have you ever heard of chicory? If so, did you wonder if you can eat chicory? Chicory is a common roadside weed that can be found throughout North America but there’s more to the story than that. Chicory is, indeed, edible and cooking with chicory dates back hundreds of years. Now that you know that eating chicory plants is okay, and readily available, the question is how to use chicory. Can You Eat Chicory Root? Now that we have ascertained that chicory is edible, exactly which parts of the plant are edible? Chicory is an herbaceous plant in the dandelion family. It has bright blue, and sometimes white or pink, blossoms. When eating chicory plants, the leaves, buds and roots can all be consumed. Any trip to New Orleans should include a stop at the famous Café Du Monde for a delicious cup of café au lait with chicory and,Read this article
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