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How To Root Catnip Cuttings – Can You Grow Catnip From Cuttings

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-02-25 18:00
If your cat loves the herb catnip, it’s no big surprise. Nearly all felines love the hardy perennial. But you may soon find yourself needing more catnip plants than you have. Don’t worry. It is easy to grow more catnip from cuttings. If you want to know how to root catnip cuttings, read on for info and tips. Growing Catnip from Cuttings Cats are gaga over catnip, and it’s probably not the pretty foliage that attracts them. But it is the pretty, heart-shaped leaves growing in an open mound about 3 feet (1 m.) tall that gardeners enjoy. Catnip plants also produce blue flowers throughout the season. This makes catnip a truly ornamental plant to have around. If you or your cat insist on getting more plants than you have, it’s quite easy to grow new catnip from cuttings. Catnip cutting propagation is as easy as it gets in theRead this article
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Cape Marigold Water Needs – Learn How To Water Cape Marigolds

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-02-25 15:00
With a more vital focus on today’s water use, many drought conscious gardeners are planting landscapes that require less irrigation. In recent years, the removal of lawns as well as xeriscaping has become increasingly popular. While one may immediately consider the addition of plants such as cacti and succulent foliage, many species of flowers allow for a profusion of colorful blooms specifically suited to this growing habitat. Dimorphotheca, also known as the cape marigold, is a perfect example of a flower which thrives with minimal watering or care from home gardeners. About Cape Marigold Water Needs Cape marigolds are small low growing flowers that bloom even in arid growing conditions. Planted in spring or in fall (in mild winter areas), the small flowers range in color from white to purple and orange. Cape marigolds differ from many other varieties of flowers in that the appearance of each bloom and theRead this article
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Pear Trees And Cold: Learn About Pear Chill Hours For Fruiting

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-02-25 11:10
Most fruit trees require a chilling period. This is referred to as chilling hours and varies by species. Pear chill hours for fruiting must be met or the plant will not bud and flower. This makes it important to select trees with chill hours that reflect your zone. The minimum pear chill hours should be reflected on the plant tag along with its hardiness zone. The two pieces of information are very different but important if you want a healthy bearing pear tree. Pear Trees and Cold Exposure Chilling hours tell you how long cold temperatures last on average. This is much different from the USDA hardiness zone, which indicates the average annual minimum winter temperature of a region. Why are chilling hours important? Without enough chill hours for pear trees, plants won’t break dormancy, resulting in no flowers, few flowers or incomplete flowers. All this means a no toRead this article
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Red Potato Varieties – Growing Potatoes With Red Skin And Flesh

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-02-25 07:13
Potatoes with red skin are not only pretty, but their bright color makes them extra nutritious as well and those aren’t the only reasons for growing red potatoes. In fact, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Read on to learn more about growing these potatoes. Why Grow Potatoes That are Red? Potatoes with red skin are healthier than, for example, bland Russets. The reason is in the skin color. The color in potatoes that are red is due to anthocyanains, a common pigment which is associated with being rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Antioxidants make the spuds more nutritious and a diet rich in antioxidants helps to lower your risk of cancer. Red potato varieties are also a good source of vitamin B6; are fat, sodium and cholesterol free; and (this was a shocker) are an excellent source of potassium – even more than a banana! If all thisRead this article
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Pershore Plum Trees – How To Care For A Pershore Plum In The Landscape

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-02-24 18:00
A plum tree is a great addition to a backyard orchard, providing shade and tasty fruit. Of the many cultivars to consider, Pershore plum trees stand out for the unique yellow color of their fruits. Pershore plums shine in the kitchen; they are transformed by cooking and baking and add great flavor to any recipe calling for plums. About Growing Pershore Plums If you have been looking for the right plum tree for your yard, the Pershore has a lot to offer. Pershore plums in gardens provide a nice, shade-giving fruit tree with spring flowers, and pretty, bright yellow fruits in the fall. There is also a purple Pershore variety, but the yellow cultivar is the original Pershore, dating back to 1800s England. Also known as the yellow egg plum, yellow Pershore plums are not fruits that should be eaten fresh, which is an important consideration for the home gardener.Read this article
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Benefits Of Catnip – How To Use Catnip Herb Plants

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-02-24 15:00
If you have a feline friend or two, you are no doubt familiar with catnip. Not every cat is interested in catnip, but those that are can’t seem to get enough of it. Kitty loves it, but what else can you do with catnip? Catnip herb plants have a history of herbal uses. So, what are the benefits of catnip and how do you use catnip? Read on to learn more. What to Do with Catnip Catnip herb plants are grey-green perennials from the mint or Lamiaceae family. They grow 2-3 feet (61-91 cm.) in height with fuzzy, heart-shaped, serrated leaves and are native to areas of the Mediterranean in Europe, Asia and into Africa. Introduced by European settlers, the plants are now naturalized and grown throughout North America. Catnip is most often cultivated for our pampered feline companions, or rather to entertain us while they play with it. CatsRead this article
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Types Of White Eggplant: Are There Eggplants That Are White

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-02-24 11:00
The eggplant is native to India and Pakistan and is in the nightshade family, along with other vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, and tobacco. Eggplant was first cultivated and domesticated about 4,000 years ago. It may surprise you to learn that these original garden eggplants bore small white egg-shaped fruits, hence the common name eggplant. Eggplant varieties were first crossbred for different fruit color and shape in China, and the new resulting varieties were instant hits. Breeding new varieties of eggplant gained popularity all over the world. For centuries, deep purple to black varieties were all the rage. Today, however, it is varieties which are pure white, or have white striping or mottling, that are highly coveted. Continue reading for a list of eggplants that are white and tips on growing white eggplants. Growing White Eggplants As with any common garden vegetables these days, there are a plethora of eggplantRead this article
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Common Chicory Issues: How To Avoid Problems With Chicory Plants

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-02-24 07:14
Chicory is a sturdy green plant that thrives in bright sunlight and cool weather. Although chicory tends to be relatively problem-free, certain problems with chicory may arise – often because growing conditions aren’t quite right. Let’s do a little troubleshooting to determine what’s going on with your ailing chicory plants. About Chicory Issues Preventing problems with chicory starts with proper growing conditions and hardy plants. Healthy chicory plants are tougher and less likely to be bothered by various chicory issues. Be sure your chicory plants are planted in fertile, well-drained soil and that they are watered properly. The soil should be uniformly moist but never soggy. Chicory requires several hours of bright sunlight per day. However, keep in mind that chicory is a cool season crop and won’t do well when temperatures rise in summer. Keep weeds in check, as weeds often serve as host plants for various insects. Additionally,Read this article
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Growing Naranjilla In Containers: How To Care For Potted Naranjilla Trees

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-02-23 18:13
Container gardening is an extremely useful gardening technique for those wishing to expand their growing spaces. Growers may choose to plant in containers or pots for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, those without adequate space or proper climate conditions are able to grow plants that may not be specifically suited to their growing zone. For many, this includes those wishing to delve into the growth of subtropical fruits and vegetables. One such plant, the naranjilla, is a perfect candidate for cultivation in containers. Potted Naranjilla Trees Loosely translated to “little orange,” naranjilla plants are native to South America. These unique members of the Solanaceae family produce small orange-yellow fruits which are treasured for their use in juices, as well as in baking and in various sweet treats. Intolerant of cold temperatures, mature plants produce clusters of small 2-inch (5 cm.) fruits. Though technically relatives of tomatoes, the fruits areRead this article
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Pink Rust Mite Damage – Learn How To Kill Pink Citrus Rust Mites

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-02-23 15:08
Rust mites cause serious damage to citrus trees. Although pink citrus rust mite pests (Aculops pelekassi) may be a pretty color, there is nothing cute about these destructive insects. Anyone growing citrus in a home orchard should be able to recognize pink citrus mite damage. If you need more information on these mites or want to learn how to kill pink citrus rust mites, read on. Pink Citrus Rust Mite Pests There are two types of rust mites that cause fruit loss in citrus trees, the citrus rust mite and the pink citrus rust mite. Both types suck juices from citrus fruit and citrus foliage, causing blemishes on the peel and subsequent fruit drop. Pink citrus rust mite pests would be easy to recognize if they were larger. But they are .005 of an inch (15 mm.) and very difficult to view with the naked eye. These mites are pinkRead this article
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Sweet Corn Varieties – Top Sweet Corn Cultivars To Grow In Gardens

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-02-23 11:00
There’s nothing quite like a side dish of corn or an ear of freshly boiled corn on the cob. We appreciate the unique taste of this sugary vegetable. Corn is considered a vegetable when harvested for eating, but it may also be considered a grain or even a fruit. There are different sweet corn varieties placed into three categories, due to sugar content. Let’s take a look at those types of sweet corn and some sweet corn cultivars. About Sweet Corn Plants Corn is categorized by its sugar into “standard or normal sugary (SU), sugar enhanced (SE) and supersweet (Sh2),” according to sweet corn info. These types also vary by how quickly they should be consumed or put up and the vigor of the seed. Some sources say there are five categories of corn, others say six, but these include different varieties, like popcorn. Not all corn will pop, soRead this article
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Companions For Catnip: Learn About Plants To Grow With Catnip

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-02-23 07:14
As a member of the mint family, catnip has a similar appearance, but more importantly, it has the pungent oils characteristic of the group. This makes catnip as a companion plant very useful in the garden. The oils appear to repel certain pests and help keep your veggie and fruit plants healthier. Using catnip as pest repellent is an organic way to combat insect problems, keeping your garden safe. Catnip Companion Plants and Insects If you have ever watched a feline near a catnip plant, it is obvious the attraction is very strong. Not only is catnip useful in kitty-friendly gardens, but it also combats several common insect pests. Collard greens, for example, are one of many companions for catnip. The oils in the herb repel flea beetles and keep the greens free of their feeding damage. There are many other plants to grow with catnip that benefit from theRead this article
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Caring For Feather Duster Trees – How To Grow A Feather Duster Tree

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-02-22 18:00
The Brazilian feather duster tree is a large, fast-growing tropical tree that may also grow well in the desert and that is hardier to cold winter temperatures than is typically expected for a tropical plant. It is a stunning, tall tree with large, compound leaves and pretty flower spikes, a great option for gardeners who want a focal point and some additional shade. Feather Duster Tree Information The feather duster (Schizolobium parahyba), also known as Brazilian fern tree, is native to southern Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America, including Brazil, and is a member of the legume family of plants. Much larger than other legumes, this tree can grow up to 100 feet (30 m.) tall in its native range. Brazilian feather duster is so named for its large compound leaves. There can be as many as 2,000 leaflets per leaf. The trunk usually grows straight and tallRead this article
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What Is A Cherimoya – Cherimoya Tree Info And Care Tips

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-02-22 15:00
Cherimoya trees are subtropical to mild temperate trees that will tolerate very light frosts. Possibly native to the Andes mountain valleys of Ecuador, Colombia and Peru, Cherimoya is closely related to the sugar apple and is, in fact, also called the custard apple. Read on to learn about growing cherimoya fruit, cherimoya plant care and other interesting cherimoya tree info. What is a Cherimoya? Cherimoya trees (Annona cherimola) are rapidly growing evergreens that are deciduous when grown in the cooler California climate from February to April. They can attain height of over 30 feet (9 m.), but can also be pruned to restrain their growth. In fact, young trees grow together to form a natural espalier that can be trained against a wall or fence. Although the tree grows rapidly at one time in spring, the root system tends to stay rather stunted and weak despite the height of theRead this article
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Azadirachtin Vs. Neem Oil – Are Azadirachtin And Neem Oil The Same Thing

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-02-22 11:04
What is azadirachtin insecticide? Are azadirachtin and neem oil the same? These are two common questions for gardeners seeking organic or less toxic solutions to pest control. Let’s explore the relationship between neem oil and azadirachtin insecticide in the garden. Are Azadirachtin and Neem Oil the Same? Neem oil and azadirachtin aren’t the same, but the two are closely related. Both come from the neem tree, native to India but now grown in warm climates around the world. Both substances are effective for repelling and killing insect pests and also interfere with feeding, mating and egg laying. Both are safe for humans, wildlife and the environment when used properly. Bees and other pollinators are also unharmed. However, neem oil and azadirachtin insecticide may be slightly to moderately harmful to fish and aquatic mammals. Neem oil is a mixture of several components, many of which have insecticidal qualities. Azadirachtin, a substanceRead this article
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Growing Purple Potatoes: Blue And Purple Potato Varieties

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-02-22 07:18
For many home gardeners, the allure of growing unique varieties of fruits and vegetables is undeniable. Heirloom and hybrid plants offer growers a myriad of options when planning the garden each season. The addition of these crops is an exciting way to not only introduce new foods in the kitchen, but also reap the numerous health benefits of homegrown food. One such crop, purple potatoes, will brighten your plate as well as diversify your home garden. What are Purple Potatoes? Purple potatoes, sometimes referred to as blue potatoes, are a type of potato which are native to South America. While very similar to their white grocery store counterparts, these potatoes exhibit a beautiful purple colored skin and flesh. Heirloom and hybrid purple potato varieties range from solid purple to a mixture of purple and white. Though quite the interesting addition to the garden, perceived nutritional blue potato benefits are numerous.Read this article
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Bee Hazard Labels – What Are Bee Hazard Warnings

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-02-21 18:00
If you pick up a pesticide these days, you may find bee hazard labels on the bottle. That’s to warn about pesticides that harm bees, American’s number one pollinator insect, and to inform consumers of how to protect bees. What are bee hazard warnings? What do bee hazard warnings mean? Read on for an explanation of the bee hazard labels and the purpose they are intended to serve. What are Bee Hazard Warnings? The western honeybee is the top pollinator in this country. This bee is credited with most of the pollination activity required to produce up to one-third of the nation’s food supply. Over 50 major crops in America are dependent on honeybees for pollination. The need is so acute that agricultural concerns rent honeybee colonies for pollination. Other types of bees also help with pollination, like bumble bees, mining bees, sweat bees, leafcutter bees and carpenter bees. ButRead this article
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Foraging For Edible Wild Onions: Can You Eat Meadow Garlic Weeds

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-02-21 15:00
In recent years, the concept of foraging for food has seen a surge in popularity among younger generations choosing to live more natural lifestyles. Whether foragers are looking to save money, or perhaps wish to fulfill a need for a more sustainable kitchen, there is no doubt that venturing out into the wilderness (or your own backyard) can be quite exciting. In many places, wild edibles are all around us. For most, learning how to accurately identify these wild foods greatly changes the way in which they perceive nature. One commonly foraged plant, meadow garlic, may be hiding in plain sight in the front lawn right now. Can you eat meadow garlic weeds? Let’s find out. About Meadow Garlic Plants Meadow garlic (Allium canadense), also referred to as wild onion, is a common weedy plant found throughout the Midwest and eastern United States. Forming loose mounds of leaves that somewhatRead this article
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What Is Rice Brown Leaf Spot – Treating Brown Spots On Rice Crops

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-02-21 11:00
Brown leaf spot rice is one of the most serious diseases that can affect a growing rice crop. It usually begins with leaf spot on young leaves and, if not treated properly, it can decrease yield substantially. If you’re growing a crop of rice, you’ll do well to keep an eye on the leaf spots. About Rice with Brown Leaf Spots Brown spots on rice can start on even seedling leaves and are usually small round to oval circles, brownish in color. It is a fungal issue, caused by Bipolaris oryzae (previously known as Helminthosporium oryzae). As the crop grows, leaf spots may change colors and vary in shape and size, but are usually round. Spots are often a brownish red as time progresses but usually begin just as a brown spot. The spots also appear on the hull and leaf sheath. Older spots may be surrounded by a brightRead this article
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Planting Catnip In A Pot – How To Grow Catnip In Containers

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-02-21 07:09
If you have kitties, you know they are passionate about catnip plants. Organic catnip is best for your pet but it can be hard to source and quite expensive when you do find it. You can grow your own organic catnip in containers, saving a bundle and having a ready supply always at hand, or paw. Container grown catnip may also be moved indoors so house bound pets can enjoy the fresh intoxicating aroma. Catnip container care is easy and suitable for even a novice gardener. Considerations on Catnip in Containers Watching a feline roll in delight as it enjoys the potent oils of a catnip plant is always amusing. Cats seem to be disposed towards this member of the mint family and, fortunately for us, it grows like a weed and can be harvested and dried several times without complaint. In smaller gardens, potted catnip plants may be theRead this article
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