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Photinia Removal – How To Get Rid Of Photinia Shrubs

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-04-20 18:00
Photinia is a popular, attractive, and fast-growing shrub, often used as a hedge or privacy screen. Unfortunately, an overgrown photinia can create all sorts of problems when it takes over, robbing moisture from other plants, and sometimes growing under building foundations. If you have unwanted photinia shrub, the best way to get rid of the wayward plant is by using patience and good old-fashioned elbow grease. Read on for tips on removing photinia. How to Get Rid of Photinia Shrubs Use these tips on photinia removal for the best results: Soften the soil by watering well the day before photinia removal.  Use a pruning saw, sharp pruning shears, or another tool to cut the shrub down nearly to the ground. If the plant is large, you may need to use a chainsaw. Never use a chainsaw too close to the ground, as it may kick back. Use a shovel with […]

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Heavenly Bamboo Control – How To Get Rid Of Heavenly Bamboo Bushes

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-04-20 15:00
Heavenly bamboo can be anything but heavenly in the landscape. A more apropos adjective might be dreadful, as in dreading dealing with heavenly bamboo invasiveness because, yes, Nandina, which is also comically known as sacred bamboo, has a tendency over time to encroach the surrounding area. That’s why many gardeners want to learn about heavenly bamboo management. Read on for tips on how to get rid of Nandina. Heavenly Bamboo Invasiveness Nandina is an evergreen to semi-evergreen woody shrub that grows to around 6-8 feet (1-2.5 m.) in height. Originally from China and Japan, heavenly bamboo was introduced to the States in 1804 for use as an ornamental due to its attractive foliage and lovely berries. Unfortunately, Nandina also has the attributes of growing rapidly, reproducing via seed and root fragments. While heavenly bamboo isn’t actually a bamboo, it is a member of the grass family and is no doubt […]

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Native Nandina Alternatives: Heavenly Bamboo Replacement Plants

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-04-20 11:00
Turn any corner and on any residential street and you’ll see Nandina shrubs growing. Sometimes called heavenly bamboo, this easy-to-grow bush is used often in USDA zones 6-9 as an ornamental. With late spring blooms, scarlet foliage in autumn and red berries in winter, it has three seasons of interest. It is evergreen or semi-evergreen but is also, unfortunately, an invasive exotic. It is toxic to wildlife, and sometimes fatal to unsuspecting birds. Heavenly Bamboo Replacement Nandina domestica can escape cultivation and outgrow native plants in the forest. It was once thought to be a great addition to the landscape, growing in many of your neighbor’s yards. It presents a constant battle with suckers and rhizomes to keep it under control. What are some good alternatives to heavenly bamboo? There are many Nandina alternatives. Native shrubs have great characteristics and won’t spread out of control. Their edible parts are good […]

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My Tulip Tree Isn’t Blooming – When Do Tulip Trees Flower

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-04-20 07:00
Many homeowners choose to plant tulip trees (Liriodendron tulipifera), deciduous members of the magnolia family, in the backyard or garden for the unusual, tulip-like flowers. If your tree isn’t flowering, however, you probably have questions. When do tulip trees flower? What do you do when your beautiful tulip tree won’t flower? Read on to learn the various reasons why your tulip tree isn’t blooming. Tulip Tree Not Flowering A tulip tree grows rapidly to its mature height and spread. These large trees can grow to 90 feet (27 m.) tall with a 50-foot (15 m.) spread. They have distinctive leaves with four lobes and are known for their stunning fall display when the leaves turn canary yellow. The most enchanting feature of the tulip tree is its unusual flowers. They appear in spring and look like tulips in showy shades of cream, green, and orange. If spring comes and goes […]

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Porcelain Garlic Care: How To Grow Porcelain Garlic Plants

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-04-19 18:00
What is porcelain garlic and how do you grow it? Porcelain garlic is a type of large, attractive hardneck garlic. The plump cloves, usually four to seven to a bulb, are easy to peel, delicious to eat, and store longer than most types of garlic. Let’s learn how to grow porcelain garlic. How to Grow Porcelain Garlic Growing porcelain garlic is basically the same as growing any type of garlic. Porcelain garlic performs well in most climates, with the exception of extremely warm regions such as southern California, Florida, and Texas. It is well suited for cold weather and tends to be larger when grown in chilly northern climates. Plant porcelain garlic in well-drained soil sometime in the fall (between September and November) when the soil is cool. Before planting, dig in a generous amount of compost or well-rotted manure. If you want fat, plump garlic, plant the fattest, plumpest […]

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What Is Purple Stripe Garlic: How To Grow Garlic With Purple Stripes

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-04-19 15:00
What is Purple Stripe garlic? Purple Stripe garlic is an attractive type of hardneck garlic with vivid purple stripes or blotches on the wrappers and skins. Depending on temperature, the shade of purple may be vivid or pale. Most Purple Stripe varieties produce 8 to 12 crescent-shaped cloves per bulb. Purple Stripe garlic is suitable for growing in nearly every climate, including those with very cold winters. However, it may struggle in hot, humid climates. Read on to learn about growing Purple Stripe garlic. Growing Garlic with Purple Stripes Plant garlic in fall, about four to six weeks before the ground freezes in your area. Divide a large Purple Stripe garlic bulb into cloves. Save the plumpest bulbs for planting. Dig 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.6 cm.) of compost, well-rotted manure or other organic material into the soil before planting. Plant the cloves 1 to 2 inches (2.5 […]

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Garlic Uses – Learn About The Benefits Of Garlic Plants

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-04-19 11:00
Allium is a broad family of both edible and ornamental bulbs, but garlic is surely the star among them. The benefits of garlic have long been debated and may include improved health and a potential aphrodisiac. Garlic uses aren’t just limited to the kitchen, with many therapeutic abilities inherent in the bulb. So, if you’re wondering what to do with garlic, grab a clove and get ready for some info on historical advantages with improved health. Is Garlic Good for You? There are many proven and unsubstantiated health benefits derived from garlic. Evidence of garlic use goes back 6,000 years in the ancient Egyptian era. It has featured prominently in many other classic civilizations and continues to be used in most global cuisine. Is garlic good for you? There are many garlic supplements touting various health benefits which may be of assistance for various ailments. According to Hippocrates, the father […]

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Will Supermarket Garlic Grow: Growing Garlic From The Grocery Store

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-04-19 07:08
Almost every culture uses garlic, which means it’s pretty much indispensable in not only the pantry but in the garden as well. Even when used often, however, the cook might come upon a garlic clove that has been sitting around for too long and is now sporting a green shoot. This might lead one to wonder if you can grow store bought garlic. Will Supermarket Garlic Grow? Yes, store bought garlic bulbs can be used to grow garlic. In fact, growing garlic from the grocery store is a pretty handy way to go about growing your own fresh bulbs, especially if you have one in the pantry that has already begun to grow. What else would you do with it but plunk it in the dirt and see what happens? About Planting Grocery Store Garlic While it may seem a bit cavalier to say “plunk the clove in dirt,” the […]

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How Art Fits Into Gardens: Learn About Adding Art In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-04-18 18:10
There are many ways to add your personality to the landscape. Planting choices and design are the obvious method, but garden art can really accentuate your plan. Using works of art in gardens provides a foil for the organic arrangements. Art in the garden puts emphasis on the differences between nature and composition, but it also somehow marries the two aspects. Consider how art fits into gardens as you make your creative choices. How Art Fits into Gardens Art has the ability to draw the eye. It can be cleverly designed to blend in with its surroundings and bring out the background. This versatility means garden art is the perfect way to jazz up your landscape. Placing works of art in gardens highlights the beauty of surrounding plants and flowers. The definition of “art” is up to you. Whether painting, sculpture, funky furniture, mirrors, or even repurposed household items, art […]

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Getting Active In Nature: How To Stay Healthy And Active At Home

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-04-18 15:00
With all this social distancing and quarantine life going on, most of us are finding ourselves at home a lot more these days – many are families with children. So how do you stay healthy and active while staying at home, especially when you have children who use up a lot of energy? You connect it to gardening, of course! Keep reading for tips and ideas on how to stay healthy and active at home – with kids. Getting Active in Nature Keeping kids active at home shouldn’t be hard. Get creative with fun games or learning activities to promote physical movement and tie into gardening or nature. Here are some ideas for nature exercises and activities to get you started:  Go on a nature walk. For this activity, you simply go for a walk around your backyard, through your neighborhood, or your garden. Talk about things that you see […]

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Garden Themed Workout: Ways To Exercise While Gardening

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-04-18 11:00
It’s a well-known fact that spending time outdoors appreciating the beauty of nature and wildlife can boost mental health and relaxation. Spending time outside tending to the lawn, garden, and landscape not only benefits mental health but contributes to the physical activity adults need each week to stay healthy as well. Does Gardening Count as Exercise? According to the Second Edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans at health.gov, adults need 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intense aerobic activity each week. They also need muscle strengthening activities such as resistance training twice a week. Gardening chores such as mowing, weeding, digging, planting, raking, trimming branches, carrying bags of mulch or compost, and applying said bags can all count toward weekly activity. The Physical Activity Guidelines also state activities can be done in bursts of ten-minute periods spread throughout the week. Garden Themed Workout So how can gardening chores be […]

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Garden Themed Projects: Using Crafts From The Garden To Teach Kids

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-04-18 07:02
As homeschooling becomes the new norm, social media posts of parents doing projects with their kids abound. Arts and crafts make up a large portion of these, and there are abundant activities that can be done to combine arts and crafts with the great outdoors, specifically the garden. All you have to do is get creative! Arts and Crafts Ideas for Garden Exploration Can I teach art lessons to kids even if I’m not artistic? Yes! You don’t have to be an artist or even very creative yourself to combine art activities with nature. The final project doesn’t necessarily have to look like something you can identify, a famous painting, or even similar to another parent or sibling’s that’s also participated. The point of these art lessons for kids is to be child created and nature involved. Arts and crafts from the garden allow children of all ages to participate, […]

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Do All Flowers Need Deadheading: Learn About Plants You Shouldn’t Deadhead

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-04-17 18:00
Deadheading is the practice of snipping off faded blossoms to encourage new flowers. Do all flowers need deadheading? No, they don’t. There are some plants you shouldn’t deadhead. Read on for information on which plants don’t require spent bloom removal. Do All Flowers Need Deadheading? You plant flowering shrubs in order to see those lovely blossoms open. In time, the blossoms fade and die. In many cases, you help the plant to produce more flowers by trimming off dead and wilted blossoms. This is called deadheading. Deadheading is a simple enough procedure. You simply pinch or snip off the wilting flower’s stem, making the cut just above the next leaf nodes. This allows the plant to invest its energy in producing more flowers rather than helping seeds mature. Many plants flower better when you deadhead faded blossoms. Do all flowers need deadheading though? The simple answer is no. Flowers You […]

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Sketching In The Garden: How To Draw Your Garden

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-04-17 15:06
Drawing in the garden, or actually drawing your garden, can be a fun hobby. It can also be practical if you are designing a new landscape or want to get into botanical illustration or landscape design. It’s even a fun activity for the kids. Whether you are enjoying a new activity for fun or working toward a bigger goal, sketching in the garden requires just a few simple tools. Sketching and Drawing in the Garden To make garden sketches or drawings, it helps to have a background in art or to take a beginner class, but this isn’t necessary. Anyone can draw and it’s possible to get better at it with practice, even without expert training. Here are some of the basic tools you need to get started: Paper. Of course, you need something to draw on. If you are new to drawing, start with a good quality sketchbook with […]

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Flower Bed Circle Design: How To Grow Flowers In A Circle

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-04-17 11:00
Flower beds tend to be roughly rectangular or maybe a little curvy and kidney bean shaped, but what about a circle? Any shape goes, really, but a circular flower bed can be a fun way to do something different or to create a distinctive focal point in your garden. Why a Round Flower Bed? We tend to create flower beds in obvious spaces, around a tree, up against the house, or in a space between walkways. We tuck them away into these spaces where they serve as beautiful backdrops for garden structures or grassy lawns. What if you want to make a flower bed the focus of your garden, though? Or you have a big open space you want to fill? A circle shaped flower bed is the perfect solution. You can put one literally anywhere and it will become a striking focal point. There is something about flowers in […]

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Homeschooling In Gardens – Ideas For Tying Math Into Nature

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-04-17 07:04
With current events happening in the world right now, you may be homeschooling. How can you make standard school subjects, like math, more enjoyable, especially when your child seems to always be suffering from never-ending boredom? The answer is to think outside the box. Better yet, just think outside. Tying Math into Nature Gardening is a great outdoor activity many adults enjoy in a number of different ways. It’s only logical to think the kiddos would enjoy it as well. Most don’t realize it but there are actually several ways to incorporate major school subjects into gardening. One of those subjects is math.  When math comes to mind, we normally think about long, drawn out and complicated equations. However, math in the garden can be as simple as counting, sorting, graphing, and measuring. A variety of garden activities allow parents to provide these opportunities to their children.  Adapting for Age […]

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Hands-On Learning Tips For Kids – Creative Ways To Teach Gardening

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-04-16 18:00
So, you’re an avid gardener with young kids running around. If gardening is your favorite pastime and you’re curious about how you can pass on the green thumb to the youngsters, read on!  Teaching Garden Curriculum Ideas Children learn through play. The best way to allow them to do this is by providing them fun and exciting hands-on activities that also stimulate all of their senses. If you want to get them curious and learn about gardening, give them fun activities related to just that.   Activities can include, but are certainly not limited to, things like sensory play, special snacks or cooking activities, outdoor games, arts and crafts, and so much more!  Teach Gardening by Playing Pretend Dramatic play is a favorite type of play for young children and also very important for development. With this type of play they imitate things they see going on around them in their […]

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Kids’ Beanstalk Gardening Lesson – How To Grow A Magic Beanstalk

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-04-16 15:00
As old as I am, which I will not divulge, there is still something magical about planting a seed and seeing it come to fruition. Growing a beanstalk with kids is the perfect way to share some of that magic. This simple beanstalk project pairs beautifully with the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, making it a lesson in not only reading but science too. Materials to Grow a Kid’s Beanstalk The beauty of growing a beanstalk with kids is twofold. Of course, they get to live inside Jack’s world as the story unfolds and they also get to grow their own magic beanstalk. Beans are a perfect choice for an elementary growing project with kids. They are simple to grow and, while they don’t grow overnight, they grow at a rapid pace – perfect for a child’s wandering attention span. What you need for a beanstalk project includes bean […]

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Reading Garden For Kids: Reading Garden Activities And Ideas

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-04-16 11:00
As the weather warms up and everyone is stuck at home, why not use the garden as part of the new homeschooling experience? Start by creating a children’s reading garden for lessons on botany, ecology, gardening, and more. And then bring reading activities outdoors. Creating a Reading Garden for Kids Reading in the garden with kids can be a great way to take lessons outside, even if the lesson is simply to enjoy nature. But first you need to create the garden that suits quiet, reflective time for reading as well as reading activities. Get your kids involved in the process of designing and building, if not an entire garden, at least one corner of the garden that they’ll use for these activities. Here are some factors to consider: A reading garden should have space for quiet, solitary reading. Use hedges, shrubs, trellises with vines, or containers to delineate space. […]

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Literacy In The Garden: Teach Language And Writing Skills Through Gardening

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-04-16 07:00
With schools across the nation being closed, many parents are now faced with having to entertain children at home all day, every day. You may be finding yourself in need of activities to do to occupy their time. What better way to do so than introducing your children to gardening? There are actually a number of garden related activities you can do that can help build your child’s language and writing skills, and even tie into social studies while using the garden.   Language/Literacy in the Garden Young children can practice writing letters by using a stick or even just their finger to make letters in the dirt or soil. They can be given letter cards to use or you can tell them a letter to write, which also helps with letter recognition. Older children can practice writing vocabulary, spelling, or garden words. Going on a hunt to find things in […]

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