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Cherry ‘Black Tartarian’ Info: How To Grow Black Tartarian Cherries

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-08-05 15:00
Few fruits are more enjoyable to grow than cherries. These tasty little fruits pack a flavorful punch and provide a big harvest. Cherries can be enjoyed fresh, they work well in desserts and savory dishes, and they can be preserved easily to eat all winter. When choosing a tree for your backyard or small orchard, consider all the benefits of a Black Tartarian cherry tree. What are Black Tartarian Cherries? Black Tartarian is an old variety of sweet cherry. It originated in Russia and was introduced in England and the U.S. by the late 1700s. The tree was once called the Large Black Heart, which is descriptive of the fruit: deep, dark red and large. For a sweet and juicy cherry, Black Tartarian is hard to beat. It’s a popular variety for taste and texture. It’s also popular with home growers because it produces abundantly – pretty, sweet-smelling spring flowers

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Planting Catnip For Cats: How To Grow Catnip For Cat Use

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-08-05 11:00
If you have cats, then you are more than likely to have given them catnip or have toys for them that contain catnip. As much as your cat appreciates this, he/she would love you even more if you provided them with fresh catnip. You can grow catnip plants for your feline friends either inside or outside, and don’t worry; growing catnip for your cat is easy. About Planting Catnip for Cats It wasn’t until relatively recently that folks began growing catnip, Nepeta cataria, strictly for their cats. It used to be more commonly used to treat medicinal ailments, or grown for tea or even as a culinary herb. Someone, somewhere, soon discovered its psychotropic effects on cats and, today, most people grow catnip for cat uses. There probably isn’t a cat lover out there who hasn’t tried catnip out on their fur baby. For the majority, the results are delightful

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Tree Aloe Info: Learn About Growing A Tree Aloe

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-08-05 07:00
Growing a tree aloe isn’t difficult if you live in a warm climate. The tree can tolerate temperatures as chilly as 22 F. (-6 C.) for short periods of time, although the cold may discolor the foliage. Are you interested in growing this impressive carefree plant? Read on for more tree aloe information. Tree Aloe Info What is a tree aloe? Native to South Africa, tree aloe (Aloe bainesii) is a large tree-like succulent and aloe plant relative with mottled gray stems and rosettes of greenish-gray leaves. Butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to the clusters of spiky, tube-shaped blooms that show up in winter. Tree aloe is a moderately fast-growing tree, gaining about 12 inches (30 cm.) per year. Allow plenty of space when growing tree aloe, as this lovely evergreen reaches mature heights of 20 to 30 feet (7-10 m.) and widths of 10 to 20 feet (3-7 m.).

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Chrysanthemum Verticillium Wilt: Learn About Mum Verticillium Control

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-08-04 18:00
Each fall, chrysanthemum plants are commonplace. Sold in front of grocery stores and home garden centers, their vibrant pop of color is a welcome addition to porch decorations as the weather begins to cool. While purchasing the plants is a foolproof way to ensure blooms, many gardeners prefer to propagate their own chrysanthemums from cuttings. Growing from cuttings allows for greater variety and selection. Although the process of growing these flowers is relatively simple, there are some issues that may cause failure at bloom time, like chrysanthemum verticillium disease. Verticillium of Chrysanthemums While many plant issues and diseases show distinctive signs and symptoms early in the growing season, others do not. Chrysanthemum verticillium wilt is one of these and caused by certain types of verticillium fungus. Mums with verticillium wilt are unique in that the presence of infection may go undetected by growers throughout the vast majority of the growing

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Canna Lily Rot: What Causes Rotting Canna Rhizomes

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-08-04 15:14
Canna flowers grow as a beautiful, long-lasting summer to fall display in the flower bed. In USDA Hardiness Zones 7-11, canna plants can stay in the ground year-round. More northern areas have to dig and store over winter for rhizomes to remain alive. But what happens when canna rhizomes are rotting? Read on to learn more. What Causes Canna Rhizome Rot? When digging for storage or cutting back for tidiness, keep an eye out for canna lily rot. This may happen following an especially rainy year or when canna rhizomes have multiplied and gotten tight in their planting spot. Soil without proper drainage and too much rain (or overwatering) on a crowded bed of canna rhizomes allow fungi like Sclerotium rolfsii and Fusarium to enter and grow, causing decay at the base. This may be accompanied by cottony patches as well. Once infected, rotting canna rhizomes cannot be saved and

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What Is A Stroll Garden – How To Make A Stroll Garden At Home

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-08-04 11:00
Just because you can take a leisurely walk around a garden doesn’t make it a stroll garden. What is a stroll garden? Japanese stroll gardens are outdoor spaces where the design allows a visitor the anticipation and slow discovery of beauty. If you would like more information about stroll gardens, read on for some stroll garden ideas. We’ll also give you tips on how to make a stroll garden of your own. What is a Stroll Garden? If a stroll garden was simply a garden you could walk through, every garden would qualify. Instead, Japanese stroll gardens are outdoor areas designed with a different intent than most gardens. The Japanese apparently got their initial stroll garden ideas from the Chinese who developed two sorts of gardens, gardens to foster spiritual development and gardens to provide pleasure. The Japanese made two similar types of gardens often identified as Zen gardens and

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Stones Glued On Top Of Soil: How To Remove Rocks From Potted Plants

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-08-04 07:00
Larger retailers of common plants often have stock with stones glued on top of soil. The reasons for this vary, but the practice can be damaging to the plant in the long term. A plant with glued on rocks may suffer as it grows, evaporation is reduced, and the ability to take in moisture can be impaired. But how to remove rocks from potted plants without damaging the trunk or roots? Keep reading for some tips on getting rocks glued to soil off without harming the plant. Are Rocks Glued to Soil Okay? Why, why, why, is my question. Apparently, basic plant retailers find gluing rocks to the top of the container and soil a method to reduce soil loss during transport. They may also do it as an aesthetic practice. Either way you may wonder, “should I remove glued down rocks in my plants?” That may depend upon the

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Invasive Native Plants – Can Native Plants Become Invasive

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-08-03 18:11
Not all exotic and non-native plants are invasive, and not all native plants are strictly non-invasive. It can be confusing, but even native plants can grow in such a way that they become problematic and invasive. Invasive native plants can be a problem for the home gardener, so know what to look for and what to avoid. Can Native Plants Become Invasive? A native plant can become invasive, even after years of growing it without any problems. Part of the confusion on this subject is the term invasive; it’s relative. A stand of fast-growing, out-competing goldenrod can potentially take over your garden, and you might call it invasive. But in the meadow down the street, it’s just a natural part of the native landscape. Generally, we consider aggressive, non-native plants that out-compete native plants to be invasive, but there are conditions under which plants native to a certain area become

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Space Horticulture: Learn How Astronauts Grow Plants In Space

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-08-03 15:00
For many years, space exploration and the development of new technology has been of major interest to scientists and educators. While learning more about space, and the theoretical colonization of Mars, is fun to think about, real innovators here on Earth are making strides to study more about the way various environmental factors impact the way we grow plants. Learning to grow and sustain plantings beyond Earth is of great importance to the discussion of extended space travel and exploration. Let’s take a peek at the study of plants grown in space. How Astronauts Grow Plants in Space Horticulture in space is not a new concept. In fact, early space horticulture experiments date back to the 1970s when rice was planted in the Skylab space station. As technology progressed, so too did the need for further experimentation with astrobotany. Initially starting with fast growing crops like mizuna, plantings maintained in

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Is Eating Tendrils Safe – Learn How To Harvest Squash Tendrils

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-08-03 11:07
It’s really amazing how much of our produce we discard. Other cultures have more of a tendency to eat the entirety of their produce, meaning the leaves, stems, sometimes even roots, blossoms and seeds of a crop. Consider squash, for example. Can you eat squash shoots? Yes, indeed. In fact, all pumpkin, zucchini, and squash tendrils are edible. Puts a whole new spin on how much our garden can feed us doesn’t it? Eating Pumpkin, Zucchini, and Squash Tendrils Perhaps, you didn’t know that squash tendrils were edible, but did know that squash blossoms are edible. It doesn’t take much of a leap to figure that the tendrils might be tasty as well. They look much akin to pea shoots (delicious) albeit a bit firmer. All varieties of squash can be eaten, including zucchini and pumpkins. Edible squash tendrils may have tiny bristles on them, which might be unpalatable to

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What Is Senecio – Basic Tips For Growing Senecio Plants

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-08-03 07:00
What is senecio? There are more than 1,000 varieties of senecio plants, and about 100 are succulents. These tough, interesting plants may be trailing, spreading groundcovers or large shrubby plants. Let’s learn more about growing senecio plants, along with some important caveats. Senecio Plant Info While senecio succulents grow outdoors in warm climates, they are popular indoor plants in areas with cool winters. Senecio succulents are often grown in hanging baskets with the fleshy leaves trailing over the sides. Popular varieties of senecio succulents include string of pearls and string of bananas. Some varieties of senecio that typically grow wild are known by names such as groundsel or tansy ragwort. Some types of senecio produce yellow, sunflower-like blooms. Less commonly, senecio may produce purple or white flowers. Leaves may be deep green, bluish-green or variegated. Note: Senecio plants are toxic. Outdoors, the plant is especially problematic for livestock, as ingestion

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Cup Plant Information: How To Grow Cup Plants In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-08-02 18:00
Well maintained flower beds have mass appeal, and more and more gardeners are opting to plant natural borders and landscapes consisting of native perennial flowering plants. Not only do native plants help create habitat for pollinators and wildlife, but they are also able to adapt and thrive in weather conditions specific to the growing region. This is especially beneficial in regions where drought is common. The cup plant, for example, is a wildflower that can show just how advantageous planting native perennials can be. What is a Cup Plant? Cup plant, or Silphium perfoliatum, is native flowering plant found in most parts of the eastern United States. Reaching heights of up to 8 feet (2.4 m.), this bright yellow perennial flower is a welcome addition to gardens for its attractiveness to bees and other beneficial insects. As a member of the aster family, cup plants provide profuse garden color from

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Milkweed Pruning Guide: Do I Deadhead Milkweed Plants

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-08-02 15:00
We know milkweed is a crucial plant for Monarch butterflies. Growing the plants will attract and feed these beautiful butterflies. But you may be asking, “should I prune milkweed.” Milkweed pruning isn’t really necessary, but deadheading milkweed can enhance appearance and encourage further flowering. Do I Deadhead Milkweed? Milkweed is a glorious perennial wildflower native to North America. All through summer and into fall the plant is covered with flowers. It is a perfect plant in the native garden or just to colonize a vacant field. The blooms are excellent cut flowers, and in the garden, they are attractive to bees and butterflies. Deadheading milkweed is not necessary but it will keep the plants looking tidy and may promote further blooms. If you do it right after the first flowering, you can expect a second crop of blooms. Cut the blooms off just above a flush of leaves when milkweed

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Clouds And Photosynthesis – Do Plants Grow On Cloudy Days

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-08-02 11:00
If shade from clouds is making you feel blue, you can always opt to walk on the sunny side of the street. The plants in your garden do not have this option. While you may need sun to lift your spirits, plants need it to grow and thrive since their process of photosynthesis depends on it. That’s the process by which plants create the energy they require to grow. But do clouds affect photosynthesis? Do plants grow on cloudy days as well as sunny ones? Read on to learn about cloudy days and plants, including how cloudy days affect plants. Clouds and Photosynthesis Plants feed themselves by a chemical process called photosynthesis. They mix carbon dioxide, water and sunlight and, from the blend, construct the food they need to thrive. The byproduct of photosynthesis is the oxygen plants release that humans and animals require to breathe. Since sunlight is one

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Duck Habitat Safety – What Are Some Plants Ducks Can’t Eat

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-08-02 07:00
If you have ducks living in your backyard or around your pond, you may be concerned with their diet. Protecting ducks on your property is likely a priority, which means keeping plants poisonous to ducks away from them. But which plants are unsafe? About Plants Ducks Can’t Eat Well-fed ducks aren’t likely to munch on plants that are dangerous to them. And most ducks can tell by the first taste which plants they shouldn’t eat, as the first bite tastes bitter. Many common ornamentals we grow in the landscape are actually bad for ducks to eat. Rhododendrons, yew, and wisteria are among a few plants harmful to ducks. Anything of the nightshade family is suspect, although in some cases it is just the leaves. Cherry tomato fruits are often used as treats and pill pockets for ducks, but they should not eat the leaves. Others say tomatoes and all forms

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Can You Grow Taro In A Pot – Container Grown Taro Care Guide

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-08-01 18:15
Taro is a water plant, but you don’t need a pond or wetlands in your backyard to grow it. You can successfully grow taro in containers if you do it right. You can grow this pretty tropical plant as an ornamental or harvest the roots and leaves to use in the kitchen. Either way they make great container plants. About Taro in Planters Taro is a perennial tropical and subtropical plant, also known as dasheen. It is native to South and Southeast Asia but has been cultivated in many other areas, including Hawaii where it has become a dietary staple. The tuber of taro is starchy and a little sweet. You can cook it into a paste known as poi. You can also make flour out of the tuber or fry it to make chips. The leaves are best eaten when young and cooked to eliminate some of the bitterness.

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Midsummer Garden Harvest

Organic Gardening 2 - Thu, 2019-08-01 16:29
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Today is the first day of August, also recognized as Lammas Day (which is the celebration of the wheat harvest in parts of the Northern Hemisphere where English is traditionally spoken)and we are well into the summer gardening season. Every year by this time, the weeds are in fierce competition with the crops--sometimes even bigger than the crops. However, I did manage to harvest the root crops last week when we were in the fourth quarter root moon. Look at my onions and potatoes. Zukes and cukes are coming in fast and furious and need to be picked everyday.
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Zapotec Pink Pleated Tomato Plants – Tips For Growing Zapotec Tomatoes

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-08-01 15:13
Picture a tomato with a fluted, rounded shape and bright pink flesh and you’ve got an image of Zapotec pink pleated tomato plants. Their form is intriguing and beautiful but the flavor is also exceptional. The plants are said to be from the Oaxacan region in Mexico and grown by the Zapotec tribe. Try growing these funky fruits which are a conversation starter all on their own. What is a Pink Zapotec Tomato? Pleats, ruffles, and fluting all describe the fruit of Zapotec pink pleated tomatoes. What is a pink Zapotec tomato? This tomato variety is also known as Oaxacan Ribbed, a nod to the region and appearance of the fruits. These heirloom tomatoes are late season, so you have to wait until late summer before you can enjoy their sweet-tangy flavor. Gardeners growing Zapotec tomatoes can expect indeterminate type plants which will vine and sprawl, requiring space and support.

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Edible Okra Leaves – Can You Eat The Leaves Of Okra

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-08-01 11:10
Many northerners may not have tried it, but okra is quintessentially southern and linked to the cuisine of the region. Even so, many southerners typically just use the okra pods in their dishes but what about eating the okra leaves? Can you eat the leaves of okra? Can You Eat the Leaves of Okra? Okra is thought to have originated in Africa and cultivation spread to the Middle East, India and into the southern reaches of North America, most likely brought by the French via West Africa. It has since become a popular food in southern parts of the U.S. And while it is the pod which is most favored, okra leaves are, indeed, edible too. Not only the leaves but the beautiful blossoms as well. Eating Okra Leaves Okra is a type of hibiscus plant that is grown for ornamental purposes and as a food crop. The leaves are

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Medicinal Ginseng Remedies – Using Ginseng For Health Benefits

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-08-01 07:00
Ginseng (Panax sp.) is one of the world’s most commonly used herbs. In Asia, medicinal ginseng dates back several centuries. In North America, herbal ginseng use dates back to the early settlers, who used the plant to treat a number of conditions. Is ginseng good for you? What do medical experts say about using ginseng for health? Let’s explore. Ginseng as a Medicinal Herb In the United States, ginseng is extremely popular, second only to Ginkgo biloba. In fact, ginseng is incorporated into such varied products as tea, chewing gum, chips, health drinks and tinctures. Medicinal ginseng is lauded for a host of miraculous cures, and has been used as an antidepressant, blood thinner, and immune system booster. Supporters say it relieves maladies ranging from upper respiratory infections to addiction to high blood sugar.  The experts have mixed opinions when it comes to using ginseng for health. An article published

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