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Open Pollination Information: What Are Open Pollinated Plants

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-05-02 07:16
The process of planning an annual vegetable garden is, without doubt, one of the most exciting times of the year for growers. Whether planting in containers, using the square foot method, or planning a large-scale market garden, choosing which types and varieties of vegetables to grow is extremely important to the success of the garden. While many hybrid cultivars offer growers vegetable varieties that perform well under a wide range of conditions, many may prefer open-pollinated varieties. What does open pollinated mean when it comes to selecting seeds for the home garden? Read on to learn more. Open Pollination Information What are open pollinated plants? As the name would imply, open pollinated plants are produced by seeds that have resulted from natural pollination of the parent plant. These pollination methods include self-pollination as well as pollination achieved by birds, insects, and other natural means. After pollination occurs, the seeds areRead this article
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What Is A Plant Pup – What Do Plant Pups Look Like

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-05-01 18:00
Plants have numerous methods of self-propagation, from sexual seed reproduction to asexual reproduction methods like producing offshoots, known as pups. As plants reproduce and naturalize in the landscape, it can be difficult to distinguish between different garden varieties and weeds. There are a few simple ways to identify a plant pup, though. What is a plant pup? Continue reading for that answer and tips on plant pup identification. What is a Plant Pup? Plant pups may also be referred to as offshoots, sister plants or even suckers. Though “suckers” can have a negative connotation, plants do have very good reasons for producing these offshoots. Plants that are dying back from illness or old age will sometimes produce new plant pups from their root structures in an attempt to carry on their legacy. For example, bromeliads tend to be short-lived plants which die back after only flowering once. Yet, as theRead this article
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Dying Ornamental Grass: Why Ornamental Grass Turns Yellow And Dies

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-05-01 15:00
Ornamental grasses are fascinating, versatile plants that add color and texture to the garden all year, usually with very little attention from you. Although it’s uncommon, even these super tough plants can develop certain problems, and yellowing ornamental grass is a sure sign that something isn’t right. Let’s do some troubleshooting and figure out the possible reasons why ornamental grass is yellowing. Ornamental Grass Turning Yellow Here are the most common reasons for dying ornamental grass in the landscape: Pests: Although ornamental grass isn’t typically bugged by insects, mites and aphids can be the reason why ornamental grass is yellowing. Both are tiny, destructive pests that suck the juices from the plant. Mites are difficult to see with the naked eye, but you can tell they’ve been around by the fine webbing they leave on leaves. You can see tiny aphids (sometimes en masse) on stems or the undersides ofRead this article
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Wooden Tile For Patios: Choosing Tile That Looks Like Wood

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-05-01 11:17
Wood is lovely, but tends to degrade in the elements rather rapidly when used outside. That’s what makes the newer outdoor wood tiles so great. They’re actually porcelain patio tiles with a wood grain. Interested in wooden tile for your patio? Read on to learn about choosing patio wood tile that looks just like wood. About Patio Tiles with Wood Grain Porcelain outdoor patio wood tiles don’t need the multiple applications of sealers or protective coatings that other coverings require, which makes them low maintenance. Digital printing techniques and modern manufacturing allow the tile to be produced in a myriad of colors and styles. The tiles are lighter than concrete or paving stone with the added look of real wood. They can support up to 2,000 lbs. (907 k.) but weight significantly less than concrete pavers, making them easier to transport and install. They are also thicker and stronger thanRead this article
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Creeping Zinnia Info: How To Grow Creeping Zinnia Flowers

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-05-01 07:10
Easy to plant with long-lasting color, you should consider growing creeping zinnia (Zinnia angustifolia) in your flower beds and borders this year. What’s so special about it? Read on for more information. Creeping Zinnia Info Also called narrow leaf zinnia, several colors of flowers appear as daisy-like blooms. Foliage is thin leaved and attractive while waiting for the flowers to open. Grow them as a showy ground cover or border specimens. The plants are low maintenance too. This North American native attracts butterflies and is great for cut flowers. Flowers bloom in white, red, orange, yellow and pink. Warmer zones may grow them as perennials, or self-seeding annuals, and plants sometimes return in colder areas from dropped seeds. Growing Creeping Zinnia Plants Learning how to grow creeping zinnia is simple. Grow the plants from seed direct planted in the ground in autumn or sow indoors in late winter. When plantingRead this article
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American Ginseng Harvesting: Is It Legal To Harvest Ginseng Roots

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-04-30 18:00
There are a lot of reasons you may consider harvesting wild American ginseng. Ginseng root can be sold for a good price, and it’s notoriously difficult to grow so harvesting it in the wild is common. But American ginseng harvesting is controversial and regulated by law. Know the rules before you go ginseng hunting. About American Ginseng American ginseng is a native North American plant that grows in eastern forests. Originally used by Native Americans, ginseng root has a number of medicinal uses. It is especially important in traditional Chinese medicine, and the majority of harvested roots in the U.S. are exported to China and Hong Kong. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that wild ginseng is a $27 million per year industry. Very similar to Asian ginseng, American ginseng has been harvested and used medicinally for thousands of years. The roots have been studied by modern researchers, andRead this article
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Anuenue Batavian Lettuce: How To Grow Anuenue Lettuce Plants

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-04-30 15:00
Don’t ignore the lettuce ‘Anuenue’ just because the name looks difficult to pronounce. It’s Hawaiian, so say it this way: Ah-new-ee-new-ee, and consider it for a garden patch in high-heat areas. Anuenue lettuce plants are a heart-tolerant form of Batavian lettuce, sweet and crisp. If you want more information on Anuenue Batavian lettuce, or tips for growing Anuenue lettuce in your garden, then read on. About Lettuce ‘Anuenue’ The lettuce ‘Anuenue’ has delicious, crisp green leaves that are never bitter. That’s a great recommendation in and of itself for growing Anuenue lettuce, but the real attraction is its heat tolerance. In general, lettuce is known as a cool weather crop, coming into its own before and after other summer veggies are ready for harvest. Unlike most of its cousins, Anuenue lettuce has seeds that will germinate at warmer temperatures, even 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees C.) or greater. Anuenue lettuceRead this article
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Plane Tree Pests – Treating Insect Damage To Plane Trees

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-04-30 11:00
The plane tree is an elegant, fairly common urban tree. They are tolerant of neglect and pollution, so are often used in metropolitan settings. A few diseases and several plane tree bugs are the only real issues of concern. The worst pests of London plane trees are sycamore bugs but a couple of other insects can also cause havoc. Continue reading to see which plane tree pests are the most damaging and how to spot and control them. Common Plane Tree Bugs The London plane tree is fast growing with deeply lobed, attractive leaves. They are very tolerant of many types of soil and pH, although they prefer deep loam. Yet, even these adjustable plants can be prey to insect problems. Plane tree pest problems vary depending upon which region the tree is growing. For instance, in the west coast sycamore lacebug is most prevalent. Preventing extensive insect damage toRead this article
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Spring is Bursting Out All Over!

Organic Gardening 2 - Tue, 2019-04-30 09:52
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Whether you are in the sunny South and already harvesting your brassicas,or in the northern climes where the early spring harbingers are just popping after the last snow--it is spring!What's going on in your garden?
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Is Yogurt Good For Moss – How To Grow Moss With Yogurt

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-04-30 07:00
In recent years, posts online about cultivating moss have skyrocketed. Specifically, those wishing to grow their own “green graffiti” have scoured the internet for recipes for success in their endeavor. While several techniques for growing moss have been debunked as false, many still wish to try their hand at creating beautiful moss art and spreading vibrant green mosses throughout their gardens. One technique uses yogurt as a catalyst for encouraging the spread of moss. But does moss grow on yogurt and is this just another falsehood? Let’s learn more. Does Moss Grow on Yogurt? While many growers have tried to grow moss using yogurt, the results are often inconsistent. The question of ‘is yogurt good for moss?’ is one with many answers. While most believe the yogurt to help establish the growth of moss, there has been no definitive evidence that growing moss with yogurt will achieve the desired results.Read this article
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Phoma Blight Disease: How To Stop Phoma Blight In Plants

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-04-29 18:09
Phoma blight in plants is particularly damaging to a number of crops and ornamentals, especially to vinca groundcover. There are some preventative measures you can take in the garden and things you can do if you already see the infection. These may help save your plantings. What is Phoma Blight? Phoma blight disease is a fungal infection caused by various Phoma species. Infections by this fungus are most common in wet and cool conditions. It survives in soil and in the old plant debris that is under your plantings. The signs of a phoma infection include wilting, browning, and death of runners and entire plants. If it is phoma blight, you’ll also see dark brown to black lesions that girdle the stems. The lesions usually appear close to the soil line. Leaves will also have dark colored spots. Phoma blight spreads rapidly, and any health part of a plant thatRead this article
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Succulent Offset Information: What Are Succulent Pups

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-04-29 15:07
Succulent growers often become attached to their plants in an extreme way. The unusual, sometimes unique forms and colors intrigue some of us to begin collections. If you’re fairly new to growing succulent plants and wish to expand their numbers, consider succulent pups. What are succulent pups, you may ask? Read on to learn more. How to Identify Pups on Succulents There are many cute little names for succulents, especially new ones that grow on adult plants. We might call them babies and refer to the adult as the mom. Botanically, they’re referred to as offsets, as they grow from the mature plant. They are also called pups. This is just another name used to identify these young offsets. Succulent offset info says “an offset is a small, virtually complete daughter plant that has been naturally and asexually produced on the mother plant. They are clones, meaning that they areRead this article
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Pruning Spirea: Tips For Cutting Back Spirea Shrubs

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-04-29 11:00
Spirea is a reliable blooming shrub that thrives in USDA zones 5-9. Spirea blooms consistently and profusely on new wood after some time the plant begins to look a bit bedraggled with few blooms. Pruning spirea after a couple of years will rejuvenate the plant. The following article contains information on how to prune spirea along with other helpful tips for cutting back spirea shrubs. About Spirea Pruning There are a number of spirea cultivars ranging in height from 2- to 3-feet (61-91 cm.) tall up to 10 feet (3 m.) and the same across. All spirea shrubs produce flowers on new wood, which is why cutting back spirea shrubs is so important. Spirea pruning not only rejuvenates the plant and encourages blooming, but it also helps to restrain the size of the shrub. Also, trimming spirea back, in many cases, will induce a second bloom. Other varieties of spirea,Read this article
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Mermaid Garden Ideas – Learn How To Make A Mermaid Garden

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-04-29 07:00
What is a mermaid garden and how do I make one? A mermaid garden is an enchanting little sea-themed garden. A mermaid fairy garden, if you will, can begin with a terracotta or plastic pot, a glass bowl, a sand bucket, or even a teacup. Mermaid garden ideas are endless, but the common factor is, of course, a mermaid. No two mermaid fairy gardens are alike, so unleash your creativity and let’s get started! How to Make a Mermaid Garden Nearly any container can be magically turned into a mermaid fairy garden. The container must have good drainage holes in the bottom (unless you’re making a mermaid fairy garden in a terrarium). Fill the container nearly to the top with commercial potting mix (never use regular garden soil). If you’re using cacti or succulents, use a mixture of half potting mix and half sand, vermiculite or pumice. Plant your mermaidRead this article
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Mandrake Division – How To Divide Mandrake Roots

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-04-28 18:03
Growing mandrake is a way to add history and myth to your garden. Known since ancient times, this Mediterranean native has long been used medicinally and feared for supposed associations with the devil and deadly roots – the plant is toxic. Mandrake division is one way to propagate this plant, but the roots are sensitive to disturbance, so it must be done with care. About Mandrake Roots and Rhizomes Mandrake, Mandragora officinarum, is most famous for its root. The large, thick taproot splits characteristically into a shape that resembles the human form. This gave rise to many of the legends associated with the plant. Mandrake plants propagate naturally through rhizomes. These fleshy, underground growths are actually specially adapted stems. They grow under the soil and send out new shoots and roots. These develop out of the rhizome’s nodes. Rhizomes spread out to the sides of a plant and send upRead this article
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Avocado Tree Grafting – Caring For A Grafted Avocado Tree

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-04-28 15:00
Grafting is a process of joining parts of two trees biologically. For example, you can graft the branch, or scion, of one tree onto the rootstock of another, allowing the two to grow together into one tree. Can you graft avocados? Grafting avocado trees is a common practice for commercial producers, but rather difficult for gardeners. Read on for more information about avocado tree grafting. Avocado Tree Grafting Avocado growers get most of their fruit from grafted avocado trees. Grafting avocado trees is considered necessary in order to obtain a large crop of top quality fruit. Avocado tree grafting isn’t technically necessary to get fruit to grow. However, grafting can speed up the process of fruit bearing. If you grow an avocado tree from an avocado seed, you’ll have to sit with the seedling for six years before you see any fruit. And even after the seedling grows, there isRead this article
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Divina Lettuce Plant Facts – How To Care For Divina Lettuce Plants

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-04-28 11:09
Lettuce lovers rejoice! Divina lettuce plants produce emerald green leaves that are sweet and perfect for salad. In warmer regions, where lettuces bolt quickly, Divina lettuce is slow to bolt and can provide greens for weeks. Use the outer leaves as the inner head develops and then take the whole tightly folded head for a main meal. Some tips on how to grow Divina lettuce will see you enjoying this amazing lettuce within 50 days of seeding. About Divina Lettuce Plants There are many types of salad greens available for gardeners to grow. Divina is an outstanding variety of butterhead, with delicately ruffled leaves and a tender crunch. Care for Divina lettuce is minimal because once started in a good site and soil, as it mostly fends for itself. There are a few serious pests to watch for when growing Divina lettuce, but the variety is resistant to powdery mildewRead this article
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Root Ball Information – Where Is The Root Ball On A Plant Or Tree

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-04-28 07:00
For many people, the process of learning the ins and outs of garden related jargon can be confusing. Whether an experienced grower or a complete novice, commanding a firm understanding of gardening terminology is tremendously important. Something as seemingly simple as transplanting trees or shrubs may even require some prerequisite knowledge. In this article, we will be exploring and learning more about one very important part of the plant – the root ball. Root Ball Information What is a root ball? All plants have a root ball. This includes trees, shrubs, and even annual flowers. Simply put, the root ball is the main mass of roots located directly beneath the plants’ stem. Though the root ball may consist of several different types of roots, including feeder roots, the root ball in gardening generally refers to the part of the plants’ root system which will be transplanted into the garden orRead this article
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Early Perfection Pea Info – How To Grow Dark Seeded Early Perfection Peas

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-04-27 18:00
Dark Seeded Early Perfection, also known as just Early Perfection, is a variety of pea that gardeners love for its flavor and for how easy the plant is to grow. As an early variety, you can grow these peas in the cooler days of early spring or in the crisp weather of fall, or both to get a double harvest. Early Perfection Pea Information For a pea, Early Perfection is a tough plant that is easy to grow. It resists drought and several diseases, including fusarium wilt. It’s also a prolific producer, even if you have poor soil. Fall is a great time to get started with Early Perfection, as these peas prefer temperatures below 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius). Early Perfection vines grow to about 30 inches (3/4 of a meter) in length. You’ll get an abundance of three-inch (7.6 cm.) pea pods that contain seven to ten peas.Read this article
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Can You Grow Succulents From Seed: Tips For Planting Succulent Seeds

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-04-27 15:13
Most of us who collect and grow succulents have a couple varieties we want badly, but can never find for purchase at a reasonable price. Perhaps, we can’t find them at all – if the plant is rare or difficult in some way. One option for adding these to our collection is growing succulents from seed. While many of us wouldn’t be intimidated by starting other plants of any kind in this manner, we may be unsure of how to sow succulent seeds. Or we might even wonder can you grow succulents from seed? Planting Succulent Seeds Is it realistic to attempt succulent seed propagation? Let’s discuss the fine points of what is different about growing succulents from seed. Starting new succulents in this way is a slow process, but if you’re willing to devote the time and effort, it can be an inexpensive way to get unusual plants. FindingRead this article
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