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Medicine Wheel Garden Ideas: How To Male A Medicine Wheel Garden

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-02-05 11:00
The circle is symbolic of infinity, as it lacks a beginning or an end and, yet, it is all encompassing. Native Americans have incorporated this symbol into medicine wheel garden designs for centuries. What is a medicine wheel garden? Keep reading to learn about different medicine wheel garden ideas, plants and how to make a medicine wheel garden of your own. What is a Medicine Wheel Garden? There are several different medicine wheel garden ideas but all contain the same basic element – a circle that is bisected into four distinct garden areas and filled with medicine wheel garden plants. The medicine wheel garden, or sacred hoop, originates with Native American culture. It represented their relationship with the cosmos and the Creator. Many activities, from ceremony gatherings to eating and dancing, revolved around this central theme of a circle. Modern medicine wheel garden design may seek to replicate this kinship

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Your Guide to Affordable Lawn Care

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-02-05 08:00
To learn more about our editorial integrity policy and how we make money through affiliate partnerships, read our full disclosure here. When it comes to lawn care, there are many different variables to consider. One of the first things that most homeowners think about is cost. Most homeowners assume that, if they want a professional to take care of their lawn, they’ll need to spend thousands of dollars. However, the truth is that lawn care isn’t just for the financial elite. There are plenty of quality companies and services offering top-of-the-line lawn care services at reasonable prices.  At Gardening Know How, we know that it’s possible to find affordable lawn care that doesn’t break the bank. We’ve reviewed the in’s and out’s of tons of lawn care companies to help you narrow your search. Be sure to use our guide before you choose a lawn care service provider. In This

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Marigold Vs. Calendula – Difference Between Marigolds And Calendulas

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-02-05 07:00
It’s a common question: Are marigold and calendula the same? The simple answer is no, and here’s why: Although both are members of the sunflower (Asteraceae) family, marigolds are members of the Tagetes genus, which includes at least 50 species, while calendula are members of the Calendula genus, a smaller genus with only 15 to 20 species. You could say the two colorful, sun-loving plants are cousins, but marigold and calendula differences are notable. Read on and we’ll outline a few important differences between these plants. Marigold vs. Calendula Plants Why all the confusion? Probably because calendula is often known as pot marigold, common marigold, or Scotch marigold, though it isn’t a true marigold at all. Marigolds are native to South America, southwestern North America, and tropical America. Calendula is native to northern Africa and south-central Europe. Other than being from two separate genus families and hailing from different areas,

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Virgin’s Bower Facts – How To Grow Virgin’s Bower Clematis

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-02-04 18:00
If you’re looking for a native flowering vine which thrives in a variety of light conditions, Virgin’s Bower clematis (Clematis virginiana) may be the answer. Although the Virgin’s Bower vine doesn’t produce the large, showy flowers of other clematis varieties, like Nelly Moser or Jackmanii, it’s one of the few vines which blooms proficiently in the shade. Virgin’s Bower Facts Virgin’s Bower clematis is native to eastern United States and Canada. This perennial, deciduous vine can be found growing in moist lowlands, thickets and woodlands, especially those bordering streams and ponds. Virgin’s Bower vine readily climbs natural elements like trees and shrubs. It can also spread along the surface of the ground, forming a dense foliage cover. The Virgin’s Bower vine has several common names including Italian clematis, woodbine and devil’s darning needle. Like other types of clematis, it climbs by wrapping its leaf petioles around an upright support. Here

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Thalia Plant Care – Growing Powdery Thalia Plants

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-02-04 15:00
Powdery thalia (Thalia dealbata) is a tropical aquatic species often used as a showy pond plant in backyard water gardens. They’re native to the marshes and wetlands in southern states of the continental U.S. and Mexico. Cultivated powdery thalia plants are readily available online and in brick and mortar pond supply stores. What is a Thalia? Sometimes called powdery alligator flag or water canna, thalia is a tall perennial which can reach heights of six feet (about 2 m.). These name designations come from the white powdery coating covering the entire plant and the resemblance of its leaves to those of the canna plant. Due to its exotic look, growing powdery thalia in backyard ponds adds a tropical ambiance to water features. The 18-inch (46 cm.) elliptical leaves impart hues of blue and green as they wave atop 24-inch (61 cm.) stems. The flower stalks, standing two to three feet

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Container Grown Thunbergia: Growing A Black Eyed Susan Vine In A Pot

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-02-04 11:00
Black eyed susan vine (Thunbergia) is perennial in USDA plant hardiness zones 9 and above, but it grows happily as an annual in cooler climates. Although it isn’t related to the familiar black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia), the vibrant orange or bright yellow blooms of black eyed susan vine are somewhat similar. This fast-growing vine is also available in white, red, apricot, and several bi-colors. Are you interested in container-grown Thunbergia? Growing black eyed susan vine in a pot couldn’t be easier. Read on to learn how. How to Grow Black Eyes Susan Vine in in a Pot Plant black eyed susan vine in a large, sturdy container, as the vine develops a hefty root system. Fill the container with any good quality commercial potting mix. Container-grown Thunbergia thrives in full sun. Although potted black eyes susan vines are heat tolerant, a little afternoon shade is a good idea in hot, dry

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Growing Yuca Vines – How To Care For Yellow Morning Glory Yuca

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-02-04 07:00
The introduction of flower vines in the landscape can be an easy way to add dynamic height and interest to the home flower garden. Attractive vining flowers draw pollinators with ease, not to mention add an extra element of privacy to small urban yard spaces. Choosing the right vine for the flower garden can be challenging, though. Growers who experience extended periods of high temperatures and drought throughout the growing season may find the task of choosing vines even more difficult. However, one type of vine – the yellow morning glory yuca – is able to thrive under adverse garden conditions with relative ease. Yuca Vine Information While commonly referred to as yellow morning glory yuca (Merremia aurea), it is actually not a type of morning glory at all. These drought tolerant vines are native to Mexico and portions of California. Though evergreen in some climates, yuca vines are also

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Broccoli Varieties: Learn About Different Types Of Broccoli

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-02-03 18:00
Exploring different varieties of vegetables is an exciting way to extend the growing season. Different cultivars, each with different days to maturity, can easily prolong the harvest period of certain crops. This is especially true when it comes to planting cool season crops that are able to thrive when frost is a threat in the garden. Experimenting with different types of broccoli, for example, is just one way to make the most of your growing space throughout the year. Broccoli Plant Types It is no doubt that seasoned gardeners know the joy of early and late season broccoli cultivars. However, many may not realize that experimenting with different broccoli plant types can add diversity to the garden, as well as help to produce a consistent harvest of fresh produce for several weeks at both the beginning and end of the growing season. From Chinese broccoli to Romanesco broccoli, the addition

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Chinese Artichoke Plant Info – How To Grow Chinese Artichokes

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-02-03 15:00
The Chinese artichoke plant yields a little tuber popular in Asian cuisine. Outside of Asia where it is often found pickled, Chinese artichoke plants are rarities. Imported into France, the plant more often goes by the name Crosne, named after the French village it was initially cultivated in. Today, crosnes (or chorogi) can be found in specialty gourmet shops and high-end restaurants with a price to match, but you can also grow your own. Read on to learn how to grow and when to harvest Chinese artichokes. What are Chinese Artichokes? The Chinese artichoke plant (Stachys affinis) is a perennial root vegetable found in the mint family. Like mint plants, Chinese artichoke have a propensity to grow wantonly and can easily overtake a garden area. They have foliage that looks much akin to the leaves of spearmint on low growing plants hardy to zone 5. Used both as a culinary

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Green Globe Improved Artichoke: Learn About Green Globe Artichoke Care

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-02-03 11:00
Most often, gardeners grow plants either for their visual appeal or because they produce tasty fruits and vegetables. What if you could do both? The Green Globe Improved artichoke is not only a highly nutritious food, the plant is so attractive it is also grown as an ornamental. Green Globe Artichoke Plants The Green Globe Improved artichoke is a perennial heirloom variety with silvery-green leaves.  Hardy in USDA zones 8 to 11, green globe artichoke plants require a long growing season. When started indoors, they can be grown as annuals in colder climates. Green Globe artichoke plants grow to height of 4 feet (1.2 m.). The flower bud, the edible part of the artichoke plant, develops on a tall stem from the center of the plant. Green Globe artichoke plants produce three to four buds, which are 2 to 5 inches (5 to 13 cm.) in diameter. If the artichoke

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Spring Lawn Care Tips to Keep Your Lawn and Garden Beautiful

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-02-03 08:00
To learn more about our editorial integrity policy and how we make money through affiliate partnerships, read our full disclosure here. It’s never too early to think about spring—particularly if you are thinking about or planning lawn and garden care. Although spring lawn care involves a little bit of time and effort, your work will pay off when you are admiring your beautiful lawn during the spring and summer.  No time for lawn care? No problem — a professional lawn care service can help you with basic lawn care maintenance as well as lawn treatments to ensure your lawn and garden are green and healthy.  In This Article: How Can You Get Your Garden and Lawn Ready for Spring?  Our Step by Step Guide Top Recommended Provider for Spring Lawn Care: TruGreen Spring Lawn Care Tips: Frequently Asked Questions In this article, we will provide some key spring lawn care

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Keto Gardening – How To Plant A Keto-Friendly Garden

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-02-03 07:00
Keto is a popular way of eating that involves healthy fats and very few carbs. If you want to plant a keto-friendly garden, you’re on the right track. Keto gardening is easy, and you can select from a long list of delicious keto vegetables. What to Grow in a Keto Garden Are you wondering what to grow in a keto-friendly vegetable garden? The following suggestions should pique your interest. Swiss chard – Swiss chard is healthy and easy to grow, and it’s also pretty to look at. The stalks can be eaten like celery, and the leafy tops are delicious raw or sautéed. Unlike many leafy vegetables, Swiss chard requires plenty of sunlight and tolerates heat as long as it’s well watered. Kohlrabi – Kohlrabi plants produce sweet, delicious keto vegetables that are simple to grow. This crispy root vegetable can be boiled and mashed like potatoes, although the flavor

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Grow Colors For Your Team – Super Bowl Themed Garden Ideas

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-02-02 18:06
If you’re a dedicated football fan, you may find planting team colors in the garden is a great way to show support for your favorite high school, college or NFL team. Plus, you can use the flowers and foliage you grow for game day corsages and tailgating centerpieces. Planting a football garden can even encourage non-gardening spouses to take an interest in gardening projects. And it can be fun for the Super Bowl too. Tips for Planting a Football Garden Before you can grow colors for your team, you’ll need to find plants that produce the correct color of flowers or foliage. Ideally, these flowering plants will bloom in late summer and early fall to coincide with football season. Here are examples of garden plants to represent your team’s colors: Black: Yes, there are dark foliage or nearly black flowers that can include varieties of hollyhock, petunia, bugleweed, and hibiscus.

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Super Bowl Vegetable Dishes: Make A Super Bowl Spread From Your Harvest

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-02-02 15:00
To the diehard fan, it’s never too early to start planning for a stellar Super Bowl party. Given that there are months to plan ahead, why not try growing your own Super Bowl food? That’s right! With a little forethought and planning, you can create a Super Bowl Sunday spread from the garden. Don’t panic carnivores! Super Bowl vegetable dishes won’t be the only things on the menu. How about pickled jalapenos to go on those grilled burgers? Keep reading to learn more Super Bowl feast ideas. Super Bowl Sunday from the Garden? In our household, every year, there’s one guy who must bring his “famous” chicken wings and another couple that has too bring their BBQ ribs. This starts the menu out with some significant protein, but what about those who want to lighten things up or avoid meat entirely? Fear not, there are plenty of Super Bowl feast

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Garden Party Theme Ideas: Planning A Garden Themed Party

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-02-02 11:00
Nothing is easier to plan than a themed garden party. This is because you can simply focus your party on any aspect of the garden that appeals to you at the moment. Garden party themes can range from fancy-dress banquets with guests showing up in Great Gatsby attire to working garden parties where neighbors come together to dig and weed. Read on for more ideas for planning a garden themed party. Garden Party Theme Ideas When you start planning a garden themed party, the possibilities are endless. You might hold the party in the garden, serve food that was grown in the garden, or just use garden décor indoors. One great garden theme idea is to host neighbors and create a community garden. Everyone can show up in garden clothes with seeds and tools. Once digging and seeding is done, you could even bake up a few homemade veggie pizzas.

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Groundhog Day Prediction – Planning For Your Spring Garden

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-02-02 07:00
Winter doesn’t last forever and soon we can all look forward to warm weather again. That Groundhog Day prediction may see an earlier than expected warm up, which means spring garden planning should be well under way. Get some tips on planning for your spring garden so you are ready to shoot out of the gates on the first warm day. Groundhog Day for Gardeners Although groundhogs in the garden are seldom welcome, Punxsutawney Phil is a ground hog with a mission. If he doesn’t see his shadow, that’s a perfect Groundhog Day for gardeners. That portends an early spring, which means we have to get cracking on garden prep. There are tasks to get your garden ready for spring that you can do in fall and even in winter. That way, when the first sunny, warm days arrive, you’re out ahead of many gardeners. That chubby rodent is the

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Potato Craft Ideas For Kids – Creative Things To Do With Potatoes

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-02-01 18:09
If you are still digging potatoes out of your garden, you may have a few extra spuds that you can dedicate to potato arts and crafts. If you’ve never thought about craft ideas for potatoes, there are more than a few. In fact, potatoes can be a great resource for kids’ arts and crafts projects. Read on for cool craft ideas for potatoes. Things to Do with Potatoes Potato crafts for kids are perfect for a dreary winter day or rainy afternoon. Here are a few ideas to jumpstart your creative juices. Potato Stamps One of the greatest potato craft ideas is surprisingly easy: using cut potatoes to stamp paint onto fabric or paper. Make the potato stamp by cutting the tater in half. Then select a metal cookie cutter and press it into the potato flesh. When the cutter is deep in a potato half, take out all of

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Color Changing Celery: Fun Celery Dye Experiment For Kids

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-02-01 15:00
It is never too early to get kids interested in plants and the ways Mother Nature has equipped them to survive. Even young tots can grasp complex concepts, like osmosis, if you create experiments that hold their attention. Here’s one to get you started: the great celery dye experiment. This is a great family project that involves celery sticks that turn colors as they absorb colored water. Read on for instructions on how to dye celery. Celery Dye Experiment Kids know that garden plants don’t eat or drink like people do. But an explanation of osmosis – the process by which plants uptake water and nutrients – can quickly get too confusing for young children. By engaging your younger kids, even toddlers, in the celery dye experiment, they will get to see plants drinking instead of hearing an explanation of it. And because changing the color of celery is fun,

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Fruit And Vegetable Peel Uses – Interesting Uses For Old Peels

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-02-01 11:00
It’s an interesting thing about the peels of many fruits and vegetables; many of them are edible and yet we either throw them out or compost them. Don’t get me wrong, composting is great, but what if you could find other uses for old peels? There are in fact a plethora of fruit and vegetable peel uses. Some of the things to do with peels will surprise you, while other uses for old peels are fairly common sense. Keep reading to find out what to do with peelings. Things to Do with Peels As you prepare salad, soup or stew, fill a container with the peelings and other discarded produce; you will be surprised at the volume of wasted food. Sure it can go in the compost but why when there are so many other things to do with peels. Fruit Peel Uses Have you ever considered the peel of

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Plant Chill Hours: Why Are Chill Hours Important

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-02-01 07:04
You might see the term “chill hours” when looking at fruit trees online or notice it on a plant tag when shopping for them. If you’re giving serious consideration to starting a fruit tree in your yard or even planting a small orchard, you may have looked up the term. There you were confronted by another unfamiliar term – vernalization – and often a complicated description. If you want to grow some fruit trees and need some simple information about plant chill hours and why they’re important, continue reading. We’ll attempt to break it down here in simple terms that are easy enough for anyone to understand. What are Chill Hours? Chilling hours are basically the hours between the temperatures of 34-45 degrees F. (1-7 C.) in autumn that will reach the tree. These are calculated for when the fruit tree is preparing itself to enter dormancy for winter. Hours

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