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Chir Pine Information – Learn About Chir Pine In Landscapes

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-07-31 18:00
There are many, many types of pine trees. Some make suitable additions to the landscape and others not so much. While the chir pine is one of those trees that can attain large heights, in the proper location, this tree can make a great specimen or hedgerow planting. Chir Pine Information Chir pine, also known as Indian Longleaf pine, is common to the most southern U.S. forests, although it is native to the Himalayas, where it is widely used for lumber. Needles of Pinus roxburghii are long and deciduous during dry seasons, but they usually remain on the tree for the better part of the year. Evergreen and coniferous, the trunk can grow to six feet (1.8 m.) around. Using chir pine in landscapes is normal too, but you should allow plenty of room for the specimen, which can reach 150 feet (46 m.) at maturity. However, the tree more

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Mandrake Propagation Guide – Tips For Growing New Mandrake Plants

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-07-31 15:00
Mandrake is one of those magical plants that turns up in fantasy novels and spooky fables. It is a very real plant and has some interesting and potentially scary properties. Growing new mandrake plants is quickest from roots or offsets, but you can also start them from seed. Propagation of mandrake from seed can be a little tricky unless you know a couple of crucial tips. Continue reading to learn how to propagate mandrake. About Growing New Mandrake Plants You don’t need to be a Harry Potter fan to appreciate the much storied mandrake plant. It is a member of the nightshade family and its root is the part primarily used. While all parts of the plant are poisonous, it was once used in medicine, mostly as a pre-surgery anesthesia. It is rarely used today due to the dangers but it is a fun and interesting plant to grow. Mandrake

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Nasturtiums

Organic Gardening 2 - Wed, 2019-07-31 14:31
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One of my very favorite flowers that I grow in all of my gardens for many reasons—are nasturtiums—and I affectionately refer to these garden rowdies as “nasties”. They are easy to cultivate, and effortlessly fill in garden space, with their mounds of fun foliage even before their showy colors appear. In the kitchen, you can use both the fresh foliage and flowers to add a pleasant hint of heat and pungency (this dissipates when cooked so I use them mostly fresh) to many summer dishes.
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Pepper Plant Insects: What’s Eating Hot Pepper Plants

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-07-31 11:05
Hot peppers are and effective deterrent to many pests, but what plagues these spicy plants? There are several pepper plant insects that can attack the plants and their fruit, and the occasional bird or mammal might try a bite. The biggest culprits are a handful of insects and their larvae, but these can easily be dealt with by vigilance and organic methods of control. Biggest Hot Pepper Pests Glorious hot chilies and spicy peppers add punch to a host of recipes. But fruit with holes or shredded leaves can compromise your crop. What’s eating hot pepper plants? Mammals and birds usually avoid such spicy fare, but insects don’t seem to mine the capsaicin laced peppers.  There are several pepper plant bugs that can spell serious problems to your pepper harvest. Probably the number one hot pepper plant insects are the pepper weevils and pepper hornworms. While their names might suggest

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Crimson Cherry Rhubarb Info: How To Grow Crimson Cherry Rhubarb Plants

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-07-31 07:00
For many home vegetable gardeners, adding new and interesting plants to the garden plot is fun and exciting. Expanding the garden is also a great way to expand their palates in the kitchen. Though most vegetables are grown as annuals each season, some special plants require more time in order to produce a crop. Rhubarb is an example of a perennial addition to the home garden, and the ‘Crimson Cherry’ variety is especially known for its sweet taste. Crimson Cherry Rhubarb Info Rhubarb plants are a popular choice for gardeners who wish to use the stalks in recipes for sauces, pies, and other baked goods. Rhubarb plants are unusual in that only some parts of the plant are edible, while other parts are toxic. This toxicity is caused by the presence of oxalic acid. With any rhubarb, make certain to properly research its use and handling before trying any recipes

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Differences Between Hansel And Gretel Eggplants

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-07-30 18:00
Hansel eggplants and Gretel eggplants are two different varieties that are very similar to each other, like the brother and sister from a fairy tale. Read up on some Hansel and Gretel eggplant information to find out why these hybrids are desirable and what they need to grow and give you a big harvest. What are Hansel and Gretel Eggplants? Hansel and Gretel are two different hybrid varieties of eggplant, both fairly new to the gardening world. They each won All American Selections – Hansel in 2008 and Gretel in 2009. Both were developed specifically to breed out some of the undesirable characteristics of most eggplants. There are almost no practical differences between Hansel and Gretel eggplants. Hansel has deep purple skin and Gretel’s skin is white but, otherwise, they both have the same qualities that make them great options for the vegetable garden: The fruits are long and narrow

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Propagating Ginkgo Cuttings: Learn How To Root Ginkgo Cuttings

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-07-30 15:00
Ginkgo biloba is the sole surviving member of the extinct division of plants known as Gingkophya, which dates back some 270 million years. Ginkgo trees are distantly related to conifers and cycads. These deciduous trees are prized for their bright fall foliage and medicinal benefits, so it’s not surprising that many homeowners would want to add them to their landscape. And while there a number of ways to propagate these trees, ginkgo cutting propagation is the preferred method of cultivation. How to Root Ginkgo Cuttings Propagating ginkgo cuttings is the easiest way to make more of these beautiful trees. The cultivar ‘Autumn Gold’ is the easiest to root from cuttings. When it comes to propagating cuttings, your first question may be, “can you root ginkgo in water?” The short answer is no. Ginkgo trees are sensitive to poor drainage; they prefer well-drained soil and do well in urban areas surrounded

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Growing Minette Basil Plants – Information On Minette Dwarf Basil

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-07-30 11:15
Some types of basil can become a bit gangly and less than attractive although the aroma and flavor of the foliage can’t be beat. If you love basil’s fragrance and taste try growing Minette dwarf basil plants. What is Minette basil? Keep reading to find out all about the basil variety ‘Minette.’ What is Minette Dwarf Basil? The basil cultivar ‘Minette’ (Ocimum basillicum ‘Minette’) is an adorable dwarf basil that grows into a compact little shrub perfect for knot gardens, edging and container growing. Plants grow into 10-inch (25 cm.) globes rife with succulent, aromatic small basil leaves. Tiny this basil may be, but it still packs all of the anise-like sweet flavor along with the fragrant clove scent of the larger basil cultivars. This basil works well as a companion plant, as its pungent aroma also wards off aphids, mites and tomato hornworms. Minette basil grows into a perfectly

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Sun Tolerant Hostas: Popular Hostas To Grow In Sun

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-07-30 07:00
Hostas add interesting foliage to areas in need of large, spreading and colorful leaves. Hostas are most often considered shade plants. It’s true that most hosta plants should grow in a partial shade or dappled sun area to keep leaves from burning, but there are now many sun-loving hostas available for the garden. About Hostas for Sunny Spots Newer hostas for sunny spots are appearing in the market with the claim of being hostas that tolerate the sun. Yet, there are hostas for sun that have grown for decades in many well-planted gardens too. These plants can grow happily in areas that make morning sun available to them. Afternoon shade is a necessity, especially during those hot summer days. Further success comes from consistent watering and planting them in rich soil. Add a layer of organic mulch to help hold and conserve moisture. Sun Tolerant Hostas Let’s take a look

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Antonovka Apple Facts – Learn How To Grow Antonovka Apples

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-07-29 18:00
Anyone interested in growing apples in the home landscape may want to consider trying out the Antonovka variety. This tasty, easy to grow and care for tree is a centuries-old favorite used for fresh eating, baking and canning. It is also well liked for use in cider. Antonovka Apple Facts What are Antonovka apples, you may ask. They are a winter producing group of apple trees originally from Russia. Antonovka fruit trees are often used as a rootstock to add cold hardiness to other apple types that can be grafted in. They are also used for seedling trees in northern areas. The common Antonovka apple is most normally grown in the U.S., but there are other varieties. Antonovka apple facts say it is a tasty, tart fruit right off the tree, having high acid, with flavor that mellows after time in storage. The skin is light green to yellow with

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Lemon Basil Care: How To Grow Lemon Basil Herbs

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-07-29 15:00
Lemon and basil make a perfect pairing in cooking, but what if you could have the essence of lemon with the sweet anise flavor of basil all in one plant? Lemon basil plants combine both these amazing scents and flavors for a unique herb experience. This variety is just one in a host of specially imbued basils and is easy to grow, provided you have plenty of sun and heat. Keep reading to get tips on how to grow lemon basil and add its characteristic scent and flavor to your culinary repertoire. What is Lemon Basil? Fans of basil rejoice. Growing lemon basil provides devotees with a tangy, nose happy flavor and scent that is excellent in many international and regional cuisines. It is also a pretty plant that adds dimension and texture to the kitchen garden. As an added bonus, lemon basil care is simple, straightforward and easy. Picture

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Hot Pepper Problems – Common Hot Pepper Plant Pests And Diseases

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-07-29 11:00
Growing hot peppers is an easy way to add to your culinary garden. Different varieties of chili peppers grow well in both containers and beds. A few hot pepper problems may damage your plants, though. Know what to look out for and what diseases and pests could ruin your harvest this summer so you can prevent or treat as needed. Hot Pepper Plant Diseases There are many potential problems with hot pepper plants that you will find are caused by viral, fungal, or bacterial diseases. Several viral diseases affect chili peppers. Signs of a viral infection include leaf curl, mottled coloring on leaves, stunted growth, and dropped flowers. The best way to manage these diseases is to start with virus-resistant varieties. Fungal diseases that affect pepper plants include damping off fungi in seedlings and Phytophthora root rot. The latter causes root rot in plants at any stage and results in

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Streaks On Daylily Leaves: Learn About Daylily Leaf Streak Disease

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-07-29 07:00
Daylily plants are among one of the most popular perennial landscaping flowers in the United States, and for good reason. Their disease resistance and hardy vigor allows them to thrive in a diverse set of growing conditions. Whether grown in full sun or partial shade, daylily plants will reward homeowners with a profusion of large blooms and glossy green foliage throughout the entire growing season. While robust, there are some issues that may cause these plants to struggle in the garden. Daylily leaf streak, for instance, can cause distress for both growers and daylily plants. What is Daylily Leaf Streak? When daylily leaf streak presents itself, the fungus Aureobasidium microstictum has infected the plant. Daylilies with leaf streak may initially show very little signs of infection. However, upon closer inspection, growers may first begin to notice yellowing of the plant’s leaves along the midrib. As the disease progresses, the streaks

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Ginseng Ficus Pruning: How To Grow A Ficus Ginseng Bonsai Tree

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-07-28 18:07
If growing and caring for a bonsai tree seems too difficult, consider diving into the miniature tree world with a ginseng ficus. It’s unique looking, with aerial roots, and is considered to be very forgiving for beginners. Growing ginseng ficus as a bonsai tree is a great idea for a hobby for yourself or as a gift for a fellow gardener. Ginseng Ficus as a Bonsai Ginseng ficus (Ficus retusa) is one variety of this large group of fig trees. Native to Southeast Asia, the ginseng ficus is also called banyan fig, Taiwan ficus, and laurel fig. It is most striking in appearance because it grows thick roots that stay exposed above the surface of the ground. As a bonsai, the effect is of a small tree standing on legs. The tree grows oval shaped, dark green leaves. The trunk of the ginseng ficus is thick and bulbous, reddish gray

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What Is A Gutter Garden – How To Make A Gutter Garden

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-07-28 15:00
Some of us don’t have a big yard in which to grow our warm season gardens and some of us have no yard at all. There are alternatives, though. These days many containers are used to grow flowers, herbs, and even vegetables. These containers include gutter garden ideas. Research does not indicate who originated the idea of growing shallow rooted plants in a prepared gutter, but it is a worthwhile undertaking. What is a Gutter Garden? If you’ve not seen them, in person or online, you may be asking what is a gutter garden? It’s a rain gutter designed to hold your choice of plants and decorate a wall, fence, porch railing, or other area. Use your creativity to put a gutter garden in some of your free space. If you need inspiration, take a look here. Consider these uses for gutter gardens: Hanging for vertical appeal: Thread thin wire

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Clara Eggplant Info: Learn How To Grow Clara Eggplants

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-07-28 11:13
The beautiful purple Italian eggplant is, indeed, delicious but how about mixing it up a bit and growing Clara eggplant? The following article contains Clara eggplant info regarding how to grow Clara eggplants. What is Clara Eggplant? The eggplant variety, Clara, is an Italian hybrid that produces gorgeous brilliantly white fruit offset by a bright green calyx. The oval shaped fruit grows to around 6-7 inches (15-18 cm.) in length by 4-5 inches (10-13 cm.) across. Clara eggplant is an early season crop that matures in approximately 65 days. Because Clara eggplant has thin skin, it is best suited for the home garden, as the delicate exterior bruises easily during shipping. This cultivar is a high yielder and the vigorous plants have few spines. How to Grow Clara Eggplants Eggplant is a warm season annual. Clara eggplant should be sown in flats in the early spring or 6-8 weeks before

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Rubber Plant Bugs: Fighting Pests On A Rubber Plant

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-07-28 07:00
Rubber tree (Ficus elastica) is an impressive plant with huge, shiny leaves, but this cold-sensitive plant survives outdoors only in very warm climates. For this reason, it is usually grown indoors. Although healthy rubber tree plants tend to be pest resistant, they can be infested by several sap-sucking pests. What to do if you notice rubber plant insects? Read on for helpful tips. Pests on a Rubber Plant Here are the most common rubber plant insects you may come across: Aphids are tiny, pear-shaped pests that gather en masse on the undersides of leaves or the joints of leaves and stems. The pests are usually green, but different species may be red, brown, black, or yellow. Aphids damage rubber tree by sucking the sweet nectar from the leaves. Scale are tiny rubber plant pests that attach themselves to all parts of the plant and, like aphids, they feed on sweet

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Baby’s Breath Propagation: Learn About Propagating Baby’s Breath Plants

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-07-27 18:00
Baby’s breath is a small, delicate bloom included as a finishing touch in many bouquets and flower arrangements. Masses of star-shaped flowers look great in outside flower beds, too. Gypsophila grows in several varieties, preferring a moist, sunny spot in the landscape. Propagating Baby’s Breath Plants You may have planted seeds of this flower without success. Seeds are tiny and sometimes a little tricky to get going. When propagating baby’s breath, you will likely have better success by taking cuttings from an existing plant or planting one in the landscape. Baby’s breath is normally grown as an annual flower in most areas, but some types are hardy perennials. All types are easily grown from cuttings taken in early summer. Starting new baby’s breath takes time, about a month, but is worth the wait. How to Propagate Baby’s Breath Cuttings Use clean, sterilized containers and fill with well-draining soil or mix.

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Macho Fern Info – Tips For Growing A Macho Fern

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-07-27 15:00
If you want a big, burly fern with stout foliage, try growing a Macho fern. What is a Macho fern? These robust plants form a large clump of fronds and thrive in shade to partial shade. They even do well in containers and hanging baskets. The Nephrolepis biserrata Macho fern is a tropical, evergreen plant suitable for United States Department of Agriculture zones 9 to 10 but can be grown as an indoor plant and moved out in summer. Here is further Macho fern info to get you growing the plant at its best. What is a Macho Fern? Ferns provide elegant, greenery with a classic, airy form. The Macho fern (Nephrolepis biserrata) is one of the best examples of these plants. Best of all, Macho fern care is easy, breezy and can grow either as a houseplant or an outdoor specimen in warmer regions. Macho ferns can be found

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Are Sunflowers Edible: How To Use Edible Sunflowers From The Garden

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-07-27 11:00
Growing sunflowers is great. These stately, tall flowers produce stunning, large, regal blooms. But can you eat a sunflower? You know you can eat sunflower seeds, but if you grow these fun plants you may have wondered if you can eat the actual flowers too. We’ve got the answer for you. Are Sunflowers Edible? Most people grow sunflowers simply for their statuesque nature and cheerful, large flowers. But you may also grow them to eat the seeds. Sunflower seeds are tasty and nutritious. Of course, they are also grown on a large scale to make oil, but you can even make a delicious seed butter out of sunflower seeds. But did you know that you can actually eat much more of the plant than just the seeds? This includes the flowers. You can enjoy both the buds of sunflower plants and the petals of mature blooms. The greens are also

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