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Planting Seedbox Flowers: Learn How To Grow A Seedbox Plant

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-01-22 11:03
Marsh seedbox plants (Ludwigia alternfolia) are an interesting species native to the eastern half of the United States. They can be found alongside streams, lakes, and ponds as well as occasionally cropping up in ditches, seepage areas, and retention basins. As a native specimen, seedbox flowers can be used for naturalizing around backyard ponds and water features. Seedbox Plant Info Marsh seedbox plants are short lived, perennial members of the evening primrose family. In fact, they are also known as water primrose plants. Other names for the plant include floating seedbox and floating primrose willow. They are hardy in USDA zones 4 through 8 and thrive in areas where ground moisture remains constant. Their notable characteristic is a cube shaped seed box which rattles when the seeds are ripe. These seed boxes are attractive additions in dried flower arrangements. Identifying Marsh Seedbox Plants Until they produce their characteristic seed capsule,

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What Is A Spathe: Learn About The Spathe And Spadix In Plants

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-01-22 07:00
A spathe and spadix in plants makes for a unique and lovely type of flowering structure. Some of the plants that have these structures are popular potted houseplants, so you may actually already have one. Learn more about the spathe and spadix structure, what it looks like, and which plants have it by reading the following information. What is a Spathe and Spadix? An inflorescence is the entire flowering structure of a plant and these can vary quite a lot from one type of plant to the next. In one type, there is a spathe and a spadix making up the inflorescence, sometimes referred to as a spathe flower.  The spathe looks like a large flower petal, but it is actually a bract. Confused yet? A bract is a modified leaf and is often brightly colored and stands out more than the actual flower does. Poinsettia is an example of

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Boronia Information And Care: How To Grow Boronia Shrubs

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-01-21 18:08
Boronia shrubs are a beautiful and eye-catching addition to the landscape. Hailing from Australia, we can grow them here in the U.S., if conditions are appropriate. Let’s learn more about boronia shrub care. What are Boronias? Boronia is a member of the citrus family, filled with essential oils in the abundant flowers and foliage. It is sometimes called “scent leaf” because of the fragrance in the leaves. Fragrant star-like blooms appear in spring and bloom through early summer, attracting pollinators and begging to come inside in your cut-flower arrangement. If you wish to add some of these to your arrangements, cut long stems early when they’re budding. Boronia is a family name for 90-100 evergreen shrubs. Brown boronia (Boronia megastigma) is most often grown because of its pleasing smell, as some in the family have a smell that can be offensive. Boronia crenulata ‘Shark Bay” has a licorice scent. Research

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Tatarian Dogwood Care: How To Grow A Tatarian Dogwood Bush

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-01-21 15:00
The Tatarian dogwood (Cornus alba) is an extremely hardy shrub known for its colorful winter bark. It is rarely planted as a solo specimen but is used as a border, mass, screen or hedge plant in landscapes. If you are interested in growing Tatarian dogwoods, read on. We’ll give you information about the Tatarian dogwood bush and tips for Tatarian dogwood care. Tatarian Dogwood Shrub Info The Tatarian dogwood bush has a rounded canopy. It produces multiple upright stems that never grow above 8 feet (2.4 meters) tall. The plant offers something of interest for every season. In early spring, the dogwood leaves emerge a soft yellow green. In late spring, the shrubs are covered with tiny creamy yellow flowers arranged in flat-topped clusters. These are followed by berries in summer that provide food for wild birds. In fall, the leaves blaze crimson and as weather gets colder, the bare

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DIY Mosaic Pebble Pathway: Tips For Making Pebble Walkways For Gardens

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-01-21 11:00
Making pebble walkways is a good way to keep people and critters from tromping all over your hard labor, plus a walkway leads not only the eye but the feet down a trail to discovering new areas within the garden. An outdoor pebble carpet also keeps debris contained within a border which offsets plant groupings and adds a bit of pizzazz. There are a number of pebble walkway ideas, from the simplest to the more complex, such as creating a mosaic pebble pathway. The following article contains ideas and instructions on making pebble walkways and how to create a pebble mosaic walkway. DIY Pebble Walkway Ideas Sure, you can use pavers or even have a pathway poured, but a much more natural approach is making meandering pebble walkways which look much more natural within the landscape. You can choose the shade of pebbles that will most complement your plants or

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Lawn Doctor Lawn Care Review

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-01-21 08:00
To learn more about our editorial integrity policy and how we make money through affiliate partnerships, read our full disclosure here. As a homeowner, you want your lawn to stay healthy, lush, and green year-round. For most property owners, keeping their lawn looking great means hiring a lawn care company to take care of the heavy-lifting on their behalf. If you’re considering hiring a local lawn company to take care of your greenery, you should consider Lawn Doctor. A large-scale company offering everything from soil testing to pest control, Lawn Doctor is a highly rated lawn service provider. But is it the right lawn care company for you?  Today, we’ll take a look at Lawn Doctor, its services, and what you might expect to pay. We’ll also introduce you to our preferred lawn care service provider, TruGreen, and show you how you can claim your free quote online or by

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Groundcover For Foot Traffic: Choosing Groundcover That’s Walkable

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-01-21 07:00
Walkable groundcovers serve many purposes in the landscape, but it’s important to choose carefully. Walking on groundcovers may feel like stepping on a soft carpet of dense leaves, but the plants must have the ability to bounce back relatively quick. Groundcovers you can walk on are versatile plants that may also crowd out weeds, conserve moisture, prevent soil erosion, and provide habitat for beneficial pollinators. Here are a few examples of attractive and durable groundcovers for foot traffic. Choosing Groundcover That’s Walkable Here are some good groundcovers you can walk on: Thyme (Thymus sp.) – Includes several walkable groundcovers such as woolly thyme, red creeping thyme, and mother-of-thyme. Thyme thrives in full sunlight and nearly any well-drained soil. USDA plant hardiness zones 5-9. Miniature speedwell (Veronica oltensis) – Veronica is a sun-loving plant with deep green leaves and tiny blue flowers. Zones 4-9. Creeping raspberry (Rubus pentalobus) – Also known

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Brick Edging Frost Heave Issues – How To Stop Brick Heaving In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-01-20 18:14
Brick edging is an effective way to separate your lawn from a flower bed, garden, or driveway. Although installing a brick edging takes a bit of time and money at the outset, it will save you tons of effort down the road. But, while brick is relatively easy to install, your hard work will be lost if brick edging frost heave pushes the bricks out of the ground. Read on for tips on how to stop brick heaving from happening. About Brick Edging Frost Heave Frost heave is caused when freezing temperatures cause moisture in the soil to turn into ice. The soil expands and is pushed upward. Brick frost heave is common in cold weather climates, especially in late winter or early spring. It’s generally worse when winters are exceptionally cold, or if the ground freezes suddenly. If you’re lucky, the bricks will settle when the weather warms in

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Cleaning Garden Sculptures: What To Clean Garden Statues With

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-01-20 15:00
Garden statuary, bird baths, and fountains are fun and decorative additions to the landscape but just like the garden, they require maintenance. How do you clean a garden statue? Cleaning garden sculptures requires ingredients found in your kitchen, some elbow grease, and little else. Begin by washing sculptures in the garden with plain tap water, a gentle spray from the hose should do it. Read on to find out what to clean garden statues with. What to Clean Garden Statues With? For items such as fountains, chlorine tabs make quick work of cleaning, but cleaning garden sculptures is going to require a bit more effort. First of all, there is no need to purchase expensive cleansers when cleaning garden decorations. You will find everything you need in your household cleaning closet. Whether the statue is made of bronze, concrete, wood, or marble, all you should need are a few drops

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Garden Statue Ideas – How To Use Statues In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-01-20 11:00
There is an artful way to select and place statues in the garden. Landscaping with statues can quickly go from elegant and whimsical to tacky and cluttered as well. To avoid making your garden look like a yard sale, plan ahead and use these tips to create art in the garden.  Steps to Using Garden Sculptures Well Most neighborhoods have that one yard that make the rest of us cringe. This is the home that includes a seemingly endless number of gnomes, metallic spheres, and concrete wildlife in an overly cluttered yard. To avoid being that neighbor, try these steps for including statues and sculptures in a way that looks just right. Start with a plan. Making a plan before buying or placing garden statues can be very helpful.  The time you put into a plan now will be time saved later, not to mention money saved on statues that

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Planting With Repetition – Learn About Repeating Garden Designs

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-01-20 07:00
Have you ever wondered why some gardens are beautiful and naturally pleasing to the eye while others seem more like a big, confused jumble? This messy, chaotic appearance often occurs when the garden is filled with too many shapes, colors, and textures with little thought given to simple designs or repeating patterns. Repetition in the garden is a relatively easy way to create structure, flow, and a balance between shapes, textures, and colors. Don’t be intimidated, as creating garden repetition is a relatively straightforward concept. Read on for a few basic tips on using garden repetition to your best advantage. Repeating Garden Designs Although planting with repetition means using similar elements, your garden plan doesn’t need to be exact. In fact, too much precision tends to become dull and monotonous. Repetition doesn’t have to involve a single type of plant; you can use different annuals, perennials, or shrubs of similar

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Wind Resistant Trees – Choosing Trees For Windy Spots

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-01-19 18:00
Like cold and heat, wind can be a big factor in the life and health of trees. If you live in an area where winds are strong, you’ll have to be selective about the trees you plant. There is a wide variety of wind resistant trees available and you are likely to find trees for windy spots no matter your climate. Read on for more information on trees that can tolerate wind. Trees Resistant to Wind Wind isn’t particular about climate. There are high wind areas in places with mild winters and hurricanes also blow through in humid, subtropical climates. Even northern states can experience winds that threaten trees. If you live where the wind can be strong, you’ll need to plant wind hardy trees. Trees that can tolerate wind have a better chance of lasting out the storm or hurricane and also protecting your home from damage. Wind Hardy

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Low Maintenance Patio Plants: Grow An Easy To Care For Patio Garden

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-01-19 15:00
If you don’t have a big garden or any yard at all and would like some low maintenance gardening, container plantings are for you. Plants that grow well on decks and patios can help you build a green outdoor environment that doesn’t take a lot of work to keep up and maintain. Read on for more on easy to grow container plants. Easy Care Patio Plants Whether you have a yard or garden at all doesn’t matter. As long as you have a balcony, patio, or deck, you can fill it with plants and flowers. An easy to care for patio garden can be simple if you choose the right plants, those that do well in pots and require little maintenance to thrive. Some easy to grow container plants include: Herbs: If you have a sunny patio, herbs will thrive. You’ll also get to enjoy the smell and use them

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High Altitude Vegetable Gardening – How To Grow A Mountain Vegetable Garden

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-01-19 11:00
Growing high altitude vegetables is difficult, but not impossible. Mountain vegetable gardening is nothing like growing in the Midwest, Pacific Northwest or even down South. Nope, high altitude vegetable gardening takes special know how. So, what kinds of things does a gardener need to know before veggie gardening in the mountains? Veggie Gardening in the Mountains When high altitude vegetable gardening, the first thing is to be realistic. Higher altitudes have cooler temperatures and a shorter growing season that is often measured in weeks rather than months. Part of being realistic is knowing there is no way you are going to grow warm weather eggplant. Stick to the cool weather veggies for your mountain vegetable garden. Not only is the growing season shorter but more critters than just you will be competing for those nutrient-rich vegetables. How you protect your crop will mean the difference between feeding yourself and being

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Care For High Altitude Plants – Growing A High Elevation Garden

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-01-19 07:00
Gardening at high altitudes poses many problems. In mountainous regions, the soil is often poor and rocky. Unexpected weather can occur often, and the growing season is shorter. Other high-altitude areas may have a desert climate with searing heat and freezing winters. High altitude plants must be hardy and adaptable. Fortunately, there are many selections, including vegetables, for a high elevation garden. Challenges of High-Altitude Gardening Perhaps you have recently moved to an area with high altitude and want to get going on your landscaping. What grows at high altitudes? The mountain garden should feature native plants that are already adapted to the conditions. When installing non-native plants, pay special attention to the plant label, noting the hardiness zone and the plant’s requirements. High elevations are often harsh and exposed to rough weather. The soil is usually low in nutrients and may be porous and hold little water. There are

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Mulching With Wool: Can You Use Sheep’s Wool As Mulch

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-01-18 18:00
It’s always fun, and sometimes beneficial, to learn about ways to improve your gardening experience. One of those that you may not be familiar with is using wool as mulch. If you’re intrigued by the thought of using sheep’s wool for mulch, read on to learn more. Mulching with Wool As with other mulch we use in the garden, sheep’s wool retains moisture and stops weeds from spouting. In the case of using sheep’s wool for mulch, it can also retain more heat during cold winters. This keeps roots warmer and can help keep crops alive past their normal growing point. Online info says mulching with wool in the vegetable garden can “increase production and plant viability against pest damage.” Wool matts purchased commercially or woven together from available wool, last approximately two years. How to Use Wool in the Garden Wool matts for mulch may need to be cut

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Deer Droppings On Plants: Is Fertilizing With Deer Manure Safe

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-01-18 15:00
Deer can be both a blessing and a curse. It’s so lovely to see a doe and fawn early on a Sunday morning, standing in the mist, nibbling on your garden. And that’s the problem. They can eat through a garden in no time. Whether you love or hate deer, or have a more complicated relationship with them, there is one important question to answer: Can you use deer manure in gardens? Fertilizing with Deer Manure Using manure as a fertilizer is not a new practice. People long ago discovered that manure is full of nutrients. Deer droppings on plants or on your grass may provide some additional nutrients, depending on what those deer have eaten. In the wild, the deer diet is pretty limited, meaning their droppings are not very nutrient rich. But suburban deer and those feeding around farms may have more nutrients to offer in their waste.

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Deer Proof Evergreens: Are There Evergreens Deer Won’t Eat

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-01-18 11:00
The presence of deer in the garden can be troublesome. Over a short period of time, deer can quickly damage or even destroy prized landscaping plants. Depending on where you live, keeping these nuisance animals away may prove to be difficult. Although there are many types of deer repellents available to homeowners, they’re usually are left disappointed by their results. With some proven planting techniques, however, gardeners may be able to reduce the occurrence of damage caused by deer. Planting deer resistant evergreen plants, for example, can help to create a beautiful green space all year long. Choosing Evergreens Deer Won’t Eat When planning a garden filled with deer proof evergreens, it is important to remember that there will always be an exception. Despite choosing deer proof evergreens for planting, these animals are known to feed on a wide range of plants during times of need. While planting evergreens deer

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Deer Mushrooms In The Lawn: What To Do With Deer Mushrooms

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-01-18 07:00
For many homeowners, mushrooms can be a nuisance growing in lawns, flower beds, and manicured landscape plantings. While troublesome, most mushroom populations can be easily removed or managed. One type of mushroom, called the ‘deer mushroom,’ is frequently found in rural yard spaces. What are Deer Mushrooms? Deer mushrooms are a type of mushroom commonly found in North America. This specific type of mushroom is typically found on dead or decaying hardwood. This can include decaying logs, downed trees, and even some types of mulches. However, deer mushrooms in the lawn or on conifer trees have also been noted. These prolific mushrooms are likely to be found growing at any time throughout the year, as long as temperatures are not too cold. Identifying Deer Mushrooms Deer mushrooms usually reach heights of about 2-4 inches (5-10 cm.). In examining the cap of the mushroom, colors are most likely to range in

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Pothos Pruning Guide – How To Cut Back Pothos Plants

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-01-17 18:00
Has your pothos plant gotten too big? Or maybe it’s not as bushy as it used to be? Keep reading so you can learn how to prune a pothos and bring new life to this amazing, vigorous and easy-to-grow houseplant. Let’s take a look at how to cut back pothos. Pruning Pothos Houseplant First, you will have to choose exactly how far you’d like to prune your pothos back. You can prune it back dramatically up to about 2 inches or so (5 cm.) from the soil line if needed. Or you can leave much longer vines and prune much less.  It all depends on how much you’d like to take off. Regardless, pruning this plant will only benefit it. You may be happy with only a lighter pruning or, if your plant has lost quite a few leaves and you want to reinvigorate the plant, a more drastic pruning

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