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Is Ginseng Edible – Information On Edible Ginseng Plant Parts

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-07-17 15:00
with Teo Spengler Ginseng (Panax sp.) is an extremely popular herb, with medical uses dating back many hundreds of years. The plant has been a valuable herb in the United States since the days of the early settlers, and today, is outsold only by ginkgo biloba. But is ginseng edible? Read on to learn more. Edible Parts of Ginseng Can you eat ginseng? The herb’s therapeutic uses are widely studied but most claims of the herb’s curative qualities are unsubstantiated. Although some feel that the reputed health benefits of ginseng root have not been scientifically proved, the general consensus is that eating ginseng is perfectly safe in most cases. In fact, edible ginseng is incorporated into products ranging from tea and energy drinks to snack chips and chewing gum. A common way to use ginseng is to boil or steam the root to make tea. Boil it a second time

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Ginkgo Propagation Methods – How To Propagate A Ginkgo Tree

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-07-17 11:00
Ginkgo biloba trees are one of the oldest recorded species of trees, with fossil evidence dating back thousands of years. Native to China, these tall and impressive trees are prized for their mature shade, as well as their impressive and vibrant yellow fall foliage. With so many positive attributes, it is easy to see why many homeowners may want to plant ginkgo trees as a means to diversify their landscapes. Read on for tips on growing a new ginkgo tree. How to Propagate a Ginkgo Depending on the growing zone, ginkgo trees can live hundreds of years. This makes them a great option for homeowners who wish to establish mature shade plantings that will thrive for decades to come. While impressively beautiful, ginkgo trees may be difficult to locate. Luckily, there are many ways to begin propagating ginkgo trees. Among these ginkgo propagating techniques are by seed and through cuttings.

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Indoor Pepper Care: Growing Hot Pepper Plants Inside

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-07-17 07:13
Are you looking for an unusual houseplant for your country décor? Maybe something for the kitchen, or even a pretty plant to include with an indoor herb garden tray? Consider growing hot peppers indoors as houseplants. These are great specimens for the situations mentioned. Growing Hot Peppers Indoors Foliage of ornamental hot pepper plants is attractive, peppers are ornamental, and they grow fairly well indoors. Of course, take advantage of warm, sunny days to give them that extra boost by putting them outside for a few hours. Ornamental pepper is possibly the best hot pepper to grow indoors. Fruits are green, yellow, orange, and finally red. You may use them in cooking, but they are extremely hot. If you’re looking for a pepper plant to use regularly, try growing the colorful cayenne ‘Carnivale’ in a pot. Really, any hot pepper type will work well but stick with compact varieties, as

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What Is Fino Verde Basil – Tips For Growing Fino Verde Basil

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-07-16 18:00
What is Fino Verde basil? A small-leaved plant, more compact than most other basil, Fino Verde basil has a sweet, pungent, slightly spicy flavor. In the kitchen, it’s used in salads, sauces and Italian dishes. Many cooks think Fino Verde is the best basil for making pesto. Fino Verde basil plants are attractive in flower beds or herb gardens, and with a mature height of 6 to 12 inches (15-30 cm.), they are ideal for containers. Growing Fino Verde basil is easy; let’s learn how. Tips on Growing Fino Verde Basil Fino Verde basil plants are perennial in USDA plant hardiness zones 9 through 11. In cooler climates, the plant is grown as an annual. Place the plant where it receives at least six hours of sunlight per day. You can also grow Fino Verde basil plants on a sunny windowsill. Like most Mediterranean herbs, Fino Verde basil plants require

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Babiana Bulb Growing: How To Care For Baboon Flowers

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-07-16 15:00
Are you looking to an add a vibrant splash of color to your flowerbed? Do you enjoy plants that double as conversation pieces or are easy to care for? Baboon flowers just might be the answer. Successful Babiana Bulb Growing The various types of Babiana species originated in Southern Africa. Babiana plants are commonly called the baboon flower after the same-named old-world monkeys who would use the Babiana corms as a food source. The flowers range in color from brilliant hues of blue and lavender to deep pink. They make excellent cut flowers and, as long as no baboons escape from the local zoo, baboon flower care is pretty straightforward. Most species of Babiana grow well in a variety of soils, including those with a high sand content. However, baboon flowers require good drainage. Avoid areas that receive run-off from overhangs or roofs. Soil drainage can be improved by raising

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What Is Naturescaping – Tips For Planting A Native Lawn

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-07-16 11:00
Growing native plants instead of lawn can be better for the local environment and, ultimately, requires less maintenance, but it does require a big initial effort. A lot of work goes into removing existing turf and naturescaping an entire new landscape. The payoff is less work in the long run and a healthier ecosystem. What is Naturescaping? Naturescaping is the idea that you can design a landscape that is nature-friendly. In other words, the landscape becomes something that is attractive and functional for people but that also benefits wildlife, insects, and pollinators. Naturescaping also aims to minimize negative impacts on the environment by reducing the need for pesticides and water and preventing erosion. Why Create a Native Plant Lawn? One of the most common strategies for naturescaping is planting a native lawn. Native plants are those that are found naturally in your area and local ecosystem. Turf lawns require a

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What Is A Black Bell Eggplant: Eggplant ‘Black Bell’ Care Guide

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-07-16 07:00
Like to grow eggplant but not as thrilled with the associated diseases many classic Italian varieties are prone to? Try growing Black Bell eggplants. What is a Black Bell eggplant? Keep reading to learn how to grow the eggplant variety ‘Black Bell’ and other Black Bell eggplant info. What is a Black Bell Eggplant? The eggplant variety ‘Black Bell’ is an Italian type of eggplant with the classic oval-pear shape and glossy purple-black skin. The fruit is generally about 4-6 inches (10-15 cm.) in length. The overall mature plant size is about 3-4 feet (around a meter) in height and 12-16 inches (30-41 cm.) across. Black Bell is a hybrid eggplant that is pretty much like the heirloom Black Beauty in appearance, taste and texture, although it does produce a bit earlier. What it has that the classic Black Beauty is lacking is better disease resistance. Black Bell was developed

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Ginseng Seed Propagation – Tips For Growing Ginseng From Seed

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-07-15 18:00
Fresh ginseng can be hard to come by, so growing your own seems like a logical practice. However, ginseng seed sowing takes patience and time, plus a bit of know how. Planting ginseng from seed is the cheapest way to grow your own plant, but can take up to 5 or more years before the roots are ready to harvest. Get some tips on ginseng seed propagation so you can reap the benefits of this potentially helpful herb. Keep reading to learn how to plant ginseng seeds and what special circumstances these helpful roots require. About Ginseng Seed Propagation Ginseng is purported to have a variety of health benefits. It is commonly found dried in health food or supplement stores but getting hold of fresh can be difficult unless you have a good Asian market nearby. Ginseng is a shade-loving perennial whose seeds need several specialized conditions before germination can

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Deer Fern Information: How To Grow A Blechnum Deer Fern

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-07-15 15:16
Prized for their tolerance to shade and their vibrancy as a winter evergreen plant, ferns are a welcome addition to many home landscapes, as well as in native plantings. Among types, the size and color of fern plants can vary wildly. However, these adaptable plants are able to thrive within most any growing zone. Climatic conditions will dictate which type of fern homeowners may incorporate into their landscape. One type of fern, called the deer fern, is especially adapted to growth in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. What is a Deer Fern? Deer fern, or Blechnum spicant, is a type of evergreen fern native to hardwood forests. Commonly found growing in deeply shaded areas, these plants reach sizes of 2 feet (61 cm.) in both height and width. Unique foliage, which displays upright and flat growth habits, is surprisingly tolerant to cold winter temperatures (USDA zones 5-8).

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What Is Rice Sheath Blight: Treating Sheath Blight Of Rice

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-07-15 11:08
Anyone growing rice needs to learn the basics about diseases that affect this grain. One particularly destructive disease is called rice sheath blight. What is rice sheath blight? What causes rice sheath blight? Read on to get answers to your questions about diagnosing and treating rice with sheath blight. What is Rice Sheath Blight? When your rice crop looks diseased, the odds are good that you have rice with the fungal disease called rice sheath blight. What is rice sheath blight? It is the most destructive disease of rice in many states. This blight doesn’t only affect rice. Other crops can be hosts of this sheath blight as well. These include soybean, bean, sorghum, corn, sugarcane, turfgrass and certain grass weeds. The destructive pathogen is Rhizoctonia solani. What are the Symptoms of Rice with Sheath Blight? The early symptoms of sheath blight include oval circles on leaves just above the

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Citrus Scab Control: Tips On Treating Citrus Scab Disease

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-07-15 07:10
If you grow citrus fruits on a few trees in the home landscape, you may be familiar with citrus scab symptoms. If not, you may ask, what is citrus scab? It is a fungal disease that results in brownish, warty scabs that appear on the rind and, while it does not make the fruit inedible, it does reduce marketability in most cases. Citrus Scab Symptoms Raised spongy, pustules start out a pinkish color and become grayish, then brown. Citrus scab affects virtually all citrus types and also appears on leaves, stems and twigs. According to citrus scab info, warts are more raised on some fruits and flattened on others. Fruits are only vulnerable during the first few weeks of their development. A similar disease, called sweet orange scab, may affect fruits in combination with citrus scab. If you grow citrus for your family or to sell it in the market,

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Lime Basil Herb Care – Learn How To Grow Lime Basil Plants

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-07-14 18:03
What is lime basil? A close cousin to the more common lemon basil, lime basil herb has a zesty flavor and a sweet, citrusy aroma. Lime basil is used in a variety of dishes, including chicken, fish, sauces, fruit salad and Thai dishes. It also makes delicious, refreshing iced tea. Growing lime basil isn’t difficult, and the herbs can be planted in the garden or grown in containers. You can even grow lime basil plants indoors on a bright, sunny windowsill. Read on to learn more about this citrus basil variety. How to Grow Lime Basil Lime basil plants are commonly grown as annuals. However, the plant is perennial in USDA plant hardiness zones 9 through 11. Place the plant where it receives at least six hours of sunlight per day. Lime basil herb requires well-drained soil. If drainage is poor, dig in a little compost before planting. If you’re

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Orient Express Eggplant Info – How To Grow An Orient Express Asian Eggplant

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-07-14 15:00
Eggplants are versatile, tasty, and easy-to-grow vegetables for the home gardener. Popular in several types of cuisine, there are many varieties from which to choose. For your garden’s next eggplant, Orient Express is a fun type to try. It has some properties that makes it both easier to grow and easier to enjoy in the kitchen. What are Orient Express Eggplants? Orient Express is an Asian variety of eggplant known as Solanum melongena. It is a dependable, high-yield type of eggplant with pretty, deep purple-black fruits with a delicate skin. They are longer and narrower than typical eggplants. For cooking, the Orient Express Asian eggplant is desirable for its light flavor and thin skin. Because it is narrow, only about 1.5 to 2.5 inches (4 to 6 cm.) in diameter, it doesn’t take long to cook. And with the thinner skin, there is no need to peel before eating. As

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Varieties Of White Potato – Growing Potatoes That Are White

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-07-14 11:09
In the United States, more than 200 varieties of potatoes are sold comprised of seven types of potato: russet, red, white, yellow, blue/purple, fingerling and petite. Each has its own unique characteristics. Some potatoes are better for certain recipes than others, but if you are looking for an all-purpose potato, try growing some of the white potato varieties. The following article contains information on the numerous types of potatoes that are white. Types of White Potatoes There are really only two types of potatoes that are white: round white and long white. Round white are probably the most common varieties of white potato in use. They are easily identified by their smooth, thin light tan skin, white flesh and round shape. They are extremely versatile and can be used for baking, boiling, frying, mashing, roasting, or steaming. Long white potatoes are really more of an oval shape, again with thin,

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What Do Robins Eat: How To Attract Robins To Your Yard Or Garden

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-07-14 07:02
Watching birds is an enjoyable hobby for many homeowners. Whether looking to attract more rare species, or simply love watching the bird feeder, attracting feathered friends to the yard can be both rewarding and educational. As with any endeavor, there are quite a few tips and tricks that can help to determine how many and which types of birds will visit your backyard. Among the most common and easiest to attract are American robins. How to Attract Robins With some key information, attracting robins to the landscape is relatively simple. These birds are present throughout most of North America, which makes them easily identifiable to many people. While robins in your garden may initially be cause for concern for some vegetable gardeners, it is important to note these birds are not likely to cause much, if any, damage. What Do Robins Eat? Unlike many birds, robins do not eat seed.

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Diagnosing Gypsophila Diseases: Learn To Recognize Baby’s Breath Disease Issues

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-07-13 18:00
Baby’s breath, or Gypsophila, is a mainstay in many ornamental flower beds and in carefully planned cut-flower gardens. Most commonly seen when used as filler in flower arrangements, baby’s breath plants are also useful when wishing to add airy texture to flower borders. When healthy, these plants will produce a profusion of small white blooms in spring and throughout the growing season. However, if choosing to grow baby’s breath in the flower garden, there are some common Gypsophila diseases that may cause rapid decline in the health of the plants – problems you should be aware of. Common Problems with Baby’s Breath Baby’s breath disease issues can generally be divided into two of the most likely to occur issues – blight and rot. While these diseases of baby’s breath plants are common, prevention is often the key to avoiding the loss of plants. Additionally, awareness of the signs and symptoms

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Erosion And Native Plants – Why Are Native Plants Good For Erosion

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-07-13 15:10
For natural beauty and ease of care, you can’t go wrong using native plants in your landscape. Erosion resistant native plants can also help stabilize hillsides and disturbed sites. There are many native plants good for erosion and, once established, they will need little maintenance and are tolerant of the conditions in the site. Building an erosion proof plan starts with a list of some of the best native plants for erosion control. About Erosion and Native Plants Using native plants in the landscape provides a visual “tie-in” to the surrounding flora. They are more adaptable than imported species and have the ability to thrive once they mature without much human intervention. Whether you have a hillside, slope along a waterway or a previously eroded space, native plants can help preserve the soil and maintain the land. Erosion can occur from wind, gravity, water and even over-use. Utilizing native plants

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Prosperosa Eggplant Care – Learn About Growing Prosperosa Eggplants

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-07-13 11:00
When it comes to growing eggplant, gardeners have had to choose between the bounty of big-fruited eggplants and the sweet flavor and firmness of smaller eggplant varieties. This may be a thing of the past with Prosperosa eggplant seeds available. What is a Prosperosa eggplant? According to Prosperosa eggplant information, these enormous beauties combine a large, rounded shape with the taste experience of smaller types of eggplant. Read on for information on growing a Prosperosa eggplant. Prosperosa Plant Information Given the dozens of eggplant varieties available on the market, you may never have heard of Prosperosa eggplant (Solanum melongena ‘Prosperosa’). But it’s well worth a try if you are looking for a new type of eggplant for your garden. What is a Prosperosa eggplant? It’s an Italian heirloom variety that is both attractive and delicious. Prosperosa plants grow large, round, and often pleated fruits. They are rich purple with creamy

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Hollow Tomato Varieties: Growing Schimmeig Striped Stuffing Tomato Plants

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-07-13 07:06
Tomatoes are easy to grow in the summer garden, and the Schmmeig Striped Hollow is a must have for those looking for something a bit more curious. Similar to other hollow tomatoes, these may be shaped more like a bell pepper. Imagine the looks on your family’s faces when they get a taste of this scrumptious fruit. Read on to learn more about it. About Schimmeig Striped Hollow Tomatoes Another of the wonderful stuffing tomatoes, Schimmeig tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum ‘Schimmeig Stoo’) are an open-pollinated German heirloom. Also known as Striped Cavern, of which ‘schimmeig stoo’ translates to in Manx Gaelic, this tomato plant features orange stripes on a red, bicolored fruit. With sturdy walls and hollow spaces inside, they’re great for stuffing with a tasty chicken salad or other mix. Not widely known yet among most gardeners, many chefs have learned of the hollow tomato varieties and use them for

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Winter Squash Varieties: How To Choose A Winter Squash Plant

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-07-12 18:12
When it comes to types of winter squash, gardeners have a huge selection from which to choose. Winter squash varieties include large, medium and small squash in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. Growing winter squash is easy and the sprawling vines grow like crazy with a couple of very basic requirements – fertile, well-drained soil and plenty of sunlight. Wondering how to choose a winter squash for your garden? Read on for more details about different kinds of winter squash. Winter Squash Varieties Acorn – Acorn squash is a small squash with a thick, green and orange rind. The orange-yellow flesh has a sweet, nutty flavor. Buttercup – Buttercup squash is similar in size to acorn squash, but the shape is round and squat. Buttercup’s rind is dark green with pale gray-green stripes. The bright orange flesh is sweet and creamy. Butternut – Butternut squash is pear-shaped with

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