How to Get Rid of Bindweed

This is one weed that can kill your flowers and vegetables. Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) also known as wild morning glory grows as a vine and will climb up your plants and strangle them. Bindweed starts in a small clump by itself and in a short time it will start growing in vines along the ground and up anything it encounters. You will notice these with their small white or white with pink flowers. I have seen it climb and grow so vigorously to where it has broken plant stalks, taken down plants and caused fences to lean. The roots of bindweed can be as long as 40 feet. They can get water from your neighbors yard. The seeds of this weed can live in the soil for many years. Sometimes roto-tilling can spread bindweeds bits of roots and seeds. When you pull bindweed you will seldom get all the roots unless the plant is very new. This causes the weed to grow in many more directions from the left over root. You can get bindweed growing into your yard from your neighbors yard. When bi...

The Upside Down Patio Tomato Garden

Tomato Vines and the Trellis I have grown tomatoes on our balcony patio for several years now, and always with marginal yields for my efforts. Usually the tomato vines grow about 1 1/2 meters (about 4.5 feet) tall and thus, are necessarily tied to a trellis-like scaffolding of green sticks to support them. Growing on a patio with western exposure and a brick wall backdrop means that the plants will get hot and dry fairly often. Daily watering is always required. Over and under-watering are common occurrences. Too much water and the pot sits in mud and the bottom leaves of the tomato plants turn yellow and drop. Too little water and the plant begins to wilt. I have tried various shading methods including a tarpaulin sunscreen for the balcony which did help last summer but I installed it a bit too late to really help the tomatoes grow properly. As it is, I have to trellis-up the plants to avoid wind damage. If the tomato vines tip over they might survive but the space they would occup...

How to Save a Dying Tree

The long and dry winter is coming to an end and you start looking around the yard. You’re noticing that some of the trees aren’t looking so well. Evergreens especially can start to look brown and start dropping their needles. On some types of evergreens this can be normal so it’s best to know what type of tree you are looking at and what its characteristics are. Many parts of the United States are once again in drought conditions and the dry winds of spring do not help the situation. The lack of snow and snow cover with the evaporation effect of the wind blowing can dry the tree itself and the ground all the way down to the roots. In a bad drought condition your local area might even have water restrictions, which we have been dealing with on and off here since the late 1970s. You can see and feel the ground underneath your tree is hard as rock, and any watering on the top might just run off and not soak in at all. What you need to do is called root feeding or root w...

How to Get Rid of Fairy Rings in Your Lawn

Just when you think you have your lawn in nice shape, after raking, pulling all of the weeds and fertilized, a fairy ring shows up. They can make your lawn look unhealthy and ugly. Fairy Ring Descriptions A fairy ring is a disease of the soil and lawn. In most of the fairy rings I have seen, the fairy ring is a dark green circle or arc of grass that grows faster than the rest of your lawn with yellow grass or less green grass in the middle of this ring. Other times they fairy ring can be a ring of dead grass with green grass in the middle. Sometimes, mushrooms can grow around the fairy ring. It has been my experience that fairy rings occur in a heavily used area of the lawn, but they can also occur anywhere in your lawn. Often, a fairy ring will occur in compacted and hot areas of the lawn like near the driveway, sidewalk or a pathway for you, your kids or dogs. The Cause of Fairy Rings The scientific cause of fairy rings in your lawn “is a piece of mycelium or spore at a si...

Benefits of Gardening As a Healthy Hobby for All Age People

Gardening is one of those pastimes which brings happiness and health for all age people. There are a lot of benefits of gardening which show the importanc of this hobby. The physical benefits of fresh air and exercise are perhaps the most obvious, but emotional and psychological benefits cannot be ignored. "Ever wonder why God placed Adam and Eve in a garden?" Upson said. "The reason is that gardening is good for you!". Steve Upson, horticulturist for the Ardmore-based Noble Foundation says, 'The older I get, the more aware I become of the importance of physical activity in maintaining my health," Upson said. "Numerous studies show that regular physical activity reduces the risk of premature death, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, adult-onset diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, and certain types of cancer." Gardening contributes to physical health, since activities such as digging, planting, weeding, and harvesting are all part of three typ...

How To Dress Your Window Boxes For Summer Without Using Plants

Don't have a green thumb but like the architectural look of window boxes? No problem. Tired of filling your window boxes each spring and then cleaning them out each fall? No problem. Use your existing window boxes as a summer display area. Cut foam packaging material to fit the bottom half to two thirds of the window boxes so that you have a stable platform. Now choose a theme. A very popular theme is a beach venue. Grab the kids and comb the beaches. Gather drift wood, dried seaweed, pretty rocks, dried starfish, and seashells. Pieces of fishnet and buoys are good finds. Drape the fishnet over the edges of the window boxes. Attach starfish and seashells to bamboo skewers with a glue gun to stick into the foam for height and visibility. Use the glue gun to attach dried seaweed to the driftwood for a natural display. A solar light stake becomes a beacon. Use a life preserver as a window wreath. Another beach theme that incorporates bright summer colors into your window...

How To Make Humus Rich Soil

It's a craze that has come to the ears of every home owner, and even many apartment dwellers. The secret gardening type that you hear everywhere but just can't seem to understand. Is it some neo-gardening tip or just an old farmer's language that you just can't translate? It's a little bit of both actually. Unless you actually stop to check that old dusty dictionary on your shelf, humus will just seem like some illusive word you've never been able to define. Heck! Most gardeners couldn't even truly define it, though they might have a place of experience to start from. So what is Humus? To be frank, it's just organic compost. That's it! For me, it started to make sense why my grandfather worked so hard to prune the bushes and trees just right. Why he never threw away anything that could be composted. It sounded like a comprehendible thing to care for everything so specifically, when it seemed like quackery when I was younger. He needed to have all the plants grow on time and as heal...

What is the Difference Between Mosses, Mushrooms and Lichen

Moss, lichen and mushrooms, while they may have some similarity are not just varieties of the same organism. Moss is a non-vascular plant that reproduces from spores. Lichen is a growth of algae and fungus in a symbiotic relationship. Mushrooms are the fruiting body of a fungus. Moss Mosses are bryophytes, as are liverworts and hornworts. Bryophytes have no vascular system as in woody plants. Those plants with vascular systems are called tracheophytes, having xylem and phloem (vascular tissue) to carry water and nutrients up and down between the leaves to the roots. Mosses produce no seed but rather reproduce from spore. The structure of moss upon close examination, may appear to be composed of minute stems holding up a pod that might appear to be a flower bud. However, the “stem” is really just a non-woody stalk called a seta holding up a capsule filled with spore. The growth below the seta which appear to be leaves are not true leaves. The “root” of ...

How to Prune Fruit Trees

If you have any type of fruiting trees you may have learned the hard way that they are not like regular trees, and they are not even like each other. The basics for any type of pruning is to start by removing any dead, damaged, diseased or crossing branches, always make clean cuts using sharp pruning tools, and it’s generally best to prune to an outward facing bud. Don’t be afraid if you make a mistake, as long as you don’t prune the tree at the wrong time it will still be healthy and you can try it again the following season. Pruning Newly Planted Trees Young fruit trees received from the nursery have several branches. There will also be one to four leaders. Cut off all but one of these leaders. If there are two leaders, they will form narrow V crotches. Such crotches are weak and tend to break in a storm or under heavy crop. Select the first lowest branch of your tree. It is important that all these lateral branches have wide angles where they join the trunk. Ne...

Natural Farming: How to Make a Concoction of Indigenous Microorganisms

Natural farming is an excellent way of bringing back health to the soil. This is a more effective, sustainable, and environment-friendly way to grow plants compared to organic farming (see previous post titled Facts About Natural Farming). The key ingredients in making it work are the indigenous microorganisms present in the soil. The Importance of Microorganisms Beneficial microorganisms are employed in agriculture as agents of nitrogen fixation, and as a means to suppress insects and plant diseases. This will lead to improved crop quality and yield while reducing the need for labor. It is a no till farming technique. The application of beneficial microorganisms to the soil can enhance its capacity to support plants.  Periodically applying cultured beneficial microorganisms to the soil can bring back natural processes into play and enrich the organic components of the soil, this will lead to a greater diversity of useful microorganisms. The greater the diversity of microorgani...

Gardening Tips: Treating Basil Plants for Downy Mildew or Basil Blight

A potentially fatal fungal disease called downy mildew is attacking basil plants and has begun spreading in New York, New Jersey, Ohio and Florida. Many gardeners and growers alike are concerned that the disease may spread further throughout the summer and turn the green basil leaves to shades of brown, yellow or gray. This is a relatively new disease so many gardeners are not familiar with its symptoms and treatment. This basil blight is similar to late blight in tomatoes or downy mildew in cucumbers, squash and melons. These diseases are considered "community diseases" because they move easily from garden to garden. Affected Regions Basil downy mildew is a new disease in North America as well as Europe. It was first reported in south Florida in October 2007. In 2008 downy mildew was confirmed in both field and greenhouse-grown basil in many states including: North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Kansas, and Missouri. This disease was also reported in C...

Begonias - A few quick facts

Begonias are plants of the large genus Begonia and common name for the family Begoniaceae, are mostly succulent perennial herbs.. The different groups of begonias have different cultural requirements but most species come from tropical regions and therefore they and their hybrids require warm temperatures. In general, begonias require a well-drained growing medium that is neither constantly wet nor allowed to dry out completely. Many begonias will grow and flower year-round but tuberous begonias , a variety that usually has a dormant period, during which the tubers can be stored in a cool and dry place. Some Begonias belonging to the semperflorens group are frequently grown as bedding plants outdoors and have attractive and brightly colored flowers. Growing Begonias is easy. They make a good indoor houseplants as they tolerate shade well . Most varieties of Begonias have asymmetrical leaves that often are earlike in shape. Some varieties go dormant or semi-dormant during certa...

Potassium & Roses: Bigger Blooms with Banana Peels

Potassium and Roses: Not a Rock Band Its summertime once again and gardeners everywhere are getting their vegetable and flower gardens planted. The smells of flowers are without a doubt one of the greatest joys of summer. Roses are without doubt or hesitation one of everyone’s favorite summertime flower. Nothing enhances a yard or garden more than a big showy abundance of fragrant roses. Growing big showy roses can be a friendly neighborhood competition of sorts; every gardener wants to be the one with the biggest and most roses! Grow More Roses Regular pruning of the rose bushes ensures plenty of blooms, but after a few years the size and number of rose blooms diminishes. It may be time for fertilizer made just for roses. There are generally two kinds of fertilizers: a synthetic type that directly feeds the rose and doesn’t really improve the soil, and the natural fertilizer which improves the soil and roses benefits from that. The choice is yours whichever you prefer t...

Natural Farming: How to Prepare Lactic Acid Bacteria Serum

People looking for health-related information will most likely encounter the term "lactic acid bacteria". Lactic acid bacteria are a group of related bacteria that produce lactic acid as a result of carbohydrate fermentation. These beneficial microorganisms are always associated with health foods, skin care as well as healthy living. Lactic acid bacteria are often found in animal oral cavities and intestines, as well as decaying plant or animal material. Health or Nutritional Benefits of Lactic Acid Bacteria Some species of lactic acid bacteria have health or nutritional benefits. Among those benefits are the following: 1. Improved nutritional value of food. 2. Control of intestinal infections. Lactic acid bacteria can control intestinal infections.  3. Improved digestion of lactose. 4. Control of some types of cancer. 5. Control of serum cholesterol levels. How To Prepare Lactic Acid Bacteria Serum Materials Rice wash 2 clay jars Strainer Clean sheet of paper and str...

How to Make a Hypertufa Planter for Your Garden

Although it sounds like a space-aged soy product, hypertufa is a mixture consisting of cement, peat moss, and perlite. All of these materials are readily available at any home or garden center. The name comes from tufa, a natural porous rock that looks like a weathered pumice stone. English farmers would carve troughs out of the soft stone for use on their farms for feeding or watering their livestock to planting. All you have to do is combine the ingredients, add water, pack the mixture into a mold, and set it aside to cure for a couple of days. When you pop off the mold you will have a realistic and long-lasting planter for your own garden or patio. These troughs will last for years and will look better with age. Building a Form The forms can be made from plywood, rigid foam insulation, or two plastic storage boxes, one inside the other. You can also use round storage bins of two different sizes. Another method is using a terra cotta bowl or pot inverted onto a piece of plywood an...

How to Take Care of Nolina

The plant called Nolina is one of the most fascinating plants because of the shape of its leaves and it grows tall and erect without need of support. It is from the beaucarnea family and the most common one is the beaucarnea recurvata or nolina tuberculata but in the English language it is called The Pony Tail  or Elephant foot. The bulb of the nolina grows upwards and then has leaves at the top. These are about 2cm wide. The large swollen trunk at the bottom grows slowly until it covers the area of the pot. The trunk acts like a reservoir for the plant.The nolina beaucarnea needs a lot of light to grow well because otherwise the leaves starts to turn a light green. A little sun is acceptable but be wary of the scorching heat found in some countries. Artificial lighting is accepted by this plant and so it can be grown as an indoor plant. The temperature must not be lower than 10°C and not higher than 18°C. Watering the plant should only be done when the growing compost i...

Guide to Garden and Landscaping Tools

If you are a new homeowner, or planning on tackling some of your own gardening and yard work, you should know what tools are used for certain jobs. Not only will this make life easier for you, it will save you time and money in the long run while making your yard and garden look more attractive. Each garden tool is designed to perform a specific job and using the wrong tool not only takes longer, but the work is more difficult, and injuries can occur. Hopefully this guide will help you select the garden tools that you need for your yard and explain their function. I have left off lawn mowers and focused on more specialized hand tools and a few power tools that you may not be familiar with. Weeders A weeder is a tool that is used to pull up pesky weeds from a garden or lawn. These tools are designed to get the weeds and their roots out easier than by hand. There are several variations of weeders available. Fulcrum weeder–A fulcrum weeder has a forked tip and long shaf...

Soil Solarization: Concept and Benefits

Pests and soilborne diseases always cause severe damage to horticultural and field crops. With their presence, the desired output is greatly reduced, posing a heavy economic loss to farmers and growers. Hence, they must be eradicated. Several methods have been tried and practiced to address this issue. There are chemical applications like soil-applied pesticides that control weeds, nematodes, fungi, bacteria and soilborne diseases. However, the use of chemical pest controls are viewed undesirable because of their unfavorable effects on both humans and animals, the toxic residues they generate, and the high cost and complexity of their treatment. To avoid negative consequences, a number of nonchemical methods for controlling diseases and pests have been studied and applied. One such method is soil solarization. Soil solarization is a pest and disease control technique that uses the radiant heat from the sun to eliminate many soilborne pathogens. In this process, the soil is mulched and...

How to Start Garden Seeds Outside Using a Milk Jug Greenhouse

Starting flowers and vegetables from seed is both a fun and economical way to garden. Buying seeds gives you an almost limitless amount of variety to choose from, and it’s much cheaper than purchasing already-started seedlings at the nursery or flower mart. However, if you live in a northern region with frigid winters, cold late springs and a relatively short growing season (check the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map for your region’s zone ratings and guidelines), frozen soil and the danger of late frosts means you may not be able to plant certain seeds, like tomatoes or impatiens, directly into your garden. Most seed packet instructions will direct you to start those seeds inside some 8-12 weeks before planting outdoors. But 8-12 weeks is a not-insubstantial amount of time, and space can be an issue. In other words, where do you keep the seeds during that period? The cost and variety of the seed starting supplies can be daunting as well. Should you go with a seed starter k...

Beautiful Plants That Will Grow Under Trees And Shrubs

Most gardeners today think that the biggest problem area in their garden is the bare space that lay beneath their trees and shrubs. Given the fact they not only have to find plants that will grow in shade but also in the inhospitable dry soil that lies beneath the trees and shrubs it can become a rather daunting task to find plants that will grow in this type of environment. The reason for the lack of moisture is due to the roots of trees and shrubs seeking out water and absorbing huge amounts of it and the bigger the tree or shrub, the more water it will take in. On top of trying to find plants for those two conditions there is also another problem to take under consideration, the fact that that the roots of trees and shrubs spread out greatly while in their search for water and get in the way of planting new plants. It is easy to see why a lot of gardeners dislike these areas and why it is known as the most problematic area in the garden, however; though you may not know it, you c...

Diseases of Crotons

Crotons, a tropical garden plant, are native to Indonesia. Crotons are colorful shrubs that can be grown in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 10a through 11, or indoors anywhere with proper care. Green, yellow, orange and red leaves make the croton a colorful attraction to any garden or décor. Generally, crotons are healthy plants, but can succumb to different diseases. If you notice a problem with the croton, diagnose the problem and treat accordingly to protect other plants around the croton. Anthracnose Anthracnose (Colletotrichum sp), is a disease that leaves the croton leaves with tan dead spots according to the University of Florida. The fungal disease can spread quickly. Leaves affected with anthracnose must be removed immediately to prevent spreading. Plants that have the fungi can infect other plants if any infected leaves touch other healthy plant leaves. In cases of severe infestation, fungicide with a copper-based can be used, but some plants will need...

How to Make an Ivy Topiary

Whether you choose to make a topiary for a gift or to add to your home or garden, ivy is a fast growing plant that will quickly fill out a homemade or purchased wire frame. A topiary is a classic gardening technique that can be created by using the branches and structure or a tree or shrub or a wire sculpture covered with a long, trailing plant to represent an architectural form. Ivy is a good choice for beginners since it is easy to work with, is easy to care for, and fills in a wire form quickly. Other plants that can be used are philodendron and pothos that have long stems, but with fewer and larger leaves. Sphere Topiary Instructions 1. Purchase ivy at your local garden center or nursery. It is a good idea to use ones in hanging baskets as the stems will be longer and fill more of the form. 2. You can choose to buy a topiary form at a garden center or online, or you can make one out of wire. Galvanized or aluminum wire will not rust and last longer, but you can also use w...

Tent Worm Caterpillars: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

  Tent Worm Caterpillars are Destructive Tent worms (there are several species) are hungry little beasties: the will consume all the leaves of your shrubs or fruits trees. They will gorge themselves until all the leaves are gone before they mature into moths and finally, go away. There are other species of destructive caterpillar that also build a tent web or some form of silken web, but mainly here this article deals with the common eastern tent caterpillar 'Malacosoma americanum' that almost everyone recognizes and knows on site. Getting rid of these pesky tent worms is pretty easy though. If you can reach the nest, tear it down and soak the web and tent worms in a bucket of water. It is most effective to perform this murderous act in the early morning or later in the evening when most of these social caterpillars are either in the nest. Destroying the nest does leave stragglers exposed to their predator-filled environment however, so take comfort in that. It is unlikely t...

How to Double the Size of Your Garden with Vertical Gardening

We look at our garden and wish we had a bigger garden. You can double the size of your garden easily with vertical gardening. Average Garden Size Gardening has always been a favorite hobby and during certain times in our history, gardening and growing your own food was almost a necessity. During the Great Depression and during World War II we had the Victory garden. According to the National Gardening Association, the median size food garden in the United States is 96 square feet with 57% having that size garden. 26% of the gardeners in the survey had a food garden of between 101 and 500 square feet. Half of all food gardening households in the US also grew food in container gardens. According to this study, the average food garden can yield ½ pound of food per square foot. A 100 square foot garden (10 feet by 10 feet) would grow about 50 pounds of food per growing season; that is pretty good considering the price of some vegetables. Double the Size of your Garden by Growin...

Organic Pest Control: How to Build a Slug and Snail Beer Trap

Garden slugs and snails can cause considerable damage to vegetable and flower plants and are found in most gardens that are not located in arid or semi-arid locations. While there are commercially available slug and snail traps and pesticides on the market, you can you’re your own organic slug trap using some left over beer and some containers you have lying around the house. While no method is foolproof, these traps will attract slugs and snail that are in the area and reduce their numbers substantially. Other organic methods for slug and snail control are coarse sand and pulverized lime. These materials are supposed to irritate the body of the slug and deter them from entering the garden and eating plants. The fact that slugs produce mucus to allow them to move also offers some protection from rough surfaces and mild chemicals. Slug and Snail Damage Slugs and snails feed on the leaves and stems of plants primarily at night. You may be able to locate where they hide dur...

Christmas Cactus: How To Care For Them

During the holiday season, one of the most popular plants seen in households and to give as gifts is the Christmas Cactus.  This popular plant brings bright color to the table, the mantle, or any other spot in the home.  The Christmas Cactus is widely available and very inexpensive. The Christmas Cactus has many names such as the Crab Cactus, the Holiday Cactus, the Link Cactus, and the Thanksgiving Cactus. Whatever you call this plant, it comes from the Schlumbergera family originating in the mountains of Brazil.  Living in generally shady areas of the mountainsides with high humidity, this cactus is very different from our hot, dry native plants.  They do not have thorns and are very easy to maintain.  They're very adaptable and will adapt to indoor temperatures in any part of the United States. I have five different plants, one of which is almost 30 years old.  They are not huge plants so you can easily have several around the house.  My plants b...

Gardening Tips for Common Tomato Diseases - Blossom End Rot and Root Knot

Tomato blight is a common disease caused by a fungus, but there are other problems that tomato plants can suffer from that will also affect your tomatoes and plants. Two common problems are blossom end rot of tomato and root knot.Tomato Blight Causes and Treatment - knoji.com/gardening-tips-tomato-blight-causes-and-treatment/ Blossom End Rot You may have healthy plants that have set plenty of fruit that begins to ripen as usual. When you take a closer look you find the bottom is rotten. Blossom end rot is not caused by a disease or pests but is a symptom of calcium deficiency in the fruit. Causes include fluctuating soil moisture or low levels of calcium in the maturing fruit. The disorder is usually more severe after the soil conditions have been too wet or too dry. Blossom End Rot Temporary water stress during early fruit development can cause the rot. Another cause of blossom end rot is too much nitrogen fertilizer. This occurs as the fertilizer promotes excessive growth in th...

Brighten Up Your Yard with Ornamental Grass

Ornamental grass can add amazing color and movement to your yard. Some ornamental grasses have flowers and others have colorful leaves or tassel’s that wave in the breeze. You can choose from grass that is steel blue, silver, white, yellow, orange, bright red and chartreuse in color. Reasons to Plant Ornamental Grass There is an ornamental grass for any type of landscape or garden including wilderness, Japanese, rock, Xeriscape, water, container or just in your yard wherever you like. The great thing about many types of ornamental grasses is that they do not require a lot of maintenance and do well in normal to poor soil. Pests and bugs usually do not bother these grasses. They can add bright late season colors well into fall and will stand out in your yard on the grayest of winter days. You can use the fresh or dried grass as decorations. How to Select Ornamental Grass for Your Yard There is a large variety among ornamental grasses species, know how big they will get. Lookin...

Facts About and Principles of Natural Farming Technique

For the non-technical person, the concept of natural farming may easily be confused with organic farming. Natural farming is a farming technique that brings the soil and environment back to its original form. Nature works for the production of its needs. Organic farming, on the other hand, is a farming technique that uses organically produced fertilizers as the means of fertilizing the soil. Pesticides and fungicides may also be applied when needed. History of Natural Farming Natural farming was advocated way back in 1935 by Mokichi Okada, a Japanese philosopher and holistic health advocate, as an alternative to the conventional, highly chemical dependent farming method. It aims to produce food that is safe and free from harmful chemicals and toxic materials. It respects nature and brings out the natural strength of the soil. Almost 50 years later, a much more familiar term related to natural farming came up. This is the so-called "effective microorganisms" or EM, a concoc...

Finding the Right Crop Protection Method for Your Home Garden

If you have a yard with a plot of soil and an exposure to the sun, and if you don’t live somewhere near the Arctic Circle, there’s a good chance that you can experience the joys of having a garden. By picking appropriate plants or crops for your climate – and by properly watering them, fertilizing them, and weeding out the surrounding soil – it doesn’t take too much effort to enjoy a garden in bloom for much of the summer. The end of the summer, however, is another matter altogether. If you live in a cold climate, your months of work will likely wither and die. Hopefully, you have planted some perennials that will return next spring. But if you live in a place that experiences more mild winters, you still may be plagued by dying and sickly crops after a few months of gardening, as the warmer season comes to an end. When this occurs, or when perennials in cooler climates fail to endure the winter, many people simply assume that this is an unfortunate and u...

Planting and Care Instructions for Clematis

Clematis is a climbing vine that produces a large quantity of flowers in various colors. You can enjoy the flowers continuously from late spring through autumn by planting a combination of early, midseason, and late bloomers. Stems intertwine with any nearby object to support the plant's climb. Some varieties can grow up to 20 feet in a single season. There are some varieties of clematis that are well suited for containers and others that can be used as ground covers. Most will climb up trellises, lamp posts, or wander among evergreens and small trees. My white clematis on an overcast day! The flowers are over 5 inches in diameter. (Variety is probably Miss Bateman) Planting Clematis grow best when their roots are cool and their foliage is in the sun. A thick layer of mulch will help keep the roots cool. Most clematis need at least 5 hours of sun everyday and it best to locate your clematis where the roots are shaded by other perennials or small shrubs, but they can receive plenty...

Container Gardening- How to Grow Strawberries

Growing strawberries in containers or garden pots is relatively easy and provides interested gardeners with limited space the opportunity to grow this delicious fruit. Getting Started Containers – There are strawberry pots specifically made for growing strawberries and are sometimes called pocket containers. These pots are usually tall with several openings around the container where strawberry plants can be inserted into the potting soil. You can fit several plants in one pot, and is a particularly great way to grow strawberries if space is a consideration. Not only do these pots allow you to plant more strawberries, they are also attractive additions to a patio or walkway. You can also choose standard planters for your strawberries; just make sure that they have adequate drainage. There is one type that is collapsible so they can be emptied and stored over the winter. These are called “pop up” strawberry planters. Pop up Strawberry Planter Terra Cotta Pl...

How to Select and Care for Evergreen Hollies

When people think of a holly, they usually think of Christmas decorations and maybe a cone-shaped tree with spiny leaves and red berries. The fact is that there are more to hollies that just this traditional representation. They range in size from a 6-inch-tall spreading dwarf to a 70-foot-tall towering tree. Leaves may be small and spineless or large and thorny. Berries can be red, orange, yellow, or black. Hollies are also one of the few shrubs that can be grown in all 50 states. Hollies can be used as specimen plants, foundation plantings, and as privacy screens and hedges. Specimens Hollies A specimen plant is one that is unusual enough to stand alone in a landscape. Specimen hollies can be used as a focal point to draw interest to an area or if used throughout a landscape, they can tie a garden together. Attractive hollies can also be grouped to serve as a backdrop for other plantings. Pyramidal trees function well as a focal point in the garden and make fine specimen pla...

How to Grow Blackberries and Raspberries

One of the greatest treats a gardener can grow are raspberries and blackberries. Pay close attention to pests like rabbits, birds, and small children so you have something to harvest this summer. Blackberry Blackberries (also Loganberry, Boysenberry, and Youngberry) grow best in fertile, well-drained soils and those soils that are in windy areas or areas of late spring frosts should be avoided. They are easily propagated by tip layering, which is done by inserting the tip of a cane in the soil in the fall, and digging up the young rooted stem the following spring. They are also propagated from suckers or root cuttings. Plants are set 5—10 ft. apart depending on the training system used. The plants themselves should be planted as early in the spring as possible and cut back to about 8— 10 in. high after planting. Blackberry canes are biennial, meaning they grow canes one year, produce fruit the next and then die, and should be removed. Varieties differ in the length of t...

Small Trees for Homeowners with Small Lots

For homeowners with smaller lots or people who own townhouses, small trees are an excellent way to add some height to your yard, but not so much that you crowd everything else out. Here is a list of trees that you can add to your property that provide some interesting color and shape. To see what trees can grow in your part of the country check out the National Arboretum "Web Version" of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, http://www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/ushzmap.html or The Arbor Day Foundation at http://www.arborday.org/treeinfo/zonelookup.cfm . Trees Common Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) The common witch hazel is a native small tree or large shrub with fantastic fall attributes. Yellow, fragrant flowers bloom from October through December. Attractive foliage in all growing seasons with leaves bright green in spring followed by yellow to yellowish-orange colors in fall. A great tree to plant as an understory or for a shrub border in large areas. Prefers moist...

Facts About Heirloom Tomatoes

Tomatoes have always been popular with gardeners and heirloom varieties are becoming more popular every year. An heirloom is generally considered to be a variety that has been passed down, through several generations of a family because of certain characteristics. But be aware that this rise in popularity has meant nurseries have taken liberties with the use of this term for marketing purposes. History of the Term “Heirloom” The term "Heirloom" was apparently first used by Kent Whealy of Seed Savers Exchange, who first used "heirloom" in relation to plants in a speech he gave in Tucson in 1981. He had asked permission to use the term "heirloom" from John Withee, who had used the term on the cover of his bean catalog who had borrowed it from Prof. William Hepler at the University of New Hampshire, who first used the term "heirloom" to describe some beans that friends had given him back in the 1940s. Heirlooms Categories There are b...

Coconut Palm, A tree that gives ...

 Coconut Palm is also popularly known in India as Kalpavriksha which means a tree that gives all that is necessary for living. Some facts about the  Coconut Palm The coconut is a member of the family Arecaceae , popularly known as the palm family.The coconut palm is grown throughout the tropics. Since, virtually every part of the coconut palm can be utilized by humans in some manner or the other it is known as ' Kalpavriksha' in Sanskrit which means ' A tree that provides all the necessities of life '. The origin of the coconuts is much disputed to this day . However the first ever record of Coconut Palms was in 545 AD by Cosmos, an Egyptian, who saw them in India and Sri Lanka and later Marco Polo reported them in Indonesia . A recent theory is that it originated in East Pacific islands of Polynesia. In 1995 a fossil coconut fruit was reported in southern Queensland, which showed that the Coconut Palm has been around for at least two million years. The coconut is f...

Marigolds: a Lovely Flower to Grow in Your Garden

Marigolds are originally from Mexico, where they are known as Celandulas. Apparently they were first discovered by the Portuguese in Central America in the 16th century and they became popular in Europe and elsewhere. But according to Hindu mythology Marigolds existed in India even during the period of Ramayana (400BC) and Mahabharata( 8 BC ), there are many references made about the beauty of the flower and its medicinal qualities in these scriptures... Marigolds are members of the Composite Family, the blossoms sometimes are actually clusters of many flowers. They do exceptionally well in tropical countries , since they need lots of sunshine and water. It is a tropical flower that is now being cultivated all over the world during summer time . According to a news report "A team of scientists associated with the European Space Agency (ESA) has claimed that they are convinced that marigolds can grow in crushed rock similar to the lunar surface, with no need for plant food &q...

Why Yucca Plants Wilt

Yucca plants will grow under a variety of conditions, but sometimes a plant that doesn’t receive the right care will show signs of wilting. Plant wilting can be caused by one or more reasons. You must diagnose the problem and make corrections to stop the wilting before the entire yucca plant dies back. Watering Young yucca plants need regular watering until the roots are established or the plant will start to wilt. After the plant is established, the plant will only need water when it rains. However, container plants should have at least one watering each week, since the soil does dry rather quickly in a container more so than it does in the ground, but this depends on the soil you use. If the soil doesn't have good-drainage, such as clay soil, you will need to wait until the soil dries out before watering the yucca. If the soil is a sandy mixture that drains quickly, you may need to water the plant more often if the soil dries out quickly. Diseases Fusarium stem rot and sout...

The Many Uses of Hibiscus Flower

When you think of the colorful and attractive Hibiscus flowers you tend to think of tropical plants  ideal for landscaping and as plants meant for wet soils. They make ideal indoor plants  too when the right conditions are provided. The Hibiscus plant needs a lot of sun and water. The more sun it gets the more flowers in the plant. Hibiscus plant thrives on humidity. It is essential to spray the plant lightly each day to make the plant look healthy and at its best. Hibiscus plant also needs a lot of Fertilizer during the growing stages, and once the plant has matured it does not require a lot of fertilizer. I have seen some Hibiscus plants growing wild , the plants filled with dazzling blooms with absolutely no specialised care except what nature provides in the form of light and water and they seem to thrive and grow even better than those found in well tended gardens - Amazing ! The Hibiscus flowers come in all varieties , shapes,sizes and colors. They look very ornamen...

How To Preserve Your Gardenias In Cold Or Freezing Weather

Gardenia has over 250 species of evergreen and flowering shrubs. Confused, about choosing the right one? You can select any species of gardenia, but make sure, that you buy the variety which has nematode resistant rootstock, as gardenia are very susceptible to nematodes. The most beautiful among gardenia varieties are, gardenia jasminoides, gardenia psidioides and gardenia brighamii. Gardenia are low-maintenance plants, but one needs to tend to gardenia care in winter, very properly. Plants of gardenia look beautiful in summers with their glossy leaves and pure white flowers. But, when the temperature drops during winter, many problems can arise, particularly when keeping the plant indoors. The plant might start drooping and suddenly, the flower buds can start falling off. The leaves can become yellow, and start dropping off the plant, like the leaves of a tree start falling in autumn. So, gardenia plant care in winter becomes a challenge. But do not worry, this article will provide...

Growing Vegetables in Containers

Living in overcrowded cities where there is hardly any living space, gardens have virtually disappeared from the scene!  A majority of the people in big cities live in apartments and the most one can afford to have is a few pots around the house where there is sunlight and if one is lucky enough to have a good sized balcony, then one can hope to grow some plants of one's choice. I visited a friend a few days back and was amazed to see her growing several vegetables in pots in her rather large balcony on the 3rd floor. She also has the use of a good-sized terrace, where she has a healthy looking Banana plant which is almost 6 feet tall and a pomegranate plant ( tree?)  that is already yielding! She  also has tomatoes, Brinjal, French beans (cluster beans) , mint leaves, ginger, and a local variety of greens called 'Gonghura" growing on her balcony. She has planted the vegetables in very large pots and has kept them at a spot where they get plenty of sunlight alm...

How to Help Your Garden After a Hailstorm

You plant your garden in May, and by June it is looking perfect. The first blooms are on the peppers and tomatoes already. The nice afternoon showers are watering your garden and then it happens. An intense hailstorm hits and you get home and look at the hail piled in your garden like snow. Now what do you do? This is what happened to me recently and like every gardener you have to decide what to do. Do you just replant everything or try and repair the damage. To replant every plant would of course take more money, but there is also the time factor. If the storm happens early enough in the year you will be fine by replanting in most zones. But in some areas, the growing season just isn’t that long, so you have to try and fix as many plants as you can. It is hard to start over the hot season plants after July 4th in most growing zones, and impossible to do so by seed. Broken and Bent Branches Any broken branches should be cleanly cut off. You can cut the broken branch right at ...

Getting Full Use Out Of Your Window Boxes

Early each spring, gardeners are clamoring around the seeds and garden supplies as soon as the stores have freshly stocked this year's offerings. Too much money is wasted on those little seed starting four-pack or six-pack containers. By the time the garden is ready for planting, the seedlings have more than outgrown their tiny little quarters resulting in very stressed plants. Understand that large nurseries know exactly what date to start planting their seeds for delivery to their many outlets. The greenhouses are climate controlled to provide the ideal temperature and humidity to optimize the needs of the seedlings. As soon as these tiny plants are large enough, they are shipped out. There is a couple of weeks leeway until the plants are ready to bloom in the retail setting. Ideally they will be sold and planted into gardens and containers before they become root bound. Home grown seedlings don't get this kind of treatment. The home gardener will do better to start seeds in l...

Landscaping With Holly Plants

Holly is a very attractive and versatile plant to add to your landscaping. Most hollies are evergreen shrubs which mean that their leaves do not fall off during the winter months and this adds to the winter landscape. There are some deciduous hollies, but for the most part garden nurseries stock the evergreen hollies. The holly family known as Ilex, has over 300 species of which 20 or so species are native to the United States. The American Holly has year-round interest and is very low maintenance. While the American Holly is thornless, there are thorny species. The most thorny is the Chinese holly (Ilex cornuta). You may want to avoid the Chinese holly plant if you don't like thorns. Holly plants are also known as Inkberry or Winterberry. Description of Holly Shrubs Most of us know a holly shrub when we see one due to its popularity during the holiday months. Their glossy dark green pointed leaves with bright red berries are extremely attractive during the bleak winter months. Alth...

The Giant Hogweed, a Toxic Invader

The Giant Hogweed is a toxic invader. Like carrots or parsley, Giant Hogweed is a member of the Apiaceae family. It is also called Giant Cow Parsley. Originally from Europe and Central Asia, it has made its way to North America and other parts of the world due to gardeners importing it for its decorative looks. It looks very much like common Hogweed or Garden Angelica, both plants native to North America, but it is far taller and unlike the other two, it is toxic. Giant Hogweed can now be found in Canada, America, Britain, France, Germany and Belgium. Due to its pernicious nature it is illegal to import it in to many countries and it is ruthlessly removed whenever found in the wild. Giant Hogweed can reach 10-20 feet tall and is distinguished by its reed-like hairy dark red to purple stems, spotted leaf stalks and large serrated compound leaves. Giant Hogweed is a perennial, flowering each year in late spring to mid summer. During this time they are covered in an u...

Top Performing Perennial Plants for Your Spring Garden

Gardens can be a source of great pleasure and relaxation; they can be a place to think and recollect or simply a pleasing combination of color that enlivens your home. They can be formal and structured, or they can be a loved hodge-podge of treasured plants with personal meaning. Regardless of which type of garden you call your own, it is nice to have groupings of dependable plants and shrubs that require very little yet yield very much. While annual plants can add valuable punches of color, perennial plants are usually the best investments for your garden as they come back every year and put on their show. Typically, perennial plants flower annually, produce seed, then die back and become dormant during the winter. Perennials will become established in your garden bed and provide seasonal interest year after year. The vast ranges of color, form, and textures that are available present numerous potential combinations and arrangements to liven up a dull spot in your yard or to simply a...

Container Gardening - How to Grow Peppers

Growing peppers in containers or garden pots is a simple task due to the growth habit of these plants. Peppers are basically a small annual shrub, but they can be brought indoors and then placed outside the following spring if you have adequate natural light or a grow light. Pepper planter with wire cage Getting Started One of the benefits to planting peppers in containers is that they can be started before the last frost and brought indoors at night if temperatures drop below freezing. To be safe you should bring your plants inside if the temperature drops below 50 degrees F. If you want to start pepper seeds in peat pots or seed tray you need to begin about eight weeks before they need to be transplanted into the container. They take about 10 to 14 days to germinate at temperatures of at least 80 degrees F. After they germinate, it will be six or eight weeks until they reach the proper size for transplanting. If you opt for buying plants from a local garden center or nursery...

How to Plant and Care for a Peach Tree

Peaches might be the best tasting fruit and everyone waits all year for peach season. There are of course peach tree orchards, but look down almost any street and you can see peach trees. A Peach tree can make a beautiful addition to your yard. Where You Can Grow A Peach Tree Before you can consider growing your own peach tree, you have to find out what growing or hardiness zone you live in. Peaches can be grown in zones 5 though 9. If you live in the colder zone 4, you can try growing the Reliance or the Wisconsin Balmer peach varieties. If your winter minimum temperature rarely gets lower than -10 F (-23C) to -20 F (-29C), you are in zone 5. Growing Peach Trees From Pits A Peach can be grown from the pit, but it might not taste or look the same as the peach the pit came from and you don’t know if the pit came from a variety that will grow in your area. Most of the peach trees you buy have been grafted onto rootstock. Use a brush to clean the flesh off of the...

How to Grow Blueberries in Your Garden

The blueberry species grown for their fruits are Vaccinium corymbosom, the Highbush Blueberry, V. angustifolium, the Lowbush Blueberry, and V. ashei, the Rabbit-eye Blueberry of the South. The Cranberry is a member of the Vaccinium genus, but it is not thought of as a blueberry. There are other native species of blueberries the fruits of which are edible, but the 3 species mentioned are those which have been grown over the years specifically for their fruits and about which an important fruit-growing industry. Commercial operations in which the Lowbush Blueberry is involved are chiefly confined to northern New England where this grows naturally by the acre on waste land. Here various procedures have been worked out over the years in which these sites are fertilized, pruned and tended in order to produce a bumper crop. This type of planting is not for the gardener. The Rabbit-eye Blueberry is a native of the southern United States and has been developed and hybridized. Blueberries re...

Mango - The King of Fruits

Mango - The King of Fruits Come summer and it is time to savour Mangoes. In the Hindu mythology mango is known as "food of the Gods' . Luscious and succulent Mangoes are probably the most popular and best loved fruits ever.The fruit has an excellent flavor, looks attractive , has a delicious taste and lots of health value. Mango is known as the 'King of fruits' in India. It is called Aaam in Hindi, Mangaai in Tamil, Aamrum in Sanskrit, Mango in English and Spanish, manja in Dutch. Once a person eats a fully ripe, sweet juicy mango, one would want to eat it again and again such is the taste and experience !  . Eaten by themselves or in a variety of dishes, mangoes add antioxidants and fiber to your diet. People have always enjoyed ripe and raw mangoes alike. And perhaps no other fruit, when unripe is as popular as Mangoes are. Raw mangoes are abundantly used in making pickles,chutneys and preserves.Raw mango slices are dried in the sun and used in cooking. History...

Tips for Growing a Eucalyptus Tree

The Eucalyptus tree, which is native to Australia and a source of food for Koalas, is an aromatic evergreen tree that can reach growth heights of 30 up to 180 feet. Australia is the foremost largest supplier of Eucalyptus oil. There are many health benefits Eucalyptus Oil; antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and antiviral and it has antiseptic properties. Used in a variety of over the counter drugs including rubs, inhalers, liniments, rash creams, and mouthwashes. Eucalyptus oil is also used as an analgesic in products to relieve muscle and joint pain.     Eucalyptus - Silver Dollar The most popular Eucalyptus trees,  for growing for in your yard, is the Gum tree and Silver-Dollar tree, these trees with its unique and interesting bark has beautiful flowers with a wonderful fragrance that can be enjoyed all year round. An attractive addition to the curb appeal of your home, they provide great shade on those hot and sunny days. During the fall season, ...

How to Keep Worms in Your Garden

Red worms supply your gardens soil with nutrition with minimal cost and hardly no effort while helping the environment and reduce trash that will otherwise be wasted at trash dumps. If your tired of hauling compost to your garden or tiling and raking the compost in the ground your in luck. Your probably thinking this is another article on red worm farming. Nope! We all know that worms are essential for gardening, all types of gardening. Especialy Red Worms they produce the best casting for your garden soil.  Compost get costly when you have to purchase compost and casting from red worm farmers. Red worms put out the most castings and the most nutrition in the soil more then any other worms. You could make your own compost but that takes time and energy. You could raise your own red worms that would save a lot of money, but raising your own red worms takes time. Red worms need care to ensure that the red worms stay healthy and happy so that they breed. Then once you have ...

How to Grow Fennel and Mustard Plants Inside Your Home

It is a true pleasure to grow your own herbs.  If you have a place in your home that gets lots of sunlight you can grow a plethera of different herbs and other plants right there inside your home.  That way you will always have fresh ingredients to create your culinary delights.  Here are instructions for growing two different types of plants inside your home fennel and Mustard plants. Fennel These are instructions for planting fennel from seeds:  Like a lot of different herbs fennel plants do not like to be transplanted.  Therefore it is best to start them in a peat pellet and then just plant the peat pellet in to the soil when they are ready to be planted.  Simply plant a few seeds in the peat pellet. When the roots start to cover the the pellet it is time to plant the whole pellet in to a pot.  Before doing so thin out the plants so that there is only 1 plant left in the pellet.  The pots should be around 4 inches.  Fennel should be ke...

Gardening Made Easy For Beginners

Why do People Garden? When an individual works in the dirt with his or her hands, the individual is getting some good therapy outdoors. Many people sit behind a desk at a computer all day without having the opportunity of being outdoors. Gardening gives these individuals the excuse to go outdoors to work in their personal garden. This project can become a family activity to spend time together in the sunshine.  Benefits of a Garden The value of the home will increase when a home has a beautiful garden. A garden can produce fresh herbs and vegetables to help supplement the food budget. The garden can beautify the yard or outdoor space. Gardens in Small Yards Some people live in areas that offer small spaces for gardens. For small spaces, individuals can choose to start a garden in containers. To have basil or rosemary within reach for cooking, a window box can be planted with beautiful herbs or even flowers to sit on a balcony. For individuals with bigger areas...

Save Money On Vegetable Gardens By Recycling Your Seeds

When starting a vegetable garden, even a small one, sometimes the costs of starting one can actually run away away on you considering that you not only have to purchase the seeds or plants but also compost, manure, fertilizer, canes, wires, twine and so on and if you not careful it somewhat defeats the purpose as it would than become cheaper to buy from a farmers market or grocery store. Also with a limited amount of funds put away for your garden it then also prohibits as to what you can grow and your wish list selection will be much smaller then you would have liked so a very good way to save money is by saving seeds. If your looking at saving this year and your not too worried about the variety of the vegetables, such as Italian tomatoes and you simply want to grow tomatoes, I'm quite sure that like most people you buy fresh produce, take for example tomatoes or cucumbers for salad. Let me tell you it is a lot cheaper to cut up a half of cucumber you just bought and de-seed it then...

How to Protect Plants for the Winter

Fall is the time to prepare the garden beds for planting next spring and to protect your new and established plants already in your garden. Cold temperatures, wind, and even the winter sun can damage small trees and shrubs if they are not properly taken care for. Here are a few ways you can protect your garden so that it can survive the winter and thrive when the weather warms up next spring. Root-prune shrubs for future moves Fall is the best time to transplant most trees and shrubs , but if you cannot transplant them in time or there is a severe cold snap that curtails your plans you can “root-prune” to prepare them for moving next year. Cut around the base of the plant with your digging spade as if you were going to dig it up. This technique makes it easier to dig up the plant in spring and encourages the plant to generate new roots inside the circle. These roots will give the plant a head start after it’s moved to its new location which will sp...

Everything You Need To Know About Tulips and How to Successfully Grow Them

Tulips are one of the most delightful flowers to bring forth a wonderful display of beautifully vivid, colorful flowers in the spring, in fact there is simply no other flower that can produce wider range of spectacular color. There really is nothing like seeing a beautiful show of tulips and they are treasure to have in any spring garden! The tulip is a long lasting flower and can be relied upon year after year to come back multiplying when they are left to grow. They are very diverse and there are many different varieties of tulips ranging from the standard tulips we all know, to hybrids with very unique shapes and sizes such as the Parrot tulip and the Double Late Flowering Tulip, which personally is my favorite tulip as they resemble peonies. The flowers range from single,to double and sometimes fringed and vary in shape from single cups,bowls and goblets to more complex forms producing twisting or rounded tepals. The Tulip belongs to the Lily family. The majori...

Colorful Coleus - Tropical Jungle Plants

 Coleus (Coleus blumei ) Some plants are grown for their exquisite foliage in different colors and shapes , more than compensating for their non descriptive flowers and coleus ius one such plant .Coleus is a genus of perennial plants, native to tropical Africa, Asia, Australia, the East Indies, the Malayasia, Thailand and the Philippines...Most of them are propagated for their attractive foliage - colorful variegated leaves, typically with sharp contrast between the colors; the leaves may be green, pink, yellow, or a deep blackish purple or maroon.The colors are glorious and eye catching brightening any drab patch of garden.There are boundless varieties of coleus plants that come in all colors shapes and sizes.Some of color combinations are bright and spell binding. There are more than 100 varieties of Coleus and they are all equally attractive and colorful.. It is hard to believe that it is tropical jungle plant that has become extremely popular with gardeners and plant lo...

Tillandsia Care

Tillandsia or Tillandsias is called "The World’s Most Unusual Living Airplants". These plants don't grow on soil. This family is unique in many ways. Tillandsias require little care... but must have a lot of air movement. Many species will grow on trays without any type of potting mix. They can be mounted on wood... rocks, and a few can grow in a pot with potting mix in it. They are a part of the Bromeliad family. You can think of it as a garden thread. Filifolia is from the Latin filum meaning "thread". Folia means "leaves" Thread-like leaves in your garden. In fact, its common name is "threadleaf air plant". Tillandsias can nourish themselves totally - imbibing rain and dew and whatever nutrients the air brings to them - through their leaf tissues. Their roots are primarily used to attach themselves to a surface, a tree branch, a cactus or a rock. Tillandsia is a genus of around 540 species in the Bromeliad family (Bromeliace...

How to Build Raised Planting Beds

New and old gardens like to use raised beds in their gardens for various reasons; they’re easier on the back, you can control the soil quality, maximize water efficiency, and increase plant density for higher yields. Another benefit to building raised planting beds is that drainage is built into sidewalls of the raised bed and the soil is held in place to keep limit erosion. Proper positioning will allow the sun to warm the bed extending the growing season and gives the gardener the opportunity to plant additional varieties. A raised bed also an attractive addition to the garden landscape. The sides can be almost any durable building material, including rock, brick, concrete and interlocking blocks. You can also repurpose old watering troughs or claw-foot tubs as long as they have the capacity and drainage. You can also construct your raised planting beds out of old building materials and then face the sides with higher quality, but less durable materials to create a more finis...

Fruits and Vegetables That Can Regenerate Themselves or Grow More

There are some fruits and vegetables that can produce more of themselves from having parts of them planted. There are other vegetables that will re-grow if done properly. For instance a green onion will completely re-grow itself if you just keep the bottom portion of it and place it in water. (See below). Here are some fruits and vegetables that can regenerate, or grow more of themselves, or just make cool plants. Carrots – If you cut off the top of the carrot where there the greenery grows you can plant it will grow in to a beautiful plant. No carrots will actually form but the plant is lovely and it is fascinating for kids to see. For more info: http://www.weekendgardener.net/blog/2007/09/grow-carrot-top.htm Jerusalem Artichoke – By planting just one of these after you germinate it you can get several back from it. For more information: http://www.organicgardeninfo.com/growing-jerusalem-artichoke.html Onions – You can chop off the top of an onion and plant it and...

The Most Beautiful Garden Plants That Bear Edible Flowers With Vegetal Flavor

There are several species of plants that bear edible flowers to choose from. If you are looking for the most beautiful and most colorful edible flowers, check this out. All the flowers of the listed plants below have vegetal flavor. Vegetal flavor Tulip There are 109 species of Tulip or Tulipa. All the species are beautiful and colorful. The flowers of tulips are also edible. Tulips are popular garden plants because of their brightly-colored flowers. Image Source Passion Flower Image Source The Passion Flower is scientifically known as Passiflora and has about 500 species. It is also commonly called Passion Vine. The flowers of Passion Flower are among the unique and most beautiful flowers in the world. The plant is widely grown in many parts of the world for its beautiful flower and delectable fruits. The plant had long been used for medicinal and culinary purposes. Pansy Image Source Pansies are widely grown as garden flowers. It is also commonly known as Viola Tric...

How to Make a Small Garden Look Bigger

 Every gardener has a garden that is too small, that is an unwritten rule! However, there are ways to make even the smallest garden seem larger and these tips can not only improve the look of your garden but also make it seem to be of larger size to the onlooker. First, think what it is that makes a garden look small. This may seem very obvious but it is the fact that an onlooker can see the boundaries of the garden in relation to the size of the house. Remember this definition as you read on. Filing a garden with plants of any sort will automatically make it look bigger as long as the plants disguise the shape and size. But, and this is the big secret, you must fill the area in the right way otherwise you are creating what, in tropical regions, is called a jungle! Planting upwards If you grow plants that are tall then a visitor to your garden will be unable to see the boundary fences and won’t know how long or wide the garden is. All right, That's not strictly t...

Landscaping Ideas for Your Front Yard

There always seems to be a part of your yard you either can’t get grass to grow, keep green, keep from burning or do anything with. The grass along the cement like a sidewalk or driveway is hot and is always drier than the rest of the lawn. There are many ways to make the areas along your sidewalk and driveway look nice Planning it out first What you decide to plant is dependent on your area, how much rain or is it dry, what types of plants you can grow and how much work you want to do to maintain the area. You should order a catalog of plants and flowers. Burpee has a great catalog, it has pictures of all the plants and how big they get and what areas of the country they work best in. Then make a plan of what you would like in certain areas of your yard. When making your plan consider the direction the plants face, for example if they will be facing the hot south direction, consider types of plants that require less water to thrive. When planning always think ahead to the fu...

How to Attract Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Birds to Your Garden

Have you ever noticed how butterflies in your yard seem to fly around certain flowers, and sometimes those aren’t the flowers in your garden. Butterflies, hummingbirds and birds like certain flowers and certain areas of a yard. Growing flowers and plants that attract them is easy, just pick the right flowers and pick the right spot in your yard. Picking the right spot Picking the right spot for your garden is important, but not hard. You don’t want a high traffic area like next to a door where everyone runs in and out. And you don’t want an area where the dog runs through all the time or is their favorite spot. Butterflies don’t like a windy area where they have to constantly fight the wind too much. They do like a sunny area for at least part of the day, maybe 5 to 6 hours of sun. Of course that helps the flowers grow as well. Butterflies need to warm up by resting in a sunny area, that’s why you never see butterflies on a cloudy day. Maybe put some fla...

Gardening Tips: Tomato Blight Causes and Treatment

With Spring just around the corner, it will be time to plant one of gardener’s favorite plants, tomatoes. Some people are plagued be aphids and other pests, but having knowledge of tomato blight will increase the health and production of your plants. Although blight usually occurs later in the season, there are preventive steps you can take early on to keep the disease from affecting your tomato plants. Tomato blight, if left untreated, can completely devastate your crop. Remove all of the damaged leaves to help stop the spread. Blight remains in the ground, so you'll have to plant your tomatoes somewhere else next year. Don't compost the damaged plants, bag them and throw them away. Causes Blight is a fungal infection that affects the leaves, stems, and eventually the fruit of tomatoes and potatoes. Some believe that soil which is nutrient-deficient creates a breeding ground for blight while others say that a lack of lime is the problem. Cool, humid, and wet growing seasons a...

How to Choose a Fertilizer for a Vegetable Garden

All plants remove nutrients from the soil as they grow, and these nutrients must be replaced to allow the plants to continue to thrive. Gardeners have the choice between commercial and organic fertilizer to keep the soil in your garden a quality food source. Choosing the right type and amount of fertilizer depends on your soil conditions and the type of plants grown. The best way to determine what nutrients are needed is to perform a soil test. Soil Test Kit Fertilizer by the Numbers Commercial fertilizers are labeled with three numbers that indicate the fertilizer's nutrient ratio such as 12-12-12, 5-10-5, and 4-12-0. Each number stands for a different nutrient (Referred to NPK). The first number indicates the percentage of nitrogen (N) The second number shows the percentage of phosphate (the type of phosphorus, P2O5) Third number represents the percentage of potash (the form of potassium used, K2O.) A 5-10-5 fertilizer contains 5 percent nitrogen, 10 percent phosphate, and...

Unique Gardens the Hummingbird Garden

If you are looking to plant a garden this spring that is not only filled with color but filled with life as well then why not plant a hummingbird garden? Imagine sitting on your deck on a warm summer afternoon and watching not one or two but a half dozen or more of these beautiful little birds darting around your garden. It really isn't as difficult as you think. It is simply a matter of creating the right atmosphere to lure these fascinating little winged creatures to your garden. Choose flowers that contain a lot of nectar Hummingbirds need to eat three times every hour in order to maintain their high level of energy. Nectar is the substance that sustains them and they are drawn to flowers that have a high nectar content. They also like extremely bright colored flowers so a vibrant garden will draw them to your garden. Your hummingbird garden should include both annuals and perennials as well as flowers of varying heights and blooming bushes as well. Here is a list of flowers and ...

How To Grow Onions and Garlic Inside

You don't have to have a large yard or an outdoor garden to grow some veggies at home.  You just need a few things and a little know how.  Onions and Garlic are reasonably easy to grow indoors and you can just regenerate the ones you have for instance green onions will generate themselves if you leave the white part at the bottom and a tiny bit of the green.  Place the white part in a cup with water with the little fuzzy parts down, lay the green onion against the side of the cup to keep it vertical; then you watch the green onion regenerate itself and grow.  You can do this over and over again, they do seem to grow thinner though the second time around.  The great thing about planting onions indoors is that you can use most of the onion for cooking while you use the the bottom part of for planting.  Cut the bottom root portion of the onion off.  This is what you will be planting.  In a container at least 4 inches high fill partially with soil.&...

Drought-Resistant Plants for Your Garden

Many gardeners enjoy ample rainfall in the spring and fall, but their plants can begin to wilt in the hot dry summer months. A way to have some color all season long without spending a fortune on water is to plant a few drought-resistant varieties in the sunny areas of your flower beds or borders. Also see my article on How to Deer-Proof Your Yard: https://knoji.com/how-to-deerproof-your-yard/ Sedum 'Autumn Joy' Deciduous succulent with deep-pink to bronze flowers; grows 2 feet tall; prefers full sun, well-drained soil; hardy to -40 degrees F; USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 9. There are dozens of varieties of sedum available and almost all of them are drought-resistant. Yarrow 'Coronation Gold' Golden yellow flowers on tall silvery-gray leaves from mid-summer to early autumn; grows up to 3 feet high; prefers full sun, well-drained soil; hardy to -40 degrees F; USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8. Yarrow pictured above Silver Artemisia Silvery-gray leaves; grows 18 to 48 inches tall, depen...

How To Dress Your Window Boxes For Winter and The Holidays

Winter brings a unique set of challenges to dressing window boxes. Heavy winds and snow, constant cycles of freeze and thaw can play havoc with any outdoor decor. As the scenery grows more stark, however, the yearning for greenery increases. Dressing window boxes can fulfill this need. With some creative planning, your window box display will last the winter season until spring. The basic setup should be season specific, incorporating local winter evergreens, berries, vines, pine cones and such. Holiday specific items can be changed out. If you have already taken down your window boxes and left up the brackets, the easiest decorating you can do is use roping greens. Either fresh or artificial, gracefully drape the roping over and attach with wire to the brackets. Fresh greens should be reinforced with wire to protect from wind damage. Decorations can be added to the roping like lights, snowflakes, pine cones, and plastic hearts. A swag or wreath can be center hung from the ...

How To Train And Ripen Melons To Produce The Best Quality

What a wonderful scent when walking into a greenhouse or the part of the garden where the sweet, sweet smell of ripened melons are just waiting to be picked. But have you ever wondered why your melons did not preform as well as you thought they would and why they didn't live up to your expectations because they were either too small or they didn't ripen in time. Even though you can let your melons vines grow unattended and it will result in giving you long stems with multiple fruit sets, most times this is not actually a good thing. Melons take along time to ripen and if you don't live in a climate that is warm most of the time it is important to limit the amount of fruit left to set so those that are kept can reach full maturity. In order to get your melon vines cropping well a little intervention and training will make your melons preform much better, producing bigger and more ripe melons. Training And Ripening Use a soft paintbrush to fertilize the small fruit that appear on ...

Houseplants That Purify Your Indoor Air

To remove indoor pollutants from the air you breathe at home, you don’t need to buy expensive and hi-tech gadgets. In fact, according to NASA, some handy household plants can do the job. NASA has been doing researches on ways to cleanse the air so that future space stations can become fit for human habitation for longer periods of time. Through the research made, it has been discovered that many common houseplants eliminate significant amount of harmful gases – such as benzene and formaldehyde – from the air through photosynthesis. The plants absorb the pollutants and render them harmless in the soil. This is especially useful for those who live and work in newly constructed buildings, which are tightly sealed to conserve energy but trap pollutants indoors consequently. As recommended by NASA researchers, a minimum of two plants per 100 square feet should be used indoors, whether inside home or in the office. You don’t even need to have a green thumb to ...

Facts and Information on Growing Opium Poppies

The colorful poppy is a popular garden plant. There are several varieties of poppy from the small California Poppy to the popular Iceland poppy, the massive Oriental poppy, and even the Opium poppy. In specific this article will mostly reference the Opium poppy, papaver somniferum. Uses of Poppies Poppies have been cultivated since ancient times when early Egyptians used them for pain relief. Poppy seeds contain codeine and morphine. Art indicating the poppy goes back over 6000 years. The Latin name for the Opium poppy, papaver somniferum, roughly translates to poppy that is sleep-bringing. Poppy seed oil has been used in soaps and for making varnishes and oil paints. It is high in Vitamin E and is sometimes used on salads. It has also been used as a carrier for anti tumor medications. Poppy seeds from the Opium poppy are often used in baking. Eating as few as two poppy seed bagels can result in a positive test for narcotics. Mostly the poppy is used as a decorative garde...

Rid Your Garden Vegetables and Flowers of Parasitic Scale Insects

Your outdoor garden is a smorgasbord of food for insects and at best, they do minimal damage and their effects are easily dismissed. Some insects do more than just eat your garden plants, they physically attach themselves and parasitize your plants. Spider mites and scale insects do exactly this. And for food crops, use of a toxic pesticide may not be a desired option. What Are Scale Insects? Scale insects are small, usually around 1/16th inch in size. Attaching themselves to the undersides of plant leaves, they form a hard-shelled cocoon for protection. Their protective shell resembles an oyster, or pearl. While there, they pierce the plant with biting mouth apparatuses and drink the plant juices. This would in itself be harmless except for the shear number of insects potentially involved. An infestation can actually affect crop output and the health of the affect limb. Colonies of scale insects tinge the branches and undersides of leaves with their presence. Little dots of color a...

How to Get Rid of Weeds In Your Yard

Fast growing weeds in your yard can be unsightly. Knowing to get rid of weeds in your yard is an important way to make your yard look beautiful for you, your neighbors and people passing by. There are several ways to get rid of the weeds so you can admire your beautiful flowers instead. The first step in getting rid of the weeds is to pull obvious weeds out of the ground. Be sure to ground the bottom roots to ensure that they will have a harder time growing back. Hand held weed removers work great so you don’t have to use your fingers. The next way to remove weeds from your beautiful yard is to cut the grass often. The more often you cut the yard, the less time the weeds have to grow and the less sunlight it will see. To help prevent the weeds from growing you can put the extra grass clippings over the weeds. Sprinkling weed killer on your weeds will obviously kill them, but may cause damage to your other plants and flowers in your yard as well. It is important to be ...

Gardening in the Kitchen

Whether it is the middle of winter, or the heat of the summer, you can grow several kinds of herbs and vegetables on your countertop or kitchen window sill that will save you a trip to the supermarket or even out to your garden. Scallions After you use the green portion of scallions, place the white root end in a Mason jar in a sunny location. Fill the jar about halfway with water. Add more water as it evaporates to keep the roots covered. After only a few days there will be new growth, and within a week you should have 3 to 4 inches of fresh green onion on top. This is a helpful trick especially if you only use a small amount of green onion at a time, such as with eggs, on a baked potato, in a stir fry, or in soups. This method will also keep the scallions fresher for a longer period so you won’t have to throw them away as they make their way to the bottom of your vegetable drawer. Sprouts One of the easiest vegetables to grow as sprouts, mainly because you don’t hav...

6 Plants to Help Reduce Mosquitoes Naturally and Without Sprays

There are still many undetermined health risks of using DEET containing sprays to repel mosquitos and applying these aerosols to our young children can definitely be a concern. This article is going to cover 6 different plants that can be grown in many different climates, all of which have their own unique ability to repel off mosquitos. Mosquito attracters Before covering the plants that help to repel those annoying critters, let’s look at some of the things that attract mosquitos. Dark colored clothing. Mosquitos use sight heat and smell to find their meals, and it is believed that they can actually see darker clothing easier than lighter clothing, so keep in mind that dark shirt doesn’t just look good to you. Sweating is another attractant. Having a higher blood pressure than the person standing next to you raises your heat signature making you a prime target for those blood suckers.   Ageratum Where can it survive? This plant can survive outdoors in most c...

What is the Best Manure for Your Garden?

  Organic Garden Fertilizers such as Manure are Best Growing up on a farm we had a number of stock animals such as horses, pigs, chickens and cows. And of course, we planted and grew our own garden each year. With such ample animal dung as was provided by our livestock, our gardens benefited and grew copious quantities. Animal manure is an essential to good gardening. But what animal manure makes for the best type to use, and are their any manures to avoid using? Good Manure and Not-So-Good Manure for Gardening Never use the manure of meat-eating animals such as cats, dogs, or from pets such as ferrets, hedgehogs etc. Manure from any animal which eats meat or meat products even occasionally should not be included in your compose pile or garden. The manure of meat-eating animals (even decomposed/aged) contains parasites and bacteria which is quite harmful to human health. It needs to be said: never use manure/waste products of human origins either, such as effluent (liquid dis...

How to Make Fertilizer at Home for Soil Amendments

Homemade natural fertilizers are eco friendly. Some of the home made fertilizers are made from the things that are easily available at home. This fertilizer makes an excellent organic fertilizer garden manure .They are inexpensive and it can be made easily and safely. Some of the homemade fertilizer recipes are listed below. Epsom Salt Fertilizer Epsom salt contains magnesium and sulfate. In 1 gallon water mix 1 Tablespoon Epsom Salt and water the plant once a month. You can be used on tomatoes, peppers, roses, potatoes and houseplants. Coffee Ground Fertilizer Coffee grounds contains magnesium; nitrogen and potassium. Dry the used coffee grounds in hot sun and sprinkle around the plants. Can be used on blueberries, roses, Azaleas and rhododendrons. It maintains the acidity of the soil but do not use in excess.  To make it in liquid form,mix  one part of coffee with 4 parts of water. You can use the solution once a week. Egg Shell Fertilizer Eggs shells contain ...

A History of Tomatoes

Nothing is more satisfying to a tomato lover than a red and juicy home-grown tomato. The uses of tomatoes are varied, and their popularity is immense worldwide. Tomatoes are a favorite of gardeners and much time and care is taken to produce prize tomatoes. Tomatoes are widely used in Italian food, Mexican food, soups, dips and eaten fresh. Early History The earliest known tomatoes growing wild were found in present day Peru in the 15th century. The tomato was an important crop to the New World Indians. Eight species of tomato still grow wild in the Andes Mountains today. The tomato made its way from Peru to Central America in the early 16th century. Domestication The tomato plant first became domesticated in Central America. Aztec writings mention dishes containing a salsa-like recipe containing tomatoes, salt and peppers. Spanish explorer Cortez conquered the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, present day Mexico City, in 1521. Soon afterward, tomatoes were found in Europe. Europe...

How to Grow a Container Garden

You love growing herbs and vegetables and you love to eat freshly picked vegetables that you have grown yourself. But you don’t have a backyard, you might just have a nice patio or balcony and you still want to grow some vegetables, a container garden is what you need. Even if you already have a backyard garden, using containers to grow more is a nice addition to the patio and gives you more herbs and vegetables. Containers and Pots First you need to get some containers and getting the right pots or containers will help grow and maintain the plants properly. Here are some of the containers you can get and their pros and cons. The minimum size for any container should have a diameter of between 12 and 18 inches (30.5 cm and 46 cm) and a depth of 15 inches (38 cm). The smaller the pot, the quicker it will dry out. Plastic containers can age rather quickly in sunlight, which really means they might not last more than three years. If looks are als...

Invasive Plants That You Should Keep Out of Your Garden

Ornamental plants make an attractive addition to your home garden, but caution should be used when selecting certain plants as they can become invasive and crowd out native varieties and damage the local ecosystem. Each year billions of dollars are spent to control the spread of over 1400 non-native pest plants nationwide. Most of this was spent killing agricultural and rangeland weeds, but much of it went to fighting the 450 or so exotic plants originally brought here as ornamental garden plants from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Many of these plants are still being sold in nurseries today. According to the USDA, “invasive plants impact our nation environmentally as well as economically at a cost of $23 billion annually according to a recent Cornell study. Invasive plants spread into another 4600 acres daily.” (Source: http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/ ) One plant here in the Northeast is Queen Anne’s Lace, which I thought was a native plant because it is s...

Growing Gardenias As A Houseplant

Gardenias are one of the most attractive houseplants yet they're one of the most challenging houseplants to grow indoors.  That's unfortunate for many of us, however, it is worth your while to try your hand at growing one of these beauties in your home.  Gardenias are very inexpensive plants and you can find them in any local garden nursery.  If you succeed with this plant, it'll be well worth the effort.  The gardenia plant is actually in the coffee family (Rubiaceae) and you'll recognize the similarities if you've seen a coffee plant..  They're native to Africa and southern Asia where it's hot and humid.  Gardenias love humidity and its one of their growing requirements. Calling this plant finicky is putting it mild, as it is a high maintenance plant.  It must have four things in order to grow successfully:  Humidity, proper temperature, bright light, and fertilizer. Description of a Gardenia Gardenias are an evergreen shrub that can grow 2...

How to Make a Wildlife Garden

On one hand we have the increasing use of decking, their popularity has grown threefold over the years and now with wood composites replacing the old wooden ones it is due to grow even more. Then on the other hand there’s Astro turf so advanced that one article even describes some artificial lawns as "virtually indistinguishable from grass well ask any bird or worm the same question and you will get another answer. ITS NO WONDER WE ARE SEEING LESS WILDLIFE Couple the two with global warming and all that’s brings, its no wonder we are seeing less and less wildlife in our gardens, so as a bird lover what can you do to attract more birds and wildlife into your garden?. Well luckily it's very easy to change your garden into a place you can share with the wildlife that’s all around, wildlife can increase growth and beauty to any garden certain plants attract butterflies and insects which in turn would attract birds and other friendly visitors. FEEDING STATIONS AN...

Tips for Repairing Your Garden During Summer

The lovely days of summer seem to be the best season for your garden to come alive. Your favourite fruits and vegetables grow everywhere on most plants and guests fly into your garden and build a habitat for themselves. But though you may reap your rewards, you need to continuously keep your garden in best condition from the enemies that want to destroy it. Let’s read below for tips on how you can repair your garden. 1) Kill them weeds and control those pests! As usual, you will have weeds competing with your plants. Before they destroy your property, uproot them from your garden beds and throw them away. Throughout the summer, you will understand the serious problem that pests cause. Hundreds of them in groups start destroying your crops and could lead to devastation. There are pest controls that will help you get rid of them. For non-toxic slug control, please check ‘slug control’ to learn more. 2) Plant annual summer flowers! There are a plenty of summer annual...

How to Grow Basil

Basil is an herb that originated in India and has been used for thousands of years as a food seasoning, particularly by Italian cooks. Basil is also surrounded in myth and legend. Hundreds of years ago in New Mexico, basil was thought to attract money when carried in the pocket. In Romania, it was believed that when a woman gave a sprig of basil to a man she liked that if he accepted it, true love would follow. The Hindu people believed the basil plant aided in reaching paradise. Common basil can be bought dried in almost any grocery or department store, but dried basil does not have half the taste or nutritional value that fresh basil has. Growing basil is extremely easy and can be done on a kitchen windowsill, apartment balcony or outside in the garden. To Grow Basil: If you are lucky enough to have an outdoor garden, you should sow the basil seeds after the last frost. Seeds should be planted ¼ inch deep; keep the soil moist until the plants appear. If you are growing t...

Natural Farming and Vertical Gardening: Innovative Approaches to Produce Health-Giving Food, Improve Air Quality and Aesthetics

People have been trying ways to produce food enough to supply the needs of an ever-growing population. This becomes a much more significant issue considering that fertile land is gradually being lost to other economic uses and many agricultural land are already degraded due to unsustainable farming practices. Aside from this, there were health concerns about the agricultural products as many of those produced are laced with toxic pesticides from insecticidal sprays during flower formation to fruit-bearing stages, then finally during product sale which calls for preservatives to lengthen its shelf life. These concerns call for alternative food production techniques without the limitations imposed by land fertility and space. Hydroponics, Organic Farming and Natural Farming There are many approaches to counter the problems associated with limited space available for food production, lack of fertile land or health effects due to pesticides in agricultural products. Among these approache...

The Perfect Garden for Those Who Dont Garden

Spring will soon be approaching and many peoples thoughts turn to the beautiful garden they will raise. Those green stalks shooting upward, those ripening tomatoes or flowers that adds color to the yard. The Joy of working out in the sunshine and fresh air. While this sounds good many of us simply aren't gardeners in any sense of the word. Yet we would still like a little bright color in our yard and a little curb appeal to the home. We would like a garden for those of us who don't garden. While this sounds like an impossible dream it really isn't. You too can have a colorful garden with out tilling the soil or planting a seed. You can make yourself a painted rock garden. This idea was inspired by a friend of mine who years ago had a husband who did all different kinds of construction work. He would often bring home extras from the jobs that his clients did not want to keep. Soon my friends garage was filled with cans that had little dabs of out door paint in a variety of colors in...

Choosing the Right Lawn Mower for Your Garden

Choosing the right lawn mower for your garden can be daunting: here are some guidelines to help you make your choice.   Lawn mowers can be powered by petrol, electricity, battery or they can be manual. There are also different types of mower within each power source and this can be confusing.  We will look first of all at the different sources of power: Petrol Lawn Mowers The advantages of a petrol lawn mower are: It has no cable. If your lawn is small, this won’t be significant but with a large garden you don’t want to be dragging hundreds of meters of cable backwards and forwards across your lawn. This is also safer as you won’t run over your cable with the mower or forget to unplug it for maintenance. Petrol mowers tend to be more powerful, again making them more effective for larger lawns. Disadvantages of petrol mowers are: They tend to be more expensive – a good quality make costs around $500. They are noisy, h...

Garden of the Giants: World's Most Colorful Trees

These plants are the most regal and most elegant colorful flowering trees you will ever see. Most gardens contain beautiful and colorful flowering plants of different species. Most of these plants range from small to medium size. Have you seen a garden exclusively for flowering ornamental trees? You could just imagine how spacious would it be if there is such a garden.  Such garden will surely occupy several hectares of land. But it would be such a great idea to create a “garden exclusively for flowering ornamental trees”.   Here are the most beautiful and colorful flowering ornamental trees in the world.   Welcome to my garden – a garden exclusively for trees only, no dwarf plants allowed!   Blue Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia) Image Source The lovely and captivating Blue Jacaranda will be my first choice for flowering ornamental tree if in case I will put up a garden for such kind of plant. Twenty pairs of Jaracanda trees will occupy...

Find The Best Plants for Children to Grow

One of the greatest things about gardening is that anyone of any age can do it. Whether you happen to be at the age of retirement or attending kindergarten, gardening is a great pastime to have. Directing a child to invest in gardening is a decision that can reap great rewards for parents as well as children. Kids growing plants is a wonderful idea for a great number of reasons. Finding the best plants for children to grow will make a gardening encounter delightful as well as teaching some great life lessons. Gardening can teach a child several real life lessons to be used throughout their existence.  Responsibility, obligation, duty, patience, how to be dependable along with hard work reaps great rewards are beautiful outcomes in the end that can be admired and enjoyed by the child introduced to gardening. Additionally, while a child is educated in how to grow plants it can bring families together to spend positive time doing something worthwhile. Additionally, gardening can pro...

Control Gardening Pest

Bees and plants Get some watch bees to protect your garden from caterpillar.  According to the researcher from the University in Germany, honey bees are more effective than insecticides in keeping harmful pests such as caterpillars away from your prize flowers. According to a team of German scientists like winged watchdogs, honey bees chase away intruders who threaten to devour their beloved pollination buds. They chase not only humans but also other bugs.  Studies show that caterpillars are particularly sensitive to bees since the buzzing of the insect's wings irritate the sensitive hairs of their body; and the leaf munching larvae are frightened away. Garden pests The German scientists conducted an experiment in which bell pepper plants were kept surrounded by buzzing bees suffered between 60 percent and almost 70 percent less damage to their leaves than those which where unprotected.  Findings indicate for the first time that  visiting honey bees provide plant...

How To Dress Your Window Boxes And Planters For Fall Without Plants

How To Dress Your Window Boxes And Planters For Fall covered using plants for fall decor. There are, however, many more options for dressing your windows taking advantage of seasonal materials that won't require digging in. The fall garden carries with it numerous chores to prepare for the winter months ahead. Once the window boxes and planters have been cleaned of summer annuals, the decision to decorate for fall is usually bypassed thus repeating clean out again for winter is avoided. Using fall harvest materials can give you a vibrant display without refilling containers with soil. Window boxes can be used for display or stored away until spring. Many window boxes come with a drip tray. Use it alone as a display shelf or cut a shelf to fit over the brackets that remain under your window. Paint this shelf to match your house trim or use a color of the season. Many bracket designs allow for screwing the wood shelf in place. If not, tie it to brackets or plan your decor with hea...

Container Gardening - How to Grow Cucumbers

Cucumbers are very easy to grow in a home garden, but growing cucumbers in containers is not much more difficult. The two big challenges are controlling the vine length and maintaining proper soil moisture. Planting Cucumbers Cucumbers will not germinate until the temperature reaches at least 70 degrees F. They are usually sown directly into the garden soil. They are not generally transplanted, although some garden centers do carry cucumber seedlings. Purchasing seeds from a catalog allows you to select the varieties that will perform best in containers. Prepare the containers by placing broken terra cotta or stones in the bottom for drainage and use a good potting soil, preferably a mix that contains fertilizer. Sow the cucumber seeds directly into the pots by placing 6 or 8 seeds in a cluster about a half inch deep. When you see two sets of leaves on the seedlings, choose two or three of the seedlings that look strongest, and thin the rest. To prevent damage to the roots of the ...

The Maintenance and Benefits of the Pomegranate Tree

The botanical name of the Pomegranate tree is Punica granatum which is derived from the latin name of Pomum granatum which means "an apple with a lot of seeds" No wonder since the middle of this fruit is packed with seeds. The Pomegranate tree is capable of growing in all types of soils and all types of temperatures in different countries. It can stand humid places and also very high temperatures but it also grows in countries which have snow. It sheds its leaves in winter and grows up to 5 metres high. The leaves are dark green and this tree can live up to 100 years of age and more. If the top part is damaged in some way, it can easily regenerate itself and grow again. The orange (or red) coloured flowers blossom in spring and the fruit is round with a thick skin and has a sort of crown at the top. Propagating the Pomegranate tree is easy. You just cut off the offshoots which often come out near the base of the trunk.  Air layering is also possible or just cuttings. A pomegranat...

How to Attract Beneficial Insects to Your Garden

Pests are found in any garden and most people tend to use pesticides to control these damaging insects quickly. Unfortunately many pesticides kill beneficial insects along with the pests or when the problem has been corrected, beneficial insects leave the garden in search of a food source elsewhere. Identification To create a habitat for your beneficial insect you need to know a few things about them. With a magnifying glass or hand lens, look at the undersides of your plants to see what insects are present. If you've avoided using pesticides and have a variety of plants growing, you may find many allies already present. The one everyone is familiar with are lady beetles (commonly referred to as lady bugs), but there are also ground beetles, lacewings, hover flies, and tiny wasps. These beneficial insects can be divided into two groups: those that eat their eat insects (predators) and those that deposit their eggs on or into their host (parasitoids). Lady beetles: Lady beetles pre...

How to Make Suet for Wild Birds

Many people think that any fatty treat hung outside for birds in the winter is suet, but really suet is specifically the fatty parts from around a cows kidney. You can get suet from your butcher and can hang it on its own for birds in the winter, or can use it in recipes to provide extra calories for birds to eat in winter. Some butchers sell beef fat fairly cheap which can also be used for suet. To make suet treats for wild birds a person has to melt down the suet, or animal fat, this can be smelly so is best done outside, or a person can use lard mixed equally with peanut butter instead. Some people use left over pork, or beef, fat drippings, which will make softer suet. If using actual fat you will want to chop it up finely, or use a meat grinder, before melting it further (if buying suet from the butcher they might even grind it for you). To avoid the risk of fire, melt the fat at a low temperature. Strain through a cheese cloth or mesh. Once the suet is melted a person can add a...

How to Harvest and Enjoy Dandelions

One of the first wild foods in the spring, dandelions are thought to be one of the bitter herbs the Israelites missed when they left Egypt. The slight bitter edge one tastes in fresh dandelion leaves increases digestive efficiency and the nutritional properties of dandelions in all forms helps detoxify the body. There is no more pleasant spring tonic! If you want to try dandelions, be sure that the plants have not been exposed to herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizer. Your own back yard is probably the safest area, as long as you do not use chemical treatments. For the best plants (yes, your neighbors will think you've gone nuts), extra water during dry spells, and a little natural fertilizer like manure tea or a side dressing of compost will do it. Besides the leaves, buds, blossoms and roots are used as food and medicine. Each is harvested at different times and used in different ways. Leaves The most common use of dandelions is for "greens," a spinach-like food...