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Sometimes your Brussels sprouts form loose, leafy heads instead of the tight ones you expect. Why does that happen, and how can you prevent it?
With cold-weather crops, your first garden harvest could occur weeks earlier next year!
Bok Choi is a common ingredient in Asian Cooking. It can be stir fried or added to soups. But did you know that it is easy to grow your own from seed?
Most people consider winter the time when the gardens go to sleep and there's nothing to grow, but for those of us who live in fairly mild climates, there's a whole new kind of gardening that can only be done during those cold months.
Many cold weather crops actually taste sweeter if you harvest them after a frost instead of right before one.
Let's open this week with a look at a few of the most popular Cold Weather Crops from our Plant Database.
Looking for something new to add to salad? Try Tatsoi Asian greens. Or serve as a quick stir-fry side dish. Steam it, stir fry it, or add it to soups. Tatsoi is versatile, pretty, and so easy to grow.
How To Cut Spent Amaryllis/Hippeastrum Bloom Stalks in Difficult Spaces
By mcash70, January 3, 2014
Once the beautiful blooms have faded on your Amaryllis plants, the bloom stalks will need cutting if you are not letting the plant set seed pods. This will let the energy go into the production of the leaves to feed the bulb.
Quick Way to Germinate Daylily Seed in a Cold Climate
By mainer35, January 2, 2014
Northern daylily hybridizers can use at least two methods to germinate their daylily seed. This can be done by planting the seed outdoors in a preferred growing medium. In this case, you can usually expect seed germination the following spring. If, however, you want bigger seedlings next spring, a quicker way is needed to germinate the daylily seed.
Strawberries are of the rose plant family Rosaceae and genus Fragaria. There are over 20 different species and hundreds of varieties. In addition, there are three different "Types" of strawberries: June-Bearing, Ever-Bearing and Day-Neutral. The different types do require some different growing maintenance to achieve a good size crop in your home garden year after year.
American Pokeweed, Pokeberry, Phytolacca americana
By frostweed, December 31, 2013
What a beautiful and useful plant this is! This plant is really attractive with its red stems and white flowers that turn into lovely red berries. The leaves also turn gorgeous colors in the fall. It can grow as high as six or eight feet.
Tulip 'Beauty of Apeldoorn' for Beautiful Colors in Spring
By Newyorkrita, December 30, 2013
Sometimes they are solid yellow and sometimes solid red, often yellow with red streaks, or red with yellow streaks. If you want similar warm colors that bloom at the same time, then plant 'Beauty of Apeldoorn' tulips.
Grow mints or other aggressively spreading plants in tubs partially sunk into the ground. Punch a few holes in the bottom of the tub for drainage.
I always carry a 5 gallon bucket with a handle into the garden with me. I keep plant tie-wraps twisted onto the handle in case I need them. On the way to the garden, the bucket holds my tools. On my way back from the garden, it holds the weeds and spent flowers.
If you live in rocky soil / hard clay, use a fiberglass shovel to dig. The right tool for the job!
Evergreen trees are good for protecting bird feeders from predators and wind. After the holidays, recycle your old Christmas tree to help the birds.
After you've unwrapped your gifts, come share with us! Were there gardening related goodies for you? Did you give garden goodies to someone else? Do tell!!
Continuing our fun ideas this week, let's talk about our holiday decor! Natural elements or all faux in your house. Share away- the more pictures, the better!
Continuing with our fun chat threads, come share with us about this popular winter plant.
As we approach Christmas, we're turning the focus of our Ideas toward fun and chatty conversation. Today, let's talk about feeding the birds over the winter.
As the first day of winter has officially arrived, annuals have been put away for the year. Let's talk about how you treat these tender plants in your garden.
Nothing says "Welcome" like a wreath. Grab some of your favorite greens, blooms, and garden supplies and make a quick garden wreath.
If you keep chickens, make sure that you spread around the straw/sawdust/bottom of the coop in the late fall / early winter. Let the winter snow/rains mix this into the soil. Free nitrogen and happy plants!
Hot off the presses is a new book by author and ATP member Larry Rettig, about gardening in the Amana Colonies. Let me share my review of this interesting and useful book.
Last year I removed seeds from some dry, prickly Leonotis seed pods - with my bare hands. Ouch! Having learned from my mistakes, when I was fortunate enough to gather more pods this year, I tried to remove the seeds while wearing gloves. Alas, I was not destined to be a brain surgeon and was all thumbs. I needed a better idea...