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My method of using hog panel provides easy access and super support for tomatoes, squash, beans, and gourds alike. I also pile on the straw for moisture retention and weed control.
Pole Beans save on space but need something to climb on.
When taking long cuttings that can be cut smaller, I use a marker to mark the top. The mark will not hurt the cutting.
Small Washtub -- So Handy for Watering Houseplants!
By Pentalinda, March 30, 2014
A small washtub has been given a second life. Once upon a time, my son used it at school to hold his supplies, and now it's my gardening friend.
Just after the threat of frost has passed, and sometimes before, garden clubs and county gardening organizations will hold their annual, or semi-annual, plant sale.
With a brand new baby in the house we had to skip last week's podcast, but we're back now! In today's episode we get caught up on the usual goings on, and we discuss a few common gardening mistakes (and how to avoid them!) We also have a bonus segment today on our Pinboard of Bad Ideas!
I'm sure pass-along plants are a tradition in other parts of the country besides the South. Today, some of the plants of our southern heritage can only be obtained at specialized nurseries or from friends and neighbors.
“Petunia is a genus of 35 species of flowering plants of South American origin, closely related to tobacco, cape gooseberries, tomatoes, deadly nightshades, potatoes and chili peppers; in the family Solanaceae." (Wikipedia)
Everyone is tempted by the sexy blooms and luscious tomatoes we see in pictures, but if plants aren't happy, they won't live up to their outward appearance. Like humans, their beauty begins more than skin deep.
Whether you call them Portulaca or Moss Rose, these low-growing bedding plants are a colorful and easy solution to that barren, hot, and dry garden spot where nothing seems to want to grow.
Save Those Tall Crepe Myrtle Cuttings for Goodness Stakes!
By DavidofDeLand, March 23, 2014
Save those tall Crepe Myrtle stalks when you trim them back now!!! I bundle them and dry them in the rafters in my old garage. Crepe Myrtle dries into a very hard wood indeed and the stakes can be used for trellises and such and will last a couple of years.
Many onion varieties will be sold as either short-day onions, intermediate-day onions, or long-day onions.
Next time you make a salad or stir fry, imagine crunching on a sweet water chestnut harvested fresh from your garden. I decided to try to grow water chestnuts in my home garden in Central Florida using fresh lake water in a half whiskey barrel.
If you have a small water feature either above ground or with very shallow water, you may wonder about the best way to overwinter your hardy pond plants.
When people put in a pond, after the pond has been built, they usually wish they had gone bigger, so plan your pond to be as large as the space for it allows.
Do you live in an apartment or townhouse or are you thinking of moving in a few years? Is digging a pond an issue for you? Then an above-ground water garden is perfect for you. Small above-ground water gardens have many advantages. No digging, no wading in to clean them, lower cost, and portable. Just look around and think out of the ground.
Anyone can create a water garden. A pond is not necessary. Instead, just about any container that holds water will do! It is very easy to create and nearly effortless to care for. Everyone should have at least one water garden featured in their yard!
I imagine that some people build, or have built, ponds and get it right the first time. I suspect that most of us build one and then learn all about the issues we should have looked into before the big outlay. I had my entire back yard landscaped, including a 2800 gallon pond with waterfalls, with hardly a thought. Oh my, what a mistake. The following article shows the errors, the afterthoughts, the redux, and the final product. Still not perfect, but as good as could be done within the original parameters.
The Top 25 Water Garden Plants, Selected by ATP Members
By dave, March 15, 2014
Here's a report of the most popular water garden plants from our database!
Water Hyacinths will float on the surface and give your pond fish needed shade and places to hide from overhead predators. Water Hyacinths also give pond frogs safe places to sit when they are not in the water.
Last week was Tomatoes (and Peppers) Week at ATP so we're talking about our favorite vegetable. How do you choose from the huge variety of tomatoes? What's a determinate? What's an heirloom? What do I do about cracking, or viruses? Listen to find out!
This fruit has many names. It originated in Africa and has been called Horned Melon, Hedged Melon, Melano, and a few other names, the most amusing one being Jelly Melon and the most inexplicable one being English Tomato. The fruit made its way to New Zealand, where the name 'Kiwano' was added (patented name) because they had such good luck getting the world to eat Kiwi fruit and thought Kiwano would catch on more quickly than African Horned Melon.
Protect Your Seedlings With a Portable Mini-Greenhouse!
By Gymgirl, March 12, 2014
This handy little garden tool is invaluable when it's time to protect your seedlings from the cold, wind, or sun or to harden them off for transplanting into the garden.
Cardinals are among the most colorful and popular backyard birds. Providing a landscape that will attract them is well worth the effort.
Iris gardeners encounter many natural enemies of iris plants, such as leaf spot, soft rot, mold, and bacterial infections, but how much do we know about iris borers?