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Tulle is a useful asset in the garden. It easily outperforms expensive and short-lived row cover material by allowing more essential elements to reach your plants.
What is a botanical sport? There are different ways of phrasing it but it amounts to a plant suddenly putting off a variant of the original plant; sometimes this process is referred to as a mutation.
Use plastic/milk cartons for deep watering by heating a Phillips head screwdriver (I use the gas stove and a hot mitt) and punching several holes in the bottom and sides (3" from the bottom) of a plastic jug or milk bottle. Bury the jug around the tree line or around the base of a shrub. Bury it so that the opening is just above the soil level. Bury as many jugs as you wish around the tree/shrub line. Fill the jugs with water for a slow deep watering. Add liquid fertilizer as needed for deep feeding.
Review: "Garden Up," a Book by Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet
By Sharon, August 21, 2012
'Garden Up' is an excellent book for gardening vertically in spaces large, small or anything in between. It's filled with everything from instructions, directions, and colorful images to lists of plants that will grow in the spaces that are portrayed. This is a must read for gardeners, one that you'll take outside with you.
ATP Podcast #0.3: Interview with Author Chris McLaughlin
By dave, August 20, 2012
Chris is a gardener and hobby farmer, and the author of many gardening books in the "Idiot's Guide" series. In this podcast, she joined me to talk all about gardening: heirloom vegetables, compost, worms, containers, small plants, and much more!
Just north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana: my oasis from the beginning until today.
Where do those little dry hard brown sticks we poke into hams come from? Seed pods? Vines? Trees?
Improve the drainage and aeration of seedling and potting mixes with pine bark shreds.
Sandy soil? Clay soil? The best soil needs moisture-holding ability as well as draining ability. The perfect balance can be attained by adding organic amendments such as pine fines or composted leaves/bark/manure. For nutrient needs, please utilize your local Ag Extension office and have your soil tested so you know which fertilizer and amendments need to be added. In some cases, nothing needs to be added!
Recognize the Signs of Heat Stroke Before It's Too Late
By paulgrow, August 15, 2012
Heat stroke is a serious condition that many gardeners are at risk of experiencing, especially during the hot, humid days of summer.
Most gardeners I know garden for birds or butterflies, but not me. I garden for honey bees and have learned a lot about honey bees and flowers in the process.
This month it's my turn and I have collected a pile of goodies from my store for three lucky winners this month.
ATP Podcast #0.2: Interview with Margaret Roach of AWayToGarden.com
By dave, August 13, 2012
A gardener, author, blogger and much more, Margaret Roach is highly popular with everyone who learns about her. Come listen to our audio interview and find out why!
We are traveling to Southwest Indiana to take a look at the lovely gardens of blue23rose. You are going to really enjoy this Garden Tour.
Have squash? Have bugs? Have squash bugs? (One of the hardest pests to get rid of.) Try watering squash plants from top to bottom with your hose wand. This makes the adults want to come to the top of the plant to dry off in the sun. Once they are out in the open, come back in a few minutes and spray with a mix of soap spray and rubbing alcohol. It’ll sure get most of them!
A pair of exfoliating bath and shower gloves works very well for cleaning garden fresh root vegetables.
Saving tomato seeds is a perfect way to have great tasting tomatoes from year to year. This technique is basically fermentation and being a home-brewer, I just had to try it.
Let's talk a little about legends, lore and Nature. On good weather Sundays, late in the afternoon, you can find me wandering in the Land Between the Lakes here in western Kentucky. I have a friend who always goes with me; last week when she called she said, "Let's go visit the Cedar Tree."
Save the delivery trays from those restaurants that deliver. They come in mighty handy for various usages. I store everything from marbles to nails in them and they make a great seed tray!
Jane Gates, the author of a new gardening book, has a long history in art, music and gardening. She has studied horticulture and worked in the green industry for over 30 years, propagating, hybridizing, running nurseries, designing gardens, building landscapes and managing plant stores. Come and listen to my 30 minute conversation with this fascinating personality.
It always seems to happen. You add a new plant to the garden only to see it destroyed by some random creature or weather disaster. This is why I always take a few cuttings or divisions of any new plants before placing them in their final spot.
When repotting an Adenium, raise the plant an inch (or more depending on size) from its previous height, to help the caudex develop. Cut off any of the tiny roots that are above the (new) surface with a sharp knife, and dust the cuts with cinnamon to prevent rot.
This is one in a series of very short articles that might change your mind about some surprisingly good weeds. And even if your mind isn't changed, you'll still be well informed.
Sheet of vinyl : quick and easy cleanup, easier to store than a wheelbarrow. Keep dirt where you want it and out of your grass!
This is the third article in a series that will offer descriptions and control measures for some of the most common weeds. For the most part I will be referring to weeds found in the Midwest because that’s where I live and these are the ones I’m most familiar with.