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Some flowers are
easy to preserve: baby's breath, celosia, yarrow, statice, globe
amaranth, strawflower and artemesia. But every flower responds
differently to drying and preserving. Experiment to get the results you
want with the flowers you have. More...
| Herb Swag
approaches, enthusiastic gardeners want to store seed for next year's
production. Before you decide to save seed from your plants, it's
important to consider whether saving seed will get you the type of
plants you want.
can be an effective way to make soil moisture "last longer" in
landscape and garden. They are frequently used in the landscape to
conserve water by reducing weed growth, minimizing evaporation, and
retaining moisture. Mulching can reduce rotting by keeping vegetables
such as squash and tomatoes out of contact with soil. Organic mulches
also lessen soil compaction, slow down erosion and improve soil texture
when later tilled into the soil.. More...
1. The constant tunneling of earthworms allows the free passage of air
into and out of the soil. 2. Worms' burrowing also breaks up the hard
pan and plow sole created by mechanical tillage. More...
to Order Fall Bulbs
As summer begins to wane, it is time to decide which spring flowering
bulbs you want to add to your landscape. You need to select good
quality bulbs for planting, paying attention to size and firmness. More...
Marilyn Waters the Lawn
|Lawn Care During Drought
lawn efficiently and effectively to get the most benefit from the water
you're using. Irrigate when you see the signs of moisture stress
— a dull and blue-green color, folded leaf blades, wilted blades
or when your family's footprints remain visible in the grass... More...
Plants in Rows
After choosing a garden site, the next
step is to plan the arrangement of crops in the garden. Proper spacing
between rows is important to allow for growth of plants, ease of
cultivation, and efficient use of space. More.
|Lawnmower Bites, Kills Tree
The lawn mower was supposed to
circle the newly planted sapling, but instead it struck the base. Oops!
Is that a problem? Yes, it is. Unlike skin, wounds that reach below the
bark don't heal. At best, the trunk seals off the injury, but
there is no repair in the sense that our skin repairs itself.
Bark will form a callus along the edge of the wound, but it rarely can
bridge the break. The trunk typically loses the bark in the
injured area... More...
a Cutting Garden
gardens, which were a normal part of Victorian gardens, are made up of
a variety of annuals and perennials, both flowering and foliage, that
can be used in flower arrangements. Today, they can fill the need for
fresh-cut flowers, either for the home or to offer as a gift. More...
Farmer with Hoe
To prepare earth
for seeds or small plants or for filling pots or window boxes, mix one
part by bulk of well-rotted manure, two parts of good garden loam, and
one part of sharp fine sand. More...
a Garden from Seed
from seed can save gardeners money and vastly increase the varieties
that can be grown in a backyard garden. Gardeners can grow several
transplants for the price of a few, store-bought plants, and the
selection of varieties for sale is often limited. Seed should be
started six to eight weeks prior to transplant time. More...
Seed Starting Kit
production guides are now available for farmers. The guides provide
information on how to produce certified organic apples, blueberries,
grapes, lettuce, potatoes, spinach, strawberries and cole crops,
including cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.. More...
in Plain Sight
Lessons from a Zen Garden
Rainbow Mix Coleus Seeds
Homegrown and Handmade
A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living
The Winter Harvest
Gardeners Knee Pads
Sensing in Plants
Identification of Flowering Plant Families
Including a Key to Those Native and Cultivated in North Temperate
and How to Grow Them
by Peggie Schulz