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Growing a Vegetable Garden Without Plowing

Growing a Vegetable Garden Without Plowing

What Plowing DoesPlowing is done to loosen the soil so that seeds can be planted easily and so that young seedlings can easily break through the soil. It also helps to kill weeds. To grow a vegetable garden without plowing, the gardener will have to simulate the activity of plowing with.........[Read More]
List of Trees With Durable Wood

List of Trees With Durable Wood

While wood substitutes made of vinyl and other plastics create the look of a wood floor, no substitute can stand in for the real thing. Still, wood is a natural product, and for this reason it is susceptible to age and changes in temperature. Fortunately, for the homeowner, some trees are made of w......[Read More]
Cucumber Stopped Growing & Turned Yellow

Cucumber Stopped Growing & Turned Yellow

Cucumbers are a warm-weather crop that can be successfully grown in a greenhouse or outdoors in the home garden. Cucumbers can fall victim to myriad pests and diseases that can cause the plants to die before producing any fruit. If you your cucumber plant has turned yellow and stopped growing, diagn......[Read More]
How to Clean Stained Cake Separators

How to Clean Stained Cake Separators

Commonly used on multi-tiered cakes, cake separators support the weight of each cake section. This allows for the use of multiple layers of cakes to create an elegant and sometime elevated design. Regular use of cake separators will leave them dirty, and the food coloring used in icing can leave sta......[Read More]
Does Driving a Nail Into a Palm Tree Hurt the Tree?

Does Driving a Nail Into a Palm Tree Hurt the Tree?

Smooth trunks topped by elegant tufts of tropical fronds make palms look treelike, but palms lack the ability to heal wounds as will true trees like oaks, baobabs and royal poincianas. Hammering a nail into a palm's trunk creates a permanent wound. While no initial harm manifests from the nail's ins......[Read More]
Fuschia Hanging Plants

Fuschia Hanging Plants

Fuchsias are interesting, woody perennial flowers are known for their delicate, drooping flowers. Though people commonly associate the word "fuchsia" with a bright-pink hue, fuchsias come in a wide variety of colors. These plants are well adapted to growing in hanging baskets but require regular car......[Read More]
My Zinnias Look Diseased

My Zinnias Look Diseased

If zinnias look diseased, they probably are. Diseases cause discoloration, wilting and even death if left untreated. In early stages, diseases on zinnia plants may look like harmless spots. But what you might think is dust could be a fatal, extremely damaging disease that could destroy your entire c......[Read More]
Tips on How to Plant and Grow Iceland Poppies

Tips on How to Plant and Grow Iceland Poppies

The perennial Iceland poppy grows well in most climates, surviving both summer heat and winter cold. The flowers come in a range of colors including orange, red, pink, yellow, white and shades in between. Grow the poppies in a beds or borders where they receive plenty of sunlight. The poppies reach ......[Read More]
How to Prune Your Cypress Trees

How to Prune Your Cypress Trees

The evergreen Leyland Cypress tree is a popular ornamental for the lawn. It may grow up to 4 feet yearly, even in poor soils. This, combined with the tree’s dense foliage and upright shape, makes it popular for privacy screens. Cypress trees such as Leyland Cypress require little pruning. Home......[Read More]
Herbicides & Perennials

Herbicides & Perennials

Perennials, like annuals, reproduce by seed. They also reproduce from root or stem pieces, which are hard to control with herbicides. The chemical must kill the plant entirely. There are different types of perennials, each with a different growing structure. This makes treatment difficult, as the he......[Read More]
How to Determine Watermelon Ripeness

How to Determine Watermelon Ripeness

A ripe, juicy slice of watermelon makes a summer day perfect. Biting into an unripe watermelon, however, can leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Whether you're growing watermelons in your garden at home, or prefer to buy them from the farmer's market or grocery store, learn how to tell when this swe......[Read More]
How to Build Blackberry Vine Supports

How to Build Blackberry Vine Supports

While the thorny stems of blackberry plants do not grow as large as those of grapes, a trellis system helps improve production and maintenance. Often referred to as brambles, blackberry stems may grow erect or partially weeping, depending on the cultivar derived from the American native blackberry (......[Read More]
Insects on Mint Causing Yellow Leaves

Insects on Mint Causing Yellow Leaves

Mint grows in moist soil in partial shade or full sun. It spreads by underground runners and can take over your garden, so many gardeners grow mint in pots. Insect pests and diseases can cause leaves to turn yellow.......[Read More]
How to Transplant A Cactus Without Getting Thorned

How to Transplant A Cactus Without Getting Thorned

Transplanting cactus can be a thorny problem. A few hints can dramatically reduce the number of thorn pricks you would normally get when transplanting your cactus......[Read More]
Kinds of Rose Plants

Kinds of Rose Plants

A lot of people enjoy the elegant look of roses. Roses are a symbol of love and beauty, and many people have different species of rose plants in their gardens. A large variety of rose plants are native to places all around the world, but the species can be found right here in the United States.......[Read More]
When to Plant an Orange Tree

When to Plant an Orange Tree

Orange trees, as with any other fruit tree, should be planted or transplanted during a time of year and season likely to cause a minimum of stress to the roots, foliage and blooms. As orange trees thrive in temperate to subtropical climates, this often translates into early spring or early fall, avo......[Read More]
How to Plant a King Crimson Red Leaf Maple Tree

How to Plant a King Crimson Red Leaf Maple Tree

Plant Crimson King red leaf maple trees (Acer platanoides ) for brilliant fall color without excessive mess and maintenance. Crimson King maples have an intense, dense maroon foliage all summer. These stately maples will attain a height of over 50 feet, spreading about 25 to 30 feet. They are hardy ......[Read More]
Morel Mushroom Life Cycle

Morel Mushroom Life Cycle

Understanding the life cycle of morel mushrooms has offered little help in cultivating the mysterious fungus. As the morel fungus grows, it passes through a stage uncommon to other cultivated mushrooms. This rare stage may hold an answer as to why few attempts at cultivating morels succeed.......[Read More]
How to Grow Martha Washington Geraniums

How to Grow Martha Washington Geraniums

Martha Washington geraniums are typically grown as houseplants; they do not do well outside. Often grown as annuals, they bloom throughout late winter and spring and will continue to bloom through summer if indoor temperatures remain cool enough. They become available at nurseries and florists durin......[Read More]
How to Split Aloe Vera Plants

How to Split Aloe Vera Plants

Aloe vera plants are classified as a succulent because they are composed mainly of water. The plants grow in clumps and produce thick, spiky leaves. The juice of the aloe vera plant can be used as a skin ointment to soothe burns, scrapes and other skin irritations. Over time, the aloe vera plant wil......[Read More]