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Easy bird netting frame for your blueberries
I decided to design a PVC frame to hold a standard 14-foot-square bird netting over my blueberry bushes.PVC pipe is widely and cheaply available, and easy to work with. I designed a frame to suspend this size netting.
California
El Segundo
Stoneroot, worth remembering?
I know that for a fact, because somebody's old red hound had taken up residence beneath Aunt Bett's front porch one hot summer, and when Callie May stepped upon the porch, that old red hound crawled right out from under it and slithered away without saying...
California
El Segundo
Winter Moths: A Pest Worth Watching
The females, on the other hand, are even smaller. When they're ready, they drop to the ground and pupate under the soil. Winter moths are a common pest in much of New England and parts of the Pacific Northwest.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Netting For Lawns – How To Use Landscape Netting
Then plant your seed as usual.Compostable lawn netting will disappear after a while. It is a ropy material woven in a grid-like pattern that you stake across the seed bed. Most plastic mesh is left in place as a permanent protection on hills and cliff...
Ohio
Willoughby
Is Joining A Farmers Market Worth It?
First, do your research. Call the market manager to see who has signed up and if there are any CSAs—something which reliably brings customers to markets, even on rainy days. For some, I suspect—maybe even many—the answer may very well be no.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Rutabagas: A Humble Vegetable Worth Raving About
Cut off the leafy tops immediately after harvest, leaving an inch-long stump of stems behind, and do not cut into the root itself. Sow the seeds in rows spaced 8-12 inches apart. Learn how to grow, harvest and prepare this delicious root.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Midsummer Country Living: Is This Really Worth It?
We've already been blessed with armloads of zucchini—as if a zucchini plant would have it any other way. The Thai and Genovese basil I planted among the asparagus to keep asparagus beetles at bay are doing pretty well.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Forum Banners: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
It is an interesting process and members have a great deal of fun selecting the images that appear on our various pages.The second step is to round up some photos to choose from. We're open to suggestions for a forum dedicated to a particular plant type,...
California
El Segundo
Purple Sprouting Broccoli Is A Winter Crop Worth Growing
Harvest the flower clusters before they open, and continue to make regular harvests; the more you pick, the more side-shoots the plant will produce. Be sure to pick a variety bred for its prowess at overwintering.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
How to Calculate Net Primary Productivity
The rate of respiration is therefore 8 - 5, or 3 mg per liter per hour.Calculate the rate of photosynthesis by comparing the amount of oxygen in the two bottles at the end of the experiment.
California
Santa Monica
UF Hack: Citrus-Bag Row Cover
Upcycle a netted bag to keep cabbage loopers from decimating your broccoli crop. About the Author: Elizabeth Troutman Adams is a public-relations specialist and freelance writer based in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Blueberry Plant Protection: How To Protect Blueberry Plants From Birds
Cannons, gunfire, firecrackers, taped noises, radios, you name it, have all been tried. Read on to find out several ways to protect blueberries from birds.Blueberry plant protection may involve more than one tactic.
Ohio
Willoughby
Olive Harvest
Some people spread the nets and then just let the olives fall naturally, skimming off the collected olives two or three times during the long harvest. I'm also having a hard time finding a source for some new gallon-sized, wide-mouth glass jars, which...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Soapworts - the Genus Saponaria
Read on to see which might be suitable for your garden. While they are also mostly pink-flowered, they have the added bonus of fragrant flowers. In this article I will introduce you to their other close cousin, the soapworts.
California
El Segundo
How to Know When a Cantaloupe Is Ripe Enough to Pick From the Vine
Inspecting cantaloupes for specific characteristics determines their maturity stage and informs gardeners about when the cantaloupes are precisely ripe enough to pick.Ripe cantaloupes are often mixed into fresh fruit salads.Examine the cantaloupe's rind,...
California
Santa Monica
How Bats Are Valuable To Farms
When UCLA researcher Devaugn Fraser asked him if she could study the bats on his farm, Anderson spoke to her about his theory. It turned out he was right; Fraser found moths in the bats' excrement, The Guardian reports.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Cause Roses: Plant A Rosebush, Support A Cause
If you buy one of the rosebushes listed in the program, a percentage of the money goes to help a specified cause. Have you ever heard of the Roses for a Cause program? (More than $516,200 donated to date.)These rosebushes not only support the causes noted...
Ohio
Willoughby
4 Must-See Washington Gardens
One of the horticulturists working there told me that the plant that draws the most interest from visitors is a member of the milkweed family known as hairy balls ( Asclepias physocarpa ) due to its puffed, round, spiny seed heads.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Plants and poisons, beware of what grows in your gardens!
I hope this article did not terrify you but a warned gardener is worth two, avoid tasting what you do not know. What about a little seed brunch with me now? Sure you don't want? The plant kingdom does offer a great many delicious tastes but some can prove...
California
El Segundo
4 Ways To Feed Hay & Reduce Waste
Depending on your climate and property, it may even be a pricey piece of your livestock budget all year long. If you are using one, tie it high and tight enough that the horse cannot yank it down and is unlikely to reach it with its hooves.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
The Beginning Farmer\'s Guide to Berries
Strawberries Strawberries are the darlings of the berry world and for good reason. Harvest them when the papery husk begins to turn light brown and folds back to reveal the ripened fruits.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
A large and colorful family, the Acanthaceae
As you now are aware of, this botanical family hosts some very different plants and though some may already be familiar with the keen gardener we will undoubtedly get acquainted later with some lesser known species.
California
El Segundo
A Resolution to Keep On Gardening—Only Better This Time
Delicious! I roast it; crush it up raw with garlic, olive oil, lemon and Parmesan for salad; make kale chips … but we had to curtail our kale intake to avoid wiping out the whole crop.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
8 Must-See Ag Exhibits At The Smithsonian
Butterfly Habitat Garden, Smithsonian Gardens Sara Eguren/Flickr The plants featured in this garden were all selected because they were deemed significant in the life cycle of butterflies native to the United States.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Birds Eating My Flowers: Why Do Birds Eat Flower Buds
Twinkling outdoor lights may deter birds, too. Read more to learn why birds eat flower buds and tips on flower bud protection from birds.Certain flower buds provide birds with nutrition in early spring when their preferred fruit and seeds are not available.
Ohio
Willoughby
This season\'s fruit ; Artocarpus heterophyllus, The Juicy Giant Jackfruit.
For those with a rather curious instinct we will go beyond the first olfactory impression and have a taste. An exceptionally sweet variety is locally known as ‘jaque miel' which means ‘honey jack', guess why.Besides its amazing prodigality as fruit...
California
El Segundo
Once-a-Day Milk Cows
For example, when our own Jersey cow , Rosie, freshened, she was giving more than 5 gallons a day while having the calf with her around the clock. When we weaned that calf, we discovered that Rosie was still giving nearly 3 gallons of milk a day, so we...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Lessons From Hurricane Harvey: Prepare To Protect Your Goats In Flooding
Do not wait too long. It pooled in low lying areas and formed rivers in others. You'll need to add more each day of a weather event to keep your goats dry and comfortable. We then dug shallow trenches outside the barn so water would move around it rather...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
How to Grow Large Mung Bean Sprouts
Secure the netting with the rubber bands.Allow the seeds to soak for eight to 12 hours or simply let them sit overnight. Cover the jars with the pieces of netting. They generally produce sprouts at the peak of their nutritional value in as little as three...
California
Santa Monica