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A Fruit-Tree Pruning Primer
In order to avoid damage from the cold, dormant pruning is best done at winter's end, just prior to sap returning to the branches. When lateral branches are headed into one-year-old wood, the area near the cut is invigorated.
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Philadelphia
What Are Stomata: Stoma Plant Pores And How They Work
When a stoma is open, it is filling with potassium followed by an influx of water. In fact, the name stomata comes from the Greek word for mouth. Stoma plant pores also provide a plant's version of an exhale where they release water molecules.
Ohio
Willoughby
Containers and Baskets - A Primer on Seasonal Color Design
In addition to site conditions, contemplate the type of gardener you are. Crucial is the depth and width for the types of plants you wish to use. They perform well in the growing season and bloom until cold temperatures arrive with little more than some...
California
El Segundo
Citrus - A Short Primer on How To Grow Them.
They are best known for their wonderful fruits but these stunning plants are great looking. Citrus trees grow in a lot of different soils but will not stand for salty spray or for poor draining soils.
California
El Segundo
Getting Attached To Your Equipment: A Primer On Tractor Attachments
Backhoe I've heard some farmers say that you don't know how much work a backhoe can do until you have one. Looking at the front-end-mounted products on the market—mechanically as well as hydraulically operated—can leave you staring into the face of...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Soil Porosity Information – Learn What Makes Soil Porous
Click here for soil porosity information.Soil porosity, or soil pore space, are the small voids between particles of soil. So what makes soil porous? These more sizeable voids can increase the rate at which water and nutrients permeate the soil.While...
Ohio
Willoughby
Different Types of Soil Water
However, as the soil dries out, the pore size increases and gravity starts to turn capillary water into gravitational water and it moves down.Capillary water is the main water that is available to plants as it is trapped in the soil solution right next...
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Santa Monica
DIY Homesteader Busy Bags
But the moment my fingers hit the dirt, the joy is gone and chaos takes its place. I use plastic zipper-topped bags to keep the kits together. As we prepare for spring by poring over seed catalogs and planting diagrams, we also need to prepare for the...
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Philadelphia
What Do Plants Release Into the Air?
The amount of CO2 they release, however, is much less than the amount of CO2 they consume through photosynthesis. Plants respire through microscopic pores in the underside of their leaves; these pores are called stomata.
California
Santa Monica
Why Do Water Plants Have Stomata on Upper Part of Their Leaves?
According to biologists at Colby College the leaf of the water lily has about 460 stomata per square millimeter on the upper surface of their leaves while many other plants, like the garden lily, have none at all.Stomata are useful to drought-threatened...
California
Santa Monica
Unusual and Bizarre Plants - The Whisk Ferns
This is no problem for these plants, as they have no roots. They even have little pores, called stomata, on them just as familiar leaves do. I have a nice group of them growing among the tightly packed roots at the base of a large Royal Palm.
California
El Segundo
How to Identify Palm Tree Seeds
Many will be tangled up in clumps of seaweed and other debris, and some will still be encased in their seed coats. Maripa palms, which are quite rare, have a seed that looks like a spindle, about 2 inches long.
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Santa Monica
How Does the Coconut Palm Reproduce?
These flowers bloom at the end or the base of the branchlets. Coconut palms thrive in well-drained soils with a pH of 5.0 to 8.0 and in an area where they receive full sunlight. The coconut should be placed on its side and planted 18 to 30 feet apart...
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Santa Monica
Compost confessions: How low can I go?
Except that, once I sank a shovel into it, I discovered that it was still a pretty coarse pile, which is understandable given that I threw everything from branches to to magazines into it, then paid no attention to such factors as temperature, moisture...
California
El Segundo
Unusual and Bizarre Plants - Welwitschia mirabilis
Meanwhile, a tap root grows downward. They do provide some shade for the base of the plant, which provides a small respite from the scorching heat of day.If you want to try your hand at growing one of these beauties, here's one place that has them for...
California
El Segundo
3 Sweet Herbs Sweeter Than Sugar
While moderation is clearly the best policy when it comes to all kinds of sweets, there are also some sweet herbs whose flavor can be enjoyed in place of refined sugar. In colder zones, they can be grown under heavy mulch cover or over-wintered in pot...
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Philadelphia
Method of Gas Exchange in a Fungus
Soil is made of many different substances, include particles of minerals, water, roots and organisms like fungi. They manage this through the natural pores in soil. The fungus absorbs nutrients from the tree and passes them onto the parasite growth, taking...
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Santa Monica
Raising Butterflies - Member Methods
These (sometimes not so) cute critters happily gobble host plants until they are ready to transform into a butterfly. This generally calls for some sort of easily cleaned liner to catch all the frass.A final method of containing caterpillars is to enclose...
California
El Segundo
How No-Till Farming Will Help You Save Water
Furthermore, the weight of tilling machines compacts those particles, making soil pores even smaller and, therefore, less able to receive and hold water. Also, decomposition of crop residues is slower in clay, which means building up soil structure through...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
A podium for potassium
If the potassium deficiency is really bad, the leaves will become lace-like, then die and fall off. Thus a potassium deficiency shows up in the leaves first, notably in the older leaves.
California
El Segundo
How Well Will Your Farm Products Do At Market?
Did a volume discount pricing strategy for your gift jellies allow you to profit more by selling a greater volume than if you sold them all one at a time at full price? Besides reaching out directly for feedback, you can also explore incidental sources...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
How to Remove a Wax Topping From Bamboo
Carefully wipe the blade on a handsaw or pruning shears with the alcohol-soaked towel.Cut into the bamboo stalk below the wax topping and 1 inch above the nearest growth ring. Hold the stalk steady with one hand and use the sanitized cutting tool with...
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Santa Monica
Soaker Hose Irrigation: How To Use Soaker Hoses In The Lawn And Garden
Soaker hose irrigation keeps the soil moist but never waterlogged, and the foliage remains dry. No precious water is wasted by evaporation, and water is delivered directly to the roots.
Ohio
Willoughby
Are Hibiscus Dicots or Monocots?
Monocot pollen grains usually have just one pore or furrow. Monocotyledons, or monocots, have one seed leaf; dicotyledons, or dicots, have two.Hibiscus is a dicot. Dicot flower parts, such as petals and stamens, are produced in multiples of fours and...
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Santa Monica
How to Identify Tree Fungus
Xylaria polymorpha, and Ustulina deusta produce annual and perennial fruit that is blackish, whitish or gray with a crusty texture. Fungus growth can be slowed with the application of a proper fungicide.
California
Santa Monica
Should Humans Eat Seeds? We\'re Not Birds, After All!
"Challenge accepted," I responded, as I love to eat a variety of seeds, and I didn't have a ready answer for her. Tree nuts are the one-seeded, hard-shelled fruit of some plants with an indehiscent seed (dry, not juicy), such as an acorn or hazelnut.,...
California
El Segundo
Molasses As Fertilizer: Information On Feeding Plants With Molasses
Consider feeding plants with molasses. Molasses plant fertilizer is a great way to grow healthy plants and as an added benefit, using molasses in gardens can help fend off pests. Using molasses as fertilizer provides plants with a quick source of energy...
Ohio
Willoughby
Why Do Desert Plants Need Long Roots?
When these pores open, the plant looses water through evaporation. Without these long roots, these desert plants could not stay alive, nor could the wildlife that depends on them for food, drink and shade.Plants in the desert have long roots to gather...
California
Santa Monica
Jade Plants: Shade or Outside Sun?
Treat mealy bugs by rubbing the affected areas gently with alcohol. They make popular houseplants because they are hardy and do not require much watering. According to the University of Arkansas, it is important not to the restrict growth of jade plants...
California
Santa Monica