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Me and My Mantis: Adding a Mini-Tiller to Your Garden Shed
For "serious" tilling and amending of new garden areas, we called on "Digger Dick" and his tractor.But after Dick had tilled my beds for several years, the soil was looking pretty good.
California
El Segundo
Sago \'Palm\' care and cultivation
As mentioned above, the Sago Palm is a cycad, not a palm.Palms are flowering plants and trees, usually native to the tropics, and are completely unrelated to cycads despite their somewhat similar appearance.Cycads are an ancient plant form, evolved many...
California
El Segundo
Cultivating Connections
While doing everything from putting up food for the winter to nursing babies, these informal networks of rural women supported one another in crafting healthy, vibrant farm livelihoods for generations.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Bilberry Plant Information: Learn About Bilberry Cultivation And Care
If you are going to try bilberry growing in warm climates, protect the shrubs from too much heat.You'll do best to buy container raised bilberry seedlings. Read on for bilberry plant information as well as data on bilberry benefits.) is also called whortleberry,...
Ohio
Willoughby
What Is Lewisia: Information On Lewisia Care And Cultivation
Simply divide them from the parent plant and pot them up to grow a good taproot and fleshy feeder roots.You can also learn how to grow Lewisia from seed. Provided you don't give it too much water and it doesn't freeze too deeply in winter, this garden...
Ohio
Willoughby
What Are Sugar Beets: Sugar Beet Uses And Cultivation
Most sugar beet cultivation occurs in the European Union, the United States and Russia. Sugar consumption per nation is somewhat cultural but it appears to directly correlate with the relative wealth of the nation.
Ohio
Willoughby
Osmanthus Bush Uses: Fragrant Tea Olive Cultivation And Care
Common names include tea olive, although it isn't a member of the olive family, and false holly for its spiny,Osmanthus bush uses revolve around the shrub's scent. The evergreen foliage is dark and leathery with toothed edges.
Ohio
Willoughby
Homemade Reduced Sugar Grape Jelly
With the help of their suggestions the reduced sugar version gelled successfully and tasted plenty sweet.This recipe cuts the sugar of my original jelly recipe in half. Fill sterilized jelly jars leaving 1/4-inch headspace at the top9.
California
El Segundo
Beginner\'s Guide to Making Jam or Jelly
It will always vary.pe is designed for beginners, using a one-to-one ratio for the measurement of juice and sugar, based on the amount of juice extracted from the fruit. Last season, in our first attempt at jelly making, my husband and I used over seven...
California
El Segundo
Tried and True... or Tried and False - Weather Sayings
When this happens, it will be very hot for three more days. Ranchers would want to know if they should enter that box canyon or if those clouds were a sign of a possible flash flood.
California
El Segundo
Let your plants help your home be hurricane safe!
Read on to see how. Some do survive, and that knowledge can be used to craft a landscape plan that provides real protection to your home while giving you an attractive planting. You can employ specific plants and trees to help with the first three.
California
El Segundo
Invasive Succulents in My Yard
In awareness of National Invasive Species Week earlier this month, I thought I would discuss some species I have personal experience with that most don't normally think of as invasive, but certainly are in my garden.
California
El Segundo
Edible Palms: Date Palms
Though all these will produce dates if pollinated, they would not be of edible quality due to excessive humidity and not enough heatDate palms in Coachella Valley- these are all edible date producersDates are a staple of many Middle Eastern diets and...
California
El Segundo
Chaste Tree Info: Tips On Chaste Tree Cultivation And Care
Chaste tree garden care is easy, but there are a few care essentials you need to know to get the most from this outstanding plant.The chaste tree is a native of China, but it has a long history in the U.S. It was first cultivated in 1670, and since that...
Ohio
Willoughby
Building A Formal Rose Garden Part 1
Double and triple dig everything into the soil, then dig it again. It can be done given the time and space. The four arbors and the fountain will be stunning when you get them all in place.
California
El Segundo
Winged Bean Cultivation: What Are Winged Beans And Their Benefits
The Asian winged bean seeds are difficult to germinate and must be scarified first orprior to planting. Plant the seeds 1 inch deep, 2 feet apart in rows that are 4 feet apart. You can trellis the vines or not, but trellised vines produce more legumes.
Ohio
Willoughby
Cultivating the Farmers\' Market
These markets bypass the middleman and allow farmers to: sell produce at retail prices receive payment at the time of sale open up opportunities to enhance a community's economy increase nutritional and environmental awareness Consumers also benefit from...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Oxalis- the most evil weed of succulent and cactus cultivation
The article offers few solutions, but at least discusses some of ones options including personal experiences and failures. There are many species of Oxalis and some are even ones I have acquired on purpose- those are ones I don't consider 'weeds' and...
California
El Segundo
Survivors! Trees and plants that will remain after the storm passes
For this reason, the plants and trees you choose as the foundation of your landscape plan should be those that can weather most storms. When the winds stop howling and you can venture outside, what will you see?
California
El Segundo
The Color Yellow in Gardening and Folklore
Yellow birds includingYellow in the garden does not even have to be limited to living things. The five elements, the seasons, and the directions all are represented by colors. Yellow flowers give the illusion of coming forward and can make a large space...
California
El Segundo
Jack Frost
As a gardener, I dread the day that he makes his first appearance. When I was a little girl, I loved the idea of Jack Frost. As an adult, my opinion of Jack Frost has dimmed a little.
California
El Segundo
What Are Horsebeans – A Guide To Horsebean Uses And Cultivation
Broad bean is the umbrella under which several subspecies, including horsebean, can be found. They are a cool season annual that bears large, thick pods. If your curiosity is piqued, read on to find out how to grow horsebeans and various horsebean uses.,...
Ohio
Willoughby
The Color White in Folklore and in the Garden
A white fence, whether wood picket or wrought iron, is always cheerful.Consider some white for your garden. In reality, white is everything, or at least every color. In the western world, the 'good guys; wear white hats and 'white knights' come to the...
California
El Segundo
Woody Plants for Acidic Soils
Deciduous shrubs may simply need to be tired together in winter to prevent snow from splaying the plants.Alternatively, you can select the toughest plants for your region and avoid all this winter fuss but if you are like me, you like to push the limits,...
California
El Segundo
Broom: The Controversy
It kept the floor and the porch of my playhouse fairly neat, and I was very careful since I was the only head of the household of my playhouse. It seems that an early count somewhere in Europe adopted it as a badge and fixed it to his helmet, perhaps...
California
El Segundo
The Color Blue in Folklore and in the Garden
Just about any use of blue in these situations is calming and clean feeling.Blue window frames, doors, and gates have been used for centuries. There are also bluish junipers and bluish palms.
California
El Segundo
The Encephalartos Species: THE collector genus of cycad
The following article is an introduction to most of the species one might encounter in their pursuit of learning and collecting these rare and beautiful plants. But all the cycad genera Encephalartos are easily the most popular and sought after (hence,...
California
El Segundo
Dave\'s Garden Book Review: Blue Ribbon Preserves by Linda J. Amendt
There are also recipes for Crunchy Dill Pickles, Onion Relish and Basil Vinegar. She goes into detail about every step and a glossary of canning terms is included for the newbie. She adds her special touch to every recipe, with tips to make every one...
California
El Segundo
Amelanchier - Spring-flowering Shrubs for Multiple Uses
Amelanchiers are a group of large shrubs and small trees that are quite versatile in the landscape. Ornamental flowers, excellent fall colour, edible fruitread on to learn more about this group of woody plants!
California
El Segundo