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She sees first-hand that they're as beautiful as they are practical, and describes some of them as an edible quilt, created by a patchwork of astoundingly attractive textures and patterns.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
How to Grow Watermelons
Slower maturing melons produce less sugar. Melons harvested at an immature stage may develop a much redder color after harvest, but the sugar level will never rise after harvest. Photo by Rick Gush My wife and I go on an almost daily watermelon -eating...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Blacktop to Greentop
Courtesy iStockphoto/Thinkstock Growing gardens in parking lots or other urban areas is not a new concept, but Joe Kovach, a horticulturist at Ohio State University, is studying ways to make it more productive.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
How to Start Vertical Gardening
If you've ever longed for a lush garden full of vegetables but have put that dream aside because you live on a 1/4-acre lot or in a high-rise condo, you might be surprised to know that your high hopes really can blossom.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
UF Hack: Nitrogen Nurses
When it comes time to plant again, you can compost the biomass from the cover crop directly into the soil, making a moisture retentive mulch and adding further nutrients. This knowledge usually stems from hearing about planting clover to rejuvenate the...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Protect Your Garden From Car Emissions
While vehicle emissions themselves may have some impact on plant growth rates and plant viability, they tend not be a major issue for most growers. I'm looking into starting an inner-city garden on a property that's currently open to traffic on all four...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
What Should I Do If My Blue Hydrangea Has Turned Green?
This occurs due to a variety of conditions.Hydrangeas can turn green due to a number of factors.According to HydrangeasHydrangeas, the flowers will naturally turn greenish as they age.
California
Santa Monica
How to Build a Raised Bed
We used a quirky power tool, a Black & Decker Alligator, and it worked very well, but you could also do the job with a handsaw, circular saw or table saw. Although it might seem strange that you only fill one tube to get irrigation to the entire bed,...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
UF Hack: Strawberry Snail Garden
With June-bearing strawberries, the amount of simultaneous fruit can be overwhelming, necessitating a bout of canning, preserving and freezing in order to avoid wasting the excess.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Need a Sugar Fix? Grow These 7 Small-Space Fruits
Ever-bearing selections are perfect for families looking to have berries at hand every day. Raspberries Raspberries are best for gardeners with some extra room to fill. Although you can expand your fruit options by growing dwarf-sized tree fruits, such...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
How to Grow a Guava Tree From Seed
Place trees at least 33 feet apart for full production, but you can plant them as close as 16 feet, although they will produce less fruit. Plant seeds 1 to 1 1/2 inches apart and 1/4-inch deep.
California
Santa Monica
UF Hack: An Exotic Melon Perfect For Winter Storage
This winter staple is popular in soups, stews, and curries in a number of Asian countries, from the Vietnamese soup canh bi dao , to a coconut-flavored kumbalanga curry in India, to a Chinese pork and barley stew .
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
8 Tips for Selecting This Year\'s Seeds
It pays to estimate how many seeds you will use and compare choices based on the cost per seed. Compare Carefully Many companies carry similar varieties of the same vegetable. Depending on the seed quality, weather and your care, some varieties will outperform...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
UF Hack: Citrus-Bag Row Cover
In addition to acting as pesticide-free caterpillar and worm protection, the cover can prevent the spread of plant disease and provided a bit of shade for heat-susceptible plants during the hot summer months.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Putting Roses in the Fridge
Cut rose stems under the water to eliminate air bubbles. Keep cut-rose bouquets looking fresh longer by storing cut roses at low temperatures, including in the fridge.Keep roses looking fresh and new by storing them in the refrigerator overnight.Cooler...
California
Santa Monica
4 Reasons to Start a Hay-Bale Garden
The decaying hay is perfect ready-made compost that can be mixed into your garden plot or landscape beds to enrich the existing soil with remnants of your bale garden. Bales will rarely last more than a single calendar year before the nutrient levels...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Composting With Less Labor
All organic materials from the garden leaves, grass, garden clippings — eventually decompose into the brown, earthy compost found on the forest floor. I've found a method that allows me to add kitchen scraps to the mix and gives me more compost with...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
3 Benefits Of Soil Testing For Urban And Suburban Growers
Most soils, however, contain appropriate levels of the trace nutrients, and deficiencies are less common than for the primary and secondary macronutrients. Soil testing is arguably the single most important step that a gardener or grower can perform to...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
4 Tips For Buying Quality Plant Starts
Watch Out For Pests Look for well-watered plant starts with evidence of new growth, but be sure to keep an eye out for pest problems. Buying plants at your big-box hardware store may certainly be cheaper than locally owned stores, but the supposed value...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
5 Edible Plants That Double As Ornamentals
In the spring the trees feature wonderful pink or white blossoms followed by colorful fruiting in the summer and bright orange foliage in the fall. Cherry Trees While fruit trees can be challenging to grow, cherry trees may be worth the effort.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Can You Burn Apple Wood in a Fireplace?
As with any firewood, apple wood needs to be fully seasoned before it can be safely and efficiently burned.Bring small amounts of firewood indoors as it's needed, to avoid insect infestations.According to the Cornell University Extension, apple is among...
California
Santa Monica
Cubanelle Peppers
Because the bed is at chest height, I can stick the hose under the leaf canopy of the plants and water just the soil areas. Friggetelli are also all larger than the small green peppers sold frequently in the United States, called pepperoncini, and more...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Dry-climate Growing
Improve the soil. Place containers strategically. It's a science and an art, but growing food in an arid climate is possible. Use gravity to your advantage by placing higher-water-demand plants at the base of a slope and lower-water-demand plants at the...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
UF Hack: Wattle Fences
Lynsey Grosfield As with most skills, practice makes perfect. My first wattle projects were positively rudimentary, but I find that as I work more with this technique, my results are more and more aesthetically pleasing.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Shelled Peas = Green Candy
Plant the peas in a prepared bed, about 2 inches apart in rows about 6 feet apart. Install a trellis of netting, fencing or even tall twigs between the rows. The trick is to not plant them too deep or too early.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Grow The Garden You\'ll Love
Every garden I plant brings me such absolute joy—turning the earth, planting the seeds and starts, caring for the young seedlings and watching them grow to maturity. By honing in on the crops you love, you'll be able to spread that joy for “playing...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Gardening with Chickens
Until I manage to overthrow the poison ivy, I've decided to garden around the chickens' dust bath—the flock's exclusive hangout. It's only temporary; I have no doubt they'll look for easier trouble elsewhere.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Coffee: More Than Your Average Cup O\' Joe
Many coffee shops (Starbucks, for example) have them bagged and ready to take. Coffee chaff is soft, smells great, is easy to scoop, and breaks down beautifully in the compost. Sand has proven to be an easy-to-clean method in the run, provides a great...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
How to Naturally Kill Bugs on Kale
Spray twice, five to seven days apart, and avoid spraying on a hot, sunny day. Remedy this by adding about 3 teaspoons of liquid soap per gallon of spray mixture to improve the liquid's adhesion.
California
Santa Monica