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Butter Daisy, a Low Maintenance Annual
Students who finished their work early were allowed to weed and water the plants. The following spring, the sixth graders noticed tiny seedlings springing up in the planter. Growing a bit taller is ‘Showstar', reaching 14 to 24 inches tall.
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El Segundo
Dave\'s Garden Book Review: Tough Plants for Southern Gardens
It stands to reason if they can be attractive in these commercial environments, they will thrive in a home environment, cared for by a gardener.These plants are for the gardener who wants to sit back every now and then and enjoy their handiwork.
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El Segundo
Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: Coleus
Some varieties can tolerate more sun and there are actually ‘sun coleus' that thrive in brighter conditions. These colorful plants also pair well with caladiums, ferns and begonias.
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El Segundo
Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: Caladiums
Plant a number of tubers in each pot to make for a fuller show. Without a little guidance from seasoned veterans, they often choose seeds and plants that are more challenging than their budding skills can handle.
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El Segundo
Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: The Alba Rose
It is a fully double rose, having more petals than some of the others. The ground drains well and water never stands when it rains. The cardinals that frequent my birdfeeders in the winter find them especially tasty, so the alba is a good choice for a...
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El Segundo
Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: Zinnias
They aren't going to work in a xeriscape garden, but will survive more new gardener neglect than ferns or petunias. New gardeners can plant them with confidence that they will grow and bloom reliably and fast.
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El Segundo
Plant Profiles For New Gardeners: Sempervirens tectorum, Hens and Chicks
They are generally very inexpensive and often a friend or neighbor will simply hand you a few 'chicks' if asked. This little succulent is native to the dry slopes of southern European mountain ranges like the Alps and has been a familiar house-hold plant...
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El Segundo
Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: Daylilies
You don't want them having to struggle in 100+ degrees or below freezing temperatures until they've had a chance to develop a good root system. Let them dry inside for about a week and store them in the refrigerator.Seeds germinate best when they've had...
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El Segundo
How to Keep Tulips from Falling Over
If you use this technique you will never have a fallen tulip again.
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Santa Monica
How to Keep a Rubber Tree Plant Outside
It is a member of the fig family and relative of the Indian banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis). Wherever your plant lives, keep the soil moist and allow it to go almost dry before watering.
California
Santa Monica
When to Plant Tomatoes in Missouri
Heirloom varieties, those that have been cultivated for more than 50 years, have an old-fashioned taste, but typically take longer to mature -- often needing more than 80 days to flower, fruit and ripen.Newer, hybrid varieties have been developed over...
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Santa Monica
How to Preserve Plumeria Flowers
After being picked, delicate plumeria flowers can be preserved for up to 24 hours by soaking them in water, or for up 48 hours by refrigerating them.Pick the plumeria flowers close to the bottom of the stem where they join the tree so as not to crush...
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Santa Monica
How to Make a Homemade Rat Trap
Peanut butter attracts rats and mice to the location.Place the bottle in an area where rat infestation has occurred. Homemade mousetraps can cut down on costs, while leaving the gory scenes to a minimum.Rats menace your house, destroying everything in...
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Santa Monica
How to Make Sour Grapes Sweet
You can use any color grapes for this recipe.Whisk the egg whites of two eggs with 1/8 teaspoon of lemon juice in a glass bowl. Place them on a tray and freeze them for at least three hours.
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Santa Monica
Can You Use the Leaves of the Ginger Plant?
Their collective flavor is too pungent to have on their own, but they give couscous and tabbouleh a nice punch. Of freshly chopped ginger leaves in stews or soups. Keep them in the refrigerator until then or dry them in a dehydrator.Ginger leaves make...
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Santa Monica
How to Grow Mushrooms in Buckets
You can use coffee grounds, sawdust, straw or a mixture of the items to form the media.Open the bag of mushroom spawn. The mushrooms will grow out of these holes. This takes approximately three to four weeks.
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Santa Monica
How to Plant a \
Do this after you hang it so you will not be lifting the extra weight of the water too. If you are thinking about buying or have already purchased a "Topsy Turvy" planting system you will need to figure out where to hang it and choose which tomato variety...
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Santa Monica
How to Make Your Real Roses Last Forever
Luckily, with a bit of time and knowhow, your roses can be preserved. Silica gel is a drying agent that will extract the moisture from the blooms while leaving their shapes and colors intact.Gather roses that are similar in size.
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Santa Monica
What Are the Functions of Urea?
It is best moved with a conveyor belt.Due to its water solubility, urea is used in many things such as plastic, household cleaners, animal feed and medicine. It is the body's breakdown of proteins and ammonia.
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Santa Monica
The Potato: The World\'s Most Versatile Food
Prior to GPS, growers would steer their tractors by sight. Potato starch is combined with other nutrients and ingredients such as rice and vitamins, to form a very nutritious food supplement to feed the hungry.Because of its light weight, one million...
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El Segundo
How to Freeze Black-Eyed Peas or Cowpeas
Whether you have an abundance of fresh green cowpeas from the garden or leftovers from a dinner featuring cooked dry black-eyed peas, preserve them in the freezer for a quick start to a nutritious meal in the future.Freeze black-eyed peas to preserve...
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Santa Monica
How to Ripen Butternut Squash
Squash must have sunlight in order to ripen. Instead, try ripening the butternut squash in your home.Cut the unripened butternut squash from the vine. When this happens, many people just toss the unripened squash.
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Santa Monica
How to Make a Homemade CO2 Generator
You can make your own CO2 generator with yeast and a sugar solution. Carbon dioxide gas -- CO2 -- can be used for enriching the growing conditions for plants. It may take up to three days, but the yeast should start producing CO2 to feed the plants..
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Santa Monica
How to Freeze Peaches With a Vacuum Sealer
Cool the syrup to room temperature.Fill the vacuum bags half way with peaches. The airtight bag locks in the flavor while keeping freezer odors out. Peel the skin off, remove the pits and slice enough peaches to yield one qt.
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Santa Monica
Are Coffee Grounds Good for Blueberry Plants?
Unlike many fruit-bearing trees growing in the United States, blueberries offer the home gardener a chance to cultivate these delectable berries in small backyards as long as the proper conditions exist.
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Santa Monica
How to Tell if It\'s a Morel Mushroom
False morels have a smooth, irregular shaped, wavy cap somewhat resembling brain matter. Because of their preference for growing in moist, but not wet areas, morel mushrooms grow predominantly in the wild in shaded areas of south facing slopes.
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Santa Monica
Can You Ripen Cherries After They\'re Picked?
Climacteric fruit continue to ripen after they are harvested. Some fruit are sometimes considered ethylene-sensitive because exposure to ethylene speeds up the ripening process, but cherries are not one of them.Cherries are nonclimacteric fruits because...
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Santa Monica
Why Are the Blackberries I Grow Bitter?
They need about 1 to 2 inches of water a week between May and October. If your berries still look shiny, wait until they are dull and a little softer before picking. Learn how to prevent this and even what to do if you have a basket full of sour blackberries.Don't...
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Santa Monica
How to Plant Seeds in Cups
Use a marker to write the date and the type of seed planted on the outside of each cup.Keep the cup in a warm place out of direct sunlight. You can also experiment by choosing different types of seeds, and planting each kind in its own cup.Choose a medium...
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Santa Monica