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Dave\'s Garden Book Review: Pine Needle Basketry
Gardeners love books, as the number of titles devoted to the subject attest. Baskets constructed from reeds, bark or grasses have been unearthed wherever there is evidence of civilization.
California
El Segundo
Heliconia Lobster Claw Plants: Heliconia Growing Conditions And Care
The thick bracts make excellent cut flowers with a long vase life.Leaves are glossy green, oval and paddle shaped. Keep the pot in shade and moderately moist until the first sprout.
Ohio
Willoughby
Making a Living Wreath
These provide an easy source of material, although you'll want to make sure there is some diversity.Though succulents are the preferred source of living wreath material, other plants that are groundcovers or low growing plants may also be used.
California
El Segundo
Fun Feature: Making Compost in the Self-contained Toter Composter
Air is an important part of composting and you should leave some space for it to circulate. It shouldn't be wet, but should have the consistency of a wrung out sponge. There's a couple of corn cobs in my mix too and they probably won't break completely...
California
El Segundo
Fun Feature: Making Compost in the Self-contained Toter Composter #2
Make sure your grass isn't tightly packed, as it will settle naturally and can become a mat that is difficult to move.I topped the composter off with some weeds and a little watermelon rind.
California
El Segundo
Fun Feature: Making Compost in the Self-contained Toter Composter #3
I should have stayed with the suggested proportions, but I wanted the ants to beat a retreat. Since the oldest material is on the bottom, it is the first to turn to black gold.If you need a large amount of compost, it is probably best if you maintain...
California
El Segundo
Using Lobster Shells In The Garden: Learn How To Compost Lobster Shells
When mixed with grass clippings or yarrow, decomposition time can be sped up.Lobster shells add calcium, phosphates and magnesium to compost piles. Named “Lobshot,” it was specifically created for golfers on cruise ships or boats, as it breaks down...
Ohio
Willoughby
How to Make Sauerkraut
The hotter the weather or the less salt used, the more quickly the sauerkraut will be ready. Simply skim off this “bloom,” which is not harmful because, according to Katz, it’s impossible for food-poisoning organisms to grow in the acidic environment...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
How to Make Hydrangeas Purple
Watch out for white cultivars and a few pink ones that do not change color no matter what you do to them.You'll see most bigleaf hydrangeas in "baby" colors -- blue or pink -- but careful adjustment of the soil can result in purple hues.
California
Santa Monica
How to Make Rosemary Potpourri
Do not remove more than 20 percent of the plant's bulk during clipping. Store any unused potpourri in a plastic bag. Its attractive growth habit and scent make it ideal for use in the home garden.
California
Santa Monica
How to Make Mandevilla Bloom
When bringing the plant indoors before the temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, use a pruning shears to remove at least the top 3 feet of the plant. Mandevilla vines grow 6 to 10 feet tall with trumpet-shaped red, pink, yellow or white flowers...
California
Santa Monica
How to Make a Terrarium
Don’t mix desert plants with moisture-loving tropicals.” (Find a list of recommended terrarium plants on the MU Extension website . If your moss is damp but slightly stiff, spritz with water for pliability.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
How to Make Chewing Tobacco
Pinch off smaller leaves to allow the big ones to grow. Tobacco is no more difficult to grow than any other standard garden plant like tomato or squash and can be a beautiful addition to your garden.
California
Santa Monica
How to Make Orchid Fertilizer
Filter out the grounds with cheesecloth. Place the ground up shells in a jar with water and allow them to soak for five days. Used coffee grounds into a 5-gallon bucket. Store any left over mixture in covered containers in a refrigerator
California
Santa Monica
How to Make Lilac Sachets
Harvest the lilacs for the project before they have begun to wilt, when the flowers are at their prime. These are typically small, decorative fabric pouches, filled with dried lilac blossoms.
California
Santa Monica
How to Make Blue Roses
Allow them to remain in the water for at least 24 hours for the best results. Make sure the vase is large enough to hold all of the blue roses you are creating. Add more food coloring for darker blue roses, and less food coloring for lighter blue roses.Use...
California
Santa Monica
Teach Kids to Make Candles
I like this exercise because it helps children to look around their rooms and homes for items that they would otherwise throw away or recycle and determine to put it to use instead.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
How To Make Herbal Sugars
The color will be more pronounced with herbs like rugosa rose and calendula. Put each herbed sugar into its own bowl and stir it around a bit more to make sure it’s well-blended.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
How to Make Homemade Paper
(The resulting paper might already be somewhat colored, depending on any ink already on the recycled paper; keep that in mind when experimenting with plant material for color.) Gather previously pressed dried flowers or leaves.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
How to Make Potash Fertilizer
Wood ashes contain approximately 8 percent potassium, notes the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, in addition to other trace elements such as calcium and magnesium.
California
Santa Monica
How to Make Orchids Rebloom
Others recommend trimming the flower spike to the base of the plant. Orchids also require higher humidity than most homes provide. Always sterilize your pruners before and after cutting the flower spike to prevent the spread of fungi or disease, using...
California
Santa Monica
How to Make Maple Syrup
Step 1: Boil the sap. Using two Dutch oven-sized pots, boiling down 10 gallons usually takes between five and seven hours, depending on the sugar content of the sap. As the sap reduces, simply add more, keeping track of how much sap you’ve boiled and...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
How to Make Beeswax Salve
Create a soothing balm for burns, sore muscles and dry skin by applying medicinal oils to beeswax. Most citrus-based essential oils are phototoxic. If you don’t like the consistency of your finished salve, you can remelt it and adjust the ratios of...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
How to Make Aerogarden Pods
This one package of weatherseal makes a lot of grow sponges.The stock AeroGarden nutrient tablets can be replaced by liquid nutrient solutions such as these liquid and powdered nutrients from the following third-party manufacturers (current as of February...
California
Santa Monica
How to Make Roses Open
Removing all foliage below the vase's water line prevents it from rotting and contaminating the water.One big difference between caring for florist roses and cut garden roses is that you decide when to take the latter.
California
Santa Monica
How To Make Flower Essences
They’re used to clear heat in the body and address such things as chronic sore throat, dry nose and wheezing. In the colder regions of the country, a little extra mulch will help it overwinter and give you blooms for years to come.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
How To Make Seed Tape
The entire seed tape is planted into the ground, right down the length of a row, and the seeds germinate as the paper breaks down. Keep adding seeds down the length of the toilet paper until the entire row is completed.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Tips On Making Microclimates – How To Make A Microclimate
The following are each an example of a microclimate:: Plant drought tolerant plants. Using just these two factors can show you how to make a microclimate work in your garden. A good example of a microclimate that is fairly large would be a valley where...
Ohio
Willoughby
How to Make Ginger Start to Grow Roots
Plant ginger in early spring.Allow the cut ends of ginger roots to dry so that the pieces don't rot after planting.Cut the piece of ginger root into 1-inch-long pieces, each having at least one "eye." The eyes are the structures similar to the eyes of...
California
Santa Monica