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Home Remedies for the Garden « Central Coast Gardening. Whatever you’re paying for high-priced garden solutions, it is far too much!

Home Remedies for the Garden « Central Coast Gardening

Many concoctions can be made with ingredients you have in your pantry. Here are a few recipes I’ve found to be effective and can be made at home by any frugal gardener. ROSE SPRAY-helps prevent diseases such as rust, blackspot, and powdery mildew. Mix together: 1-tablespoon baking soda1-teaspoon mild dishwashing detergent1-tablespoon vegetable oil1 dissolved aspirin. Natural Companions: The Garden Lover's Guide to Plant Combinations by Ken Druse.

Synopses & Reviews In Natural Companions, acclaimed garden writer Ken Druse presents recipes for perfect plant pairings using diverse species that look great together and bloom at the same time.

Natural Companions: The Garden Lover's Guide to Plant Combinations by Ken Druse

Organized by theme within seasons, topics include color, fragrance, foliage, grasses, edible flowers and much more, all presented in photographs of gardens that show planted combinations from a wide variety of climates and conditions. Natural Companions also features more than one hundred special botanical images of amazing depth and color created in collaboration with artist Ellen Hoverkamp using modern digital technology. A community database of wild foods. Herbs - Medicinal, Culinary, Aromatic - Plants & Seeds. How to grow watercress at home.   How to Grow Watercress. Posted on 29 May 2011 by Mindy McIntosh-Shetter Watercress is an herb that my daughter and I became very familiar with when she was younger.

  How to Grow Watercress

We always welcomed spring with a tea party that included our Sunday best clothes, dishes, and food. By Kathee Mierzejewski When you are planning your garden, you might want to include planting parsnips among your carrots and other root vegetables.

Parsnips (Pastinaca sativa) are related to the carrot, which is another root vegetable. The top of the parsnip resembles broadleaf parsley. Parsnips will grow to three feet tall and their roots can get as long as 20 inches. So now you might ask, “How do I grow parsnips?” How to Grow Parsnips. Onions. Onion is a bulbous perennial or biennial herb believed to be native to western Asia.


Numerous varieties are cultivated worldwide. Onion bulb has been used as a food for thousands of years. It has also been used medicinally. Its actions were considered to be comparable to those of garlic, though milder. Adapted from Pub.

NE 208 published by the Cooperative Extension Services of the Northeast States History of Herbs. How to Build A Water Garden or Fish Pond. Poisonous Plants in the Home. Have no fear of growing plants in your home; most are perfectly safe.

Poisonous Plants in the Home

But if you have inquisitive children and pets who may want to chew or crush plants, there are a few varieties to avoid: the handful of plants that can cause allergic skin irritations, stomach upsets, or worse. Some plants are more toxic than others. The good news is that most must be consumed in large quantities to cause any real damage. Health Benefits Of Honey. National Arboretum - USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Back to the Arboretum Home Page Arboretum Information || Events & Education || Gardens & Horticulture || Research ActivitiesNew Plant Introductions || Support the Arboretum || Comments Last Updated January 24, 2012 10:50 PM URL =

National Arboretum - USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

Indoor and container gardening. Eartheasy Blog - StumbleUpon. It took over 20 years of gardening to realize that I didn’t have to work so hard to achieve a fruitful harvest.

Eartheasy Blog - StumbleUpon

As the limitless energy of my youth gradually gave way to the physical realities of mid-life, the slow accretion of experience eventually led to an awareness that less work can result in greater crop yields. Build a Backyard Waterfall and Stream. Step 1: Overview 1 of 1 Completed stream.

Build a Backyard Waterfall and Stream

Nice Home Garden Patio & Wood Path Design Idea.

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Make Your Own Pop Bottle Drip Irrigation System. The last time I forgot to water my outdoor potted plants and discovered them completely wilted and hanging on the cusp of near death, I decided it was time to take action. Some of the plants on my deck receive a full, searing sun all day long during the hottest mid summer days. While these plants thrive under such conditions if properly taken care of, they will die quickly if they don’t receive enough water. Free Food in Your Yard: Edible Weeds! Popular in Food & Drink Next time you're about to yank an offending plant from your immaculate garden of perennials, think twice: you just might be looking at dinner. Free dinner. Oh, I know what you're thinking: damn hippies! Always eating anything and everything that grows under the sun. 10 homemade weed killers. By Jeff Yeager of The Daily Green © Martin Ruegner/Getty Images more from The Daily Green The battle lines of summer gardening have been drawn.

On one side are dandelions, crab grass, sorrel, clover, dock, nettles, poison ivy and an endless variety of other lawn and garden weeds. Organic Gardening Information. Organic Gardening, Modern Homesteading, Renewable Energy, Green Homes, DIY Projects – MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Living lightly from the ground up. Backyard Farmers: 25 Websites You Should Be Reading.

Composting. 75 Things You Can Compost, But Thought You Couldn't - Planet Green. Soil. Soil is often viewed as the boring part of gardening. While garden soil will never be glamorous or even as interesting as choosing plants, there is a whole world under our Wellingtons that literally and figuratively is the foundation for our gardens. New gardeners are cautioned to put money and effort into improving their soil before they even consider planting, but few appreciate the wisdom in what they are hearing until they watch their new plants struggling for survival and demanding more and more food and water. In organic gardening, you learn to feed the soil and let the soil feed the plants.

The soil found in a typical yard will be about 90% mineral residue and only about 10% decayed organic matter. Yet it sustains a community of insects and microorganisms. Pesticides sprayed on the plants will make its way into the soil and can kill the insects and microorganisms living there. What is Healthy Soil? Why I Use Epsom Salt in the Garden. Tips and Advice on Outdoor Gardening, Flower Gardens, Plants, & Seeds - Dave's Garden.

Maximize Savings in a Small Garden by Selecting Profitable Plants. Heirloom Organic Seeds. Seeds of Change Homepage. Non-Hybrid Vegetable Fruit Grain Herb Seeds. Welcome to Victory Seeds - Rare, Open-pollinated & Heirloom Garden Seeds. 15 Homemade Organic Pesticides. How to Grow The Top 10 Most Nutritious Vegetables in Your Garden. By Colleen Vanderlinden Treehugger A perfectly ripe, juicy tomato, still warm from the sun. Companion Planting. Companion Planting - Secrets of Organic Gardening.