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What to Put on Hostas to Repel Bugs. The large, succulent leaves of the ornamental ground cover hosta (Hosta spp.) tempts all manner of small pests, aphids to beetles. The slug, another notorious hosta predator, may not technically be a bug, but is often classed with insects when it comes to plant-chompers. An integrated approach to managing small hosta pests should include repellents and barriers, so that they don't reach your ornamental plantings in the first place. Pepper Spray Aphids cause sooty mold, which shows on hostas as black streaks and spots. Herbal Tea Slugs and snails tear large holes in hosta foliage and even tear off entire leaves. Pyrethrum Spray Blister beetles are a particular pest of the hosta plant and create ragged holes in leaves when feeding.

Protective Covers You may feel that placing screening or fabric over your hosta plantings is not only a lot of work, but defeats the whole point of an ornamental planting. Additional Controls Photo Credits Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images. Four Slug Resistant Hostas for Your Home. Slug Holes in Hostas. Plants & Shrubs That Like Coffee Grounds. Using Rocks for Drainage in a Raised Bed. How to Privatize a Screened Porch. How to Plant in Coconut Fiber Hanging Baskets.

FLOWERS

10 Perennials Easily Grown from Seed. Home gardeners often assume that starting perennials from seed is more difficult than sowing annual flowers or vegetables, when, in fact, it is as easy to start a primrose as it was to germinate that bean in a cup back in grade school. Considering the many benefits of starting perennials from seed, it seems foolish not to do it. Seed is economical, and in short order, you can produce flats of plants that would cost hundreds of dollars to purchase retail, which is great if you have a large or new garden or are on a tight budget. Many plants must be grown from seed because they are otherwise unobtainable or difficult to propagate any other way, and seedlings often establish better than large plants.

I am more willing to experiment and less apt to rue plant losses when I know I have an inexpensive, ready source available. Abundant supply also means there are plants to spare and to share. The overwhelming majority of perennials grow just fine using my basic seed-starting method (below). The Best Ways to Propagate Lavender Plants. How to Propagate Roses Using Potatoes. Potatoes are not only delicious, but they are also very useful.

Potatoes provide just the right amount of nutrients and moisture to rose cuttings, allowing them to develop healthy roots. If you have a particular rose that you love and want a second or third for your landscape or want to give a great gift, consider propagating with a potato. This project is easy enough for the novice gardener and attractive to anyone who wants to save money on their garden budget. Although you can take rose cuttings any time of the year, you will have more success if you wait for cooler weather. Roses that are under patent cannot be legally propagated unless you pay a royalty to the patent holder. Cut an 8-inch tip piece of healthy rose bush at a 45-degree angle. Be sure to use clean pruning clippers.

Snip off dead flower heads and hips down to the first set of healthy leaves. Fill a medium-size flower pot with high-quality potting medium. Transplant into the garden after one week of hardening. Warning. How to Get Rid of Voles With Garlic & Soybean Oil. How to Keep Rainwater From Stagnating. How to Build a Rain Collection Setup. How to Add a Pump to a Rain Barrel. How to Hide Your Rain Barrel. How to Keep Rainwater From Stagnating. How to Daisy Chain Rain Barrels. Good Ideas for a Rain Barrel Soaker Hose. Good Ideas for a Rain Barrel Soaker Hose. Plants for Pond Filtration. Solar Distillation of Water. Many of us take clean drinking water for granted, because getting a glass of pure water is usually as simple as turning on the faucet. In developing countries or in survival situations, however, fresh, clean water is a luxury. Solar distillation is a means of converting contaminated or brackish water into potable water. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water; 2 million people die every year from diarrhea, many from unsafe water (see References 4).

History of Solar Distillation Solar distillation is an ancient way of purifying water and making saltwater potable; Aristotle described the process as early as the 4th century BC. The first modern, large-scale solar still, built in Chile in 1872, consisted of 64 basins that supplied up to 20,000 liters of water per day to a mining community in the area. The Solar Distillation Process The solar distillation process produces potable water much the way that nature produces rain. Can Water Collected in a Rain Barrel Be Purified to Drink? How to Attach an Overflow Pipe for a Rain Barrel.

Rain barrel overflow pipes allow you to increase the amount of rainwater you can collect. Approximately 1,000 gallons of water hits a 1,600-square-foot roof in just a 1-inch rainstorm, but a single rain barrel is only able to hold roughly 55 gallons depending on the barrel size. Overflow pipes connect several barrels in a chain to increase the water collection capacity. An overflow pipe is needed to divert overflow from the last barrel and away from the foundation; this is the same as connecting barrels, except there's no barrel on the other end of the pipe. Connecting Barrels Set the rain barrels you wish to connect up on platforms so gravity increases the water pressure and makes it easier for water to flow into the barrels.

Drill a minimum 1 1/2-inch-diameter hole in the side of the first barrel, as close to the top as possible, using a power drill with a hole saw bit attachment. Cut a 3-inch length of PVC pipe, using a PVC hacksaw. Overflow Diverter Things You Will Need Tip Warning. How to Water Hydrangeas. What Drip System to Use for Fruit Trees. How Do I Match Drip Emitters to Plants & Trees? How to Water Tomato Plants: Drip or Soaker. How to Irrigate Vegetable Gardens Using Flat Soaker Hoses. How to Lay a Soaker Hose. Plants develop deep, strong roots when they receive infrequent, deep water, but many home gardeners provide frequent, shallow water that leads to shallow-rooted, weak plants. Soaker hoses are perforated to allow water to seep through the hose, providing water to plants slowly without wasting water as a result of water runoff, evaporation or overspray, which are common problems with sprinkler systems. Soaker hoses work best for small garden plots located on level ground because water doesn't distribute evenly on sloped land.

Soaker hose spacing and layout depends on the type of soil and plants in your garden. Remove the end cap from the soaker hose, hook the hose up to the water faucet and run the water for a few minutes to flush out any debris. Stretch the hose straight when laying a soaker hose for crops and flowers planted in a straight line. Space rows of soaker hoses 12 to 18 inches apart when used on sandy soil or 18 to 24 inches apart for loam or clay soil. Things You Will Need Tip. How to Daisy Chain Rain Barrels. How to Edge Landscapes for Drainage. How to Redirect Water to Keep a Yard From Flooding After Rain. How to Make a Slope for Water Runoff Using Pavers.

How to Lay a Pebble Drain in a Backyard. How to Landscape a Water Slope. How to Landscape a Hill to Stop Soil Erosion. How to Build an Oval Flower Bed on a Slope With Landscape Bricks. Methods of Stopping Soil Erosion on a Sloped Lot. How to Landscape a Slope Between Neighbors Yards. How to Landscape a Slope Between Neighbors Yards. Rainwater Drainage Ideas for the Side of a House Next to a Fence. Rainwater Drainage Ideas for the Side of a House Next to a Fence.

How to Paint Plastic Rain Barrels. Plastic rain barrels may be useful and environmentally friendly for gardening, but they're also bulky and unsightly when stacked up around your home and garden. Make your rain barrels more attractive by painting them. Painting is not just for ornamental reasons, either-- it's a practical measure you can take to extend the life of your barrels. According to the University of Tennessee, a coat of paint can help protect your barrels from breaking down due to sun exposure. Wash an empty barrel, inside and outside, using an equal mixture of warm water and white distilled vinegar. Scrub it with a brush to get off all dirt and debris. Scuff up the outside of the barrel with a fine grit sand paper. Scrub the barrel with a clean brush and water to loosen and remove the dust from sanding. Prime the surface with a coating of primer designed for plastics. Spray the barrel with a plastic acrylic spray paint in the color of your choice.

Let your barrels dry. Things You Will Need Tips Warnings. How to Paint Plastic Rain Barrels. How to Paint Plastic Rain Barrels. How to Keep Mosquitoes out of Rain Barrels. How to Attach an Overflow Pipe for a Rain Barrel. Difference Between Garden Soil and Top Soil.

VEGETABLE GARDENING

What to Plant Near Asparagus. FRUIT TREES. Thank You. Chamomile Benches???? | urban75 forums. Amazon. Devon Dry Stone Walls - Dry Stone Waller in Wembury, Plymouth. Jasmine Plants: Fragrant Vines for the House and Garden - HorticultureHorticulture. Virtues: We love winter and sambac jasmines for the cheerful splendor their blooms bring during the winter season. Winter jasmine’s delicate, vibrant yellow flowers can create a spectacular display outdoors during the dull months of winter, while sambac jasmine’s stunning white flowers release bursts of alluring fragrance perfect for an enticing display inside your home. Common name: Winter jasmine (top photo) and sambac or Arabian jasmine (bottom) Botanical name: Winter: Jasminum nudiflorum; sambac/Arabian: Jasminum sambac Flowers: Winter jasmine blooms in winter through early spring, revealing small yellow flowers that cascade down arching stems. The sambac species has tiny, aromatic white flowers that fade wonderfully to pink and bloom from early summer into fall; however, with proper care these sweet-smelling blossoms can appear periodically throughout the year, perfuming your home with their pleasant aroma.

Foliage: Sambac has dark green, ovate foliage with twining branches. Heucherella Honey Rose Lends Warm Color All Year - HorticultureHorticulture. Virtues: We love the foamy bells variety Honey Rose (Heucherella Honey Rose) for its toasty coral-pink foliage that adds warm color and lovely texture year-round in warm regions and into winter farther north. Common name: ‘Honey Rose’ foamy bells Botanical name: Heucherella ‘Honey Rose’ Exposure: Part to full shade. Can take more sun in the cooler summers of the North. Season: Early to midsummer for flowers; year-round for foliage Flowers: Masses of tiny white flowers appear along stalks that rise above the foliage from early summer to midsummer. The flower stalks top out at about a foot tall. Foliage: Heucherella Honey Rose has the pinkest foliage of any foamy bells.

Habit: A perennial that forms a mound of foliage 8 inches tall by 13 inches wide. Origins: All Heucherella plants are crosses between coral bells (Heuchera spp.) and foamflower (Tiarella spp.), two North American natives. Image courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries. Related Posts:

HOUSEPLANTS

Regional Plant List - North Carolina, NC, South Carolina, SC. Ceanothus americanus Comptonia peregrina Hydrangea arborescens Hypericum prolificum Leucothoe fontanesiana Rosa carolina Rosa palustris Vaccinium macrocarpon Vaccinium pallidum Viburnum acerifolium Aronia arbutifolia Aronia melanocarpa Calycanthus floridus Clethra acuminata Cornus amomum Corylus americana Diervilla sessilifolia Euonymus americanus Fotherfilla major Hypericum densiflorum Ilex verticillata Itea virginica Kalmia latifolia Lindera benzoin Rhododend. arborescens Rhodod. calendulaceum Rhodod. carolinianum Rhodod. catawbiense Rhodod. periclymenoides Rhododendron vaseyi Sambucus canadensis Symphoricar. orbiculatus Viburnum alnifolium Vaccinium corymbosum Vaccinium stamineum Viburnum cassinoides Alnus serrulata Ilex montana Philadelphus inodorus Rhododend. maximum Rhus glabra Salix sericea Viburnum dentatum.

Lilac Trees That Can Be Grown in Zone 9. Faassen's Catmint, Ornamental Catmint Nepeta x faassenii 'Walker's Low' Category: Herbs Perennials Foliage Color: Unknown - Tell us Bloom Characteristics: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Flowers are fragrant Water Requirements: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Where to Grow: Unknown - Tell us Height: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm) 24-36 in. (60-90 cm) Spacing: Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade Danger: Bloom Color: Blue-Violet Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall Foliage: Grown for foliage Herbaceous Aromatic Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured Other details: Unknown - Tell us Soil pH requirements: Non-patented.

What is a sensory garden and the plants and materials to use. Where can I create a sensory area. (a lot more information to help design and build a sensory garden here) All of the human senses can be stimulated even in a small area of a garden or patio or even a pathway. The answer is a sensory garden can be created almost anywhere that gets sunshine. Pathways can be planted with scented shrubs and plants that will tolerate foot traffic, surfaced with cobbles, rivened flagstones or slabs and fenced with rustic 1/2 rails for truly great sensory experiences. Containers can be used for decked or paved areas, I recently designed and built a Sensory area using only bulbs, flowers and shrubs planted in flowerpots and containers. With a few design changes a sensory garden can be a good place for people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia too. Materials and plants to stimulate the senses in a sensory garden. Seeing. Colourful plants which change through the seasons are a delight.

How to Terrace and Level a sloping garden. If you found this page useful, please share with others who might find it helpful too. Copy and paste this url it into your blog, Web page, forums, a blog comment, Facebook account, tweet or email it, anywhere that someone with a sloping garden would find it. Thanks if you do.

Tis free! Leveling sloping gardens in Weston super mare, North Somerset, Somerset, Bristol, Portishead, Clevedon, Nailsea, Yatton and Bridgwater area. The Benefits of leveling or terracing a slope include; Creating space to build functional patios and kids safe play areas.For gardeners stopping soil erosion and rain water washing the nutrients and seedlings away.For older gardeners, the main benefit after leveling the slope and forming terraces, is the garden will be easier to work on and get around.Make it an enjoyable place to be in, instead of a daily challenge.

Its easy to create a garden for children to grow their own fruit and vegetables. Wet Meadow Seed Mix - 2 lb. Bag Wet Meadow Seed Mix - 2 lbs. - $83.00 : Hancock Farm & Seed Company - Lawn, Pasture and Turf Grass Seed. Wet Meadow Seed Mix - The Wet Meadow Mix is a colorful mix of species that are well suited for areas that stay very moist throughout the growing season. It is a beautiful mix of flowers, wetland species, grasses and cover crop of oats and rye.

Application Rates Planting Rate for 2,000 sq. ft. - 2lbs. Planting Rate for 1 acre - 40lbs.- 44lbs. More on wildflower mixtures and plantings... Our wildflower mixtures are formulated on the basis of climatic conditions (rainfall, temperature range, humidity) and elevation. Most species in our mixtures adapt readily to different soil types provided climate and elevation are suitable. Annuals have been included to establish cover quickly and to give color the first year; some may produce new plants the following year (the biennials may also reseed). These mixtures are blended to give the widest possible range of colors and periods of bloom. In general, our mixtures are formulated to contain approximately equal numbers of seeds of each species. Search Results - North Carolina Native Plant Society. How To Design A Potager Garden - Gardening Know How. By Heather Rhoades Over the past few years potager gardens have become extremely popular in the garden design world.

Many people wonder how to design a potager garden for their home. Designing a potager garden is easy if you just know a few things about them. What are Potager Gardens? Potager gardens combine the utilitarian nature of the English kitchen garden with the style and grace of French fashion. It is basically an ornamental vegetable garden. Plants are chosen for both their edible and ornamental natures and are put together in such a way that it looks pretty while still providing food for the household. What is a Potager Design? Advertisement There is no one potager design. How to Design a Potager Garden When thinking about how to design a potager garden, you are best off starting out with just a piece of paper. What are French Garden Plants? In French style potager gardens, the only plants you need to have are ones that look good.

Flowers are also essential French garden plants.

COTTAGE GARDENS

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VERTICAL GARDENING

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