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Plant companions. Companion Planting Chart, Map and Guide. Companion planting means putting plants together in the garden that like each other, or help each other out.

Companion Planting Chart, Map and Guide

Companion planting can have a real impact on the health and yield of your plants. Organic gardeners strive to achieve a balance in their gardens so that they don't require chemicals for pest or disease control. Companion planting can play a significant role in assisting with pest control. Some combinations work because of scents they use to repel insects, others work because they attract good bugs. Vegetable companion gardening. Baf9d8360a485f46636c4018ca59ed6b.jpg (2048×1992) Companion-planting-chart4.gif (967×556) Adventures in Field Botany / Illustrated-Glossary. Leaf Morphology: Phyllode/ Cladode: modifyed stems that act as leaves.

Adventures in Field Botany / Illustrated-Glossary

Ensiform: leaves sharp edges, taper into a slender point (fern) Stellate: hairs come up like fingers. Looks like cluster of hair. Peltate: "petiole joins to the center" in leaves. Glossary of Terms: WHORLED - more than two (2) opposite leaves. OPPOSITE - leaf nodes are on opposite sides of twig. ALTERNATE - leaf nodes alternate in pattern along branch. DECUSSATE - Arranged on a stem in opposite pairs at right angles to those above or below, resulting in vertical rows of leaves. PALMATE - consisting of leaflets or lobes radiating from the base of the leaf.

CAPSULE - a hollow dry fruit with 3+ locules (chambers) Dehiscent = splits open to release the seed. Indehiscent: remaining closed, do not split open at maturity. 5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants. As the outdoor season approaches, many homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts look for ways to control mosquitoes.

5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants

With all the publicity about the West Nile virus, mosquito repelling products are gaining in popularity. But many commercial insect repellents contain from 5% to 25% DEET. There are concerns about the potential toxic effects of DEET, especially when used by children. Children who absorb high amounts of DEET through insect repellents have developed seizures, slurred speech, hypotension and bradycardia. Companion Planting.

Companion planting for veg. Fruit & Veg planner. 10 Simple, Cheap Home Gardening Innovations to Set You on the Path to Food Independence. Alex Pietrowski, Staff WriterWaking Times The issue of food quality and food independence is of critical importance these days, and people are recognizing just how easy and fun it is to grow your own food at home.

10 Simple, Cheap Home Gardening Innovations to Set You on the Path to Food Independence

When renegade gardener Ron Finley said, “growing your own food is like printing money,” he was remarking on the revolutionary nature of re-establishing control over your health and your pocket book as a means of subverting the exploitative and unhealthy food systems that encourage the over-consumption of processed and fast foods. Gardening And More: Mosquito Repellent Plants. Mosquito Repellent Plants As summer fast approaches, I would like to suggest plants that will repel mosquitoes in your landscape and how to use these plants to enjoy the outdoors during summer.

Gardening And More: Mosquito Repellent Plants

In addition to the plants that repel mosquitoes I would like to suggest additional, eco-friendly ways to keep mosquitoes from your outdoor living spaces. The picture on the left is Ageratum. Some areas of the southeast have had drought busting rainstorms and even with the tremendous amounts of rainfall, these areas are still considered to be under drought conditions.

The plants that I am suggesting will repel mosquitoes from your outdoor living space. V Use the plants in containers around your patio, deck, or outdoor living space such as patio tables and chairs. v Use the plants in containers or planted in the ground by your front door and your back door. v Before having outdoor activities brush the Lemon Grass to release more of its fragrance. v Lemon Grass can be used in cooking. How To Battle Pests And Insects Naturally With Hot Pepper and Garlic Spray (Recipes Included) It’s the question we get more than any other this time of year : “What can I use in the garden to naturally control insects like beetles, aphids, and more?”

How To Battle Pests And Insects Naturally With Hot Pepper and Garlic Spray (Recipes Included)

If you’re like us, the last thing you want to do is to start spraying all types of chemicals and concoctions onto the very food you are trying to grow in order to eat healthier. The good news is you don’t have to. In many cases – with proper crop rotation and watering techniques – you can keep pest problems to a minimum without ever spraying a single drop of anything on them other than water. (See Our 4 Part Series On Garden Set-up And Maintenance) But as we all know too well – sometimes that just isn’t enough…and when your plants begin to show significant damage from marauding pests – there are ways to control them safely with natural ingredient remedies.

Don’t Jump The Gun – Before You Do Anything – Make Sure You Actually Need To Spray… How to Grow Sprouts. Vegetables to grow in winter. With the help of a bit of cover, and carefully selected varieties of seeds, it is possible to grow vegetables and herbs all year round in the United Kingdom, and presumably therefore in other temperate countries that have frosty winters.In my corner of Scotland, away from the sea and up in the hills, there is only one month of the year that can be guaranteed to be frost free and that is July.

Vegetables to grow in winter

Most years we cannot grow courgettes or runner beans outside without cover. In our case, experimenting has paid off and we often have more produce in winter than in summer. Last year by the end of winter we were fed up with salad! How to Self Pollinate Cucumbers. Cucumber plants are usually monoecious meaning the plants have separate male and female flowers on the same plant.

How to Self Pollinate Cucumbers

The same is true for their relatives, squash, cantaloupes, and watermelons. The flowers on cucumbers are usually pollinated by insects, but in their absence you can hand-pollinate the female cucumber flowers yourself. In the illustrated guide below I'll show you how to identify the female cucumber flower and pollinate cucumber plants in your own garden. The female cucumber flowers grow on a slender stem off of the main vine. At the base of the female flower is a large ovary that is fertilized by the pollen from the male flowers and develops into the fruit. The difference between male and female cucumber flowers (aside from their sexual reproductive parts) is that male cucumber flowers develop in clusters along the main vine.

To collect pollen from the male cucumber flowers you can use a small paint brush. No Female Cucumber Flowers. Cucumber Fruits Falling Off.