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Deadheading, also part of annual maintenance, should be done as soon as possible after the flowers fade. The old flower cluster should be cut off at its base—just above the two new shoots that angle out from the stem that ended with the old flower. The new shoots will grow over the summer, set flower buds, and be topped off with a flower cluster the following spring.
How to grow chili peppers Are you growing chillies or chilis? Nevermind the different spellings, there are even more shapes, sizes and colours! At one stage growing chillis was a special passion of mine. Do you know how many different varieties there are? And how ornamental they are?
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter As I was searching the Internet I found a response on a website that dealt with agriculture that sadden me. A boy from Africa had a question on fertilizer. He was doing a project in school and reached out to the global community for the answer or at least for some direction or hop. Throughout his response he mentioned how the government was pushing for the farmers in Africa to use more and more synthetic fertilizer to compensate for reduced yields.
All you need for fresh air. Seventeen years ago Kamal Meattle found out that the air in his home city of Dehli was killing him. He had grown allergic to the pollutants in the air and his lung capacity started declined to 70%.
This is not a secret. I am not the first person to suggest this, out on the internet (I probably got the idea from somebody else, to start with). But I figured it was worth passing on again, for people who do not already know: It is really, really, REALLY easy to grow spring onions by cutting off the root bits of a store-bought bunch, and planting them into some potting mix. I mean it. Cut off the root bits of the spring onion, leaving about 3cm of stalk, stick the root bits into some potting mix with the stem-bits poking out above the surface, place in a somewhat sunny position, water, and watch 'em grow.
Rating: 7.9/ 10 (9 votes cast) When you visit your local market or garden centre, check out their herb selection. You may be surprised at the varieties of herbs that are available. Not only do quite a few of them provide beautiful flowers, but there is an added benefit – you can use them for medicinal purposes without a worry. So – what better way to enjoy spring then to get out and get active in your garden, clean it out, plant some pretty annuals or perennials and add herbs as well? Growing a healing garden will be definitely rewarding for you.
Lettuce & Spinach
Once roots appear, plant the pineapple in a fast draining potting soil such as a Bromeliad or Cactus Potting Soil mixed with a third perlite. An eight-inch porous clay pot with bottom drainage is ideal. Layer about two inches of stones in the bottom of the pot prior to putting in the soil/perlite mix. The picture to the left illustrates the materials needed (the two pottery shards in the front are to put over the drainage holes; these came from an extra clay saucer that I broke up). The first step is to cover the drainage hole with the pottery shard.
Stevia (stevia rebaudiana) is a new world herb that you might have only recently heard of. Stevia leaves – while having zero calories – are claimed to be 30 times sweeter than sugar, and in fact one of the common names is “candy leaf” – the extract is supposedly 300 times sweeter than sugar! Stevia is also reputed to have several health benefits including the prevention of tooth decay and diabetes. I don’t know about that, but I would guess that using less sugar probably would have those effects. Is the idea of growing your own natural organic zero calorie sweetener intriguing to you?