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How To Grow Squash | Growing Squash | GardenDad.com Learning how to grow squash can open your garden up to an astonishing variety of cultivars, most of which are not very difficult to have success with. Squash falls into two categories: summer squash and winter squash. Summer squash includes all the varietals of squash that will grow best in hot weather and mature during the mid to late summer. Summer squash typically should be harvested when its skin is still relatively thin, which means you can harvest summer squash before it is fully mature. However it also means that summer squash will not keep as long in your pantry as winter varietals will. Winter squash includes all the varietals will grow best in cooler winter during the late summer and fall. In this guide about how to grow squash, I will begin by explaining some of the characteristics that are common to all cultivars of squash. Next, I will explain the differences between planting your squash directly in the soil or by starting it early indoors and transplanting seedlings. 1. 1a.

How To Grow Ginger? Growing Ginger Root Is Not That Hard... Learn How To Grow Ginger At Home When I started growing ginger root I expected it to be difficult. It's not. I've been growing ginger at home for years, and ginger would have to be a serious contender for the title "most neglected plant" in my garden. (Which is a shame. I look at my ginger plants exactly once a year, at harvest time. I easily grow a year's supply of ginger root from them. You can get started using store bought ginger root. On this page I tell you everything you need to know about growing ginger, so you can grow your own fresh ginger, too. Growing Ginger Root Is Not That Hard... ...provided you get a few basics right. The picture on the left shows the foliage of ginger plants. To talk about ginger root when talking about the edible part of the ginger plant is actually incorrect. But I'll keep talking about ginger root anyway, that's what everybody does and you know what I mean. What ginger plants like and dislike: Planting Ginger Root Make sure you select fresh, plump rhizomes.

Forget Barley And Hops: Craft Brewers Want A Taste Of Place : The Salt hide captionThe brewers at Scratch Brewing Company add wild plants like spicebush, goldenseal, wild ginger, chanterelles and wild rose root to their beer to give it the flavor of the Illinois woods. Aaron Kleidon/Scratch Brewing Company The brewers at Scratch Brewing Company add wild plants like spicebush, goldenseal, wild ginger, chanterelles and wild rose root to their beer to give it the flavor of the Illinois woods. Last week, Aaron Kleidon went for a walk in the Illinois woods and returned with a bag of lotus seeds. In a few months, Kleidon will have lotus-flavored beer at the small brewpub Scratch Brewing Company, which he owns with two friends in Ava, Ill. Why, you may ask, would anyone want to add strange seeds and mushrooms to their beer? This approach challenges the placelessness of mainstream brewers, who mostly use the same ingredients grown in the same places — barley from the Great Plains and hops from the Pacific Northwest. "You'll wake up smelling like breakfast," he says.

Guide to Houseplants That Purify the Air Spaces with air contaminants and toxins can lead to “sick building syndrome,” a condition that causes headaches, nausea, dizziness, sinus irritation, and decreases productivity in employees or inhabitants. Air-purifying plants essentially “clean” the air, eradicate potential sick building syndrome, and ultimately, increase workers’ concentration and productivity levels by up to 15 percent. Not to mention, plants also reduce stress and improve one’s mood. You might be wondering: What is making the air quality so poor? Well, nearly everything synthetic in our homes contributes to poor air quality.

15 Foods That Can Be Regrown From Scraps I love gardening. Well, not actually the work behind the gardening so much – it’s the harvesting that I really look forward to. There is nothing like fresh veggies from your own personal garden! I actually just planted a bunch of things in my vegetable garden, and may have gone a little plant happy at the feed & seed store. Oops. Obviously, we all know about the normal ways to grow plants – from seeds. Let’s count them out – from 1 to 15… 1, 2, 3, & 4. These are the ones I regrow the very most, I always have a mason jar of green onions regrowing above my kitchen sink. 5. You can regrow lemongrass the same way you regrow the green onions. 6. Plant a small chunk off of your piece of ginger in potting soil with the newest buds facing up. 7. Pick a potato that has a lot of good formed eyes, and cut it into 2-3 inch pieces, taking care to be sure that each piece has at least 1-2 eyes on it. 8. You will need sweet potatoes with good formed eyes, just as you would want with a regular potato.

February Garden Calendar How to Set Multiple Traps to Catch the Spotted Drosophila Fly Soaker hoses for everything Produced by OSU Extension, each month provides reminders of key garden chores, such as fertilizing, pest control, planting, and maintenance. Recommendations in this calendar are not necessarily applicable to all areas of Oregon. Sustainable gardening The Oregon State University Extension Service encourages sustainable gardening practices. Preventative pest management is emphasized over reactive pest control. Use chemical controls only when necessary and only after thoroughly reading the pesticide label. Planning Write in your garden journal throughout the growing season. Maintenance and Clean Up Allow foliage of spring-flowering bulbs to brown and die down before removing. Planting/Propagation Plant gladioli, hardy transplants of alyssum, phlox, and marigolds, if weather and soil conditions permit. Pest Monitoring and Management Clean up hiding places for slugs, sowbugs and millipedes.

A Man Replaces His Lawn With a Giant Vegetable Garden and No Regrets During the summer, nothing is better than the smell of freshly cut grass. That is, unless, you have a giant vegetable garden growing in the place of your lawn. Instead of turf, this awesome homeowner, user locolukas on Reddit, opted for tomatoes. What you see actually used to be a lawn. But instead of mowing grass, one man decided to say “screw the lawn” and plant vegetables. He filled his yard’s grid with compost that the city gave away. Seeds began growing quickly and he had to keep up by planting support systems around them. He even developed an irrigation system, which is much more difficult than it looks. He lined his garden with cinder blocks, covered the ground with wood chips and filled the cinder blocks with compost as well. Arugula came in first. Then spinach. Then beets. Radishes began growing quickly. He grew carrots by the bucketful. Peas aplenty! The man even began giving out the veggies he couldn’t possibly eat, helping to spread the wealth. Green onions. Romano musica beans. Peppers.

The comeback crop - Isthmus | Madison, Wisconsin From the outside, the big white barn looks like any other small family farm in southwestern Dane County, surrounded by gently rolling hills and freshly tilled fields. Kattia Jimenez greets me at the gravel driveway and we walk up the hill. What’s happening inside this barn is something that hasn’t been legal in Wisconsin for more than half a century. This is the home of the Mount Horeb Hemp Company, one of the few farms to grow hemp in 2018, the first year production became legal again in Wisconsin. The first thing I notice is the electronic security keypad on the door, an anachronism for a century-old barn. The second thing I notice is the smell — a dry musty air that smells like marijuana. They grew their crop from seed, which they sowed back on frosty April mornings in their small greenhouse. Jimenez and Eichorst are among about 100 farmers across the state who are legally growing hemp in Wisconsin. “Hemp has the potential to transform the way we live,” says Jimenez. Dr.

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