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Grow Your Own Chocolate

Grow Your Own Chocolate
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter Around Valentine’s Day the worry of what to give that special person is throbbing in ones head. A nice dinner is always a great start to that special day dedicated to couples. Commercials show giving diamonds as a way of expressing ones love but I have another way that may take time but shows true commitment, love, and can address those cravings that we all have had some time in our lives. One may ask what could that be. Growing your own hyper-local chocolate is one way of showing how much you care for an individual. Chocolate mint is one plant that any individual can grow that smells and tastes like the name states, chocolate mint. The cocoa plant is a challenge to grow for even the seasoned gardener. To start this project of love, either purchase cocoa plants from a reputable tropical plant dealer or start with the beans. Before placing the lid on this second container make sure to add water to the bottom. Move the tree to a warm room away from direct sunlight. Related:  Plant Growing Guides & Tips

Gardening Mistakes I've Made So You Wont - NZ Ecochick Wow I’ve learnt so much in my last year of gardening. Last year when I started I had no idea what I was doing. I mean they are plants right? you put them in the ground, they grow, you eat! Makes sense. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

DIY Wine Bottle Waterer Posted by Lesley on May 28, 2010 Last night’s empty bottle of Malbec and my mother’s obsessive crafting have inspired me! The Irish sprinkler system, first discovered when my sister lived and blogged from Ireland for a year, has been upgraded again. This time with the help of two small items - glass marbles and wire from a hanging candle holder. As I stood over the sink rinsing out the wine bottle, I started to channel my mother, the MacGyver of marbles. In the first year after discovering flat-backed marbles, she Gooped them onto everything within a ten-foot radius - mirrors, frames, hot plates, napkin holders, you name it, it’s now covered in marbles. It may take a few tries to get the marbles positioned properly, so make sure to place the tip of your finger into the neck before flipping the bottle upside down. Here’s the final product, and it works great!

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The Best Planting Tip I Ever Received This spring my wife and I started to convert the expanse of lawn around our newly purchased ranch house into gardens. While we focus on renovating the insides of the house, the focus for our garden is its infrastructure and bones. To that end, we’ve been smothering several hundred square feet of lawn under cardboard, newspapers, and compost; planting young shrubs to create screens; carefully carving specimens out of overgrown trees; and generally preparing the soil for future garden spaces. This advice came to me by way of a representative from Monrovia Nursery. The advice focused on techniques of installing container plants. I had known how to direct the roots away from the plant using a root hook, or by scoring the sides of the roots with a sharp blade. How do you deal with this problem? Want to really baby that plant? Next time you plant, have a bucket of rainwater or compost tea by your side.

13 Vegetables That Magically Regrow Themselves Indiana Nut Growers Association Home Page List Of Companion Plants Dill is one of the few plants to grow with Fennel This is a list of companion plants. Many more are in the list of beneficial weeds. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. They can be part of a biological pest control program. Vegetables[edit] Fruit[edit] Herbs[edit] Flowers[edit] Other[edit] See also[edit] References[edit] External links[edit] Further reading[edit] Cunningham, Sally Jean. Propagating Foliage & Flowering Plants Propagation Media: A good propagation medium is made up of components that provide optimum aeration, drainage and moisture holding characteristics. These are usually made up from combinations of peat moss, perlite, vermiculite, sand or similar materials. Many plants will easily root in water. Moisture: The propagation medium should be thoroughly moistened before use. Light: Light is an important environmental factor in plant propagation. Humidity: Since cuttings do not have roots, they cannot replace the water lost through transpiration. These conditions can be provided by placing a clear piece of plastic over the propagation area. Adequate ventilation is also required to avoid disease problems. Temperature: For best results, maintain day temperatures at 70 degrees F. Rooting Hormones: Rooting hormones are often used to promote root formation. Stem and Section Cuttings: To take a tip cutting, select a section of stem with a healthy crown of leaves at the end. Rooting Plants in Water: