Planting A Pineapple Did y’all know that you can take this and turn it into… This? And that this will eventually produce… This? Yes, I’m talking about turning your average, ordinary grocery store pineapple into a tropical showpiece within your home. Planting a Pineapple 1. 2. 3. In 24 months (sounds better than two years) it will look like this. You will have an actual, large, utterly delicious pineapple in 24-36 months. The thought of growing my own pineapple always makes me smile and giggle just a little bit. Now what am I supposed to do with all of this leftover pineapple? I see something sweet coming soon. While you’re waiting for me to make something yummy with the leftovers, go ahead and plant a pineapple. Be adventurous plant a pineapple. Hugs, Tickled Red *Please bear in mind that I am not a hortoculturist. Tagged as: Gardening, Pineapple, Tropical Fruit
Vertical Gardens Today is International Women's Day. Worldwatch Institute is recognizing it by celebrating the power of women to nourish the planet. I learned some interesting facts from reading their article. Worldwide roughly 1.6 billion women rely on farming for their livelihoods, and female farmers produce more than half of the world’s food. The information in the paragraph above astounds me. The good news is that women worldwide are developing and utilizing agricultural innovations to sustainably nourish their families and communities. The fact that women worldwide are using agricultural innovations is not news to me. Whose fault is this? It starts at the land grant aggie schools, works its way through their USDA partnered Extension Programs and Master Gardener programs and ends up in our local botanic gardens, staffed largely by independent contractor "educators" who preach the gospel of dirt and drain holes. via www.worldwatch.org
Leafsnap, a new mobile app that identifies plants by leaf shape, is launched by Smithsonian and collaborators The Smithsonian Institution, Columbia University and the University of Maryland have pooled their expertise to create the world’s first plant identification mobile app using visual search—Leafsnap. This electronic field guide allows users to identify tree species simply by taking a photograph of the tree’s leaves. In addition to the species name, Leafsnap provides high-resolution photographs and information about the tree’s flowers, fruit, seeds and bark—giving the user a comprehensive understanding of the species. Smithsonian botanist John Kress uses the new mobile app to correctly identify a katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) growing in the Smithsonian’s Enid A. “We wanted to use mathematical techniques we were developing for face recognition and apply them to species identification,” said Peter Belhumeur, professor of computer science at Columbia and leader of the Columbia team working on Leafsnap. You might also like: 161reddit
How to Build a Vertical Garden" No matter how small a property you live on, you can develop your green thumb by building a vertical garden. With the demand for gardens in densely populated cities, garden centers and manufacturers have created kits that enable you to grow upward, if you can't grow outward. Read the tips listed below and learn about how you can build a vertical garden. Measure your space Decide where you are going to plant your vertical garden. 20 Plants for garden pathways which can handle foot traffic There are infinite numbers of plants available to cultivate in your garden. But, there are very few varieties of plants that can be grown on pathways, because most of the plants are too sensitive to tolerate people’s feet. Here is a list of some very common plants which you can use to decorate the walkways of your garden. 1. It is one of the most important family member of Moss but much different from other plants of Moss family. 2. They look very pretty with the bright green leaves and become more attractive from the last spring to the arrival of summer when it blooms beautiful yellow flowers. 3. Fascinating Brass Buttons are low growing plants that spread at a high speed. 4. These ornamented plants have an immense and gorgeous look with a sweet fragrance. 5. Creeping Jenny which is also known as money wort in many places is a perennial plant that loves afternoon sun. 6. Beach strawberry is a perennial member of the rose family. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.
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NPIN: Native Plant Database Welcome to the latest edition of the Native Plants Database where you can explore the wealth of native plants in North America. Use the options below to search for 7,927 native plants by scientific or common name or choose a particular family of plants. For non-native or introduced species, please visit the USDA Plants Database. Recommended Species lists Use the options below to search for plants based on a combination of characteristics. Plant Database Resources Complete Species List - An alphabetized list of all species in the native plant database.Data Fields - Learn more about Native Plant Database information fields.
Gardening Australia - Fact Sheet: Going Up! Tino makes a vertical garden out of a recycled pallet that anyone can recreate in a small or large space Presenter: Tino Carnevale, 04/08/2012 SERIES 23 Episode 19 Tino gets growing in a new direction With modern gardens getting smaller and smaller, people are looking at new ways of utilising space and if you can't go out, you need to go up! First, he lined two separate cavities inside the pallet with hessian. He made two inside pockets to hold the growing medium, so he joined the hessian seams together and stapled them to the side boards. Next, Tino dug a shallow trench to house the pallet. In a wheelbarrow, Tino mixed three bags of potting mix, a couple of spades of compost and a few handfuls of wet straw to make a water-retentive growing medium. Then he simply cut little holes in the hessian and poked in the plants. Finally, on the top, he added two different types of thyme and a prostrate form of rosemary to weep over the sides.
The omnivore's next dilemma: Michael Pollan on TED What if human consciousness isn’t the end-all and be-all of Darwinism? What if we are all just pawns in corn’s clever strategy game, the ultimate prize of which is world domination? Michael Pollan asks us to see things from a plant’s-eye view — to consider the possibility that nature isn’t opposed to culture, that biochemistry rivals intellect as a survival tool. By merely shifting our perspective, he argues, we can heal the Earth. Who’s the more sophisticated species now? (Recorded March 2007 in Monterey, California. Watch Michael Pollan’s talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances. Read more about Michael Pollan on TED.com. NEW: Read the transcript >> It’s a simple idea about nature and I want to — I want to say a word for nature because we haven’t talked that much about it the last couple days. Let me tell you where I got it. And one of the things I really like about gardening is that it doesn’t take all your concentration.
Gardening Australia - Fact Sheet: Irrigation Made Easy Presenter: Tino Carnevale, 10/08/2013 SERIES 24 Episode 22 Tino shows us around his new drip-watering system "Hand-watering takes a long time and no matter how hard I try to make sure the water only goes into the soil, I still think I'm wasting quite a bit, so I'm going to do something about it," says Tino. "I'm installing a drip-irrigation system throughout the productive part of my garden. Winter's a great time to be doing this cause there's less going on in the patch and regularly watering is the key to good productivity. "Before you get started, it's important to figure out how much water the different areas of your garden need. "Zone One is for high-yield, thirsty crops." "Zone Two is for the experimental beds and berries." "Zone Three is the established fruit trees, which need the least amount of water." "You'll need to work out your water flow rate. Zone One"I'm going to use 19 millimetre feeder pipe as the backbone of my irrigation system.
How to Grow and Store Potatoes, Onions, Garlic and Squash, Keeper Crops During the winter months, when the ground is covered by a thick blanket of snow, there’s something particularly satisfying about still being able to eat food from your garden. There are many summer-grown crops including potatoes, onions, garlic, beets, carrots and winter squash, can be stored with relative ease to nourish you right through until the next growing season. Even a modest-size garden can yield a substantial crop of winter keepers. To be successful storing these keeper crops at home, here are a couple factors to keep in mind: Some varieties store better than others, so be sure to seek out the ones that are known to be good keepers. There are so many wonderful kinds and colors of potatoes to choose from: fingerlings, bakers, boilers, white, yellow, pink, red, and even blue. Potatoes can be grown in a standard garden row, in a raised bed or in a container such as a Potato Grow Bag. Onions Onions should be cured before they are stored. Garlic A perfect bulb, just after harvest.
Gardening Australia - Fact Sheet: Growing Connections Sophie is on the rooftop of a community medical centre to see how the clients use a productive garden as part of their therapy Presenter: Sophie Thomson, 04/08/2012 SERIES 23 Episode 19 Sophie visits a rooftop garden at the cutting edge of horticultural therapy A community centre hub in the Adelaide suburbs includes an aquatic centre, library, health care centre - and a huge, productive rooftop garden. Program Manager Adam Dwyer explains how the unexpected second-floor terrace in the middle of a shopping centre is helping the community. The garden features dwarf fruit trees, vegies and vertical gardens on the walls. Lots of stuff is allowed to self-seed - things like rocket, calendula and marigolds. It also boasts a huge worm farm. The building has around 300 staff, so the worm farm is an effective way of recycling the huge amount of green waste and food scraps. One of the gardeners says the strawberries have definite pulling power!