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Tips and Advice on Outdoor Gardening, Flower Gardens, Plants, & Seeds - Dave's Garden

Tips and Advice on Outdoor Gardening, Flower Gardens, Plants, & Seeds - Dave's Garden
With almost 500,000 members, Dave's Garden is an amazing resource for beginning and experienced gardeners alike. Inside, you'll find over 250 forums dedicated to every type of home and gardening topic you can think of. From annuals and bonsai trees to vegetable gardening and winter sowing; from tips on seeds and planting to advice on regional gardening, this is a gold mine of friendly advice and knowledge shared by experienced gardeners from around the world. Enthusiasts of every gardening niche can put down roots and grow their knowledge. Are you into water gardens, vegetable gardens, hanging gardens, growing flowers or arranging bouquets, container gardens, raised beds, farming, poultry, beekeeping or any other gardening pursuit? If so, you'll find we have forums, articles and videos to help you learn, grow and share advice.

Butterfly Bush Pruning – How To Prune A Butterfly Bush By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) We all know the importance of pruning shrubs and trees. This process not only enhances the appearance of these plants but also fixes damaged areas and keeps them from growing out of control. And while it has been said that improper pruning practices result in weakened or damaged plants, this is not the case with the ever-popular butterfly bush.

ABS - Growing Bamboo Indoors This article appears in the booklet, Landscaping Indoors, Bringing the Garden Inside, #165. Published by the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, ISBN 1-889538-18-3, and sells for $9.95. by Susanne Lucas Imagine yourself enclosed deep within a bamboo grove, a “living room” of green, with walls enveloping but breathing, the ceiling a cathedral of vertical stems stretching to the heavens above, the shadows delicate and swaying. You feel quiet and contemplative and calm, protected. Are you in Kyoto, Bangkok, or Bali? ‘Paris Market’ Carrots are Round Delights Carrots (Daucus carota) are popular cool-season, root vegetables to grow in home gardens. But the longer varieties – which can grow up to 8 inches long - are hard to grow in heavy, clay soil conditions. If you have clay soil, consider ‘Paris Market’ (aka ‘Tonda di Parigi’) carrots, which I discovered last year. The round French heirlooms from the 19th century grow only 1 to 2 inches in diameter. These carrots thrive in containers and can handle clay soil (although you’ll want to add organic matter like compost regularly to improve your garden soil quality.) Shown are some carrots we harvested in fall 2010.

Windowsill Sprouting my way through the Winter. My orchids are dark speckled and bruised from the cold. The flowery Lantana shrubs are like coarse twine unraveled in a pile on the ground. The tall ornamental grasses, which I love for their swaying grace, stand in stiff bunches like little scarecrows scattered across the lawn. My herbs…oh, let’s not even go there (I think thyme and cilantro are barely holding on). Then there’s the pile of dead and crispy Christmas trees strewn around the fire pit. We like to collect the discarded trees at the end of the season and use them for firewood throughout the winter, but right now, as I look out across the pathetic winter landscape of our backyard, they only add to the overall state of things.

The RunnerDuck Strawberry Planter Tree, step by step instructions. This project appeared in our March 5th, 2004 Newsletter. It seems like space is always a problem when planting a garden. Well how about going vertical? This nifty strawberry planter does just that. This project requires a compound miter saw because of some of the compound angles you'll have to cut. Attracting Hummingbirds One good way to enjoy the company of hummingbirds is planting a hummingbird garden. In addition to providing them a natural diet, a hummer garden is an excellent way to attract birds to your nearby feeder: since hummingbirds feed by sight on regularly-followed routes - called traplining - their inquisitive nature will quickly lead them to investigate any possible new source of food. A hummer garden is also a great way to capture the birds on film or video, and makes a much nicer backdrop for your photos than the typical plastic feeder. If you plan carefully and select a variety of plants that flower at successively later dates, you will be rewarded with happy hummers throughout the season.

Go Organic - Organic Gardening and Garden Tips Using pesticides and herbicides need not be synonymous with toxic chemicals that harm our health and our gardens. There are many natural techniques, home-made recipes and commercial organic sprays that are effective without harming the surrounding environment. The problem with pesticide sprays, besides introducing yet more chemicals into our system, is they often kill the “good” insects that would otherwise help us combat problem pests.

11 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes The days are finally getting longer, the snow is (slowly!) beginning to melt, and spring officially arrives in just a few days! While the prospect of warmer weather has us all a bit giddy, we can’t forget the unwelcome intruders that tag along with the sunny summer weather. Yes, we are talking about mosquitoes, and everybody knows that they can be a huge nuisance. However, using chemical products to keep them away is not on the top of everyone’s wish list. Going Native: Our Top 10 Native Plants for Houston Native plants. The term has different meanings for different gardeners. There are Texas natives, US natives and those plants that act like natives. All in all, what most of us want in our garden are low maintenance plants that are attractive and functional.

Vegetable Diseases Fact Sheets listed by Crop Click on the name of the vegetable to get a listing of Fact Sheets and Information Bulletins relating to that specific crop. Asparagus | Beans | Beet | Broccoli | Brussels Sprouts | Cabbage | Carrot | Cauliflower | Celery | Cucumber | Eggplant | Beginning Farmer: ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service Home >Local and Regional Food Systems > Beginning Farmer Sustainable agriculture and the local food movement offer some of the best opportunities for beginning farmers—defined by USDA as those who have been operating a farm or ranch for less than 10 years. Beginning farmers fit no easy stereotype. Compared to established producers, they are more likely to be female and non-white.

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