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You Grow Girl - Gardening for the People.

You Grow Girl - Gardening for the People.
The weather over the weekend was glorious and full of spring’s promise. As previously mentioned, I took advantage and dove headlong into my early spring to-do list. In a typical spring I charge straight into these chores and make mention of them in passing, but rarely get into the nity-gritty of my process here. This … Chalkboard illustration by Davin Risk. There’s a double meaning to this title and I suspect that if you’re over 21 you know exactly what I’m talking about.

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Tetragonia tetragonioides Tetragonia tetragonioides (previously T. expansa) is a leafy groundcover also known as Botany Bay spinach, Cook's cabbage, kōkihi (in Māori), New Zealand spinach,[1] sea spinach, and tetragon. Its Australian names of warrigal greens and warrigal cabbage[2] come from the local use of warrigal to describe plants that are wild (not farmed originally).[3] It is native to Argentina, Australia, Chile, Japan, and New Zealand. The species, rarely used by indigenous people as a leaf vegetable, was first mentioned by Captain Cook. It was immediately picked, cooked, and pickled to help fight scurvy, and taken with the crew of the Endeavour.[2] It spread when the explorer and botanist Joseph Banks took seeds back to Kew Gardens during the latter half of the 18th century.[4] For two centuries, T. tetragonioides was the only cultivated vegetable to have originated from Australia and New Zealand. There are some indications that Māori did eat kōkihi perhaps more regularly.

Lavender Rose of Sharon Hibiscus Tree The Lavender Rose of Sharon Althea is a unique tree, perfect for tight spaces. It gives you bright blooms all summer long... without taking up much space in your yard! This tree will look great around your patio, in a corner, or planted in a container! Put one in a dull area of your yard to really add color, or plant in groups of three for a vibrant show of purple blooms. This beauty attracts hummingbirds, too! This is a low-maintenance tree that doesn't need to be babied - just plant and enjoy! Growing Tomatoes, Tomato Growing Tips Prevent Diseases From Starting Growing healthy tomatoes is really fairly easy, but you will want to keep a few things in mind. Solarize your soil

Build a Garden in One Day - How to Get Started One benefit of a raised bed is that you don't need to dig out all the grass. But you do need to keep grass at bay so it doesn't invade your new garden. So cover the ground with a biodegradable landscape fabric, sometimes called biodegradable weed fabric or organic weed control. Make sure to cover the entire ground, and overlap the seams by least 4 inches.

Composting 101 Composting involves the decomposition of organic matter, such as plants and once-living household waste. Millions of microscopic organisms, including bacteria and fungi, consume and recycle this waste to produce a dark, crumbly soil that is called compost. This process occurs in nature every day — vegetation naturally decays, and plants, animals, and microorganisms use it produce nutrient-rich dirt.

Corchorus olitorius Jew's Mallow, Nalta jute PFAF Plant Database Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally. Demulcent; Diuretic; Febrifuge; Tonic. The leaves are demulcent, diuretic, febrifuge and tonic[240]. McAuliffe' s Valley Nursery - Snohomish, WA- Conifers, Shrubs and Grasses - McAuliffe's Valley Nursery Images provided by SuperMedia are for personal, non-commercial use. Republication, retransmission or reproduction of images provided by SuperMedia is strictly prohibited. Wholesale - We offer a 15% discount only on our field grown stock. This discount is intended for thosewith a resale license and engaged in buying and reselling nursery stock.

Flash in the Pan I haven't purchased garlic since 1996. That's because I grow enough to eat a bulb of garlic every day, year-round. While most of my garden adventures are hobby-level attempts at self-sufficiency, my garlic crop is for real. 5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants As the outdoor season approaches, many homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts look for ways to control mosquitoes. With all the publicity about the West Nile virus, mosquito repelling products are gaining in popularity. But many commercial insect repellents contain from 5% to 25% DEET. There are concerns about the potential toxic effects of DEET, especially when used by children. Children who absorb high amounts of DEET through insect repellents have developed seizures, slurred speech, hypotension and bradycardia. There are new DEET-free mosquito repellents on the market today which offer some relief to those venturing outdoors in mosquito season.

August gardening tips: storing fruit, harvesting onions, sowing fall veggies By Charlie Nardozzi, Horticulturist and Leonard Perry, University of Vermont Extension Horticulturist Sowing fall vegetables, storing summer fruits, and harvesting onions are some of the gardening activities for August. August harvest includes sweet corn, tomatoes, carrots, beans, scallions and herbs. August is the time to sow veggie seeds for a late summer or fall harvest: Lettuce, broccoli, beets, carrots, radishes, and other short-season crops. Shade lettuce, if possible, during late afternoon to keep young plants cooler, or grow them next to larger plants, such as tomatoes, that provide some shade. Shading is easy using white row cover over a frame or wire hoops.

Daubenton’s kale – growing and cooking Daubenton’s kale (Brassica oleracea var ramosa) is a perennial vegetable that seems to have everything going for it: tasty, hardy, productive and easy to grow. I also grow nine-star perennial broccoli (Brassica oleracea botrytis aparagoides – actually a sprouting cauliflower) which is often touted as a perennial, but really it’s just a biennial that manages to hang on for a few more years if you zealously remove all the flowers. Daubenton’s, on the other hand, is the real deal, a perennial kale that usually lives for 5 or 6 years. It seems that a lot more kales used to be perennial, but Victorian seed companies selected for biennialism in order to be able to sell the same variety year on year. A few old varieties have hung on by being passed from gardener to gardener, leading to a plethora of names such as Ragged Jack, tree collards, Woburn kale, Taunton Deane and many others which may or may not be the same as each other. Variegated Daubenton’s kale cutting under apple tree, spring 2012

The Deliberate Agrarian Blogazine June 2012 Seven Years.... .....and plodding(a reflective ramble about blogging and agrarian visions) On June 18, 2005 I established this blog. I subtitled it, One Man’s Ruminations About Faith, Family & Livin’ The Good Life. And I began with a short first post titled, The Ruminations Begin, which stated the premise and purpose of The Deliberate Agrarian.

You Grow Girl is full of tips, trick and ideas to begin gardening in any space. Gayla Trail is the author of several books about urban or small space gardening, including her first book, "You Grow Girl." Her articles are good for the beginner gardener and expert alike, she covers topics from seed sowing to space design. by emisma May 16

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