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How To Grow Squash 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.

Dino Pet: The living lamp that grows brighter the more you care for it The BioPop Company have come up with a very different and very cool living light/virtual pet by the name of Dino Pet. This is a biological lamp that has very small bioluminescent plankton inside it, called dinoflagellates, which glow in the dark with their own inner light. [Image Courtesy of Biopop] This is where the Dino Pet gets its name from, with the dinoflagellates being inside the plastic shell. The plankton are in salt water and they need care, but very little of it, if they are to thrive and provide you with a light show when it gets dark. In the day the Dino Pet should be placed in indirect light.

Guide to Sweet Corn Varieties - GardenFocused.co.uk Below we list those varieties of sweetcorn which we believe are worthwhile for growing in the UK climate and we list their advantages and disadvantages. Beware of the descriptions given by the seed merchants for sweetcorn, they are almost always very over-optimistic! A well-proven variety which always receives a good deal of support in gardening forums throughout the UK. This is a supersweet variety which produces long cobs in mid to late season. The plants are on the tall side so would need staking in windy sites. Restrict this variety to one cob per plant and then expect a cob of about 22cm / 9in long.

Plant Glossary All Plates Glossary List | Previous Plate Plate 1: Stem and Root Types Plate 2: Leaf Composition, Parts, and Types Plate 3: Leaf Shapes Plate 4: Leaf Margins 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. Plant Incompatibility – What Plants Should Not Be Planted Together By Kristi Waterworth Gardeners do all they can to keep their plants happy and healthy, but sometimes, no matter what you do, certain plants just don’t go together. Plants that don’t like each other may be responding to different environmental needs, could be in direct competition with one another for major resources or one may attract insects that severely harm the other. Determining plant incompatibility can be a guess and check situation since soil types also have an influence on what plants should not be planted together. Incompatible Garden Plants There are a few basic rules of thumb when it comes to plants to avoid near one another.

The Most Beautiful Corn in the World IMAGE: Glass gem corn, via the Seeds Trust Facebook page. This photograph of an ear of glass gem corn has been making the rounds on the internet over the past week (often accompanied with a note declaring it is NOT PHOTOSHOPPED!). What happened is that, last year, seedsman Greg Schoen was moving and left some of his corn varieties, most of which originally came from part-Cherokee “corn-teacher” Carl Barnes, with his fellow seed-saving enthusiast and Seeds Trust founder Bill McDorman. Bill grew some, and “got so excited, [he] posted a picture on Facebook.” The result, writes Bill, is that “GLASS GEM corn has gone viral!”

When to Plant Vegetables Learning when to plant vegetables is key to a successful garden. Some vegetables will thrive in spring and fall, while others will produce better during midsummer. If you spend the time to understand when to plant your vegetable garden, you can ensure that you will have vegetables maturing throughout the summer. There are four main vegetable garden planting periods: Early spring - as soon as the ground can be worked (soil temp. of ~5°C or 40°F) Midspring - approximately 2 weeks before the last expected frost date Early summer - when the trending weather provides warm sun and soil Midsummer to Fall - late June until two and half months before the first killing frost of Fall

Gutter Gardens Grow Produce Without Taking Up Space If you’d love to do a little at-home gardening but don’t have much space to do your planting, a simple gutter garden might be the perfect option. Alaskan news site Juneau Empire features a smart, simple idea for planting a small vegetable garden with very little space: A windowbox garden built from gutters. In Alaska, this idea solves a few problems for the author: We live near the glacier, so the soil is cold and has very little organic matter, there are lots of big trees shading it, and we have all the slugs and root maggots anyone could want, with porcupines, cats, bears and ravens meandering to boot.There is only one side of our house that gets much sunshine, and, of course, that side of the house has the smallest yard. Even if your garden doesn’t face the same problems, the idea behind the gutter garden could be perfect if you’re low on space but would kill for some homegrown veggies.

This Wearable Plant Cleans The Air For You When Pollution Is Bad It’s a simple and poignant concept: A tiny plant in a transparent backpack as the sole source of sustenance in a bombed-out world. Chiu Chih’s "Survival Kit for the Ever-Changing Planet" bounced around the design web on the strength of these images, with only glimmers of information about their provenance. But the artist’s backstory make it all the more interesting. The project was ostensibly a school project for Wuhan University, where Chih studied industrial design. "My project wasn’t what my teachers expected," he says.

From a Worcester Allotment: Growing Welsh Onion A member of the Onion family, Welsh onion are well worth cultivating in the vegetable and flower garden. They take up very little space, and the whole plant can be eaten from top to bottom.Welsh onion are cultivated both for their culinary uses and their ornamental value; the violet flowers are often used in ornamental dry bouquets.Welsh onion are perennial evergreen plants, and keep their leaves in most winters. In colder winters, the leaves may die back completely, but don't despair - their roots are still alive and they will begin new growth next spring. How to grow Welsh onion - Crop rotation

9 Houseplants That Clean The Air And Are Basically Impossible To Kill Pop quiz: which is more polluted, indoor air or outdoor air? 10 times out of 10, indoor air in your house, office or apartment is going to be worse than the air outside. Indoor air pollution has been ranked among the top 5 greatest risks to public health by the EPA, and stagnant indoor air allows pollutants to build up and stick to the things inside of your home. The things in our homes emit some nasty toxic chemicals like formaldehyde for example. You can also be impacted by pollutants like pollen, bacteria, mold, and various outdoor contaminants that find their way inside. Fortunately, houseplants can help us solve some of these air quality issues.

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