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Growing Orchids Outside

Growing Orchids Outside

While orchids are a common indoor houseplant due to their low light needs, they are also a delicate addition to an outdoor garden. As tropical flowers, they are often colorful, with tall, spindly stalks that sometimes bend under the weight of the blossoms. They live in the wild as epiphytes, meaning......[Read More]
How to Plant a Germinated Seed Root Down

How to Plant a Germinated Seed Root Down

Starting your own seeds is an inexpensive way to grow plants for your garden. When using old seeds or those you have saved from your own garden plants, you may need to check if they are viable by first germinating a few in paper towels. If you like, you can then plant these germinated seeds in soil ......[Read More]
How to Grow an Alstroemaria (Peruvian Lily)

How to Grow an Alstroemaria (Peruvian Lily)

The Peruvian lily is one of the more popular cut flowers used in flower bouquets. It hales from the cool Andes mountainous in South America. It lasts well in water and is not only colorful but each flower sports a complicated pattern like a miniature painting. You can grow these plants outdoors if......[Read More]
How to Maintain Apple Trees

How to Maintain Apple Trees

Having an apple tree, whether it be single or an orchard, can bring delight during each harvest. To keep the tree(s) healthy as well as have a high yield of fruit, you need to give it attention throughout the year. This care will help you have an abundant season in which you can make as many candi......[Read More]
How to Kill White Flies Before Planting Vegetables

How to Kill White Flies Before Planting Vegetables

The sight of tiny, white moth-like bugs sucking plant sap from the undersides of leaves in your vegetable garden can be disturbing. If you know you’ve had trouble with whiteflies in the past, then taking action to kill whiteflies before planting vegetables can give you an advantage at the begi......[Read More]
How to Graft a Fuyu Persimmon Tree

How to Graft a Fuyu Persimmon Tree

Persimmon trees come in a variety of cultivars. The Fuyu persimmon belongs to the Ebenaceae family of plants. The fruits of this tree are less astringent than some other varieties of persimmons. Grafting is a common manner of propagating this type of fruit tree. Whip-grafting along the rootstock is ......[Read More]
The Best Flowering Hedge

The Best Flowering Hedge

The best flowering hedge is one that blooms attractively, provides adequate privacy and requires little care beyond an annual pruning. Flowering hedges may consist of a row of one type of flowering shrub, or a more natural mixed shrub border that contains two or three types of flowering shrubs. Plan......[Read More]
How to Plant Canby Raspberries

How to Plant Canby Raspberries

Raspberries are small- to medium-sized berries that grow in blacks, reds and yellows, with sweet, mild flavors. Canby raspberries are particularly large and exceptionally juicy, but grow on rather small bushes, reaching 4 to 6 feet in height and spread. This is the only thornless raspberry cultivar,......[Read More]
Plants for Indoor Air Pollution

Plants for Indoor Air Pollution

Plants release oxygen into the air that mammals breathe through a process known as photosynthesis. Certain species of plants are very efficient at fighting indoor air pollution and it can be beneficial to keep them in your home or office.......[Read More]
Why Do My Sweet Bell Peppers Have Brown Spots?

Why Do My Sweet Bell Peppers Have Brown Spots?

Growing sweet peppers can challenge even expert gardeners. The development of brown spots on the sweet pepper can be a particularly troublesome problem, with the most likely cause being a condition known as blossom-end rot.......[Read More]
At What Time of the Year Do You Plant Soybeans?

At What Time of the Year Do You Plant Soybeans?

Across the agricultural regions of the United States, field corn is rivaled in total acreage only by soybeans (Glycine max). Soybeans are native to warm temperate parts of eastern Asia, and are intolerant of frost. Prepare the soil and sow soybeans after the threat of frost has passed, and when soil......[Read More]
How to Plant a Bicycle Basket

How to Plant a Bicycle Basket

If you're looking for a different kind of planter to decorate your porch or patio, consider an old-fashioned bicycle basket. Wicker bicycle are commonly attached to the handlebars of girl's bikes, often with artificial flowers attached to the front. They have a good solid construction and a flat bac......[Read More]
How to Clean Terra Cotta Planters

How to Clean Terra Cotta Planters

Terra cotta (baked clay) planters are well-loved in gardening communities for their simple shapes, excellent breathability for plants, good drainage and inexpensive cost. These planters are available from small pots to very large planters and they come in every design imaginable. Keeping your pots a......[Read More]
Tomato Spray for Worms

Tomato Spray for Worms

In addition to the myriad diseases that tomatoes can contract, they are a favored host for many insect species. Common tomato pests include various worm-like pests that are mostly the larval stage of several different insects. Control can be obtained through traditional chemical sprays, organic meth......[Read More]
How to Anchor a Weed Cloth

How to Anchor a Weed Cloth

Weed cloth is used to prevent growth of weeds when applied underneath gravel patios, in the garden or under stone walkways. Weed mat anchors are specialty plastic anchors that are driven into the ground to hold down the mat. They have wide, flat heads and toothed spikes to help prevent them from pul......[Read More]
The Best Lights for a Planted Freshwater Aquarium

The Best Lights for a Planted Freshwater Aquarium

Jochen Sands/Photodisc/Getty ImagesFreshwater plants need light for photosynthesis and should ideally get about 12 hours of lighting per day. Generally, they should also get about 2 to 5 watts of lighting per gallon of water. Several new types of lighting use little electricity to.........[Read More]
How to Grow a 2.5 Pound Tomato

How to Grow a 2.5 Pound Tomato

Growing a giant 2.5 pound tomato is entirely possible, in fact, some tomatoes can reach weights in excess of 5 lbs. Keep in mind that growing a tomato this large can have an effect on the overall yield of the plant. Most of its resources will be going to one large fruit. However for competitions or ......[Read More]
How to Plant a Stem Cutting

How to Plant a Stem Cutting

Plants come in all forms, sizes and most colors to fit into any setting either indoors or out, but purchasing new plants can quickly add up to a lot of money. One method to increase your plants is through multiplying the ones you already have using stem cuttings, a form of plant propagation. Growing......[Read More]
Why Do Some Snap Beans Curl While Growing?

Why Do Some Snap Beans Curl While Growing?

With adequate moisture and sunlight and ideal growing conditions, snap beans are a rewarding and nutritious garden crop. Healthy snap bean pods should appear long, firm and crisp, with a snapping sound when bent. Curling or deformed pods may be indicative of a serious illness, lack of moisture, or a......[Read More]
Things to Know About Stacked Washers & Dryers

Things to Know About Stacked Washers & Dryers

If you are shopping for a new washer and dryer, you may have considered purchasing a stackable model. That is, a washing machine that has a dryer mounted right on top. These models are attractive to people who have limited space in their laundry rooms because they take up the floor space of one unit......[Read More]