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How to Grow Nandina

The growth pattern of the Nandina resembles that of the bamboo. Remember, however, that it is not really bamboo. It is an evergreen that can maintain its foliage as long as the temperature does not dip below 10ºF. The frigid cold kills the cones, although they come back in the spring. If your chosen location is subjected…

Terrariums 101: How to Build Your First Terrarium

When creating terrariums, remember the three basic types. The easiest are the open air, or dish, terrariums that are an open environment. The opposite, the closed environment, are creating terrariums that are more difficult. The third type of terrariums are the vivariums, which are animal terrariums where plants are joined by a live creature inside like a…

How to Grow Mustard Greens

Mustard greens are self-seeding and are fast growers. They are nutritious and easy to grow. Deadhead them or you can get overrun next planting season. They are best as fall or spring vegetables, and actually taste better when they are grown quickly and the leaves have matured before the hot summer days show up. Young…

13 Easy to Grow Culinary Herbs for Beginners

Growing culinary herbs under full sun for about six hours everyday give them better flavor and quality. They grow well in containers, in hanging planters, in raised beds, and thrive even with soilless techniques of gardening like hydroponics and aeroponics. If you are planting culinary herbs in containers, put an inch of gravel on the bottom for drainage. Excepting strawberries, plant just one…

13 Herbs with Possible Medicinal Uses

Many people cultivate medicinal herbs. Actually, you can grow all kinds of herbs almost anywhere you have a sunny spot. If you want to grow herbs, whether for ornamental, medicinal, or culinary purposes, start looking for sunny places. For indoor planting of herbs, windowsills facing east are great. Disclaimer on Medical Herbs It is not…

How to Grow Dahlia Bulbs

Dahlias bulbs have a root system of smaller tubers growing underground. The tubers deliver nutrients to the dahlia plants above ground. The blooms make excellent cut flowers. If you are in Zone 8 or higher, dahlias can be left in the garden all year round. You can treat them as perennials. For colder climates, however, the roots…

How to Make Potting Soil

Knowing how to make potting soil will help you control the mixture of ingredients and to save money. That avenue, however, may hinge on your collection of potted plants. If it is small, buying potting soil may be easier. Avoid using garden soil. It easily gets compacted and can cause very poor drainage. Potting soil…

How to Grow Dianthus

Propagating dianthus, a flowering plant of approximately 300 species, is not difficult. The species can be annual, biennial, or perennial. The dianthus is also a breeze to grow. Irrigate when dry – about once or twice a week, and fertilize once monthly. Cut the stems down to ground level when the blooms are spent. Pests and diseases are infrequent…

Pickling 101: Basic Tips and Things to Remember

Making pickles simply means that you are elevating sufficiently the acidity level of a food product to prevent harmful organisms from growing. You can make pickles of just about any fruits, vegetables, meats, or eggs. By combining water and salt, you make brine. The brine creates lactic acid, a preservative, during product fermentation. The process…

How to Grow Daylilies

Daylilies are perennial flowers. Originally, they were dormant throughout the winter months. Nowadays, however, there are cultivars that are evergreen and semi-evergreen. Some species are edible and are used in Chinese cuisine. Daylilies are easy to grow, hardy, have strong resistance to pest and diseases, and have different colors and shapes. They can be used for cut flower…