Composting Is Key To Successful Organic Gardening

Composting Is Key To Successful Organic Gardening

Soil & Compost
Compost is a great tool for any gardener. It helps your garden hold just the right amount of water, makes it the right texture for optimal plant growth, and provides it with beneficial natural organisms. While you can buy several different types of compost products at a retail store or gardening center, it's much cheaper to make your own compost. Not only will you save money, you also get the added benefit of knowing that you're not just throwing your yard waste away; it's actually doing something beneficial for your garden and for your health. Before getting started on building your compost pile, you should know what to put in it. To get good compost you need four elements: carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and water. Grass clippings from your yard provide…
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Timing a Christmas Cactus Just Right

Timing a Christmas Cactus Just Right

Indoor Gardening
Coaxing Christmas Cactus... The common holiday cacti (Thanksgiving Cactus, Christmas Cactus, Easter Cactus) often refer to several closely related species in the genus Schlumbergera. Commonly cultivated, numerous cultivars have been produced ranging from red, pink, and peach to white and can appear in massive numbers on a single plant. They are originally forest cacti, growing as epiphytes at elevations between 3300 to 5600 feet (1000 and 1700 meters) above sea level in the Organ Mountains north of Rio de Janeiro in southeast Brazil, South America where they are called Flor de Maio (May Flower). What steps should be taken to ensure a blooming Christmas Cactus this December? The "trick" to getting Christmas cactus to bloom in the following years after purchase comes down to two things: light and temperature. These…
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Bulb Forcing Timetable

Bulb Forcing Timetable

Indoor Gardening
NAME OF BULBWEEKS OF COLD WEEKS TO BLOOM Amaryllis/Hippeastrumnone6 to 8 Chionodoxa luciliae 15 2-3 Crocus chrysanthus 15 2-3 Crocus vernus 152 Eranthis hyemalis 152 Fritillaria meleagris 153 Galanthus nivalis 152 Hyacinth prepared 10-12unprepared 11-14 2-3 Iris danfordiae 15 2-3 Iris reticulata 15 2-3 Muscari armeniacum13-15 2-3 Muscari botryoides alba14-15 2-3 Narcissus15-17 2-3 Narcissus tazetta (paperwhites)none 3-5 Narcissus tazetta orientalisnone 3-5 Scilla tubergeniana12-15 2-3 Scilla siberica 15 2-3 Tulipa14-20 2-3 Source: The Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center, Brooklyn, New York
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