Plant Names

Plant Names

Organic Gardening
Does anyone REALLY have any idea how many different plants there are on our planet. New plants are constantly being discovered. The Flora of North America Project will treat more than 20,000 species of plants native or naturalized in North America north of Mexico, about 7% of the world's total. Both vascular plants and bryophytes are included. FYI: Bryophytes are a group consisting of three divisions of non-vascular land plants (embryophytes), the liverworts, hornworts and mosses. With such large numbers, it is quite obvious that turmoil is just a marigold away, unless there is a system that provides every plant with it's own exlusive unique name. I say gratefully that a slick system is already in place, and it allows plant people the world over to correspond with a given…
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Growing a bonsai nursery – Explore the hobby?

Growing a bonsai nursery – Explore the hobby?

Container Gardening
Many have bonsai propagation as a hobby. It is a pure investment of time, patience and creativity. Observing the growth and capturing every episode of the bonsai’s life is indeed a pleasure. Changing Bonsai pots periodically is like adding flavor to your desserts! Taking care of a bonsai nursery is a mere liking. Bonsai nursery is not a business but a preference Growing bonsai nursery can be a business for many, but for a few it is a hobby – an activity that offers a feeling of pleasure. What’s so fishy about bonsai plants and why are they close to the heart. The beauty of the bonsai is that it is an alluring plant and it changes every season. Watching it grow is like watching a baby grow in a…
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Why is Indoor Plant Nursery a Boon to Health?

Why is Indoor Plant Nursery a Boon to Health?

Indoor Gardening
Gone are the days when indoor plants would be treated as just another piece of furniture and left in a corner. Today, we are more open to the concept and the benefits of having an indoor plant nursery and their advantages simply outweigh the work involved. The most important aspect of keeping an indoor plant is the fact they lighten the mood of a room and add to the positive ambiance in your rooms. There are several types of indoor plants available in the market and you need to choose the best one for your home. When you choose the indoor plants, you need to choose some plants which will require minimum maintenance and watering. Apart from that, you need to prune these plants after stipulated time frame and you…
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Know About Hydroponic Nutrients and Their Benefits

Know About Hydroponic Nutrients and Their Benefits

Hydroponic Gardening
The concept of the term “hydroponic” has been there for thousands of years. The idea of gardening without the use of soil is known as Hydroponic Gardening. This form of gardening has become very famous in the recent times, though the usage of this form of gardening dates back to 50’s era. Many developing countries are using this method and are extremely content with results.How is Hydroponics Beneficial?The several advantages of Hydroponics are as follows:If compared with soil gardening, Hydroponics are way better as they have increased rate in growth of the plants are much higher.Through Hydroponics, the intake capacity of Oxygen in plants increases which helps them to give high quality yields.Plants that are grown through Hydroponics are of better physical state.They seldom use energy and comparatively get less…
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Mindful gardening: 3 Tips You Should Know

Mindful gardening: 3 Tips You Should Know

Organic Gardening
In our increasingly hectic and crazy lives, more people are starting to realize that they need to take some time out from the hustle and bustle just to find some inner peace. Mindful gardening allows you to turn off your "autopilot" mode, and stop and experience life fully. You will taste food better. Your relationships will be more engaging... and your senses will be heightened. You will not be in a perpetual rush to meet deadlines and keep running on a never-ending wheel like a hamster. Mindful gardening is one of the best ways to calm your mind and literally gives you the opportunity to stop and smell the roses. Your garden will be an oasis of peace and calm in a mad world. You’ll connect with nature, and gardening…
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Cleaning Your Water Garden and Preparing for Winter

Cleaning Your Water Garden and Preparing for Winter

Organic Gardening, Sustainable Landscaping
Like any outdoor water source, a water garden collects organic matter that needs to be cleaned out. The best time to do this is when the water temperature is cooler, such as in the fall. This helps minimize any stress to fish that may live in your water garden. A few basic steps to cleaning your water garden and preparing it for winter include: Get a holding container for the plants or fish, being sure it is large enough to hold the amount of water needed to sustain the plants and fish for several hours while you are emptying and cleaning the water garden. It is best to keep the holding container in the shade during this time, also. Fill the holding container with water from the water garden, then…
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Raised Bed Gardening

Raised Bed Gardening

Raised Bed Gardening
Advantages of Raised Bed Gardening Using raised bed gardening methods, plants get more sun and air circulation and they can make better use of water. You often can plant earlier and harvest later, because raised beds warm up early in the spring and stay warm later in the fall. Raised beds also make ideal places to grow plants that can be invasive in a regular garden – such as mints and horseradish. But ease and convenience is the benefit many gardeners appreciate the most. If you get a bad back and sore knees every year from gardening, a raised bed may put an end to those aches and pains. Raised vegetable beds are excellent for gardeners who have trouble with their backs and older people who don't have limited flexibility.…
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How to Grow Cucumbers

How to Grow Cucumbers

Organic Gardening
Learn How to Plant, Pick and Preserve This Crisp Vining Squash Ever hear the phrase "cool as a cucumber"? Whoever originated the phrase knew their fruits; the inside of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside air, making it the perfect snack or accompaniment to a mid-summer's feast. Although commonly thought of as a vegetable, the cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is classified as a fruit, belonging to the family of watermelon, pumpkins, zucchini, and other squashes. Cucumbers are at their best from May-July. Although commonly thought of as a vegetable, the cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is classified as a fruit. [caption id="attachment_2181" align="alignleft" width="237"] cucumbers grow on vines[/caption] History of Cucumbers Cucumbers are among the most ancient of cultivated vegetables and are thought to have originated in…
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US First and Last Frost Dates

US First and Last Frost Dates

Growing Food, Soil & Compost, Starting Seeds, Weather, Year Round Gardening
USDA Hardiness Zone This information is useful for at least two reasons, to calculate when to plant seeds or plant seedlings outside in the garden to figure out how late in the growing season you can plant certain perennials, trees, and shrubs Dates on this chart are approximations, no one can KNOW the weather, every season is different. Most years, the first and last frost will fall within two weeks of the date on the chart, but some years, we get a very early frost or a late snow storm that throws the dates off. Please use discretion (and your local weather forecast!) along with this chart to plan your seed starting and planting. First, click on the map if you need to enlarge it and find your zone if…
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National Garden Month

National Garden Month

Community, Organic Gardening
April is National Garden Month! Every April communities, organizations, and individuals nationwide celebrate gardening during National Garden Month. Gardeners know, and research confirms, that nurturing plants is good for us: attitudes toward health and nutrition improve, kids perform better at school, and community spirit grows. Join the celebration and help to make America a greener, healthier, more livable place! Celebrate National Garden Month In Your Community... Organize or take part in a town beautification day. America in Bloom is a national greening organization that can help you get started. Click here to learn more. Visit your local farmers' market. Compliment a neighbor on his or her garden. Get together with neighbors to purchase compost and mulch in bulk quantities. Calculate how much you need mulch you need here! . Volunteer…
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