Category: Gardening 101 (page 1 of 7)

Gardening 101 guides teach the basics of soil prep, planting and watering. Here you will find the answers to questions like “Why didn’t my seeds sprout?” and “How often should I water?”.

What is Organic Gardening?Pesticides Series

What does organic gardening mean? Does it mean what you think it means? Take this quiz and find out! Question-organically grown produce is grown: 1. without the use of any pesticides 2. with only home made pesticides 3. using organically acceptable pesticides. Answer-believe it or not, the correct response is number 3! Organic farmers use […]

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What is the Science Behind the Soil?Guest Blog Post

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Guest Blog Post by Rattan Direct. For similar articles, check out http://www.rattandirect.co.uk/blog/ It’s All in The Soil We don’t give much thought to the soil under our feet but without it, we wouldn’t have the landscape that is bountiful or food on our plates. It takes a lifetime to create the ideal soil conditions for […]

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Garden Design Options for Growing FoodGuest Blog Post

Guest Blog Post by Adria Branch.  For similar articles, check out My Survival Forum.  I have seen some pretty elaborate gardens and it makes me wonder: Is there a purpose to the design or is it just aesthetically pleasing? With such a variety of designs it is hard to know which ones were designed with […]

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Living Landscape: Design for Beauty & BiodiversityGarden Book Review

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Have you heard the term,“ The Living Landscape?” According to authors Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy, it means that no garden is an island. These two gardening experts encourage gardeners to create a sanctuary for bees, butterflies, birds and other living creatures. As the world becomes more populated with people, there are less places for […]

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Gossamer and Spiders in FallBugs in Your Garden

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Every year in late October, I notice strings of “silk” on fence posts, plants and even the sidewalk. My initial assumption was that it was caused by spiders, but one of my friends vehemently disagreed and said it was from plants. So of course, I had to look it up and find out the truth! […]

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Anne’s Top 7 Gardening Tips

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These 7 tips are helpful ideas I’ve learned during my lifetime of gardening.  There are many more I could have written but 7 is such a good number I decided to stick with it. Feel free to post your tips below! Tip #1 Everybody makes mistakes! All of the gardeners you know and admire (even […]

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Redhumped Caterpillar PestBugs in Your Garden

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Redhumped caterpillars often appear in large numbers after a year with a mild winter. If you notice a tree with chewed or “skeletonized” leaves in late summer or fall, you might have this pest. Redhumped Caterpillar Identification Caterpillars are 1 1/2 inches long with a red hump behind the head. The body is yellow with […]

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Powdery Mildew

What is Powdery Mildew? Powdery mildew is a white, powdery-like fungus that sometimes resembles bird droppings. The fungus is composed of tiny white spores that you can see with an eye loupe or a microscope. This unsightly fungus seldom kills plants, but can weaken them and leave them open to new infection by other diseases or by […]

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Mosquitoes, Zika, West NileInsects in the Garden

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The threat of West Nile, Zika and viruses transmitted by mosquitoes is enough to send most people scurrying indoors. But what’s a gardener to do? We’re frequently outdoors morning, noon and/or night tending our plants. In the past, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) instructed people to stay indoors at dusk since that’s when mosquitoes were […]

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Plant Winter Vegetables in SummerVegetable Gardening

Did you know that winter vegetables aren’t planted in winter, they’re planted in summer? Certain vegetable crops may need 6 weeks to a few months to grow from seed, such as cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, broccoli, collards, Brussels sprouts, and leeks. Now is also a good time to start mustard greens, beets, kale, spinach and herbs […]

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