24 Flowers, Fruit, & Plants Perfect For Your Patriotic Garden

24 Flowers, Fruit, & Plants Perfect For Your Patriotic Garden

July 4th marks the celebration of America’s independence. Typically, we spend this holiday celebrating with fireworks, parades, or family gatherings. This year, why not celebrate by planting a patriotic garden. Show your love of country with a beautiful patriotic garden filled with red, white, and blue flowers, plants, and fruit. We have selected 24 of our favorite flowers, fruit, and plants to get your patriotic garden started. Red – Flowers, Fruit, & Plants Ac Wendy Junebearing Strawberry Apeldoorn Tulip Fanal Astilbe Fireball Dwarf Monarda Hot Papaya Coneflower Latham Summer Bearing Raspberry Satin & Lace Berry Chiffon Coreopsis Shenandoah Red Switch Grass […]

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Growing Sweet Corn – Types and Isolation Guidelines

Growing Sweet Corn – Types and Isolation Guidelines

One of the highlights of summer is eating fresh sweet corn. Sweet corn hybridizers are constantly striving to develop varieties with improved flavor, seed germination, holding ability, and other desirable characteristics. Types of Sweet Corn Varieties of sweet corn are classified based on the type of sweetness genes they contain. The special characteristics of each class of sweet corn will appeal to different growers for different reasons. Different sweetness genes provide different levels of sweetness and flavor to each kernel, and each type has some specific isolation requirements to ensure high quality and flavor. Isolation can be achieved by physical […]

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Sunflower Guide – Growing, Caring, & Varieties

Sunflower Guide – Growing, Caring, & Varieties

Sunflowers are popular, easy-to-grow annual flowers. They make good landscape and container plants and are excellent cut flowers. Varieties are available in a number of heights, colors, flower sizes, and flower forms, so they can be used effectively in a range of ways in the garden and landscape. Although most sunflowers are grown as ornamentals, they also produce edible seeds relished by birds, and some varieties are grown primarily for their seeds. There has been increasing interest in growing sunflowers as cut flowers and flowering potted plants for weddings. Because they are easy-to-grow and reasonably fast to bloom, sunflowers make […]

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11 Watering Tips for Your Garden

11 Watering Tips for Your Garden

Watering of new plants, shrubs, and trees is the single most important factor enabling your plants to succeed, but watering plants isn’t always as straightforward as it seems. It’s important to keep the soil moist around new plants, whether they are tiny seedlings or recently planted trees or shrubs, but excessive moisture can cause problems, too. Tip 1: The usual rule of thumb is that vegetable and flower gardens, to do well, require consistent water of 1 inch per week. Where or when rainfall is lacking, supplemental water must be given.  However, moisture-loving plants will need more water and drought-tolerant […]

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Balcony Gardening

Balcony Gardening

What Is Balcony Gardening and How to Make the Most of It? Balcony gardening can be a very rewarding and relaxing activity, a way of getting in touch with nature and inviting it into your own home, as well as harvesting food you’ve grown yourself. If you’re living in an apartment, maybe you did not consider gardening to be a viable hobby for you, but you can do a little bit of gardening even on the smallest of balconies. Setting up a balcony garden can be quite rewarding. Aside from obvious esthetic reasons, urban gardens, big or small, are also […]

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Tomato Growing Guide

Tomato Growing Guide

Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables. They come in a variety of colors, sizes, shapes, and flavors. Tomatoes can be eaten raw or cooked and are an excellent addition to many recipes. Growing tomatoes can sometimes be a little challenging. This tomato growing guide will answer all your tomato growing questions and more. Starting Your Tomatoes The seed starting process is the most exciting kick-off to the gardening season. Watching your seedlings grow into sturdy, colorful, tasty plants can be fascinating. Scheduling tomato seeding, starting the process correctly, and proper growing on maintenance is important to your tomato […]

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7 Tips To Attracting Reptiles, Toads, & Frogs To Your Garden

7 Tips To Attracting Reptiles, Toads, & Frogs To Your Garden

Whether you love reptiles or not, no good garden is complete without them! Garden reptiles eat critters you would rather not have around your home and plants, including slugs, grubs, caterpillars, sowbugs, crickets, roaches, worms, firefly larvae, grasshoppers, beetles, spiders, termites, and rodents. Herps are a great way to bring more life to your garden and get rid of unwanted pests. Herps is short for herptile and it stands for reptiles and amphibians. There are some easy ways to welcome them into your garden and encourage them to stay.  Here are 7 ways to provide water, food, and shelter that […]

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21 Popular Heirloom Vegetables

21 Popular Heirloom Vegetables

Heirlooms plants are at least 50 to 100 years old! They come with a fascinating history. Heirlooms come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and flavors. The seeds can be saved and replanted allowing you to enjoy your heirloom plant year after year. We’ve chosen our 21 most popular heirloom varieties for you to enjoy. Ailsa Craig Exhibition Onion Improved Tendergreen Bush Bean Bull’s Blood Beet De Cicco (Di Ciccio) Broccoli Danish Ballhead Cabbage Chantenay Carrot Bloody Butcher Ornamental Corn Chicago Pickling Cucumber Black Beauty Zucchini Squash Buttercrunch Lettuce Pride of Wisconsin Melon Hollow Crown Parsnip Green Arrow […]

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Understanding Heirloom and Hybrid Varieties

Understanding Heirloom and Hybrid Varieties

Home gardeners have access to a large variety of flowers, herbs, and vegetables. In some crops, there are so many varieties available that choosing what to grow can be overwhelming, especially for new gardeners. Understanding the differences between heirloom versus hybrid varieties can be challenging. New gardeners can find solace in knowing that there are advantages and disadvantages of both, but the advantages of either choice, far outweigh their disadvantages.  Heirloom Plants What is an Heirloom Plant? The debate gets intense when trying to explain what the definition of an heirloom variety is. Some experts define an heirloom as being […]

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Potato Growing Guide

Potato Growing Guide

Potatoes are popular vegetables grown for their nutritious underground tubers. Harvested fresh from the garden, they are full of flavor and versatile in cooking. Potatoes are nutritionally high in vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and protein, all with no fat. The skin of the potato contains the majority of the potatoes fiber and many of the nutrients are located close to the skin. Follow this potato growing guide and you will see potatoes are easy to grow as long as they have full sun, moderate temperatures, and light, rich, acidic, well-drained soil. Try some of the many varieties with unique colors, […]

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