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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Container Gardening For Beginners

Container Gardening For Beginners

Benefits of Container Gardening Container gardening is a great way to enjoy fresh produce during the entire year. If you lack the space for a full-sized garden, you may feel like your options are limited. However, with a little gardening know-how and careful attention, many vegetable and herb crops can be grown in a container and harvested right to your plate. Benefits include: Easier accessibility Requires less space Almost no weeding Easily move plants as needed Less risk of soil-borne disease No heavy garden tools/equipment More control over moisture, light, and temperature Plants for Container Gardening The first element to […]

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17 Flavorful Pepper Types

17 Flavorful Pepper Types

Peppers come in a wide variety of sizes, colors, flavors, and heat intensity. We use the Scoville Scale to measure heat. Even extremely hot peppers can have wonderful flavors and be used in many recipes. Peppers are popular, versatile vegetables. Below are some of our favorite flavorful peppers. Anaheim The Anaheim pepper is medium in size. It comes in colors of red and green. It has a mild flavor which is popular in cooking. The Anaheim pepper is easy to grow and produces high yielding crops. Scoville Heat Units: 500 to 2,500 Jung Seed Favorite – Anaheim Chili Pepper Banana […]

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Pepper Growing Guide

Pepper Growing Guide

Peppers produce some of the biggest flavors in a vegetable garden. Their vibrant colors can be quite ornamental. Growing peppers is very similar to growing tomatoes, making it easy to grow the two plants together. Proper planning is essential when growing peppers. The first step is to decide what types of peppers you want to grow. There are many varieties of peppers, in a wide range of colors, shapes, and sizes. Peppers have a number of uses from fresh eating, frying, stuffing, pickling, and more! Types and Varieties of Peppers Sweet Pepper Types Sweet pepper varieties come in a variety […]

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Shade Trees – Planting and Growing Guide

Shade Trees – Planting and Growing Guide

Trees are one of the most important and beneficial living organisms on our planet. They provide oxygen, food, and shelter for many species. There are many benefits to planting trees. April 24, 2020, celebrates Arbor Day. It is celebrated all over the world however Arbor Day was originally celebrated in 1872 in Nebraska. It is a day to celebrate by nurturing and planting trees, we all promote cleaner air, enhance wildlife by building better habitats, and generally improve our personal home environments. Trees create calming, peaceful energy around your home while also cleaning the air and creating benefits for your […]

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