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postheadericon Types of support: when and how to support garden plants

Types of support: when and how to support garden plants

Image by suckaheadjivemamacow By Jackie Carroll Tall, top-heavy plants, as well as those grown in windy locations, often need plant supports. Plant supports for garden borders, specimen plants and other ornamental settings should be as unobtrusive as possible so that they don’t detract from the appearance of the plant. In the vegetable garden, a simple wooden pole or twine strung between poles makes a sturdy garden plant support. Keep reading for information on plant supports for garden vegetation. Types of Support for Plants Different situations call for different types of…

postheadericon Tachinid fly information: what are tachinid flies

Tachinid fly information: what are tachinid flies

Image by Gilles Gonthier By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener You’ve likely seen a tachinid fly or two buzzing around the garden, unaware of its importance. So what are tachinid flies and how are they important? Keep reading for more tachinid fly information. What are Tachinid Flies? A tachinid fly is a small flying insect that resembles a house fly. Most kinds are less than ?-inch in length. They usually have a few hairs sticking up and pointing backward and are gray or black in color. Are Tachinid Flies Beneficial? Tachinid…

postheadericon Information on fertilizer content: understanding fertilizer rates and applications

Information on fertilizer content: understanding fertilizer rates and applications

Image by michaeljung By Bonnie L. Grant There are numerous elements needed for good plant health. The 3 macro-nutrients – nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium – are generally reflected in a fertilizing formula’s ratio. The numbers in the ratio correspond to the amounts of nutrient represented in the fertilizer content. But how do you know how much you need for each plant and how to apply? Fertilizer rates and applications are usually stated in the formula’s instructions, but there is a little more than that to know for proper fertilizer usage….

postheadericon Sawdust for garden use – tips for using sawdust as a garden mulch

Sawdust for garden use – tips for using sawdust as a garden mulch

Image by Vadim_Orlov By Liz Baessler Mulching with sawdust is a common practice. Sawdust is acidic, making it a good mulch choice for acid-loving plants such as rhododendrons and blueberries. Using sawdust for mulch can be an easy and economical choice, as long as you take a couple simple precautions. Keep reading for more information on mulching with sawdust. How Can You Use Sawdust as Mulch? Some people have put sawdust down as mulch in their gardens and noticed a decline in their plants’ health, leading them to believe that…

postheadericon Shredded cedar mulch – tips on using cedar mulch in gardens

Shredded cedar mulch – tips on using cedar mulch in gardens

Image by suwanneeredhead By Liz Baessler Wood is a very popular choice for garden mulch, and with its pleasant smell and pest deterrence, using cedar for mulch is especially popular. Keep reading to learn about cedar mulch problems and cedar mulch benefits. Can You Use Cedar Mulch in Vegetable Gardens? With all mulch comes the danger of wind. In areas with very high winds, it may be best not to apply it at all. If it’s only a little wind you’re battling, shredded wood mulch resists getting blown away better…

postheadericon Nematodes as pest control: learn about beneficial entomopathogenic nematodes

Nematodes as pest control: learn about beneficial entomopathogenic nematodes

Image by USDAgov By Amy Grant Entomopathogenic nematodes are rapidly gaining in popularity as a proven method of eradication of insect pests. But what are beneficial nematodes? Keep reading for more information on using nematodes as pest control. What are Beneficial Nematodes? Members of the Steinernematidae and Heterorhabditidae families, beneficial nematodes for gardening purposes are colorless roundworms which are non-segmented, elongated in shape and usually microscopic and commonly found living within the soil. Advertisement Entomopathogenic nematodes, or beneficial nematodes, can be used to control soil borne insect pests but are…

postheadericon Ipad gardening: reviews of 5 top ipad gardening apps

Ipad gardening: reviews of 5 top ipad gardening apps

Image by jaredearle By Sandra O’Hare As a novice to gardening I looked to the iPad App Store for help in learning and planning what I would like to put in my yard in the future. Each app was very different and had very different promises. I settled on five gardening apps that each appeared to have what I was looking for. Gardening Know How is coming out with an app for iPhone and iPad. Sign up here to learn more and to sign up to be notified when it…

postheadericon Understanding different fruit types

Understanding different fruit types

Image by kviktor01 By Amy Grant It’s time to dispel the myth, unravel the mystery, and clear the air once and for all! We all know some of the most common types of fruit, but the actual botanical classification of fruits contain some surprises. So what are the different fruit types? What actually makes a fruit, well, a fruit? What is a Fruit? Fruits are the reproductive organs produced by flowering plants that contain seeds. So a fruit is basically an enlarged ovary that develops after the flower has been…

postheadericon Milk fertilizer benefits: using milk fertilizer on plants

Milk fertilizer benefits: using milk fertilizer on plants

Image by belchonock By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Milk, it does the body good. But did you know it may also be good for the garden? Using milk as fertilizer has been an old-time remedy in the garden for many generations. In addition to helping with plant growth, feeding plants with milk can also alleviate many issues in the garden, from calcium deficiencies to viruses and powdery mildew. Let’s find out how to take advantage of the beneficial fertilizer components in milk. Milk Fertilizer Benefits Milk is…

postheadericon Garden upcycling ideas: learn about upcycling in the garden

Garden upcycling ideas: learn about upcycling in the garden

Image by qualitygurus By Bonnie L. Grant Nationwide recycling programs have opened the eyes of most consumers. The sheer amount of junk we throw away annually is rapidly exceeding our storage capacity for said junk. Enter repurposing, upcycling and other useful practices. What is garden upcycling? The practice is similar to repurposing where unique and fanciful ideas are realized by using cast off items. This is an opportunity to think big and crazy while saving interesting artifacts and reducing our landfill loads. What is Garden Upcycling? Upcycled garden projects are…