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Can You Compost Rhubarb Leaves?

Rhubarb is a perennial vegetable that is used as a fruit. The stems, or stalks, are used to make pies, sauces, jams, and other sweet desserts. When eaten fresh, the stalks are sour, but when cooked with other fruits, like strawberries, rhubarb lends a delightful tartness. You have probably been taught that rhubarb leaves are …

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How Often To Water Onions

Onions are often billed as easy-to-grow vegetables because they grow in nearly any well-drained soil and have few issues with garden pests. In addition, they can be tucked into unused sections of the garden, too. However, to grow large, flavorful bulbs, you must provide your onions with water and nutrients. Find out how and when to …

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Which Fertilizer Is The Best For Growing Asparagus: reasons why + examples

Asparagus has gained popularity in the home garden due to its many health benefits, including its ability to lower blood pressure, fight inflammation, and improve digestive health. This easy-to-grow vegetable is a perennial that returns every year. Although it takes a year or two to become established, it keeps producing for years. Knowing how and …

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Are Aphids Harmful To Humans?

Aphids are a common insect pest found in both flower and vegetable gardens. Nearly every yard or garden has aphids, which typically isn’t a problem. However, a severe aphid infestation can wreak havoc with your vegetables and flowers. Knowing how to identify and control them is essential to your gardening success. What are aphids? Aphids …

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How Often To Water Seedlings

Many gardeners choose to start their vegetable and flower gardens with seedlings to get a head start on the growing season. Transplanting seedlings to the garden after the danger of frost has passed in your area helps plants produce earlier and often creates bigger healthier plants. But they will suffer some stress from transplanting. You …

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Is An Onion A Vegetable?

The question of whether an onion is a fruit or a vegetable is an interesting one. But it isn’t difficult to answer. Onions fit both the scientific definition and the commonly used definition of a vegetable. They can be served and eaten in a wide variety of ways. While some prefer a thick slice to …

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What Causes Soil Compaction?

Soil compaction arises when soil particles are pressed together, eliminating or severely limiting the air pores in the soil. Under ideal conditions, soil particles are separated by air pockets (pores) that allow water to penetrate the soil and allow roots to expand and grow. When the soil is compacted, the air pores disappear, limiting the …

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How To Install A Land Drain

If you own a property, you probably have one or more areas that seem to stay soggy or damp. While this may seem like nothing more than an annoyance, it can quickly become a serious problem. Overly saturated soil could spell disaster for your home’s foundation, basement, and garden. The good news is, however, that you …

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How To Dry Wet Soil Fast

All plants need moisture to grow, but too much water can do more harm than good. If your plant’s soil remains wet and soggy for an extended period, the plant will suffer and eventually die. Drying out the soil quickly isn’t always easy, but there are several techniques you can use to dry your plant’s …

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Which Is The Best Swede Variety To Grow? top 5 varieties characteristics

Swedes were first discovered growing in Sweden when a botanist called Gaspard Bauhin found them growing wild in 1620. They are also referred to as Rutabaga in US and Turnip in the UK, although they are much larger in size, take longer to grow, and have more yellow coloured flesh than turnips. Are swedes grown …

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When To Harvest Onions

Onions are usually planted in spring as bulbs. They are usually ready to harvest in late summer / autumn. You can either harvest your onions when they reach your desired size or you can let them grow until the plant stops growing. Some years your onions will grow very well and they may end up …

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Are Mushrooms Producers Or Decomposers: and what’s the difference?

Many gardeners associate mushroom growth with dead and decaying organic matter and may even try to eradicate them from the garden thinking they are bad for the soil. But this notion isn’t based on science. While it is true mushrooms do sprout in areas rich with dead organic matter, they aren’t doing damage to your …

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What Are The Differences Between Turnips and Swedes

There is a lot of confusion in mainstream circles over the difference between swedes and turnips. Swedes and turnips are just different species in the brassica family. So naturally, they have similar growth patterns and shapes that make these two root crops easily confused. The most relevant differences to gardeners between swedes and turnips is …

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Cover Crops For Gardens: what are they and how do I choose one?

Cover crops are one of the most important tools in the organic gardener’s toolbox. Although it might seem wasteful to grow plants that you won’t eat, the benefits to your garden are well worth it. Cover crops protect the soil, help improve soil structure and provide you with all the organic matter you need. Using …

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How Much Lime To Raise pH 1 Point: lime types, amount, and how long it takes

Managing and shifting soil pH is one of the more technical skills you need to learn as a gardener. We have a great article about making the soil more alkaline, but what if you only need to shift the pH by 1? Sometimes only a small shift is necessary. In this article, I’ll teach you …

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How To Add Manure To Your Vegetable Garden: which type, how much, and when?

Aged farm animal manure is one of the most valuable ingredients you can bring to your garden. It is arguably the most important addition to your soil, which is why it lovingly goes by the term ‘black gold’. Manure is so important for the health of your garden that every gardener should feel comfortable adding …

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How To Grow Water Chestnuts: grow them at home guide(you don’t have to live in Asia!)

Water chestnuts are delicious tubers, which are primarily cultivated and eaten in China. Normally found canned at the supermarket, it’s possible to grow water chestnuts yourself. All you need is a starter plant, a bucket, soil, water, and some patience. Keep in mind that it is a water plant, so growing water chestnuts might be …

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How To Grow Sphagnum Moss: what it is, growing your own, types and uses

Sphagnum moss, also referred to as peat moss, is one of the most common soil amendments for gardeners. This versatile material is cheap and can be used in garden beds, pots, terrariums, and even hanging baskets. In this article, I’ll show you how to grow sphagnum moss at home so you’ll always have some at …

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What are Perennial Vegetables: 5 Great Examples

Perennial vegetables are those that come back year after year without replanting. Their long lifecycles make them well worth the initial effort and patience. Asparagus patches, for example, can last up to one hundred years. The permanent nature of perennial vegetables allows me to enjoy harvests almost year-round, build up soil structure, and adds an …

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How To Get Rid Of Dandelions

Dandelions are perennial weeds that die off in the winter and return bigger and stronger than ever in the spring. The cheery yellow flowers quickly go to seed and form a puffball of seeds that are then carried to new locations in the wind. To get rid of dandelions you need to kill the entire plant …

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How To Grow Asparagus From Cuttings

Asparagus is an extremely nutritious and delicious gourmet perennial vegetable. You can grow asparagus from seed or cuttings, they are low maintenance and come back year after year. Asparagus patches can live for up to 30 years and some gardeners have even reported 100-year-old asparagus patches! The biggest drawback to growing your own asparagus is …

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When Should You Sow Turnips

Turnips are a fast-growing root crop that is ideally suited for beginner gardeners. They are also perfect crops for the times between seasons when temperatures are warm during the day and cold at night. This is also a time when garden beds are empty or sparse. So when should you sow turnips? Depending on the …

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Is Leaf Compost Good For Vegetable Gardens?

Growing a vegetable garden is a rewarding and relaxing pastime. However, everyone can agree that a green thumb may not come automatically to every wannabe gardener. Successful gardeners know the answer to this question: is leaf compost good for vegetable gardens?. What is leaf compost? Leaf compost is the by-product when tree leaves and other …

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How To Mix Compost Into Soil

Compost is sometimes referred to as ‘black gold’. Why? Because it is the best thing you can add to your soil. While other amendments only solve one or two issues, compost has enormous benefits that builds the soil, increases water retention, and feeds the plants. Knowing how to mix compost into soil is a massive …

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What Type Of Soil Do Rhododendrons Like?

Rhododendrons are native to Asia, North America, Australia and Europe. There are over 1,000 species of this plant and they are widely cultivated for their beautiful and fragrant flowers with ornamental leaves. Understanding what type of soil rhododendrons like is essential if you are planning on growing these beautiful plants. The flowers have a funnel, …

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How Many Sweet Potatoes Grow From One Plant?

Sweet potatoes are definitely worth considering as part of your diet. They are packed with minerals, fibre, vitamins and phytonutrients which can improve your body and mind.You can use sweet potatoes boiled, baked or raw. They also can be used in desserts, breads, stir-fries and casseroles. Do you know how many sweet potato plants grow from …

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What Can I Use Instead of Peat Moss: Great Alternatives

Using peat-free products in the home and garden is one of the simplest yet most effective ways that people can make a positive environmental impact and reduce their carbon footprint. For most uses in the garden, for example, pots, growbags, hanging baskets, digging into or tidying up flowerbeds, peat-free alternatives are just as good as …

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Best Time to Cut Hedges Back: when and how

Hedges are one of the most common features in many prestigious and established neighborhoods. Because of their versatility – coming in a variety of sizes, shapes, and even species – they can fit beautifully into almost any landscape. But shaggy, overgrown hedges are far from beautiful. Regardless of their sizes, or whether they’re evergreen or …

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What Kind Of Soil Do I Have In My Area: description and photos

To achieve greatness in any sphere, you must start with – and master – the basics. Begin with the fundamentals, and build upon your foundation in order to succeed. It goes without saying that the foundation of any thriving garden is the soil – here’s the dirt on identifying what kind of soil you have …

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How To Lower pH In Soil Fast: what to add and why

In chemistry, pH is a scale used to specify how acidic or alkaline a substance is. Acidic solutions have a lower pH, while alkaline – or basic – solutions have a higher pH. If the pH level is exactly 7, such as that of pure water, it’s neutral. If your soil is too alkaline some plants won’t grow well so you’ll …

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What Is A Composter: How do i use it?

All organic matter will decompose naturally sooner or later. Micro organisms – tiny living creatures invisible to the naked eye – feed on the decaying food, plant matter, and other organic materials and help transform it into a nutrient-rich soil additive. Nature has been composting since the beginning of time, and many cultures throughout history …

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Drought Tolerant Perennials That Bloom All Summer

When we think of drought-resistant plants, succulents and grasses come immediately to mind – and while these are beautiful, not every gardener wants a sea of greens and browns. Similarly, if we think of perennials, we envision wildflowers and colourful blossoms – yet these plants usually require regular watering to look their best. So, is …

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How To Use Perlite In Hydroponics

Though there are as many different gardeners as there are gardens in the world, there is a common thread binding them all. Every gardener hopes to raise the perfect specimen – countless hours have been spent inventing new tools and gadgets, and experimenting with new methods of cultivation. Some methods are extremely successful, and some …

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Caring for Coral Cactus: and how to graft your own

What do you call a cactus that isn’t a cactus? Answer – A Euphorbia Lactea. Sometimes known as the candelabra plant, the crested euphorbia, or the crested elkhorn, the coral cactus is actually a combination of two succulent varieties. The grafted plant resembles an unusual coral, and depending on the variety, the edges of its …

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What Are Spider Plants Good For

Chlorophytumcomosum has many common names: Airplane plant, St. Bernard’s lily, Spider ivy, Ribbon plant, and Hen and chickens. But we know it best as the Spider plant – not because they attract or harbour spiders, but rather because of the way it reproduces. The offshoots hang from the ends of long wiry stems like spiders on a silken …

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Explaining Hydroponics Systems

What are hydroponics? Simply put, hydroponics is a method of growing plants that uses a nutrient-rich, water-based solution instead of soil to support plant growth.The root system is placed in an inert medium – usually clay pellets, peat moss, perlite, rockwool, or vermiculite. This allows the roots direct contact with both the air and nutrient …

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Best Outdoor Lighting For Salt Air: Which lights perform best in coastal areas?

If you live in coastal areas you will understand the importance of picking your outdoor fixtures carefully, as the salt air can cause havoc with standard grade outdoor fittings, leading to premature rusting and failure. The best outdoor lights for coastal areas will have their housings made of non corrosive materials such as bronze, copper, …

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Epsom Salt Lawn Tonic

Though it may not seem like it right now, spring is just around the corner. And homeowners everywhere will be looking for a tried-and-true method for a greener, healthier lawn – fast. Epsom salt is a well-known home remedy – used for soaking sore and tired muscles, or exfoliating away dry skin, and many gardeners …

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Can You Eat Crabapples?

Yes you can eat crabapples, although they have a very sharp, bitter taste if you were to eat them raw and if you ate too many of them they would cause you to have an upset stomach, but they would not poison you. Cooking Crabapples are best cooked before they are eaten. They contain very …

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