The goal of an organic gardener is to create a little ecosystem that is free of chemicals that can harm the soil, the water table, animals and insects and perhaps even contaminate the fruits and vegetables grown in the garden. Consequently, organic gardeners prefer homemade pesticides that use inexp
Lemon trees are desirable for the versatility of their fruit and the fact that they make attractive shade trees for the landscape. Citrus trees can be grown in the garden or in containers, but because they are sensitive to the cold, they should not be planted in regions that experience severe winter
Dwarf beans, as their name implies, are small bean plants that are commonly known as French beans. Unlike larger bean plants, dwarf beans do not necessarily need a trellis because they are typically bush-like plants. However, with a bit of training during the early stages of their growth, dwarf bean
Alberta spruce grows slowly, forming a neat, cone-shaped shrub wide at the bottom and narrowing toward the top. When mature, Alberta spruce stand 10 feet tall and just 3 feet wide near the base. Plant Alberta spruce as part of a foundation planting or as a specimen. This spruce works well when plant
Seven simple steps to planting strawberry to make sure the grow correctly.
Houseplants add character, color and a personal touch to homes. Keeping them healthy and beautiful requires a regular schedule of watering. In general, indoor plants usually die due to homeowners giving them too much water or not enough.
A common problem associated with growing cucumbers is rotting, mostly due to them sitting in damp soil for long periods of time. This problem can be avoided by growing the cucumbers on a trellis. This allows the vines of the cucumber to climb vertically, which in turn keeps the cucumbers off the gro
Certain species of pine trees are native to the northeastern part of the United States. Referred to as the Northeast, this area is composed of U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 6 and features variable weather, but native pines and their cultivars tolerate the conditions
Save the seeds from the avocados you use for your next batch of guacamole, and grow your own avocado trees. Avocado plants are easily started from seeds and make lovely houseplants.
It's a healthy whole-grain food that's also a tasty, crunchy snack. Not many people think of growing their own popcorn, but it can be a useful addition to your garden and an educational experience for your children or grandchildren. Popcorn is grown in blocks, in the same manner as sweet corn, to in
A swale is a man-made drainage ditch, pool or pond that collects runoff from roadways, residential lots or other public areas that accumulate water, like parking lots, for one example. Swales are above-ground alternatives to costly below-ground drainage pipe systems. There are strict regulations to
Planting your own grapevines ensures your family access to the freshest, tastiest grapes in town. However, a determined flock of hungry birds can decimate your entire arbor in minutes. Birds feed on both the grapes and the vines themselves, not only stripping any edible fruit from the plants but al
Maid of Orleans is a variety of Jasminum sambac, also called Arabian jasmine, Asiatic jasmine and pikake. This tropical climbing plant does well grown indoors in containers if given the correct care.
Oleanders are evergreen shrubs that are native to northern Africa. They grow in warm areas of the United States. Oleanders are hardy and versatile, but they are also susceptible to attacks from several insect species.
Mimosa is a large genus of subtropical evergreen flowering plants in the pea family. They are often referred to by colloquial names that highlight the plants unique sensitivity and physical response to touch, such as sensitive plant or shame plant. Bamboo, also a sub-tropical, has an opposite growth
Growing long-stemmed roses requires a lot of pruning and attention. They can be grown from several different varieties of roses, including the Hybrid Tea Rose and the Gladiflora. Long-stemmed roses grow best when raised inside a greenhouse under climate control. This helps produce a stress free e
Most of Australia is desert or semi-arid falling in what is equivalent to USDA's zone 9 and 10. The summers are warm and the winters mild. There is little rainfall in the middle of the continent most of the year, but the land along the coasts receives at least 3 to 4 inches of rain per year. Fortuna
Hostas are a mainstay in the shade garden. Known more for their foliage in shades of green, blue and variegated with white, than their tall bell-shaped flowers, hostas are a fast-growing perennial that benefits from being divided and transplanted every three years or so.
Gardeners sometimes plant flowers, such as marigolds, near or in the vegetable garden as they deter some pests from taking over. Some gardeners swear by planting some flowers that will help deter bugs, but others report less success. Yet some flowers should never be planted near vegetables. As with