Growing Herbs at Home

Although growing beautiful flowers like roses or daisies can bring great joy to a gardener, growing herbs at home is also an easy task and very enjoyable. It permits you to do some gardening and save some money at the same time.

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The Meaning of Heirloom, Hybrid and GMO

Here are some simple definitions of seed-related terms, particularly seeds for vegetables and herbs.

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Herbs and Asiatic Beetles

Herbs are generally acknowledged to be some of the easiest to grow, most pest-resistant edibles on earth. At least, that’s what all the books said, and that had been my experience. Until last year.

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Fighting Gardening Misinformation

The misinformation about gardening on the internet appears to be getting worse.

That’s probably true of just about every subject, but I have recently come across some gardening tidbits that are beyond the pale. I won’t dignify them by linking to them (google the key words, you’re sure to find the pages if you really want to), but here’s a sample of some I’ve come across just in the last 24 hours:

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Seed Lending Library

A library in Colorado is adding vegetable seeds to its collection of lending materials. I’m always saying how if more people were gardeners, the world would be a better place. We’d have more respect for the earth. And we’d have more conversations with our neighbors.

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Growing Wisteria

By now, you’ve probably seen the uber-fabulous photos of the wisteria tunnel at Japan’s Kawachi Fuji park.

The key to successfully growing wisteria is a combination of abuse and neglect.

Most people are doubting that these photos are even real. This doubt is based partly on the sheer number of flowers represented in the photos. It also partially based on the fact that most anyone who has ever grown wisteria counts themselves lucky to have even a few meager blooms. The amazing display at Kawachi Fuji is beyond belief.

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African Violet Growing Tips

The reason African violets are one of America’s favorite houseplants is because they are one of the least demanding plants in terms of care to grow and flower. Here are some tips for growing better violets.

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Is Organic Food Beneficial?

Let’s discuss organic food.

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Hydroponic Growing Systems

hydroponic gardening system

Hydroponic growing systems are not only easy and fun, but they also allow you to save money and eat healthily.  If you are like me and enjoy gardening, then hydroponic growing systems will bring you hours of joy.  It is a hobby that pays you back.

There are different hydroponic growing systems to choose from.  Below is a list of the most popular. You may also be interested to know that there are relatively cheap indoor hydroponic growing systems that can be used in the kitchen or in other smaller spaces.

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Tips for Hydroponics

Hydroponic grow systems can be very tricky if you are new.  Even some advanced gardeners will have problems now and then.  Trying to replicate an outdoor environment for your plants to thrive in hydroponic grow systems is not difficult if you do it right from the very beginning.

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Magnificent Melons

Bright colors, delicate flavors, and refreshing juiciness characterize melons. As a group, melons are low in calories and sodium and high in fiber and Vitamin C.

Selecting Melons

Select melons of good color and shape for the variety. The rind should give slightly at the stem end when ripe.

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