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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Growing Barbados Cherries

Barbados cherry have are sought after primarily because of their unusually high vitamin C content. Though not popular commercially, it is popular for home gardeners. Unlike other cherry tree varieties it will fruit in warm climates, most cherry trees need 100’s if not 1000 hours of cold to properly ripen. It will start to produce beautiful pinkish red flowers through to fall in the south. You can expect to be picking quarter sized cherries right until November. But can produce up to 5 crops in any given year given it is well cared for and has the right water and soil conditions.

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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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