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How Much Water Does Your Vegetable Garden Need?
How Much Water Does Your Vegetable Garden Need?

Chris Sherwood is a project manager by day and avid home and garden scholar by night who loves to share his trials and success with others. Water is the most essential resource plants need to survive, but gauging how much water your vegetable plants need can be difficult as there& 39;s really no specific number that fits all gardens in all areas.

Hardy & Beautiful Plumbago Plants
Hardy & Beautiful Plumbago Plants

My grandpa loved gardening. I learned much from him. To this day I enjoy puttering around in our garden, growing plants for beauty and food. Growing Plumbago Plumbago plants grow well in Houston, Texas.They are a perennial plant and are a native plant in South Africa.They can grow from almost two feet to over six feet in height and have a spreading growth pattern.

What Is a Bypass Valve on a Swimming Pool Heater for?
What Is a Bypass Valve on a Swimming Pool Heater for?

Rob is a pool-service industry professional with over 20 years of experience.What Is a Bypass?The quick answer is that it simply directs the flow of water to prevent it from flowing through the heater. Adjustable valves are used to either bypass the heater or to flow through it allowing the heater to operate.

How to Grow Lettuce
How to Grow Lettuce

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. I wanted to expand the growing season in my garden by adding cool season vegetables in the spring and the fall. Lettuce was the first thing that came to mind but which kind?

Reviews of Exmark, Ferris, Dixie Chopper, and Kubota Commercial Zero-Turn Mowers
Reviews of Exmark, Ferris, Dixie Chopper, and Kubota Commercial Zero-Turn Mowers

Joseph has had a lawn and irrigation business in Florida for almost a decade and enjoys sharing his landscaping tips.Between lawn care professionals and weekend experts, a common discussion and often argument is about which zero-turn is actually the best. Topics of such conversations always include speed, power, deck durability, price, and warranty.

How to Grow Spinach
How to Grow Spinach

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. I have to admit to not being a fan of cooked spinach. I love my spinach raw in salads. Fortunately, it is as easy to grow as lettuce. It always has a place in my spring and fall plantings.

Yes, You Can Compost Meat in a Worm Bin!
Yes, You Can Compost Meat in a Worm Bin!

Jennifer Wilber works as an ESL instructor, substitute teacher, and freelance writer. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and English. Conventional wisdom says that you should never try to compost meat or other animal products, especially in vermicomposting systems. Websites listing compost “dos” and “don’ts” almost invariably list meat as a “don’t.

Petals of Love: 12 Red Color Flowers of Hawaii
Petals of Love: 12 Red Color Flowers of Hawaii

The author lives in a quiet seaside community in lower Puna on the Big Island. He& 39;s an avid gardener, traveler, and photographer. Red color flowers are often the most alluring, seductive flowers in the garden. They intensely attract your attention more than any other flowers!Red is the color of desire and passion.

How to Care for Indoor Plants During Warmer Weather
How to Care for Indoor Plants During Warmer Weather

Kenna writes about the care of plants, both indoors and out. She wrote an orchid care booklet—a companion piece for workshops. How to Keep Your Indoor Plants HealthyPlants need to be watered more during the growing seasons, which are spring and summer. But don’t assume your indoor plants need more water just because it is summer.

Growing Cannabis the Easy Way
Growing Cannabis the Easy Way

Samuel Barrett lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and has far too many hobbies, many of which you can read about here. A New EraCannabis is big business. Once maligned as a dangerous drug by the federal government and society in general, it has recently made a 180-degree turn in its acceptance for medical and recreational usage.

How to Get Rid of Scale
How to Get Rid of Scale

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. What Is Scale?Scale is actually a catch-all term for a group of insects that are covered with either a soft or hard shell and parasitize your plants. They pierce the plant tissue and feed on the sap, literally sucking the life out of the plants.

How to Grow Daikon Radishes
How to Grow Daikon Radishes

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. Looking for a little variety in your radishes? How about daikon radishes? They are larger and milder than the usual spicy red radishes.What are Daikon Radishes?Daikon radishes are a cultivar of radish that is native to Southeast Asia.

Guide for Starting Outdoor Vegetable, Herb, and Fruit Gardens
Guide for Starting Outdoor Vegetable, Herb, and Fruit Gardens

Melody is a CDC volunteer with a passion for gardening and growing healthy food for consumption. She enjoys sharing her personal experience.Outdoor Gardening Getting StartedThe best outdoor plants to grow in the spring are vegetables, herbs, and some fruits. Creating an outdoor garden requires spacing out what you plant and when to plant them based on their individual needs.

How to Plant and Care for Azaleas
How to Plant and Care for Azaleas

Lockridge is an avid reader who enjoys learning about beautiful garden plants. Among other things, she has worked with a florist. Azaleas thrive in well-draining, acidic soil. Before planting azaleas in your garden, ensure the soil has been treated with compost. When done planting, consider adding a top layer of pine straw or mulch to further enrich the soil and keep moisture levels high.

How to Get Rid of Spider Mites
How to Get Rid of Spider Mites

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. See that web on the underside of that leaf? It wasn’t made by a spider. It was made by its cousin, the spider mite who got its name because it spins webs just like spiders.

Wild Prairie Rose Bushes Provide More Than Just Beautiful Flowers
Wild Prairie Rose Bushes Provide More Than Just Beautiful Flowers

Dorothy is a Master Gardener, former newspaper reporter, and the author of several books. Michael is a landscape/nature photographer in NM.This is a photograph of a single wild praire rose that is growing on a large shrub in our front yard.The Beloved Wild Prairie RoseThe wild prairie rose may be the state flower for Iowa and North Dakota, but we love ours here in New Mexico.

How to Care for Gardenias
How to Care for Gardenias

Lockridge is an avid reader who enjoys learning about beautiful garden plants. Among other things, she has worked with a florist. Gardenias are known for their creamy white blooms and distinctive scent and are also prized for their bright evergreen leaves. They have a blooming lifespan from spring to fall, and you can use them as a stand-alone plant in a container or as a hedge.

Colorful Blanket Flowers Loved by Butterflies, Birds, and Bees
Colorful Blanket Flowers Loved by Butterflies, Birds, and Bees

Dorothy is a Master Gardener, former newspaper reporter, and the author of several books. Michael is a landscape/nature photographer in NM.Traditional Colors of an Indian Blanket Full Sun Keeps This Flower Happy!If your garden is in full sun and you live in an area with frequent drought periods, your choices in flowers are somewhat limited.

Benefits of Composting
Benefits of Composting

Lockridge is an avid reader who enjoys learning about beautiful garden plants. Among other things, she has worked with a florist. What Is Compost?Compost is a natural fertilizer filled with the nutrients that plants commonly need to grow healthy and strong. They are made from decomposed matter that has been sanitized by exposure to heat and time.

How to Prevent Flooding in the Home
How to Prevent Flooding in the Home

I love being able to fix problems myself and then share the success story with others. We are living in the DIY generation! How to Get Rid of Yard Depressions and Water RetentionAs you can see from the picture above, our yard has a low spot that retains water. This occurs with greater intensity with the onset of spring due to the melting snow.