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Types of White Clay Soil

Types of White Clay Soil

If you live in the midwest, the suborder of clay soil is probably an Aqualf or Udalf.Farm land image by gburba from Fotolia.comClay soil or "Alfisol" is notorious for its sticky, cold and thick consistency. While some plants have a hard time rooting in clay soil, other plants (roses,.........[Read More]
About Orchid Flowers

About Orchid Flowers

Orchid flowers are tropical flowers that can be grown as indoor houseplants with the right light and water requirements. Orchids need significant sun exposure, and with weekly watering and proper care they will reward you with lovely flowers.......[Read More]
Vegetable Growing Zones

Vegetable Growing Zones

Knowing which vegetables to plant and when is vital for gardeners. Vegetable growing zones in the U.S., Canada and Mexico are based on the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Plant Hardiness Zone Map. This shows average minimum temperatures throughout the year, and it can help the gar......[Read More]
How to Make a Sedum Basket

How to Make a Sedum Basket

Sedum morganianum or burro-tail sedum is commonly planted in a hanging basket. This herbaceous succulent does very well in basket because when mature it has trailing branches that are 3 to 4 feet long. These branches have a braided look and resemble a suspended jellyfish. When the breeze blows, it m......[Read More]
Directions for Sprouting Seeds

Directions for Sprouting Seeds

All seeds require specific environmental conditions in order to sprout. This includes sufficient moisture, the right temperature range and enough oxygen. Different types of seeds have different requirements. Seed packages will normally tell you how to sprout the specific seeds they contain, indicati......[Read More]
How to Prune Nursery Trees

How to Prune Nursery Trees

When growing trees in a nursery, it is important to cut the tree properly at key stages of growth. Properly pruning your trees trains them and influences the height, shape and strength of the branches. Improper pruning techniques can reduce the amount of fruit a tree produces, harbor disease within ......[Read More]
How to Fertilize a Persian Lime Tree

How to Fertilize a Persian Lime Tree

Its origin surrounded in mystery, the first recorded appearance of a Persian lime was in California in 1875. It is believed to be a hybrid, grown from the seed of a citrus imported to San Francisco from Tahiti sometime during the middle of the 19th century. Also commonly called the Tahiti lime, the ......[Read More]
Is My Garden Snail Dead?

Is My Garden Snail Dead?

Snails are hardy creatures. Once they infest a garden, eradicating them is challenging. Some people keep garden snails as pets, or come across a seemingly dead garden snail in their garden and wonder if they should remove it or whether it's dead at all. There are some signs that a garden snail is de......[Read More]
Growing Lemon Trees in the UK

Growing Lemon Trees in the UK

Originating in the warmer climes of China, the lemon tree, or any citrus tree for that matter, is hardly the kind of plant you would expect to find growing in the United Kingdom where summers are short, rain is frequent and cold spells can be severe. Nevertheless, using artificial growing conditions......[Read More]
How to Identify Houseplants With Large Leaves

How to Identify Houseplants With Large Leaves

Houseplants with large leaves are often tropical plants, since tropical plants in the right conditions grow large leaves as well as large flowers. Other large-leaf plants do not have flowers, but provide greenery for the home. Some of the large-leaf houseplants are in the palm family and are more li......[Read More]
How to Sprout a Palm Tree

How to Sprout a Palm Tree

The majestic height, spread and bright appearance of a palm tree often recalls images of sandy beaches and sunny climes, but these trees can sprout in a variety of climates. Some species are hardy enough to withstand temperatures as low as 18 degrees Fahrenheit. Palm trees can sprout to towering hei......[Read More]
How to Get Rid of Digger Bees

How to Get Rid of Digger Bees

Digger bees is a common name often applied to insects including bumblebees, ground bees, cicada killers wasps, yellow jackets and digger wasps. All build nests in abandoned burrows or by digging out soil. However, some kinds are far more aggressive than others. According to GardensAlive.com, insects......[Read More]
Architectural Lighting Effects

Architectural Lighting Effects

Properly placed lighting can add drama to an exterior.building light image by Dumitrescu Ciprian from Fotolia.comThere is an art to properly lighting a building. When you think of lighting your home, you may think of the porch light outside your front door and a single overhead fixture.........[Read More]
How to Transplant Phlox and Daffodils

How to Transplant Phlox and Daffodils

Phlox paniculata and daffodils are staples of the perennial garden. Daffodils grow from bulbs that need a period of cold to produce spectacular flowers. Daffodils, as a spring blooming flower, require dividing in the fall. Divide garden phlox in the fall or spring for its summer blooming. If blooms ......[Read More]
How to Kill Rattlesnake Weeds

How to Kill Rattlesnake Weeds

Florida betony (Stachys floridana), is an invasive weed that grows to a height of about 2 feet. It is nicknamed the rattlesnake weed because its underground stems grow in fleshy, tuberous segments that look like rattlesnake rattles. Once this weed is established, it is very difficult to eradicate. I......[Read More]
Calla Lily Mango Flower Information

Calla Lily Mango Flower Information

The calla lily mango flower is a deep orange to red calla lily. The botanical name for the calla lily mango is Zantedeschia. Calla lily mango flowers grow quickly which makes them highly desirable for gardeners who wish to fill in empty areas in a landscape. They are also used for gifts and decorati......[Read More]
Can You Grow the Diamond Frost Flower From Seed?

Can You Grow the Diamond Frost Flower From Seed?

Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' is a trademark varietal name for a selection of Euphorbia hypericifolia or graminea. It was introduced in 2005 by Proven Winners, a plant marketing brand owned by three wholesale nurseries. Trademark plants cannot be propagated by seed or other means without permission of t......[Read More]
How to Make the Giant Pine Cone Open Up

How to Make the Giant Pine Cone Open Up

Giant pine cones are rare; most cones fall in the small to medium categories. Giant pine cones are between 10 and 12 inches long, with some growing even bigger than that. The Coulter Pine and the Sugar Pine grow giant pine cones. Extreme cold and heat help the pine cones to grow to the giant proport......[Read More]
Trees That Are Safe to Plant by a Brick Patio

Trees That Are Safe to Plant by a Brick Patio

Some fruit trees are ideal for planting near a patio.Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty ImagesWhen gardening near a patio space, plant selection becomes of utmost importance. Landscaping with trees provides shade and visual interest for those enjoying the patio space. However,.........[Read More]
How to Drain Wet Flower Beds

How to Drain Wet Flower Beds

Waterlogged soil can drown and kill your plants. When water fills the air spaces in the soil, this keeps oxygen from getting to the plant roots, produces stagnant soil and stunts root growth. If your plants are wilted with yellow leaves and the soil has standing water on it, the flower bed is not we......[Read More]