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How to Braid a Hedgerow

How to Braid a Hedgerow

A braided hedge consists of trees that have been interwoven either with each other or with upright supports. The trees must be woven when young saplings, otherwise they're not sufficiently flexible. The best trees for braiding are those with supple, springy stems (willow, for example), although it's......[Read More]
Hydroponics Float Vs. Flood

Hydroponics Float Vs. Flood

The floating raft method (a variation of the deep-water culture method) and the flood-and-drain method (also known as ebb-and-flow method) are two very popular hydroponic growing methods. Each method is better-suited to certain types of plants, and each method has its advantages and drawbacks. Eithe......[Read More]
How to Get Sedum to Bloom

How to Get Sedum to Bloom

A common gardener’s challenge involves choosing flowers and plants that stay attractive throughout the entire growing season. The perennial sedum fits this description with its vibrant green foliage that emerges early in the season. As the foliage grows lush and strong, eventually the sedum wi......[Read More]
How to Grow Apple Trees in Containers

How to Grow Apple Trees in Containers

A number of fruit trees can be grown in containers, including apple trees. But, they typically don’t produce the same quality of fruit as trees grown in the ground. If you don’t have the space, the right soil or the ideal climate for apple trees, raise them in pots as ornamentals, not fo......[Read More]
How to Grow Lettuce in a Greenhouse

How to Grow Lettuce in a Greenhouse

Fresh lettuce can be grown year-round in greenhouses. It grows well in cooler weather but may develop spindly growth in higher temperatures, according to Colorado State University Cooperative Extension. The time from planting to harvesting ranges from 10 to 15 weeks, depending on the variety of lett......[Read More]
Diseased Hostas

Diseased Hostas

Hostas, shade-loving plants in a variety of textures, sizes and colors, are popular with American gardeners because they are easy to grow. Hostas are susceptible to serious viral diseases and gardeners can take steps to prevent the diseases from spreading.......[Read More]
How to care for Lilac Bushes in Zone 5

How to care for Lilac Bushes in Zone 5

Lilacs are dependable flowering shrubs that, once established, will light up the landscape with colorful, sweet-smelling blooms every year for many years. Lilacs are available in a variety of sizes, giving gardeners the ability choose the appropriate size for planting near buildings, as a privacy he......[Read More]
Chemicals in Liquid Fertilizer

Chemicals in Liquid Fertilizer

Various compounds found in fertilizer help plants grow.Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty ImagesPlants must have nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to survive and gardeners use fertilizers to provide these nutrients to them so the plants can thrive. However, these fertilizers can come.........[Read More]
How Close to Plant Trees to a House

How Close to Plant Trees to a House

While a tall, majestic tree growing near a house might sound like a good idea as it grows large enough to provide cooling shade, planting a tree too close to a house can create a host of problems. As the tree grows to maturity, the root system will grow large beneath the soil, possibly encroaching o......[Read More]
How to Raise Begonias

How to Raise Begonias

Begonis are perennial herbs from the tropical regions of the Americas, Africa and Asia. There are more than 1,500 known species with a wide variety of growing habits in the genus. Most begonias are terrestrial plants with tuberous roots, but some grow as epiphytes. Begonias are widely cultivated as ......[Read More]
Black Walnut Tree Diseases

Black Walnut Tree Diseases

The black walnut tree is native to the eastern United States and is highly valued for its delicious nuts and dark hardwood. Its nuts are used primarily in baking and its wood is used in fine furniture, gunstocks, boats, cabinets and more. The black walnut tree, unfortunately, is susceptible to sever......[Read More]
What Are Shade Tolerant Fruit Trees?

What Are Shade Tolerant Fruit Trees?

There are a number of well known and rare fruit trees that are shade tolerant. Fruit trees will succeed in full sun best, but shade-tolerant varieties allow home gardeners with less than ideal conditions a choice for fruit production.......[Read More]
How to Trim an Air Plant as It Lengthens

How to Trim an Air Plant as It Lengthens

Air plants belong to the genus Tillandsia, which includes well-known epiphytic plant species such as Spanish moss. They require little care apart from occasional watering; however, sometimes the leaves require light trimming if the tips dry out and turn brown. While not difficult, trimming air plant......[Read More]
How to Grow Your Fuchsia Plant

How to Grow Your Fuchsia Plant

Fuchsia plants brighten up gardens and landscapes with blooms that come in a variety of colors. Particularly popular in hanging baskets and containers, fuchsias will not flower in temperatures above 76 degrees Fahrenheit. They prefer warm days where the temperature remains between 60 and 70 degrees ......[Read More]
Are Lucky Bamboo Supposed to Smell Like Urine?

Are Lucky Bamboo Supposed to Smell Like Urine?

While some plants do emit a naturally icky odor -- like skunk cabbage -- lucky bamboo (Dracaena) is not one of them. If your bamboo reeks of pee, either an animal is peeing on it or the water has taken on a foul odor due to decaying plant tissue, minerals or other natural causes. You can generally r......[Read More]
Where Can I Find Fresh Flowers?

Where Can I Find Fresh Flowers?

Whether you're planning a wedding, celebrating a special occasion or simply searching for a new arrangement to use as a centerpiece at dinner, fresh flowers will add a perfect touch. Fortunately, there are various places to find fresh flowers throughout the year.......[Read More]
How to Store Gotu Kola At the Correct Temperature

How to Store Gotu Kola At the Correct Temperature

Gotu kola is a medicinal herb that has been used for thousands of years to treat and prevent a variety of illnesses. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, gotu kola has been used throughout history to treat skin conditions, insomnia, anxiety disorders, relieve mental fatigue and fi......[Read More]
Clematis Varieties & Lavender

Clematis Varieties & Lavender

The abundant blooms of clematis vines and the deeply relaxing scent of lavender give these plants a special place in the garden. Clematis has more than 300 varieties and lavender has 39. Clematis is a profusely flowering woody climbing vine that can reach 30 feet high in some cultivars and 8 to 10 f......[Read More]
How to Identify Jonquils and Daffodils

How to Identify Jonquils and Daffodils

It’s one of the first flowers to bloom in your garden, while the early spring temperatures are still cool. It has a long stem and the prettiest yellow flowers. It’s a jonquil. No, it’s a daffodil. It's obvious that you don't know how to identify jonquils and daffodils. If you wa......[Read More]
What Do Brown Tipped Leaves on an Avocado Tree Indicate?

What Do Brown Tipped Leaves on an Avocado Tree Indicate?

Avocado trees (Persea americana) grow in nearbly every part of the world except for northern Canada, China, and Russia. They are not terribly high-maintenance, but nevertheless, some issues can occur--one of which is when its leaves turn brown.......[Read More]