What does herbicide do?

Using Herbicide In Gardens – When And How To Use HerbicidesThere are times when the only way to get rid of a stubborn weed is to treat it with an herbicide. Don’t be afraid to use herbicides if you need them, but try other control methods first. Pulling, hoeing, tilling and digging will often take care of weed problems without the need for chemical sprays. Let’s learn more about using...

Seven son flower tree

Seven-son-flowerSeldom do we see a plant take the market by storm when newly introduced. Without the backing of a million-dollar advertising campaign, plants may take many years to become recognized by even the most avid horticulturists.Heptacodium miconioides, or seven-son-flower, is a perfect example of a plant that remained unrecognized years after its introduction and is only now being...

Fertilizer with ammonium nitrate

Ammonium nitrateAmmonium nitrate, (NH4NO3), a salt of ammonia and nitric acid, used widely in fertilizers and explosives. The commercial grade contains about 33.5 percent nitrogen, all of which is in forms utilizable by plants; it is the most common nitrogenous component of artificial fertilizers. Ammonium nitrate also is employed to modify the detonation rate of other explosives, such as...

Pine tree water consumption

How to Water Older Pine Treespine-tree image by Maxim Prikhodko from Fotolia.comMature pine trees are a stately addition to any landscape, and the green needles provide winter interest, as well as shelter for songbirds and other wildlife year round. Pine trees, along with spruce and other conifers, tend to be pretty low-maintenance plants, and they need little attention once they have become...

Can you compost meat

You Can't Compost Meat (And Other Ridiculous Myths) You’ve probably heard how the Indians taught the Pilgrims to bury fish carcasses beneath corn plants. That’s composting. I followed their lead and buried organ meat, humanure (we had a great composting toilet system going at one point) and rotten leftovers in 2 - 3' deep holes and then covered them with a mound of dirt. A month or two...

Garden soil amendments organic

Tag Archives : Organic SoilHave you ever thought about setting up organic growing? Perhaps you think that having your own organic gardening is unfeasible and have not given it a serious thought. Well, it is time to have a rethink. What you may not be aware of is that many successful gardeners out there started out with as little knowledge as you. Having knowledge of gardening is very important if...

Pindo palm cold hardiness

Pindo Palm Cold Hardiness – Can Pindo Palms Grow Outdoors In WinterIf you think a pindo palm is suitable only for sun-drenched subtropical settings, think again. You may live where winter means sub-freezing temperatures and still be able grow one. It’s possible for them to survive in your part of the world, but only with proper winter protection. For pindo palms, it’s an ongoing process.Can...

Where do lizards live in your backyard

Lizards are reptiles. There are over 4,675 species of lizard, according to the San Diego Zoo. Others sources say there are about 6,000 species. Included in this large number are lizards with four legs, some with two legs and some with no legs at all; lizards with frills, horns or wings; and lizards in nearly every color imaginable. SizeLizards generally have small heads, long bodies and long...

What to do with hyssop?

Plus 7 of Our Favourite Hyssop RecipesHyssop has great potential in the kitchen. It is also a herb of great antiquity, and definitely deserves a spot in every herb garden.We hope these hyssop recipes and cooking tips will stimulate your imagination. Some of these recipes you will recognize, others might sound too adventurous. Our only intention here is to show you how easy it is to use herbs to...

How to use a hoe to weed?

By Josh VolkSelecting a good tool and keeping it in working order is only one piece of any job. While it is a critical piece, it cannot be separated from the need to understand how the tool works. There are a lot of aspects to the way a tool works: timing, the physical manipulation of the tool, and also recognizing the limitations and even drawbacks of the tool, recognizing when not to use...