How to make dye?

A color guide to the best plants for dyeing fabric and fibers naturallyPeople have been dyeing fabric and fibers with plants for thousands of years, and you can too! In fact, chances are that you have plenty of plant material in your garden, refrigerator, and pantry to do just that. Onions, blueberries, and spinach are just a few plants that you can use to create beautiful fabric dyes. Read on...

Grow parsnips in containers

Pastinaca sativaAside from a quick glance at the grocery store, I never paid parsnips much attention.But that changed a few years ago, when a friend shared a batch of stovetop parsnip fries with me.A little bit of coconut oil or olive oil, maybe some ghee heated up in a skillet, parsnips cut into thin strips and tossed in, and a little salt and pepper to taste. Wow!I never ignored parsnips again...

Eastern white pine seedling

PLANTING WITH CHILDRENIf at all possible, we urge you to plant these marvelous seeds and seedlings with your children, your grandchildren, borrowed neighbor children and young people at outdoor and wilderness tripping camps. It’s increasingly easy for kids to assume that everything comes from a factory, or that “someone else” will take care of our future needs for a healthy planet,...

Rose of sharon blog

Rose of Sharon HedgesIntroduction to Rose of Sharon Hedges:Anyone that grows a Rose of Sharon for a few years will quickly learn how versatile these plants truly are. Not only are they stunning to look at with their profuse blooms all season long, but the Rose of Sharon is incredibly easy to shape into a variety of desired shapes! Most varieties will grow upwards of about 8 feet or so tall, with...

Calcium nitrate in water

Calcium Nitrate Fertilizer 15.5-0-0 (Ammonia Calcium Nitrate 15.5-0-0) Calcium Nitrate enhances uptake of potassium, magnesium, and calcium from the soil, as these are positively charged and fixed in the soil. The negative charge of nitrate releases them from soil and thus promotes their uptake as the solution of calcium nitrate sprayed on leaves to roots also. Nitrate increases soil pH, a...

Plants in the river

Choosing Plants For River Banks – Tips For Planting Along River BanksGardeners lucky enough to have a natural water feature running through their property may also find challenges when landscaping the area. Creating wild sanctuaries for animals and birds and developing a natural looking landscape are just a couple of common goals when choosing plants for river banks. Plants suitable for river...

Hydrangea in pots care

Growing Hydrangeas in PotsContainer gardening with hydrangeas is relatively simple. In order to grow hydrangeas in planters, be sure to follow the typical hydrangea care instructions. Hydrangeas grown in the ground or in containers require 3 basic things; well-drained soil, the proper amount of sunlight and lots of moisture.Growing hydrangeas in pots is a great option for people who are limited...

Tropical plants zone 9

Zone 9 Tropical Plants: Tips On Growing Tropical Gardens In Zone 9During summer in zone 9 it may certainly feel like the tropics; however, in winter when temperatures dip in to the 20s or 30s, you may worry about one of your tender tropical plants. Because zone 9 is mostly a subtropical climate, it’s necessary to select tropical plants that are hardy in zone 9 and grow non-hardy tropical plants...

Lemon tree fruiting cycle

Lemon Tree Life Cycle: How Long Do Lemon Trees LiveIf you live in a tropical or subtropical climate where frosts are mild and infrequent, you can grow a lemon tree. These trees are not only beautiful, but they also fill the garden with delightfully fresh fragrance. Read on to find out about lemon tree lifespans and what you can do to get as many years as possible from your tree.Lemon Tree Life...

Best soil for potatoes

Soil Preparation for PotatoesPotatoes will grow in just about any well-drained soil, but they dislike soggy soil. Because they do all their growing underground, they can expand more easily in loose, loamy soil than in heavy, compacted, clay soil that keeps plant roots from getting the air and water they need.Working With Your SoilHeavy soils can dampen your potato-growing enthusiasm, but if you...