The versatility of Epsom salt or magnesium sulfate is probably one of life’s best-kept secrets. Great for the home, garden and even medicinal purposes – let’s take a closer look at Epsom salt uses.
If you enjoy the sweet, crisp taste of Golden Delicious apples then you’ll love having a Dorsett Apple tree. This incredible tree with the southern flair is hardy enough to grow anywhere from zones 5-9.
The large, golden fruit of the yellow delicious apple tree ripens late, developing a fine, sweet flavor. While they are best known as fresh eating apples, yellow delicious also work well for pies, applesauce and preserves.
Helpful tips from the following Interesting Gardening Videos are sure to help you in your home garden. While there are many videos out there on this subject, we we are always updating our list.
Flowers, vegetables, shrubs, and trees all have specific soil needs; these 60 acid loving plants are great choices for your gardening and landscaping needs.
Cauliflower is a cool-season crop and a descendant of the common cabbage. It is more difficult to grow cauliflower than its relatives because it does not tolerate the heat or cold as well.
Gerbera daisies are commonly grown for their bright and cheerful daisy-like flowers. They come in various sizes and colors including pink, yellow, salmon, orange and white, with flower sizes anywhere from 2 to 5 inches across.
Understanding and knowing your Climate Zones and Chill Hours will prove beneficial for the best gardening experience. Plants perform best when planted in proper Climate Zones and Chill Hour locations …
A member of the geranium family, the citronella mosquito plant carries the fragrance of citronella in its foliage. When a leaf is crushed and rubbed on the skin, it helps to repel mosquitoes. (The plant itself does not automatically repel mosquitoes.)
Black Diamond Crape Myrtle is a stunning Crape Myrtle with striking black foliage and masses of vivid color blooms. As an Intermediate, Best Red™ will grow to a maximum height of approximately 10-feet to 12-feet tall and 8-feet wide…
Increase plant production in your garden by learning how to hand-pollinate plants. Cucurbits (the family of plants including squash, cantaloupe, watermelon, pumpkins, and cucumber) are notorious for having pollination problems.
Grow hydrangeas in rich, porous, somewhat moist soils. Hydrangeas prefer full sun in the morning, with some afternoon shade; however, many will grow and bloom in partial shade. Plant in spring or fall.
The cheerful shasta daisy is a classic perennial. It looks similar to the familiar roadside daisy but has larger and more robust blooms. Here’s how to grow shasta daisies.
To grow spearmint, you will be growing a perennial in zones 3 to 11. Spearmint grows well in full sun to part shade and prefers moist fertile soil. Spacing: 18 to 24 inches apart. Plant size: 24 inches tall.
Parsley can be planted as an edible edging around a garden bed or landscape. Set plants in full sun or partial shade, and rich, moist soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.7. Curled Parsley is a biennial known for its curled and frilly green leaves. Used as a garnish or seasoning.
Set out rosemary in spring, planting seedlings 2 to 3 feet apart; you can also plant in fall in zone 8 and south. Plants are slow growing at first, but pick up speed in their second year. While rosemary tolerates partial shade, it prefers full sun and light, well-drained soil with a pH between 6 and 7.
It is easy to grow lavender if you have the right growing conditions. Learn how to plant, grow and care for your lavender plants. There’s something totally charming about lavender …
How To Regrow Everything is a followup to our post about Plant Propagation. In fact, the following five-plus minute video is so informative that we felt the need to include it here on our LivinRyte site. Enjoy!
The best time-saving measure a gardener can take is adding mulch. From vegetable gardens to flower beds, mulched gardens are healthier, have fewer weeds, and are more drought-resistant than unmulched gardens.
Grow Spinach to produce large yields of vitamin-rich, dark green leaves that are excellent for salads and for cooking. A cool-weather crop, the secret to success with this crop is to start sowing seeds as soon as possible in spring …
Garden soil amendments are materials which are worked into the soil to enhance the soil’s physical properties. Good soil is the foundation of every successful garden. Unfortunately few gardens come with soil that is ideal for growing plants.
Plant propagation is the process of creating new plants from a variety of sources: seeds, cuttings, bulbs and other plant parts. Plant propagation can also refer to the artificial or natural dispersal of plants.
To grow German chamomile, you grow an erect annual, with small, daisy-like flowers, German chamomile is used to make chamomile tea and possesses a number of medicinal qualities.
You can grow sweet basil in a vegetable garden, where it is handy for a big harvest to make pesto. This is sweet basil. Basil needs 6 to 8 hours of sun; in the South and Southwest, it benefits from afternoon shade. Set out plants at least 2 weeks after the last frost in spring.
The following Homemade Tomato Soup recipe is the best! We grew tired of canned soups and product that we simply could not trust, so my wonderful wife came up with the following.
To grow Asparagus plants may take 2 to 3 years to truly get started and produce, however, the plant can be productive up to 20 years.
To grow Cilantro, you will need full sun or light shade in southern zones since it bolts quickly in hot weather. It grows best in a well-drained, moist soil.
To grow Carrots, start sowing carrots 3 weeks before the last expected frost; plant again every 2 to 3 weeks after that. Most cultivars take 70 to 80 days to mature, so sow your last planting 2 to 3 months before the first expected fall frost.
Do you practice companion planting in your garden? Learn what plants are best to grow together or plant next to each other, and which to plant far apart, including popular crops like tomatoes, basil, potatoes, beans, onions, and more.
Wondering how to grow potatoes? Here’s how to plant, grow, and harvest potatoes in your very own garden. The taste and the texture of homegrown potatoes are far superior to those of store-bought potatoes.
Health benefits of potatoes are vast … imagine a diet without potatoes. Potato lovers, and those who don’t like them, will be equally delighted to know that potatoes have nutritional components that go far beyond carbohydrates and calories …
You may have even heard some people say that they don’t worry about testing the soil; that it is usually okay. That’s often true. But if the soil pH is not okay, how will you know? You then risk potential problems …
This post should answer many questions and demonstrate, how to grow onions. Onions are a popular vegetable with the home gardener because they have a wide variety of uses, are easy to grow, and require very little space.
Onions are considered one of the world’s healthiest foods. The numerous health benefits of onions makes onions an essential part of ones daily diet. Onions contain quercetin, which is a flavonoid that acts as an antioxidant, and …
So, What’s the Difference Between Yellow, White, and Red Onions? All these onions vary slightly in flavor, texture, and color, but can usually be substituted for one another. In terms of cooking, they will all behave the same in the pan.
Zone 9 has a long growing season with hot summers. Most vegetable varieties will have no problem maturing before your first frost date. With a last frost date of March 1st and first frost date of December 15th.
Zone 8 has a long growing season with hot summers. Most vegetable varieties will have no problem maturing before your first frost date. With a last frost date of April 1st and first frost date of December 1st.
Zone 7 has medium length growing season. Most vegetable varieties will have no problem maturing before your first frost date. With a last frost date of April 15th and first frost date of November 15th.
Zone 6 has medium length growing season. Most vegetable varieties will have no problem maturing before your first frost date. With a last frost date of May 1st and first frost date of November 1st.
Zone 5 has medium length growing season. Most vegetable varieties will have no problem maturing before your first frost date. With a last frost date of May 15th and first frost date of October 15th.
Zone 4 has shorter growing season than most USDA garden zones in the United States. Choose vegetable varieties with faster maturing dates. With a last frost date of June 1st and first frost date of October 1st.
Zone 3 is the coldest of all the USDA garden zones in the United States. This zone has the shortest growing window for gardening. With a last frost date of May 15th and first frost date of September 15.