Friday, November 14, 2014

Home Grown: Overwintering Geraniums.

You can beat the frost and save your geraniums by taking them inside to overwinter.

In freezing temperatures, unprotected annual geraniums will turn a mushy green and die. They can be preserved, however, by overwintering indoors before they get nipped by a hard frost.

Pot up the plants, take cuttings, or store the plants as bare-root specimens.Whichever method you choose, understand that success isn’t guaranteed.

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Artwork: Geraniums

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Home Grown: Potted Perennials in Winter.

Taking care of your potted perennial plants over the winter will ensure they are around next season to provide another year of enjoyment.

Container gardening is a form of gardening everyone can enjoy no matter how large or small their garden may be. Those with only a balcony or patio can enjoy the pleasures of gardening just as those with areas of space.  Containers can be quite elaborate, and the types of plant material can be quite varied. When it comes to what gardeners are putting into containers, the trend is leaning toward just about anything.

At one time annuals were the majority, if not the only type, of plant material being used in containers.  Now everything from perennials to small trees and shrubs are being grown.

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Artwork: Bougainvillea Bonsai

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Home Grown: Selecting Holiday Plants

When the winter holiday season approaches, it is time to purchase holiday plants.

As with most holiday purchases, shop early to ensure that you get the plant of your choice. Purchase clean, healthy plants that are properly identified.

Plants should have dark green foliage and abundant unopened flower buds or fruit. Wrap them carefully before transporting them to avoid subjecting them to freezing outdoor temperatures.

Poinsettias are the most popular holiday plant sold in the United States. The bracts, or modified leaves, are available not only in traditional red but in white, pink, peach, and yellow and in marbled and speckled patterns. The actual flowers are the small yellow blossoms in the center of the bract.

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Artwork: Everblooming Azalea

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Home Grown: Keeping Out the Kudzu Bugs

Adult kudzu bugs will emerge in the spring, lay eggs on sprouting kudzu and begin building large populations. In addition to dining on kudzu, the insect also feeds on soybeans and other legumes, including beans in home gardens.

Researchers have been searching for ways to control the insect, recently introduced from Asia.

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Artwork: Kudzu Bug

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Have You Tried... Husk Cherry Tomatoes?

The skin of this tomato is smooth and taught, like a cherry tomato, but the juicy flesh has a hint of citrus, pineapple and mango in its sweet taste. The consistency is the same as a tomato. Often used in salads.

The fruit grows on a small vine. When ripe, the husk turns brown and the fruit drops from the plant. If left in the husk, it will keep for several weeks.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Home Grown: Autumn Tree Planting

Late summer and fall is a great time to take advantage of end of season sales at nurseries and plant some trees and shrubs. With the heat of summer over, plant water needs are less and roots make good growth in the warm soil. Just be sure to plant early enough that plants get a head start before the ground freezes.

It takes less than a minute in bright sunlight for small feeder roots to die, so protect the roots before planting. Without these, the plant must struggle to absorb moisture; transplant shock will be greater and survival lower. Make the planting hole at least a foot greater in diameter and six inches deeper than the plant's rootball. If your soil is heavy, loosen it on the inside of the hole.

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Artwork: Planting a Tree by Sir George Clausen

Monday, October 13, 2014

Have You Tried... Goat Meat?

Goat meat is the most widely consumed red meat in the world, feeding about 75 percent of the population. Its popularity in the United States is on the rise as more people from Asia, Africa, India and the Middle East begin to call the nation home.

Goat meat is a low-fat and low-calorie food, more than 50 percent lower in fat than American beef and about 40 percent less saturated fat than chicken.

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Raising Meat Goats
A Growing Demand for Goat Meat