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    A GARDENING expert has shared his pro tips for naturally fertilizing your garden next season. TikToker Marv, who uses the handle @plantedinthegarden, said if you grow a comfrey plant, a type of perennial, you can turn it into a liquid fertilizer to use in rest of your garden. 3You can cut the flowers off the plantCredit: TikTok/plantedinthegarden 3The plant can be harvested into fertilizerCredit: TikTok/plantedinthegarden 3You should harvest the leaves to make the fertilizerCredit: TikTok/plantedinthegarden "Comfrey is a dynamic accumulator,” he captioned the video. “The roots draw up nutrients which go into the leaves.  “These nutrients can then be returned to your growing areas.  "Leaves can be added to compost, used as mulch or can be made into liquid fertilizer. Read More On Gardening TipsLAWN CARE I'm a gardening expert - the 'last chance' jobs you need to do now MOW MORE The time you must stop cutting your grass - or risk ruining the lawn “If you’re looking to make natural organic fertilizer, then you might want to give this a try.” Marv assured fans the plant is “really...
    ENGLISH IVY can look really chic in your garden, or even on the outside of your house. But the truth is if it's not kept in a pot the green plant can become unmanageable and cause more harm than good. 2Ivy can become unmanageable if not checked onCredit: Alamy This is especially true if you have ivy growing on the outside walls of your home, since it can cause real damage to the bricks, even weakening them. Not only that, but ivy can also destroy trees by wrapping itself around the roots and weighing down the bark. Luckily, there's a quick and easy way to get rid of the pesky plant in no time at all - all you need is some white vinegar. Brittany Bailey, gardening expert at Pretty Handy Girl told Express.co.uk that cutting the plant is the best place to start. Read more on gardeningLAWN & ORDER Gardening pros shares time you should stop mowing your lawn for winter She explained: “Ivy has a waxy leaf that is highly resistant to herbicides, therefore it’s best to score or cut...
    (CNN)What enemy did you fight in your nightmares as a kid? Mine had no shape, no voice, no smell or taste, but it could creep under my skin and erode me from the inside. Since the age of 10, when I stumbled upon a book about the consequences of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster, I had regular nightmares about radiation poisoning. My best friend and writing partner had to suffer through my renditions of those nightmares in prose and verse throughout our school years.Sasha Dovzhyk with her best friend Diliara Didenko in Zaporizhzhia, 2002.Growing up in Zaporizhzhia, the south eastern Ukrainian city some 50 kilometers (30 miles) away from the largest nuclear plant in Europe -- now the site of Russia's shelling and mounting fears of nuclear disaster -- we were no strangers to atomic anxiety. Afterall, the Chornobyl catastrophe, which had happened just two years before I was born, popped up regularly in the school curriculum. Textbooks aside, my aunt was among those Soviet citizens who marched unknowingly in central Kyiv during the May Day parade in 1986 while, some...
    Generally speaking, making something grow from a seed is easy; put some dirt in a pot, put a seed in the dirt, and then continue to water it until it’s fully grown and ready to harvest. Just about any seed will, at least, germinate with these simple steps, and the vast majority of fruit and vegetable plants are easy to raise. A review unit was provided by abby’s PR team. But what does your outdoor garden look like? Does it look messy, filled with tall grass and weeds that grow around your plants? And, do you find the occasional pest in your planter box? I think that’s the biggest difference, here: the Hey abby Grow Box allows you to grow whatever without any of the mess; no dirt, grass, or pests. Now, I realize hydroponics isn’t anything new, and I’m quite familiar with the concept. In fact, I use my Aerogarden all year to grow plants. But what the abby Grow Box does is keep everything controlled, packed neatly into a gorgeous outer shell (a tall white cabinet with wooden accents and...
    Most of us know that hops are a key ingredient in beers, and no beer celebrates hoppiness quite like the IPA. However, hops are a fun and beautiful plant to grow at home, one that covers an arbor or trellis and provides some tasty stuff for the kitchen. Any enthusiastic beer drinker or microbrew sampler knows that there are a variety of different hops, many with their own unique flavor, particularly in beer. And, hey, if a good crop of hops is growing at home, it might be worth trying some homebrew. But, as a gardener, this plant can offer much more. In addition to being a vigorous bind (vines that die back to the ground in winter) and more than willing to climb stuff to provide a shady sitting spot, the plant has usefulness in the kitchen, both as food and non-alcoholic beverage. Not only are these plants suitable for growing in most of the continental US, but also they are well-suited to both rural, suburban, and urban gardens. Source: OrganicBackyardGardening/Youtube Cultivating Hops It’s always a winner...
    For those who are hoping to grow food at home but working with little space, perhaps no yard, cultivating container gardens is a real option. There are loads of vegetables that can be grown in pots on balconies or patios, not to mention a selection of herbs and even vining fruits or dwarf fruit trees. What once was a couple of dusty chairs and a table on a concrete slab can quickly become a garden oasis worthy of sitting in. One of the inevitable parts of container gardens, however, is broken plant pots. It happens, and that’s life. But, before heading straight to the garbage can with that shards of ceramic, we can start to reimagine our broken pots as creative opportunities. There are loads of fun things we can do with them that keep them out of the landfill and even gives them a new purpose. So, let’s turn our problems into solutions: Source: Growing In The Garden/Youtube 1. Grow Things in Them A slightly broken plant pot, say with a chip out of the top or...
    Not long ago, I wrote about planting bromeliads in the garden. In response, I received an email from Jerry Robinson, one of the proprietors of Rainforest Flora (rain-forest-flora.com), whose retail nursery is located in Torrance. I visited the nursery eight years ago and would place it high on the bucket list of gardeners and plant lovers.  Rainforest Flora’s claim to fame is its growth and distribution of Tillandsias, a category of bromeliad familiarly known as air plants because of their epiphytic or tree-dwelling habitat. Founded in 1974, Rainforest Flora was North America’s first Tillandsia nursery and today is the largest such nursery on this continent. The company’s growing grounds are located in North San Diego County and encompass 300,00 square feet or seven acres, where millions of Tillandsias are grown from seed. Air plants Tillandsias mounted on wood. (Courtesy of Jerry Robinson) Tillandsias. (Courtesy of Jerry Robinson) Tillandsias. (Courtesy of Jerry Robinson) Pentsemon or beardtongue. (Photo by Joshua Siskin) Show Caption of Expand...
    Many people try to save water just to do the right thing (and save money too). But when serious drought hits, and state and local governments enforce restrictions, water conservation becomes non-negotiable. So far this summer, nearly 65% of the United States and Puerto Rico is experiencing “abnormally dry” weather, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Almost 43% of those locations are contending with “moderate” drought, and nearly 47% with “severe,” “extreme” or “exceptional” drought. That means more than 109 million people are living under drought conditions. And a lot of them have plants or yards to worry about. Unfortunately, it’s a little late in the season to begin trying two of the best ways to conserve water in the garden. First, rain barrels and other rain harvesting methods are of little use when there’s no rain to fill them. Second, xeriscaping, the practice of planting drought-tolerant plants, many of them native to a region, works only if those plants are already in place. Consider both for next year. Native plants are well-adapted to their climate and more tolerant...
    Strawberries make people happy. They do it when they are fresh and juicy, warm from the sun. They do it when they are freeze-dried and reconstituted in oatmeal. They work in pies, cakes (so much so that they have a cake all their own: Strawberry Shortcake), and homemade ice cream. They’ll spruce up an otherwise plain bowl of cereal. They’ll make a salad with a little balsamic vinaigrette and some walnuts in the mix, something to talk about later. They are just delicious in so many ways. Knowing this, it’s no surprise that the prospect of growing some strawberries right at home might be of interest to many of us, and the good news about that is that they are super easy to deal with, produce a lot throughout the year, and are perennial plants, meaning they don’t need to be bought again or replanted each year. They are prolific growers and will provide food for half a decade before tiring out. But, not to worry, they are also very easy to reproduce. Stick around. It’ll all be clear...
    (CNN)The world's largest living plant has been identified in the shallow waters off the coast of Western Australia, according to scientists.The sprawling seagrass, a marine flowering plant known as Posidonia australis, stretches for more than 112 miles (180 kilometers) in Shark Bay, a wilderness area protected as a World Heritage site, said Elizabeth Sinclair, a senior research fellow at the School of Biological Sciences and Oceans Institute at The University of Western Australia.That's about the distance between San Diego and Los Angeles. Meet an extreme plant that thrives and grows faster under stressThe plant is so large because it clones itself, creating genetically identical offshoots. This process is a way of reproducing that is rare in the animal kingdom although it happens in certain environmental conditions and occurs more often among some plants, fungi and bacteria. "We often get asked how many different plants are growing in a seagrass meadow. Here we used genetic tools to answer it," said Sinclair, the author of a study on the seagrass that published late Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal...
    Tending our garden, nurturing our plants, carefully pruning tomatoes, or mulching potato beds is a wonderful part of gardening. It is partly about the process—spending time outside, connecting with the earth, and getting soil under our fingernails. Far from there being urgency or rush related to gardening, it’s a lot about the anticipation of veggies and blooms to come. A lot of veggies that we grow from seed can take 60 days or more before they are ready to be harvested, and there is simply nothing we can do but wait patiently. The reward is usually worth it! That said, there are a few veggies that we can plant from seed and bring to our plates in 40 days or even less. So, let’s take a look at a few vegetables you can plant at home that have a relatively quick growing time. 1. Radishes (Raphanus sativus) Radishes are super fast growers and can be ready for picking in as little as 25 days. The baby radishes can be harvested at this time and are much crispier and a...
    ARE you ever left frustrated at your plants not growing in your garden? Thankfully there may be some very easy steps to try to boost their chances, according to a gardening expert.  1If your plants aren't growing, there may be some easy things to tryCredit: Getty Jamie Shipley, Managing Director at Hedges Direct, said: “There are several key factors to consider if your plants are not growing and this goes for most plants.” He shared six simple things to try to get your plants thriving… Location For plants to thrive, they need to be in the correct place, so things to consider are always: soil type – i.e. are they planted in the right soil type for the plant’s preference, exposure – does the plant need a sheltered location or not, light – does it have too much or too little? Plant Health Is it diseased or damaged in any way?  Does it need pruning to remove dead or crossing branches, to encourage new growth or rejuvenate an older plant?  More on gardeningBEAUTIFUL BLOOMS I'm a gardening whizz and this...
    Tomatoes are not only my favorite backyard crop, they’re also the most popular among American home gardeners. And it’s no wonder: Have you ever compared a supermarket tomato to a backyard one? The homegrown scent alone will transport you straight to summer. Another benefit of growing your own tomatoes is variety. Seeds for yellow, black, pear-shaped and even giant tomatoes — which you won’t typically find in the produce aisle — are readily available in catalogs and many garden centers. And since my tomatoes-of-choice are large and lumpy, that’s typically how I roll. I’m so enamored with them that while writing a garden column for Newsday in New York, I created and for 13 years hosted The Great Long Island Tomato Challenge, a gathering of fellow tomatophiles in search of the biggest fruit of the season (yes, tomatoes are technically fruits). Over the years, I came face-to-face with many beautiful, sweetly scented, giant tomatoes, including a 5 pound, 4 ounce beauty that was the largest ever entered into the competition, not to mention heavier than some newborn humans. I also...
    A GARDENING expert has revealed the nine mistakes to avoid in order to save time and money when growing plants and vegetables. While the concept of growing food and plants from scratch can seem daunting, these tips will help even the more novice gardeners get started. 1A gardening expert has shared the nine mistakes people make while starting a garden According to Architectural Digest, one of the main mistakes peple make when starting a garden is setting too lofty of a goal. It's best to start small, while thinking big, advises expert Megan Gilger, who recommends thinking abut goals that are three to five years from now. Another common mistake people make when gardening is not interplanting - as in not letting all their different kind of buds grow together. Giger says it's good to intercrop - a gardening practice that encourages pairing companion plants and mixing tall and short plants. Read More on Gardening DON'T SCRAP THEM I’m a gardening pro – how to feed your plants with six easy tricksGREEN FINGERS I'm a gardening expert - there are...
    Tomatoes are not only my favorite backyard crop — they’re also the most popular among American home gardeners. And it’s no wonder: Have you ever compared a supermarket tomato to a backyard one? The homegrown scent alone will transport you straight to summer. Another benefit of growing your own tomatoes is variety. Seeds for yellow, black, pear-shaped and even giant tomatoes — which you won’t typically find in the produce aisle — are readily available in catalogs and many garden centers. And since my tomatoes-of-choice are large and lumpy, that’s typically how I roll. I’m so enamored with them that while writing a garden column for Newsday in New York, I created and for 13 years hosted The Great Long Island Tomato Challenge, a gathering of fellow tomatophiles in search of the biggest fruit of the season (yes, tomatoes are technically fruits). Over the years, I came face-to-face with many beautiful, sweetly scented, giant tomatoes, including a 5 lb., 4 oz., beauty that was the largest ever entered into the competition — not to mention heavier than some newborn humans....
    IKEA continues to work towards a larger plant-based menu in their food courts and now some delicious gyozas will be joining the plant-based meatballs, veggie dogs, and soft serve on the vegan menu. That’s right, from May 15th to the 20th, IKEAs in Singapore will add plant-based gyozas to their growing vegan menu. These new items will be following the success of the plant-based version of their Swedish meatballs, the Plant Ball, which is made from nutritious pea protein, oats, potatoes, onions, and apples. Source: IKEA/Youtube According to TimeOut, IKEA says that the plant-based gyoza will be much healthier than the original gyoza, with 54 percent more protein and 22 percent less fat. IKEA’s goal is to make the menus at their stores 50 percent plant-based and reduce red meat dishes by 80 percent by 2025. Being publicly-funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content.Click here to Support Us Since the release of the Plant Ball in 2015, IKEA has been working to introduce climate-friendly food options and cut its carbon footprint. Now,...
    WITH so many rules, it can be tricky to know what to plant and when in your garden. Just when you think you've got it all worked out, it becomes apparent that you're months late planting your blooms. 3May is the perfect time to plant loads of different vegetables and flowersCredit: Getty Luckily, the pros at Gardeners' World revealed exactly what you should be putting in your garden in May, and it makes life so much easier. They say: "In May, all risk of frost has passed in most regions of the UK. "Many vegetable, herb and flower seeds can be directly sown outdoors." When it comes to vegetables, some are easier to grow than others, but planting them at the right time is half the battle. Beetroot, Carrots and Courgettes According the the gardening experts, Beetroot is a good place to start if you're new to growing veg. "he seeds don’t need much encouragement to germinate and they require little maintenance once established," they explain. Carrots are a classic that are equally as hard to mess up, and now...
    AUSSIE mums have shared a simple trick to grow their own pineapple plant from a store-bought fruit. Posting to the popular Facebook group, Mums Who Garden, one Melbourne-based woman revealed how she cleverly used a pineapple fruit brought from a shop to grow her own - and it couldn't be easier. 1Mums reveal how they are growing their own pineapples from store-bought fruitCredit: TikTok/ Brad Sharing the results, the mum said she propagated the plant by chopping the leaves off the top, placing the stalk in a glass full of water and then proceeded to transfer the plant into a pot when roots started to grow, The Daily Mail reported. She said she rushed out to buy a pineapple after seeing the hack in the group and ''could not believe'' how easy it was to grow your own in the comfort of your home. ''She grew so quickly that last week I got to transfer her into soil for the first time and she is flourishing so well,'' the pineapple lover wrote in the caption. ''My partner was so excited about the prospect of...
    Seven plant-based food associations worldwide have teamed up in a working group devoted to supporting the development of the growing sector. Source: Plant Based Foods Association/Youtube The International Plant-Based Foods Working Group (IPBFWG) is comprised of like-minded associations that represent companies and organizations involved in producing plant-based foods in their respective countries and areas. According to their website, the group will work together to align and coordinate strategy and initiatives to advance the plant-based food sector around the world. “The Plant Based Sector is seeing exponential growth, and a lot of effort needs to be taken to provide a level playing field for this nascent but promising industry. With the debut of IPBFWG, we have initiated a coordinated development; spirits are high and magnificent, just like one big family,” said Sanjay Sethi, Executive Director of the Plant-Based Foods Industry Association. The group notes that our current food system has many issues, and plant-based foods can help solve many of those problems. The meat and dairy industry accounts for an insane amount of emissions that contribute to global warming....
    MOULD can begin to develop in any damp space in the home. Once it's set in can be pricey and time consuming to remove. 2There are loads of cheap plants that can help purify the air and prevent mouldCredit: Getty It's always better to prevent it taking a hold in the first place, luckily there is a simple solution. Air purifying plants can greatly reduce the amount of humidity in the air, which can often lead to mould. Some of the most effective plants include English Ivy, which can reduce indoor mould counts. One study by West Coast Clinical Trials even found that the plant dropped the amount of toxins by 60% when added to a container with mouldy bread. Another great option is the Peace Lily, while plants don't usually fair well in bathrooms, this one will thrive. Since it doesn't need much light to survive, it is almost fool proof. It's a great spot to keep a plant as bathrooms can be hotspots for mould growth due to leaky pipes, dripping tips and damp. The Boston Fern is...
    Despite facing a spiralling energy crisis, Germany has continued its Green crusade of shutting down hydrocarbon-fueled power plants. Germany’s green crusade against fossil fuels has continued to march on during what has been described by other nations as a “chaotic geopolitical context” for energy, with the country taking another hydrocarbon-fueled power station out of service on Friday. This is despite the fact that the country is facing down one of the worst energy crises in its recent history, at risk of having the majority of its gas supply cut off completely over tensions with Russia. According to a report by Der Spiegel, a lignite powered station in Neurath which can generate up to 300 megawatts of power will go offline on Friday. Owned by energy company RWE, the shutdown is reportedly in line with the German government’s coal phase-out programme. However, the German multinational has said that the plant will be conserved for a little while longer, which will allow it to be brought back online should it be needed. “Against the background of the current debate about a possible reduction in...
    Those mushrooms that pop up in your garden after a good rain may be unsightly, but they are more likely to be beneficial rather than harmful to your plants. Once you understand why they appear in your garden, you may appreciate them more. However, they can be dangerous to you if ingested, so it’s best to consider them all inedible and leave it to the experts to determine whether they are delicious or deadly. Mushroom is a general term applied to the above-ground fruiting bodies of certain kinds of spore-forming fungi. Typically, we think of a mushroom as having a stem, cap and gills on the underside of the cap. These types of mushrooms appear annually when conditions are right and last only long enough to release their spores. Shelf fungi or bracket fungi growing on tree trunks or fallen logs can also be called mushrooms but are often referred to as conks. Most of these are perennial and grow and toughen as they age. They, too, produce spores, but tend to have pores rather than gills. When mushroom spores...
    Whether you use them to make pastes and sauces or love them chopped up in a salad - it's easy to grow your own tomatoes at home. And you can pick from a variety of types in a rainbow of colours to grow throughout the summer. How do I grow tomatoes? There are lots of different types of tomatoes you can choose to grow, from heirloom varieties to the popular Gardener's Delight. Once you've decided which variety you want to grow, it's time to sow the seeds. It is recommended to do this from late March to early April if you are growing them outside. From there, the easiest way to grow your own tomatoes is: Plant the seeds in a light, well-draining soil mix. Add a trellis or other kind of support for your plant to grow. Keep retying it as the plant grows taller. Pinch out side shoots as the plant grows to create one, strong main stem and encourage fruiting. Feed with tomato feed as fruit begins appearing. Harvest fruit when it is fully coloured. Research...
    SOME think that growing your own vegetables is a lot of work and expensive. Well, in reality for some vegetables such as garlic, it could be money-saving and pretty easy too. 1Learn how to grow garlic from cloves.Credit: Alamy Can I grow garlic from a clove? Yes, you can and it is so easy too. From one bulb of garlic, you can get several garlic cloves which will then grow and save you lots of money if you use garlic a lot. You can buy a garlic bulb from the grocery store but if you want to make sure to have the certified virus-free bulbs, you should buy them from a garden centre or seed supplier. If the clove started to sprout, don't worry about it, you can still plant it. Read More on GardeningSPRING HAS SPRUNG I’m a gardening expert, here's how to get your garden ready for springGARDENING GOD I’m a gardening expert, my tip kills weeds in no time & it’s totally FREE As long as the clove is not damaged, you can plant and guarantee yourself...
    Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, seed racks are back! These harbingers of spring are now appearing in stores and nurseries all over North America, exciting gardeners with visions of a new gardening season. Without dampening the excitement that these spinning or stationary racks generate, I do suggest that both novice and expert gardeners alike be careful approaching them. Seed racks are magical. They attract gardeners like magnets attract iron filings. It doesn’t matter that you may have perfectly good seeds left over from last year or that you already ordered seeds from a catalog; you need to check out what is being offered. Next thing you know, 10 minutes has passed and you are wandering to the cash register with a handful of seed offerings. What happened? Seed sellers know gardeners are hard-wired by the “Jack and The Beanstalk” story. Plant a magical seed — and all seeds are magical — and up shoots the stalk. If we just choose half a dozen of those hand-size packets of seeds, we can grow a half acre (or even more) of...
    Come summer, gardeners will feel the heat, and not just in degrees, but also in Scoville units. Even though it’s March, it’s a good time to either begin pepper seeds or start planning which varieties to grow. Pepper plants can be grown in spring and summer gardens and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes to meet versatile tastes — they can be big, boxy and sweet or hot enough to make your eyes water in a Thai curry. And different varieties can have different needs. Follow these tips to get the most out of this popular nightshade. 1. Break out the seed equivalent of an electric blanket.  Nurseries and big box stores will have a selection of fully grown sweet and hot peppers by the spring, but if you want to grow a less common variety, start earlier in the season with seeds. But since it can still be a little chilly, Brijette Peña, owner and founder of San Diego Seed Company, recommends getting a heating pad to put under the container where gardeners start their seeds....
    CHICAGO (CBS) —A large agave plant at the Garfield Park conservatory is still reaching for the sky! CBS 2 first showed “Guien” to you last month. It’s the only time in its life that the plant will bloom. That bloom sets off the plant’s slow death. In the wild in southern Mexico, bats, bees and birds eat the plant’s nectar. It apparently doesn’t taste too bad. Back in 2019, another tall agave grew to 38 feet and went through the conservatory roof. Epic news on Guien: She flowerin! Last Tuesday on 1/25/22 she began the flowering process which starts at the bottom & proceeds slowly to the top of the quiote (flowering stalk). On Tuesday 2/1/22 she measured 20 ft 1 in! She is flowering w/beauty this Black History Month. pic.twitter.com/IaWcdd4SO1 — Garfield Park Conservatory (@gpconservatory) February 2, 2022
    CHICAGO (CBS) —A large agave plant at the Garfield Park conservatory is still reaching for the sky! CBS 2 first showed “Guien” to you last month. It’s the only time in its life that the plant will bloom. That bloom sets off the plant’s slow death. In the wild in southern Mexico, bats, bees and birds eat the plant’s nectar. It apparently doesn’t taste too bad. Back in 2019, another tall agave grew to 38 feet and went through the conservatory roof. Epic news on Guien: She flowerin! Last Tuesday on 1/25/22 she began the flowering process which starts at the bottom & proceeds slowly to the top of the quiote (flowering stalk). On Tuesday 2/1/22 she measured 20 ft 1 in! She is flowering w/beauty this Black History Month. pic.twitter.com/IaWcdd4SO1 — Garfield Park Conservatory (@gpconservatory) February 2, 2022
    Square foot gardening is exactly what it sounds like — growing vegetables in a square foot pattern in a raised bed — but it is more than that. It is a gardening method that reduces the work of growing vegetables and also the resources needed, such as water and fertilizer. These are great benefits to any food grower. The concept of square foot gardening came from Mel Bartholomew, a retired engineer and efficiency expert who realized that gardening in rows was a farming model that didn’t translate well to home gardening. He published his book, “Square Foot Gardening,” in 1981, then hosted a PBS television show for several years. In 2005 he published a revised version titled “All New Square Foot Gardening.” Sadly, Mel passed away in 2016, but his square foot method changed home gardening forever. At our house, we’ve been growing vegetables with the square foot gardening method since we moved here in 1992. We’ve learned a lot during those 30 years and I’ll try to share some of the knowledge we’ve gained. There’s a bit more work...
    Q. “We just moved to Riverside County near Lake Mathews. The weather is very hot in the summer (three months of 95-103 degree heat) and can get frosty in winter. It is a rural area with lots of bunnies who love to munch. Can you recommend a ground cover for the entrance area of the house as a grass substitute? It needs to not be a water guzzler and able to handle the summer heat.” – Nancy Tetreault Dwarf rose yarrow (Achillea millefolium ‘Rosea’) comes to mind as a grass or lawn substitute for your circumstances. Native to the Channel Islands, it can take some foot traffic and is heat and drought tolerant. In general, plants with fragrance, including all Achillea species, are not appetizing to rabbits. Seed of this Achillea variety or something similar can be ordered from seedcorner.com. You can find dwarf yarrow at the Theodore Payne Nursery in Sun Valley and the Tree of Life Nursery in San Juan Capistrano. Six low growing yarrow varieties are available from anniesannuals.com. Another low-growing rabbit-resistant ground cover is prostrate rosemary (Rosmarinus...
    Q: Whenever I try to plant cilantro in my garden, it either dies or bolts right away. How can I grow cilantro successfully? Would it be happy in an outdoor pot? A: There are several reasons some store-bought herbs don’t transplant well. If you look closely at the live herb plants sold in the grocery store or garden center, you’ll notice that there are many plants growing very close together. This makes that little pot of herbs look lush and healthy, but they don’t stay that way for very long. I call it “clown car planting” – see how many plants you can grow in a 4-inch pot! Sometimes you can separate them into smaller clumps when transplanting, but this usually involves a lot of root damage. If you want to try it, trim the top part of the plants by about 50%. This makes the clump easier to handle, and it can give the roots a chance to recover while the leaves grow back. Place the root ball in a container of water and gently tease apart the plants....
    Check out our must-buy plant-based cookbooks! Learn more Growing food at home can save us all a lot of money whilst likely providing healthier food than we’d normally get. One of the best avenues into home gardening is the culinary herb garden, and perhaps the best way into culinary herb growing is starting with perennial plants. Perennial plants, of course, are those which grow year and years without needing to be replanted. Most supermarket vegetables, like tomatoes and cucumbers and lettuce and potatoes, are planted anew each year. This requires a lot of work and energy. With perennial plants, a single plant can produce and live for years. Unlike vegetables, many of our favorite and most common culinary herbs come from perennial plants. That means creating an herb garden can pay off for years to come. Culinary herbs, whether dried or fresh, are extremely expensive to buy, yet they are extremely easy to grow. Plus, it’s a lot of fun. The culinary herb garden smells fantastic. It attracts butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. It doesn’t take up much space,...
    In a seminal 2010 study on the potential benefits of pomegranates in the prevention of breast cancer, the following conclusion was reached: “Pomegranate intake may be a viable strategy for the chemoprevention of breast cancer.” Specifically, pomegranate consumption inhibits the activity of aromatase, the enzyme that produces estrogen and its associated breast cancer cells, especially in post-menopausal women. The conclusion of another 2009 peer-reviewed article about nutrition and cancer that addressed the cancer-prevention potential of pomegranates was more far-reaching: “Recent research has shown that pomegranate extracts selectively inhibit the growth of breast, prostate, colon and lung cancer cells in culture. In preclinical animal studies, oral consumption of pomegranate extract inhibited growth of lung, skin, colon and prostate tumors.” The pomegranate is native to the Middle East. It is one of five fruits (along with grape, fig, olive, and date) indigenous to the Land of Israel that are mentioned in the Bible. Thus its ability to survive drought is embedded in its DNA, as years of drought in the Middle East are as common as they are in California. Yet just...
    Check out our must-buy plant-based cookbooks! Learn more Growing edible stuff is wildly rewarding because we reintroduce ourselves into the food circle, becoming part of where our food comes from. It’s amazing to sit down and eat a salad freshly picked from the garden or indulge in a gluttony of homegrown tomato sandwiches. What a wonderful problem it is to eat refrigerator pickles until we are sick of them! Of course, it’s also rewarding to grow ornamental gardens, those places we can sit and just soak in the color and aromas of all the flowers. We can watch the bees and butterflies and hummingbirds dancing betwixt them, bewitched by the sweet pollen and dazzled by the endless buffet. Hey, that’s some wildly rewarding stuff, too. And, then, there are edible flower gardens, and they do both! How awesome is that? Believe it or not, there are loads of blooms that make for some interesting eating. Alliums Alliums are a popular flower to include in ornamental gardens. The form colorful little pom-pom blooms that pollinators just love. Allium...
    Active Aging  |  Presented by: Physicians Medical Group of San Jose   As summer blooms fade, fall ushers in a wide array of gorgeous flowers to brighten up your outdoor and indoor spaces. Hanging planters bursting with rich autumn shades like maroon, red, orange, yellow, and gold add stunning natural beauty to your porch, patio, or balcony. Fresh cut bouquets featuring hardy fall flowers can also dress up countertops and tables indoors. All blooms thrive differently, according to regional conditions. Therefore, gardening experts at a local nursery or a local horticulturist can offer valuable planting advice. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is another regional growing resource. Here’s a list of popular fall flowers and simple growing tips to help you get started. Pansies Many pansies bloom in the fall and continue growing in winter.  Scores of eye-catching hybrids deliver a magnificent multicolored floral display in planters or the garden. The cool-weather wonders grow in small and large flowers, as well as spreading varieties. Fabulous fall color combinations include burgundy and gold Panola Autumn Blaze pansies, Inspire Purple with...
    Potatoes have the reputation of being fairly easy to grow, and for the most part, they are. Heck, leave a potato in the pantry long enough, and you’ll see that it starts to grow right there and then, no planting necessary. In fact, while not recommended, oftentimes those organic potatoes we bring home from the supermarket can be planted in the garden to produce more potatoes. All that said, there are some issues with growing potatoes at home. For one, to produce a sizeable quantity requires a large amount of space, and ultimately producing those potatoes—if we buy proper seed potatoes to do it—will cost about as much as buying them from the supermarket, even organic. Because of this, it makes sense to grow other vegetables if space is limited. And, that’s why growing gourmet potatoes can be a lot of fun. They’ll add some pizzazz to the potato dishes we’ve come to love, and they’ll be something a bit more notable than the standard russet we can get in such abundance for so cheap. In other words, go...
    This is the latest in a series called Plant PPL, where people of color in the plant world are interviewed. It’s an unlikely location for a farm: the front yard of a shared rental property in a residential neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley. But, Siri Lorece Hirth says, her neighbors often stop to admire her 1-year-old edible garden and visit the free farmstand she and her husband, Patrick, host on Sundays. “Only a small portion of land is available for us to grow anything, but we have found a way,” says Hirth of her former front lawn. Hirth has been gardening and growing food for years and founded her farm business — Creative Arts Farm — in 2015. “We were looking for land to expand, and we had a business plan,” she says. “When the pandemic hit, we thought about what we could do to help our community thrive during such a difficult time. I was doing garden consultations and thought, ‘Now is the time to offer wellness in a public way.’ I’m a business person. If I say...
    The first step to becoming more sustainable is knowing what options are out there. Hemp clothing is relatively new and an interesting alternative to the standard poly-cotton blend most things are made of nowadays. In a world of polyester and microplastics, the hunt for natural and eco-friendly textiles is more important than ever.  What Is Hemp? First things first, hemp is not marijuana. Marijuana, as we all probably know, is a drug that contains THC, while hemp is its plant sibling that has been used since 10,000 BC as food, medicine, rope, clothing, and anything else that could be made from durable, fibrous stalks. While they come from similar plants, you cannot get high from a hemp plant.  As a biofiber, hemp fiber is completely natural and biodegradable. That means when a hemp shirt eventually ends up in a landfill, it will start breaking down relatively quickly. The world is slowly coming to the realization about how virgin plastic in clothing is harming oceans and filling landfills, so developing biofibers like hemp is essential to redefining the fashion industry. ...
    (CNN)Astronauts on the International Space Station are trying to spice up their diets.The astronauts are growing red and green chile peppers in space for what will be "one of the longest and most challenging plant experiments attempted aboard the orbital lab," NASA said.Hatch chile pepper seeds arrived at the station in June aboard a SpaceX commercial resupply services mission.NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, a flight engineer who helped grow "Outredgeous" red romaine lettuce in space in 2016, initiated the experiment by inserting 48 seeds into the Advanced Plant Habitat (APH) on July 12.A team with Kennedy Space Center's Exploration Research and Technology programs planted those seeds in a device called a science carrier, which slots into the APH, one of the three plant growth chambers on the orbiting laboratory where the astronauts raise crops.Read MoreAbout the size of a kitchen oven, the APH is the largest plant growth facility on the ISS. With 180 sensors and controls for monitoring, it allows the experiment to be controlled, in part, from the Kennedy Space Center, so astronauts can spend less time tending to...
    VIDEO1:5801:58Fishless fish could be the next big thingThe News with Shepard Smith Faux fish is angling to be the next big thing in alternative protein. Alt-meat has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years as consumers have started to change what they eat for a variety of reasons, ranging from concerns over climate change and sustainability to animal welfare and personal health benefits. That has led to a proliferation of products from companies like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat across grocery stores and restaurants while traditional meat companies like Tyson Foods, Perdue Farms and Hormel are launching new entrants in the category. U.S. retail sales of plant-based foods grew 27% in 2020, bringing the total market to roughly $7 billion, according to data from the Plant-Based Foods Association (PBFA) and the Good Food Institute (GFI). The global market is forecasted to grow to $450 billion by 2040, according to consulting firm Kearney, which would represent roughly a quarter of the broader $1.8 trillion meat market. The market for plant-based products has largely been driven by faux milk and meat, which make...
    Astronauts on the International Space Station planted chili peppers in orbit. The project, NASA’s Plant Habitat-04, aims to gauge the possibilities of growing plants outside of the Earth’s soil. The peppers, whose seeds were planted in June, will be ready to eat in a few months. “The challenge is the ability to feed crews in low-Earth orbit, and then to sustain explorers during future missions beyond low-Earth orbit to destinations including the Moon, as part of the Artemis program, and eventually to Mars. We are limited to crops that don’t need storage, or extensive processing,” said Matt Romeyn, the experiment’s principal investigator, in a release from NASA. THE WASTED OUTRAGE OVER THE PRIVATE SPACE RACE Consuming spicy peppers is beneficial for astronauts in space, according to the agency. They can reignite senses of taste and smell lost in space and clear up symptoms of head colds astronauts can catch during travel. They are also rich in vitamin C. After sanitizing the 48 seeds, the crew planted them in a specialized advanced plant habitat, which has...
    CHICAGO -- When Angelica Varela thinks of childhood, she's surrounded by lush plants in her Mexican grandmother's home. If Varela had a bad day, her grandmother would set a plant before her and tell her to describe its every detail. By shifting her focus to plants, Varela felt a boost in her mental health. Though her grandmother wouldn't call it "mental health," Varela unknowingly learned plant-medicine techniques that eased her anxiety and depression."Growing up, especially in a Latino household, there's no such thing as depression or anxiety. My family has really gone through the ups and the downs, and they just dealt with it," Varela recounted. So when the pandemic hit and Varela found her mental health in flux, she went back to her roots."I've always had plants, but I was always working. And I think that once I got laid off, I was able to focus on my plants," Varela recalled. "Once I started collecting a little bit more, it took me back to our motherland. I started getting more in-tune with my culture (and) that kind of eased...
    Add a cool, refreshing twist to your meals, beverages, appetizers and snacks with cucumbers. These popular vegetables are grown worldwide, adding anti-inflammatory vitamin K, vitamins C, B-5 and more to your meals. Take it a step further by using your own fresh-from-the-garden cucumbers. Grow cucumbers sprawled on the ground or in a container on your patio, balcony or deck. Save space and train them up a decorative support. They make great vertical accents in containers as well as edible and ornamental gardens. Going vertical not only saves space, it improves productivity by reducing disease problems while also making harvesting easier. You will find a wide variety of cucumbers available from seed company catalogs and on the seed racks of your favorite garden center. Check with the Michigan State University Extension Agriculture site (canr.msu.edu/agriculture) for recommendations for your location. Select the best cucumber for your garden space, meals and snacks. Bush types like Salad Bush produce 8-inch slicing cucumbers on a small plant. Spacemaster is a compact plant, spreading 24 inches and suitable for containers and hanging baskets. All-America Selections winner...
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