Posts Tagged "plant care"

The Proven Ability Of Peonies To Sleep Through Severe Winters

by guest writer Thomas Fryd September finally arrives after a normal hot, dry August when we did not care much whether school kept or not. But now September is as welcome as April in the spring. Showers, cool nights, shorter days and reviving nature get under the gardener’s skin. Digging, dividing, planting, weeding – all become less of a drudgery and more of a pleasure. With a hitch in our belts and new faith in our hearts we plan...

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Controlling Powdery Mildew Organically

Powdery mildew is a problem that plagues many gardens. With a little planning and a careful eye on the garden you can stop this problem or end it quickly if it occurs. The fungus “powdery mildew” loves warm, humid conditions. University research has shown that both sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and potassium bicarbonate are quite effective as sprays against mildew and many other plant diseases. I read about using baking Soda for mildew...

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When to Bring your Indoor Plants back Indoors

There’s been a small barely noticeable shift in the weather in my zone 5 climate. But its enough of a change to make me realize I need to start bringing any indoor plants back inside at night. I enjoy putting the plants outside during the summer. They grow better and look great mixed in with the annual flowers. Even a small shift in nighttime temperatures will affect an indoor plant and will make adjusting to the indoor climate more difficult...

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Tips for Gardening in Summer Heat

When the temperatures rise in the summer its time to change your garden routine. This will protect you and your plants. In early spring I tend to work in the gardens and yard anytime. But as the temperatures rise, it’s easier on the plants and me to work in the morning, evening or on overcast days. Garden plants suffer from heat and stress so working in the cooler parts of the day is equally as good for them as you. Here are a few summer...

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Homemade Seaweed Spray and other plant sprays

Listed below are several homemade sprays that I have used for years. I believe that my grandfather also used these and left the recipes in one of his gardening journals Seaweed Spray Seaweed spray is rich in nutrients and minerals. It provides protection from many fungal diseases and can be used to prevent damping-off. How to make Seaweed spray: Use 2/3 cup of kelp or seaweed concentrate to 1 gallon of water, spray. You can get kelp or seaweed...

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