Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty ImagesSlugs and snails are more than just slimy, slow-moving creatures. While you may introduce natural predators like frogs into your garden, if you want immediate results there are lots of organic substances you may use to kill slugs and snails. While salt is a popular and effective solution, it is risky because salt can damage the soil.
Stephanie Frey/iStock/Getty ImagesCorn earworms (Helicoverpa zea) earned their name because the moth larvae primarily feed on sweet corn (Zea mays). You might also spot them eating tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum), which is why they& 39;re also called tomato fruitworms, as well as beans (Phaseolus vulgaris).
The state of Washington has a diverse natural ecosystem that contains many different climate types. The high amount of rainfall year round and mild winters allow a diverse number of native species thrive in the pleasant climate.Douglas Fir TreeThe Douglas fir, scientific name Pseudotsuga menziesii var.
The best time to seed a lawn is in the fall or spring, depending on the variety of grass. However, if you live in a warm climate or are in a hurry, grass can potentially be planted at any time of year when the soil is warm and any weeds on the lawn have been removed.Late Summer/Early FallMid-August through mid-September is the best time of year to plant cool-season grass seed.
How to Grow a New Plant From a Leaf. Kids can do this as a science experiment for school or just observe what happens when planting a leaf from an existing plant.Find a jade plant, African violet plant or a rex begonia. Pick a nice, healthy looking leaf off the plant with the stem still attached.Fill a pot loosely with potting soil.
Anna1311/iStock/Getty ImagesIf you& 39;ve ever come across a recipe that calls for bay leaf (Laurus nobles) and all you have is a yellowing jar of dusty leaves in the back of the spice cupboard, it may be time to add this flavorful little shrub to your herb garden. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 11.
Dahlias are a colorful and versatile flower grown in home landscapes. After a little tender loving care to get them started, dahlias will grow easily and abundantly.Mix one part potting soil and two parts garden soil and fill the container approximately half way.Place the dahlia tuber into the container, laying it horizontally.
Green beans image by Stephen VanHorn from Fotolia.comPole beans, from the Fabaceae family, have a longer growing season, longer pods and a distinctive flavor not found in bush bean relatives. Most varieties thrive in well-draining, loose soil with a pH level of 5.5 to 6.5 and are ready for harvest 60 to 70 days after planting.
Amaryllis image by Keith Pinto from Fotolia.comAmaryllis produces large red, pink or white blooms amongst green foliage. In areas that do not experience winter freezing, such as USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11, amaryllis can be left in the garden year-round. In areas with winter freezing, the bulbs must be dug up and kept in a dark place indoors until spring replanting.
To have constant indoor blooms, plant multiple containers every two to three weeks. You& 39;ll have abundant blooms throughout the cold months. Save those bulbs in a cool, dry place for planting in the early spring. Some bulbs may not flower the first year after forcing, but they should produce blooms the second year.
Leyland cypress is a common evergreen used for hedgerows and windbreaks. Careful planning is needed for location, planting and pruning to ensure healthy growth and development.LocationLook for areas with full sun to use Leyland cypress as hedges. Shaded locations can reduce fullness of the lower branches because the tree uses energy for upward growth into a full sun environment.
Monarch 2 image by gregg williams from Fotolia.comYou can encourage butterflies in your Florida landscape by selecting certain varieties of plants. Therefore, the concern that some people have about caterpillars feeding on other ornamental plants is not well founded. By growing plants that are favored by the caterpillars of certain butterfly species, you can attract those caterpillars and the resultant butterflies to your yard.
How to Make Peat Pellets. They provide seeds with the right environment needed to sprout and the initial organic fertilizer young plants need when placed in the garden. You could buy peat pots in the store, but making them yourself will save you money and give you the self-reliance gardeners often crave.
Runner Bean Plants image by chrisharvey from Fotolia.comAs a gardener tends pole or bush beans in a garden, he must stay constantly vigilant to ensure his beans receive the proper amount of moisture for a successful bean harvest. If beans receive too little water or too much water, the blossoms may not form properly on the vines and the bean pods may not mature for harvesting.
Native to North America, phlox can be either an annual or a perennial flowering plant. With cuttings, start indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost so that you can plant your phlox by spring. Phlox is hardy to USDA zones 3, 4, 8 or 9, depending on the variety.From CuttingsCut a 4-inch stem from the phlox.
Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty ImagesThe eucalyptus is a versatile landscaping plant that can be used for applications from decoration to windbreaks and fast-growing, renewable lumber. There are a handful of pests that are commonly found eating the trees, and early identification can mean saving a stand of eucalyptus.
The cherry tree (Prunus avium) sways in the cool spring breeze, the petals breaking free of their buds and opening into a cloud of white and pink blossoms. As the cherry& 39;s flowers and leaves emerge after the tree& 39;s winter dormancy, the cycle of care begins anew.Fertilizing the TreeFertilize the tree between two weeks and one month before the flowers open or new leaves emerge.
Transplanting wild blackberries could also transplant diseases to the garden. Commercial blackberries—certified free of disease—offer improved size and yield over their wild cousins and are the best choice for home gardeners. A healthy patch of wild berries could rival the domestics for size and flavor when planted in a fertile location.
Sowing a lawn in Michigan requires purchasing a grass seed that is hardy for the climate. Watering is necessary during periods of low rain fall to assist with maintaining the sturdy lawn texture. The lawn will respond well when mowed to a height of 1-1/2 to 2 inches in length.Purchase grass seed that is hardy for the climate in Michigan.
Tomato plant in the gerden image by Andre from Fotolia.comOrgone is a term created by Wilhelm Reich. He believed this life force has a beneficial effect on organisms, including plants.What is Orgone?Reich believed orgone is an energy that comes from bions. Bions are supposedly balls of energy that emit radiation.
GrÃ¼ne tomaten image by Andrea Woller from Fotolia.comKentucky gardeners enjoy a wide range of growing conditions. The warm climate and ample rainfall in Kentucky make it possible for gardeners to grow many different vegetables.Beansbeans image by dethchimo from Fotolia.comKentucky is famous for the garden variety green beans called Kentucky Wonder.