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    How to Start New Plants from Cuttings

    Cuttings from existing plants can be used to start new plants. You can start new plants from trimmings of grapes, figs, perennial herbs such as rosemary and lemon verbena, and even from some vegetables such as peppers and tomatoes. No special tools or equipment are needed to start new plants from cuttings. You will need […] More

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    How to Avoid Damping-Off


    Damping-off is the term gardeners use to describe the wilting and death of seedlings just before or just after they emerge from the soil.  Seedlings that suddenly collapse or fall over or bare spots in containers or in the garden where seeds were sown but never appeared are signs of damping-off. Damping-off is not caused […] More

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    Ragweed Organic Weed Control

    There are several species of plants that are called ragweed. All produce pollen that is easily carried by the wind and causes hay fever among those who are susceptible. Common ragweed is an annual. Western ragweed is a perennial. Description and Life Cycle: Most ragweed plants grow 1 to 5 feet tall depending on species […] More

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    Earwigs Natural Insect Control

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    Earwigs are reddish brown with short leathery forewings and a pair of pincers or forceps at the end of the abdomen. Earwigs are about ¾ inch long. They are mostly nocturnal. Earwigs eat seedlings and the tender tips of plants, but they also eat decaying matter and pest insects including aphids and mites. In short, […] More

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    Grow These Naturally Sweet Tomatoes

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    Some tomato varieties are sweeter than others. They naturally develop more sugars which means they will be sweeter than tomatoes that naturally develop more acids. The combination of sugars and acids—there are more than 400 naturally occurring compounds that account for tomato flavor– makes for what is often called “old-fashioned tomato flavor.” Of the tomatoes […] More

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    How to Choose a Chili Pepper for Heat, or Not

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    The potent spicy heat you experience eating chili peppers is caused by capsaicin, a colorless, odorless, waxy compound found in the white pith of the pepper’s inner wall where the seeds are attached. Capsaicin is an irritant to most mammals—including humans; the sensation it leaves when it comes in contact with mucus membranes of most […] More

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    Kitchen Garden Insect Control

    There is little reason to spend money on controlling kitchen garden pests. Most of the tried and true garden insect controls have been around for thousands of years. “Prevention is better than a cure”; that old adage is true in the garden as it is in most areas of life. Spending quality time in the […] More