Category: Plants & Trees (page 4 of 10)

Eggplant, love it or hate it?

Oodles of eggplant varieties. [H. Guenther]

Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables to eat, but this wasn’t always the case. This vegetable is much maligned by many people (and I can understand why). When I was a kid I absolutely hated it. However, for some reason my grandmother had the distinct impression that eggplant was my favorite vegetable. Our family […]

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Container Gardening Post #4

After being sprayed with horticultural soap, some of my container gardening plants began to grow again and turn green. I killed the spider mites although I did have to make two applications, one week apart. Unfortunately, the beans did not recover from the spider mite destruction and died. Their leaves turned yellow, paper thin and […]

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Container Gardening Post #3

The culprit I found crawling on my container gardening veggie plants was none other than the infamous spider mite! Spider mites are insidious little critters that suck plant juices and cause plant leaves to turn yellow and wilt. Because they are microscopic, it’s easy to think your plants may just need fertilizer at first. This […]

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Container Gardening Post #2

Not long after planting vegetables, herbs and melons into my CedarCraft elevated garden planter and eclectic assortment of other containers, the weather turned cool. The plants seemed to be suspended in time, not growing at all. I peered at the plants everyday, and one day noticed that many of the leaves on food plants had […]

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Container Gardening Post #1

Container gardening is not something I thought I would end up doing. Growing up I’d always had a plot of land to grow food and flowers. This continued through my adult life until recently when I moved to a new town and rented an apartment. So far I haven’t found anywhere to live that has […]

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Why Fruit Tree Seeds Don’t Reproduce Themselves

After eating a delicious piece of fruit, have you ever planted the seed? Did the seed you planted make the same fruit? The answer to the second question is most likely, “No.” What probably happened to your seed is that it grew a tree that a) never made fruit or b) took over 10 years […]

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Bugs & Beer: Entomophagy Part II

I was very happy to have my friends Javier and Jill-Marie in attendance with me at a Bugs and Beer event. Javier was an experienced bug eater (he’d tried them in Cambodia), and although Jill-Marie had no intention of eating bugs, she would drink the beer I couldn’t finish and be there for moral support. […]

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Bugs & Beer: Entomophagy Part I

Most people I tell about my bug-eating experience react with disgust. However, believe it or not, entomophagy, (the human consumption of insects* and arachnids) is practiced by over 80% of the world. EIGHTY PERCENT! Why Bugs and Beer? The advertisement for this event intrigued me. I’d collected bugs for over two decades and taught classes […]

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Landscape Care During Drought

If you live in an area newly effected by drought, you may have some questions about the water situation such as: What IS a drought? How should I irrigate/water during drought? Do I need to pull out my lawn? I’ve heard it’s “bad.” Should I turn off my water and let my plants die? What […]

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Growing Food During a Drought

In order to produce food, plants need a regular supply of deep water. The amount and frequency of water depends upon which types of plants you have and whether they are new or already established. During a drought, your county may enact laws that dictate how often you can water or if you can water […]

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