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How to Grow Plums

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If you love the juicy sweetness of plums, and the plum season doesn’t last nearly long enough for you, consider growing your own. When you couple the beauty of a plum tree with the delicious, healthy produce, you’ve got an all around win. And speaking of health, plums are chock full of nutritents. From fiber and antioxidants to Vitamin C, plums are an easy to grow super-food.

Plums are available in European and Japanese varieties. European varieties are generally freestone which means the flesh of the plum isn’t adhered to the pit. No one is certain where the European varieties originated, but they most likely appeared on the scene from Asia. The French are credited with ultimately introducing plum trees to North America.

Japanese varieties are clingstone, so the flesh is often firmly attached to the seed. Japanese varieties probably originated in an area of Asia near the Caspian Sea. Japanese plum trees are similar in size and shape to European trees.

The fruits of both European and Japanese varieties range in size, shape, color and flavor. They are delicious when eaten fresh. European varieties are sweeter and perfect for freezing, drying (prunes), and canning. Japanese variety plums make yummy jams and jellies. Continue reading…

DIY: Recycle Light Bulbs for Vases, Flower Planters and Terrariums

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With industrial decorating themes trending right now, why not consider an industrial look for your gardening? Some creative Thomas Edison sort of genius decided to use a light bulb as a planter. This idea has inspired a very cool and modern looking gardening method. Not only is a light bulb an element of unusual interest in gardening, recycling light bulbs for gardening purposes is an all around win for the environment.

How to Make Light Bulb Planters

Light bulb planters are easy to make. You can begin by using a burnt out light bulb that you already have on hand. Round, bulbous shaped light bulbs work best for this project, but there are no limits on size or shape. However, clear glass bulbs will create a more aesthetically appealing planter than frosted. Fluorescent light bulbs should not be used. Continue reading…

Why You Need Fertile Soil to Successfully Grow Vegetables

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By Phil Nauta, author and gardening educator Important: We’ve just learned that your chance to get into Phil’s comprehensive online organic gardening course ends this Monday night at 9pm Eastern Time. He’s been kind enough to give me a coupon code for you to get 30% off the course! The catch? He’s in the process of updating […]

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7 Brilliant Mason Jar Gardening Ideas

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Have you noticed everything just seems to look better in a Mason jar? You really can’t go wrong when you involve the homey, country feel of a shiny, reflective Mason jar. They’ve been indispensible in the kitchen for years, and we’ve determined to take those rustic good looks and use them for several delightful garden […]

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Yard Sale Savvy: Using Salvaged Materials for Garden Planters

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You can buy lovely–and expensive–planters from any garden store. You can also scavenge, recycle and adapt containers, thus saving money, reducing waste and giving your imagination free rein. Well, almost free rein. There are a few basic requirements for a container that will actually hold healthy plants for any length of time. Let’s look at […]

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The Complete Guide to Growing Succulents as Houseplants

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Succulents are a cool and trendy plant species. Their texture gives them a fun and unique character. Available in a wide variety of intriguing shapes, sizes and colors, they make for interesting houseplants. A single succulent plant looks great in a container, and a clustered grouping of several succulents is appealing, too. With just a […]

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5 Amazing Ways to Repurpose Garden Tools

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Spring is in the air, and it’s time for some de-cluttering. But before you throw out your old or rusty shovels, hoes, rakes, old faucets, or gardening hand tools, you might want to check out these awesome creations. We love the idea of turning something old and used into new and useful. Here are some […]

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Guide To Growing Southern (Field) Peas

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Southern peas (Vigna unguiculata), also known as cowpeas, black-eyed peas or crowder peas, are technically beans, not peas. Like green peas (Pisum sativum), they are legumes, fixing nitrogen in the soil and enriching it for later crops. Unlike green peas, they thrive in hot weather and tolerate drought well. Check the Latin name when buying […]

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The Complete Guide to Making Fresh Garden Pesto

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Growing Pesto Ingredients Classic pesto is made with basil, garlic, olive oil, cheese and nuts. Nuts and olives require a lot of time and the right climate to grow, but the other two ingredients are easy for home gardeners. Basil is a warmth-loving, frost-sensitive annual herb. Frost kills it, and temps in the upper 30s […]

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7 Best Seed Catalogs for Organic Gardeners

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As winter wanes, gardeners are deluged with catalogs full of glossy photos and alluring descriptions of seeds. We’ve pulled together our 7 top picks for seed catalogs. Here’s why: Some gardeners may prefer to order from catalogs that feature heirloom varieties. And, organic and environmentally conscious gardeners might look for catalogs featuring sustainably grown seed. […]

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