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How to Grow Turmeric (Pink-Blooming Ginger)

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If you are looking to add some homegrown zing to your garden recipes this year, try growing your own turmeric. It’s related to ginger, and its roots have a warm, peppery flavor. Turmeric is the primary flavoring ingredient in curry powder, and it gives color and flavor to your ballpark variety of mustard. This makes turmeric a worldwide favorite that’s easy to grow right at home in U.S. Department of Agriculture Hardiness Zones 8 through 10. It can also be grown in areas with cooler, shorter summers — the plants will just have to be moved indoors before the last frost.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is native to certain tropical areas of Asia. It is a pretty plant that grows to about 3 feet high. It has large green leaves and its flowers spike above the plant in bright pink. The turmeric plant adds texture and interest to garden beds. They grow well as container plants, too. The plant is most often grown for its bright orange, flavorful roots. The medicinal properties of turmeric have been revered throughout history too, and turmeric is used today by folks across the globe as an anti- inflammatory, to battle skin conditions, and to boost gastrointestinal health. Turmeric is a unique plant to grow, and it makes for an interesting conversation piece for those who make room for it in their gardens. Continue reading…

5 Completely Lame Garden Products

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As we have previously written, new and innovative gardening products flood the market every year. But not all of these products are worth your hard-earned dollars. We’ve identified five completely lame garden products based on reviews from existing customers. Do you have lame garden products to add to this list? Leave a comment! Continue reading…

How to Get Rid of Grasshoppers in the Garden

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If your vegetable garden beds are surrounded by grass, your crops may get visitors: grasshoppers. If grasshoppers make their way to your veggies, you’ll begin to notice holes in your crops’ leaves and partially eaten produce. If very large numbers are present, you may lose your entire harvest to grasshoppers. How can you protect your […]

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Using Ollas in the Garden

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With a little planning, ollas are a viable and efficient watering mechanism for your garden. This is particularly true for gardens in hotter and drier climates, as ollas reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation and seepage. For travelers, ollas provide a short period of worry-free garden irrigation. Interested in learning more about ollas? […]

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6 Ways to Build Your Own Tomato Cages

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Although a near-necessity for growing tomatoes, tomato cages can be as fancy, homemade, or as economical as you’d like. If you have some spare materials, you can avoid making a trip to the store prior to making your own tomato cages. Then again, if you are looking to upgrade your typical cages to ones that may […]

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4 Efficient Ways to Keep Your Garden Watered

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With the approaching summer months bringing potential for severe dry spells, water becomes a precious commodity. At the same time, vegetable crops’ health depends on steady, efficient watering. Add to the mix the occasional weekend trip or longer vacation and you have the potential for some serious soil dryness and ruined harvests. Luckily, avid gardeners […]

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How to Grow Crossvine

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  Crossvine is a graceful vining plant loaded with lustrous green leaves and bright, trumpet-shaped flowers during late spring and throughout summer. You won’t want to miss nature’s show with these amazing blossoms, and you won’t forget the crossvine’s beauty once you’ve seen it. The crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) is an evergreen native to the United […]

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How to Grow Mountain Laurel

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  The mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) is a medium-sized evergreen bush also known as calico bush or ivybush. It is a beautiful native American shrub with glossy leaves and small, star-shaped white and pink flowers. The flowers grow in attractive, eye-catching clusters in mid to late spring. Mountain laurel is hardy in U.S. Department of […]

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How to Grow a Rowan Tree (Mountain Ash)

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  The bonny rowan tree is a hardy little mountain ash tree with soft, delicate, fern-shaped leaves. Often planted as an ornamental tree for its beauty, it is also useful in providing an excellent source of shade in the summer. It blossoms generously in the spring with creamy white flowers. Round, reddish-organge berries follow after […]

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6 Creative Ways to Recycle Your Garden Hose

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It happens more often than you’d like: your garden hose simply no longer does the job. Perhaps it leaks at its fittings, springs a tiny hole (or ten), or is too kink-prone to be of good service anymore. There are repair options available, but when your hose is hosed, it’s time to recycle—or repurpose. Before […]

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