What Are Tepary Beans: Information On Tepary Bean CultivationBy Amy GrantNow making a comeback, tepary beans were once one of the most important food sources to the indigenous people of the American Southwest and South America. Tepary beans are resilient plants, making cultivation useful in low desert environments.
Scientific NameCrassula namaquensis subsp. comptonii (Hutch. & Pillans) ToelkenSynonymsCrassula comptonii (basionym)Scientific ClassificationFamily: CrassulaceaeSubfamily: CrassuloideaeGenus: CrassulaDescriptionCrassula namaquensis subsp. comptonii is a perennial succulent, up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall, with basal rosettes and short branches below the leaves.
The Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) is known for its small, delicate leaves with pointy lobes that spread outward like fingers on a palm. These leaves turn fabulous shades of orange, red or purple in autumn. There are many interesting Japanese maple tree facts, including how long these trees live. Read on to learn more.
By: Teo SpenglerLychee trees (Litchi chinensis) are beloved for their lovely spring flowers and sweet fruit. But sometimes a lychee tree won’t flower. Of course, if the lychee doesn’t bloom, it won’t produce any fruit. If there are no flowers on lychee trees in your garden, read on for more information about the problem.
By: Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious GardenIf you’ve read my book The Garden Crypt, then you know all about my fondness towards unusual things in the garden. Well, creating a poison garden is something that’s right up my alley. Before some of you get alarmed, let me make one thing clear – this type of garden is NOT to be used for malicious purposes and by all means, if you have pets or small children, DO NOT attempt to grow a toxic plant garden!
By: Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban AgriculturistPhytotoxicity in plants can rise from a number of factors. What is phytotoxicity? It is anything chemical which causes an adverse reaction. As such, it can stem from pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and other chemical formulations. The plant’s response varies from discolored leaves all the way to death.
By: Amy GrantEasy to care for and great for use as coverage, ruellia plants offer unique beauty to landscape areas. So, what is ruellia and can this Mexican native be cultivated in our own home garden landscape? Keep reading to learn more about growing ruellia.What is Ruellia?Ruellia flowers are 2-inch (5 cm.
By: Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious GardenMaybe you’re looking for something a bit outside of the box, or perhaps you have little time or patience for maintaining and mowing a lawn. Whether you’re a busy homeowner looking for something easier or you’re just wanting to make a statement, there are many low-maintenance and low-cost alternatives to traditional grass that will accomplish your needs.
Get Started Aspen Seedling Transplant Info – When To Plant Aspen SeedlingsBy Teo SpenglerPlanting a young aspen is inexpensive and easy if you transplant root suckers to propagate the trees, but you can also buy young aspens grown from seed. Click this article for information about when to plant aspen saplings and how to plant aspen saplings.
By: Liz BaesslerA staghorn fern is a great plant to have around. It’s easy to care for, and it’s a fantastic conversation piece. The staghorn fern is an epiphyte, meaning it doesn’t root in the ground but instead absorbs its water and nutrients from the air and rain runoff. It also has two distinct types of leaves: basal fronds that grow flat and grip the plant to a surface or “mount,” and foliar fronds that collect rainwater and organic material.
By: Teo SpenglerHerbs are great plants to grow in your kitchen, since fresh, just-clipped herbs are the best seasoning for salads, dressings and cooking in general. Many herbs prefer an outdoor site, but others are happy and healthy enough growing inside. If you don’t have an excess of counter space for potted herbs, you might consider a magnetic herb garden.
By: Amy GrantA cool weather vegetable, beets are primarily grown for their sweet roots. The question then is, “How to avoid bolting in beetroots?”About Blooming Beet PlantsBeets have been cultivated since ancient Greek and Roman times and are grown for their sweet, root or their nutritious greens. If you are a beet lover, there are many types of beets to experiment growing in the garden.
To homeowners who desire a perfectly manicured lawn, persistent weeds like dandelion, purslane, plantain and cat’s ear can evoke anger and hatred. However, to gardeners who are fascinated by the healing properties of plants, these same little “weeds” are cherished treasures.While most gardeners and herbalists have probably heard of the excellent medicinal and culinary uses of dandelion, plantain and purslane, cat’s ear is an oftentimes overlooked and underappreciated herb that is loaded with antioxidants.
By: Kristi WaterworthI say potato, but you may scream, “What are these giant white bumps on my potatoes!?!” when you unearth your crop this season. Swollen potato lenticels give a potato an overall uniformly bumpy appearance when they make their debut. Scary though they seem, they’re not a cause for serious concern.
By: Susan Patterson, Master GardenerThe mouse tail plant (Arisarum proboscideum), or the Arisarum mouse plant is a member of the Arum family and a cousin to jack-in-the-pulpit. Native to Spain and Italy, this tiny, interesting woodland plant can be hard to find. That said, these plants are easy keepers, hardy to freezing temperatures, and perfect for novice gardeners.
Scientific NameParodia ottonis subsp. horstii (F.Ritter) HofackerSynonymsNotocactus arechavaletae var. horstii, Notocactus horstii, Notocactus ottonis subsp. horstii, Parodia horstii, Peronocactus horstii, Peronocactus ottonis subsp. horstii, Wigginsia nothohorstiiScientific ClassificationFamily: CactaceaeSubfamily: CactoideaeTribe: NotocacteaeGenus: ParodiaDescriptionParodia ottonis subsp.
By: Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious GardenThere is no way to get around having insects in the garden; however, you can successfully scare the bad bugs away by incorporating useful plants into your landscape. Many plants can serve as bug repellants. Keep reading to learn more about repelling bad bugs with plants.
Scientific NameEcheveria & 39;Green Abalone& 39;SynonymsEcheveria & 39;Abalone& 39;Scientific ClassificationFamily: CrassulaceaeSubfamily: SedoideaeTribe: SedeaeSubtribe: SedinaeGenus: EcheveriaDescriptionEcheveria & 39;Green Abalone& 39; is a gorgeous succulent plant with light green leaves that form a perfect rosette.
By: Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban AgriculturistFenestraria baby toes really does look a bit like the tiny digits of an infant. The succulent plant is also known as living stones, with larger plants producing small rock-like protuberant leaves. In fact, it shares the same family as Lithops, which is also referred to as living stones.
By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden WriterGarden chores are seemingly never ending and no matter what region you have your garden in, there are things that must be done. So, what needs to be done in the September garden in your area?Gardening in SeptemberBelow are September to-do lists by region.NorthwestLive in the Pacific Northwest region?