Why Corn Stalks and Leaves Turn Red and How to Prevent It

Corn plants will sometimes turn red to reddish-purple, generally later in the season. That’s not something you really want to see when you’re anticipating roasting or boiling some juicy ears of sweet corn. The redness is indicative of a sugar accumulation in the leaves and stalks which results from too few kernels being developed on … Read more Why Corn Stalks and Leaves Turn Red and How to Prevent It

What is Pickling Salt and Can Table Salt be used instead?

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Salt is a crucial part of the pickling process. It works in combination with an acidic liquid (usually vinegar or apple cider) to create an environment that is inhospitable to bacteria. Adding salt also improves the flavor of the pickled foods that you create. But is pickling actually salt safe to eat? Does pickling salt … Read more What is Pickling Salt and Can Table Salt be used instead?

Using Cinnamon On Plants: A Fungicide, Pesticide, and Rooting Agent

The culinary attributes of Cinnamon are well noted, it’s a great flavoring for a multitude of recipes. What is not well noted is it’s usefulness in the garden. The Cinnamon that we know from our kitchens is derived from tree bark – you guessed it, the cinnamon tree. To the more scientifically astute cinnamon trees … Read more Using Cinnamon On Plants: A Fungicide, Pesticide, and Rooting Agent

What Are Cotton Candy Grapes? Can I Grow Them? Where to Buy?

A fairly new breed of green grape that tastes like cotton candy. No, it’s not a GMO or genetically engineered it is simply the product of some rigorous good old fashioned plant breeding. International Fruit Genetics in Bakersfield, California, a private company is responsible for this novel addition to the world’s reservoir of grapes. Horticulturists, … Read more What Are Cotton Candy Grapes? Can I Grow Them? Where to Buy?

Watermelon Splitting: What Causes a Watermelon to Split?

Melon Varieties Prone to Splitting Some thin-skinned watermelon varieties are prone to splitting and cracking. They are sometimes dubbed ‘exploding melons’ for this very reason. Thin rind varieties are infamous for this and tend to split more often on the vine. But even Thick Rind varieties can at times burst or split. Thin rind varieties … Read more Watermelon Splitting: What Causes a Watermelon to Split?

Comfrey as Fertilizer: Benefits and How to Make It

Grow a Fertilizer Factory Comfrey is an ornamental plant, it has no edible applications although herbalists at one time recommended it for some medicinal applications, that is no longer the case. Taken internally it has been shown to cause liver problems. It can be used topically as a salve that is covered elsewhere. Benefits of … Read more Comfrey as Fertilizer: Benefits and How to Make It

9 Beetles Found In The Garden: Identification & Pictures

Most varieties of Beetles feed on developing crops and are harmful in garden soils. Although there are a small handful that are beneficial, they are a rare exception. Identifying which beetles are attacking your garden is the first step in controlling them. Preventive measures can include permaculture tactics such as companion planting as well as … Read more 9 Beetles Found In The Garden: Identification & Pictures