Benefits of Toads and Frogs in the Garden

The Case for Having Frogs and Toads in the Garden Frogs and toads are amphibious hopping, croaking bug-eating critters that are of great value to any yard or garden. Frogs have smooth, sometimes slimy skin that is near the green and yellow-green area of the color spectrum. Toads have bumpy dry skin and are generally … Read more

Growing Easter Egg Plant (Solanum Ovigerum)

Not many people have probably heard of an easter egg plant before. Those who have are usually intrigued by the name. So what is an easter eggplant? An easter eggplant, also known as an ornamental egg plant, is a type of eggplant. The plant produces egg-shaped fruits that start white but then grow into a … Read more

Pink Root Onion Disease: What is it and How to Prevent It

What is Pink Root? Onion Pink Root is where leaves die back from tips, and roots turn pale pink, sometimes light red and purple. Stunted Growth. Pink root is a fungal disease [Phoma terrestris] that attacks alliums such as onions,¬†garlic¬†and leeks. Grass and grain plants are at times carriers but are not as severely affected. … Read more

How to Grow Collard Greens and Collard Green Companion Planting Guide

In this article you will learn how to successfully grow collard greens. You’ll also learn about companion planting with collard greens and how it can make the growing process easier. From trouble shooting to using the correct fertilizer, you’ll find it here. Growing Collard Greens Brassica oleracea     Full Sun ~ Partial Shade      Soil pH: 6.5 to … Read more

How to Grow Richmond Green Apple Cucumbers (pictures)

The Richmond Green Apple Cucumber, an Australian Heirloom, is a mini cuke. Smaller than a bread box bigger than a lemon – but only by a wee bit. The white flesh has a refreshing mild cucumber taste, slightly sweet and very juicy with a hint of citrus. The Plants are fairly compact and work well … Read more

Raspberry Cuttings: How to Grow Raspberries from Cuttings

Purchasing a raspberry plant that’s already begun, such as a year-old dormant plant to put out in the spring is the most common and easiest way to start Raspberry or Blackberry bushes. You can however start a new raspberry bush from a cutting or root division. Red Raspberries are best started from primocanes [see diagram] … Read more

Tips for Saving Melon Seeds from Cantaloupe, Watermelon, & More

Watermelons, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, even most exotic melons such as Tiger Melons and Canary melon are extremely easy to save seeds from. They’re a great place for novices to get started. Use Seed From Open Pollinated Melons Seeds from Open Pollinated melons are the best bet for seed saving. Open Pollinated means that the seeds should … Read more

The Hydroponic Radish | How to grow High-Quality Radishes Indoors

Radishes are a rapidly maturing cool weather crop. They are among the easiest vegetables to grow – either in soil or hydroponically. There are a few basic practices that should be adhered to and some simple tips to ensure an abundant and continuous flow of radishes. Hydroponic Radish Quick Reference Nutrient pH for Hydroponic Radishes should … Read more

Malus Hopa Crabapple Tree: The Pink Flowering Ornamental

About the Malus Hopa Crabapple Tree Hopa is a hybrid crabapple useful for ornamental and edible purposes. Some say it is an heirloom being that it has been around long enough. “Hopa” in the native Sioux language means beautiful, and beautiful it is. It averages 10 -20 feet but can reach 20 to 25 feet … Read more