Identifying Spider Mites on Succulents and How to Get Rid of Them

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Spider mites are the bane of any home gardener’s plant collection. Spider mite infestations can often make succulents unhealthy (or even kill them within days), and if you leave an infestation unchecked, it can quickly spread from one plant to another.  Fortunately, with a little preventative care and a bit of ingenuity, preventing and treating … Read more Identifying Spider Mites on Succulents and How to Get Rid of Them

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?

Yarrow Companion Planting: How Yarrow Benefits Plants in the Garden

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Yarrow not only looks pretty, but it also serves a valuable purpose in your garden. But you might not know what benefits these are, or how exactly to reap them from yarrow.  This article will give you everything you need to know about using yarrow, from understanding the yarrow plant to finding the best yarrow … Read more Yarrow Companion Planting: How Yarrow Benefits Plants in the Garden

Why Is My Raw Potato Black Inside and 3 Ways to Prevent It

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Cutting into your potato and finding dark-colored areas inside of it can be a cause for alarm. People get food poisoning all the time, and it’s much better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your health.  These black areas in the potato can cause you to question if you should throw away … Read more Why Is My Raw Potato Black Inside and 3 Ways to Prevent It

The Best Time to Plant Tomatoes in North Carolina

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Tomatoes are an easy crop to grow, even if you don’t have a lot of gardening experience. You can grow these fruits without using any chemicals, and they have excellent nutritional value, according to Medical News Today. There are plenty of varieties to choose from, and you can make a lot of recipes with tomatoes. … Read more The Best Time to Plant Tomatoes in North Carolina

How to Properly Dry and Dehydrate Mushrooms

At times an overabundant harvest of mushrooms leaves you with more than you can possibly consume in a reasonable time frame. There are several ways they can be preserved for future use, drying is one of them. Drying Mushrooms: Methods, Tips, Storage Here we will discuss the three different types of methods for drying mushrooms. … Read more How to Properly Dry and Dehydrate Mushrooms

Hydroponic Spinach How to Grow Abundant Quality Spinach Hydroponically

Nutrient pH 5.5-6.6 EC – 1.8-2.3 PPM 1260-1610 Spinach is a cool weather crop that lends itself well to the hydroponic realm only when properly cared for. It does not perform as well in higher temperatures Hydroponic Spinach Temperatures Maximum Temp 75° Fahrenheit Optimal Day Cycle Temps 65 – 70° Fahrenheit Optimal Night Cycle Temps … Read more Hydroponic Spinach How to Grow Abundant Quality Spinach Hydroponically

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?

Using Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) As a Fungicide and Insecticide

Sodium Bicarbonate, commonly known as Baking Soda works well as an efficient and cost effective fungicide and insecticide. It is actually registered with the EPA for use against certain plant fungi, powdery mildew. Sprinkled near the base of plants it will kill and or deter slugs and cutworms, it is also useful against roaches and … Read more Using Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) As a Fungicide and Insecticide