Azaleas come in many different varieties, not all cold-hardy. For this reason, your first azalea winter care step is to plant a species and cultivar hardy to your zone. A local nursery and your cooperative extension office can provide you with the list of the options and a description of each. By pl
Alfalfa is a perennial legume, originally cultivated in the Middle East and now grown throughout the world. Alfalfa can be grown for forage and harvested as hay, or it can be sprouted on a smaller scale for use in salads and other dishes.
Whether you are a professional or amateur gardener, there are likely few things that infuriate you more than a stubborn weed. The common mallow, also called cheese weed because the fruit of the plant looks like a wheel of cheese, is a pesky weed that will attack your garden. Like all weeds, cheese w
Sphagnum moss is the living layer of moss growing on top of decaying peat moss. Sphagnum moss retains water and air, which helps it float on water in wetter growing conditions. Sphagnum moss is often sold as a soil additive for these reasons, since it can help dry soil soak up water...
Many homeowners find mildew growing inside their homes. Mildew is caused by a combination of high humidity and excess moisture, making mildew a common problem in bathrooms and basements. If mildew is growing inside your home, you must find the source of moisture or reduce indoor humidity levels to p
Bush cucumbers, whether grown in container, on your patio or in your garden, need support. Tomato cages work well, giving the plants a structure on which the plant's fruits can hang down to grow straight.
Plants need certain nutrients to grow. Some, such as carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, are provided naturally by air and water. Other nutrients such as nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus are provided by the soil. These three minerals are what the numbers on the fertilizer bag refers to. Since all soil is
Soil must have adequate phosphorus for plants to grow.Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty ImagesPhosphorus is a nutrient that plants need to survive. Gardeners and farmers often want their soil tested so that they know if they should add more phosphorus through fertilizer, or if they have too...
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources website says that the sassafras tree (Sassafras albidum) is a small tree native to most of the eastern U.S. Sassafras belongs to the laurel family and typically grows in open woodlands and old abandoned farming fields in moist soils.
Just about anyone who has trees on their property can cut off a tree branch. Problems arise when the method of cutting the branch proves ineffective, unsafe or unnecessary. One bad cut that strips bark or makes exposed, open wounds in the pulp can infect the tree with wood-burrowing insects and harm
Of the thousands of species that make up the orchid family, or Orchidaceae, the flowers are perhaps the most compelling characteristic used to identify them. If you don't know what kind of orchids you are dealing with, and the flower is not in bloom, you may be able to identify orchids by their foli
Weeping cherry trees produce lovely pink blossoms.Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty ImagesWeeping cherry trees are ornamentals that produce showy signature pink or white blossoms. These attractive specimens have rounded habits that first grow up and then gracefully cascade to the ground. The...
It is estimated that each American consumes 25 pounds of lettuce per year. When one considers that the vegetable has little flavor, that figure is surprising. Lettuce is a healthy food, though, low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fiber. Lettuce wasn't always popular. Five thousand years
The hibiscus, a perennial shrub, produces beautiful blooms when properly maintained. It tolerates various climates and requires prepared soil that is rich in nutrients. Hibiscuses grow well when planted with other shrubs, but thrive when planted alone where they receive the entire supply of sunligh
You can easily grow watermelons, the traditional treat of summertime, in your backyard garden. Sugar Baby, Redball Seedless or the old favorite, Sweet Beauty watermelons provide dietary fiber to help you feel full, and lots of flavor. This fruit asks little in return---sun, weeding, some mulch and,
A widely held belief is that Lupin originated in Egypt, or that region, about two thousand years ago. It is a legume, like lentils, peas and beans. Some lupin has a very bitter compound, making it toxic and nonedible. Lupin has a wide range of uses from human consumption to livestock feed.
Camellias are popular plants, with shiny leaves and beautiful blooms, available in a variety of types that perform across zones and conditions. Camellias can frustrate gardeners by failing to bloom, caused by as many factors as there are types of camellias.
Sugar Baby watermelons were created from 13 years of inbreeding the Tough Sweets variety and released to the public in 1955. This drought resistant variety, hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 3 through 9, matures within 70 to 85 days of planting and offers round, 8- to 12-pound fruits wit
Just one dead mouse can create an odor that stinks up several rooms. The decomposition odor is very unpleasant and unlike any other. If you are lucky, you'll find the corpse so you can dispose of it. Often mice die inside walls or other inaccessible areas and removing them is not practical. In eithe