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Caring for a Clementine Tree

by Jessica B. December 25th, 2012 Fruits
clementineWhere I live, while I can have clementine trees, they won’t be fruitful, but if I lived in a warmer climate, I would plant one immediately! It's that time of year where I eat about 4-5 clementines a day, and what could be nicer than walking out into your yard and picking a clementine?

Temperature: Clementine trees thrive when the temperature is about 85 degrees. Temperatures should not fall below 70 degrees if you want to get the most out of your tree. While trees will survive in colder climates, if the temperature gets below freezing, you may
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Blue Dawn Flower

by T Akery December 18th, 2012 Flowers
The Blue Dawn flower is part of the morning glory family. This flower is really a vine, and it can be very invasive. You will need to take care if you intend on planting this one in your garden. It works really well if you need coverage over fences. The flower is a vibrant blue, and it changes color during the day - ending up a pinkish color at night.

This vine is started from cuttings rather than seeds. The flowers themselves do not produce seeds. Instead, the plant propagates by sending out root runners. It will do this in
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Wheat Grass for Juicing in Winter

by Kimberly Hays December 14th, 2012 Organic Gardening
In summer we have an abundance of healthy options for juicing. In winter it becomes a little more difficult to find fresh, healthy options to add to seasonal fruits and vegetables, especially if you prefer organic. You can grow wheat grass indoors, and add the sprouts to salads, or add some of the grass to other dishes, and of course, use them for juice. Wheat grass helps clean your blood, makes your hair shiny, and aids the skin. It is very easy to grow, as well as inexpensive.

Go to your local health food store, and buy organic red wheat
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Arugula — Winter Flower Box Crop

by Dennis Mayer December 12th, 2012 Vegetables
Gardeners, as always, are stuck twiddling their thumbs during the winter. We sulk, we plan for next year, and we figure out what few useful things we can grow indoors.

Usually, focusing on the last category leads to us downsizing, and growing smaller things than we would normally enjoy planting. Sure, tomatoes are more fun to grow than lone basil plants, but who has room in their home to stash a three-foot planter next to the window? And that's just for one tomato plant...

Arugula's kind of like basil. We can grow it on a small scale, in pots, or better
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Passion Fruit

by T Akery December 6th, 2012 Fruits
Passion fruit is known to most Americans only through culinary cooking shows, but the fruit is very popular in Brazil, Australia, and Hawaii. It is small and round, and it comes in two basic colors - yellow and purple. Hybrids of this fruit are also available.

Passion fruit is a tropical plant that grows best in zones 8 to 10, but some varieties can handle light frost conditions. The purple varieties tend to be more frost resistant as well as a bit sweeter. The yellow variety is definitely a more tropical plant and a little more tart.

You can start growing
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Start Perennials Now for Spring

by Dennis Mayer November 30th, 2012 Vegetables
Once winter weather comes (or is threatening), gardeners don't have much to do until the spring. You can focus a bit more attention on your container plants (and there's always poinsettias to play with in December), but for the most part, we're stuck staring at the frosty ground and plotting our garden layout for the coming year.

With a couple of plants, though, we can get a head start on the spring growing season even now. While it's far too early to start annual plants like tomatoes, eggplants, or peppers, it's a perfectly good time to start growing perennials that
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Growing Toad Lilies

by T Akery November 21st, 2012 Flowers
Toad Lilies are a quite an unusual perennial flower. They are gorgeous, and they almost look like orchids. They have six petals, but they aren't in the same family as the orchid. They are part of the lily family. Their beauty and easy care make them ideal for gardens in zones 4 to 9.

The Toad Lily is a product of Asia. They have since moved into southern and tropical gardens. Their beauty is in their colors. They vary from white to purple, and some species even have little specs of color. The color depends on the species of the
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Garlic in a Container

by Jessica B. November 14th, 2012 Container Gardening
I have decided to take the plunge and try some container garlic. As a garlic lover, I have played with the idea of growing my own garlic for years, even trying once off-season without success (following recommended instructions). This year I am going to work to plant garlic in the winter, a time when it is known to thrive. Here is what I did to get my containers and plants ready.

1) Buy garlic at a garden store - Did you know most garlic you buy at the grocery store has been treated to prevent it from sprouting? That’s why
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Hyacinths

by Jessica B. November 13th, 2012 Flowers
As Christmas gets closer, it is time to stock up on hyacinths. The great thing about hyacinths is that they add color and life to an otherwise dark Christmas season, and they really liven up a room. You can always purchase bulbs as they are about to bloom. They make great centerpieces for the table, or they make for a pretty entrance. But if you are looking for a new challenge, you can even grow your own at home. Here are a few tips.

1) Buy specially prepared bulbs - Bulbs designed to flower for Christmas need to be specially
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Egg Fruit

by T Akery November 7th, 2012 Fruits
Egg fruit is an interesting tropical fruit. It is a shaped like a dew drop, and it is sunshiny yellow on the inside and out. While you won't find this one as juicy due to a lower water content, it does contain both beta carotene and ascorbic acid.  It is not available in grocery stores, making it an ideal addition for gardeners in warmer climates.

The egg fruit tree is usually started from a seed. If taking the seed from existing fruit, you need to plant it within a couple of days. The seeds go bad after about five days
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Paperwhites Indoors

by Kimberly Hays October 17th, 2012 Organic Gardening
With the weather turning cold and evenings turning dark earlier, we can get the winter blahs. There is little blooming outside, and it can look and feel dreary. This is a good time to plant flowers indoors to brighten up the days.

Paperwhites, which are in the narcissus family, are a flower that grows from a bulb. They can be planted outdoors in the fall, but they can be planted indoors in winter and forced to bloom. They are also very easy to grow.

Paperwhites, as their name suggests, have small white blossoms, but there is also a variety of yellow
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Growing Poinsettias

by Anna P. October 9th, 2012 Flowers
Poinsettias make a terrific table centerpiece during the holiday season. They are bright plants with green leaves on the bottom and red flowers on top. Although winter is usually the prime season for these plants, it is possible to keep them around long after January if you want. Here is your primer guide to growing the popular poinsettia plant.

1- Prime Your Plant for Success

Plant the seeds, and place them deep into garden soil (about two inches deep with a little extra room). You should do this during the summer months or whenever the weather is warm. Water the plant
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