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Do Marigolds Really Protect Edible Gardens ?

Marigolds

Marigolds attract bees, as do nearly all flowering plants. Organically grown marigolds, or ones you started yourself from seed are best. Marigolds have some alleopathic properties which are useful in repelling pests. All marigolds and French Mariggolds in particular produce and cumulatively leave deposits of a substance called alpha-terthienyl in the soil. Alpha-terthienyl will reduce root-knot nematode populations. Full Article



12 Edible Crab Apple Varieties

Crab apples and Apples are the same species, but different cultivars. An apple that's over 2 inches round is considered an apple, while anything smaller is a crab apple. They are both edible, although crab apples got a bad rep due to the bitter and pithy taste of ornamental varieties commonly grown.

edible crab apples

Most crab apples are also more acidic than standard apples and have elevated levels of pectin. This makes them excellent for preserves and even pickling. Full Article


  



Companion Planting for Pest Suppression

Plants that Repel Insects

Your Garden is a small part of a complex interactive mechanism. In an idealistic scheme of nature, all elements interact which one-another in a symbiotic fashion, the existence and actions of one member of the chain, such a the aphid that is sucking on your tomato plants, will ultimately and idealistically benefit the whole scheme of nature.

That 'scheme of nature' concept really doesn't go very far when it doesn't work to our advantage, after all we are on top of the food chain - not the bugs. We want that Tomato in our sauces and salads, not in the biomass of the local insect population. Full Article




Gardening is better than Prozac and you get Tomatoes

Garden Mental Health

If you have ever gardened, you know it makes you feel good although you are not really sure why. The positive impact on your mental health is undeniable. It instills a sense of well-being and primitive euphoria almost as good as an orgasm. There is strong evidence of gardening being an effective treatment and preventative of mental illness.

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Hydroponic Basics - Getting Started in Hydroponics

Hydroponic Symbol

Hydroponics gardens are inexpensive, easily maintained, pesticide free, and relatively simple to set up. For these reasons hydroponics has become extremely popular. Hydroponics is used to grow healthy vibrant and lush indoor plants ,food and herbs. The basic requirements of most plants can be met without natural sunlight or soil using tried and true Hydroponics methods. Plants are supported in an inert medium and nutrition is provided by mineral elements that are water soluble. Full Article



Best New Fruits and Vegetables for 2019

Columbia Giant Blackberry

8 Top Hybrid Seeds. Full Article

Jalapeno Pepper Varieties

21 Jalapeno Varieties. Full Article