Saving Tomato Seeds

Saving Tomato Seeds

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This fact gives saving tomato seeds a fun twist, as you can try growing the different varieties that you might have come across. Now whenever that perfect tomato comes along with the perfect texture and perfect flavor, you can try saving the seeds and growing the fruits in your own garden. Just place the seeds on some napkins and let them dry out. Then store them in a cool, dry place and get ready for a lot of surprise during the summer! Unfortunately, not all varieties of tomato seeds can be saved. Actually, you can save them if you want to, but the results will not be what you expect. Hybrid tomato varieties cannot be reproduced perfectly through their seeds. That's because commercial hybrid tomatoes are meticulously cross-bred from different…
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Easy Vegetables to Grow or the Fun Part of Gardening

Easy Vegetables to Grow or the Fun Part of Gardening

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In case you take gardening seriously, it is quite time consuming. On the other hand if you treat it as a hobby, you might be looking for some easy vegetables to grow since these are easier to maintain and you can involve your kids in gardening too. Carrots For this easy to grow vegetable all you need is a plot of soil that doesn’t have rocks and that is deep enough for the vegetables to be able to grow. You can grow carrots in rocky soil as well, but they will become crooked. Although they are totally edible, they are aesthetically unpleasant. These vegetables can be harvested when the top reaches the soil line. Cress Some consider this the easiest vegetable to grow. The advantage is that you can grow…
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Good Weeds for the Garden

Good Weeds for the Garden

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Good weed, bad weed – they are still weeds. Every garden owner would like to have a nice garden and also a lot of garden products, so the majority of people try to rip out every single weed. The same thing is true for the lawns that are supposed to be green and pretty. Weeds in The GardenStill, before you actually start cleaning out your garden, you should think about the fact that the weeds also have their purpose in nature and they might have a benefic effect over your garden. Naturally it is important to state that you should never let them grow as they please, but people should put a very definite limit to it. One of the most important advantageous effects that the weeds might have is…
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Why You Need to Know How to Test Soil

Why You Need to Know How to Test Soil

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There are a number of different things that you need to remember to do when you are starting your own garden, and one of the first things you need to learn about is how to test soil. You need to make sure that you have arranged quality living conditions for your plants because they will not be able to survive on their own. You have to try to grow your plants in an area of land that is filled with all of the nutrients that those plants are going to need. Learning how to test soil is actually something that you should look to do before you plant anything because you need to create a good growing environment for your plants before you even try to plant them. Once you…
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The Right Way To Choose Your Baby Plants From The Nursery

The Right Way To Choose Your Baby Plants From The Nursery

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When going hunting for the future planting stock in the plant nursery, we tend to be impressed of how healthy and amazingly robust the baby plants look and usually we are right to assume they are exactly that way. Still, there are times when you need to know how to verify if the baby plants you are purchasing are as healthy as they look. Here are a few steps that will help you in the process of choosing a healthy planting stock. The good news is such a process does not take more than fifteen minutes and after you have selected the right plants you will be sure they will grow to be healthy and beautiful elements that will make your garden proud. The first step is to be sure…
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Why Are the Annoying Spring Gardening Tasks Important?

Why Are the Annoying Spring Gardening Tasks Important?

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Gardening is supposed to be your relaxing time outdoors that will get you satisfaction and the results you can pride yourself with. However until it becomes so, there are certain tasks that all gardeners admit to hate. These tasks are small, annoying and time consuming but also crucial for your gardening success. The most unpleasant task is to weed the garden. The task is extremely important to be completed before the weeds bloom. If you do not do it in time, the weeds will produce seeds that will spread all over the garden and will become your sturdy enemy for seven or more years to come. Most of the weeds can be hand removed or dug out when they are very young and this task will save you a lot…
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Green Plants in Your Home Can Change Your Life

Green Plants in Your Home Can Change Your Life

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It may sound kind of silly when you think about it at first, but adding some green plants to your home can really make some positive changes in your life. The plants themselves will not be the ones making the changes for you, but they can help you realize that there is nothing to be sad about in life. The increased amount of oxygen that you will get from these plants will help you think more clearly and get your work done throughout the day. There is good reason for the plants that some people keep in their offices at all times. These green plants help everybody in the office work better because everyone is feeding off the energy that is sent out by all of these very special plants.…
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Winter Green: How To Add Life And Color To Your Winter Garden

Winter Green: How To Add Life And Color To Your Winter Garden

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After the brilliance of autumn colors, winter can seem drab, dull and depressing. The days are short, the trees are bare and lawns are brown and dry. A smart gardener can avoid some of the winter blahs by planning ahead and creating a landscape for all seasons. Many plants have evergreen foliage and some, like holly and bittersweet, produce colorful berries in the late fall and early winter. Evergreen ground covers can play a role in replacing that dull, brown lawn. In most parts of the continental United States, the end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of gardening. When planning your landscape, choose plants for each season. For beauty in the winter, consider replacing part or all of your lawn with an evergreen ground cover such as…
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Freezing Tomatoes

Freezing Tomatoes

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Freezing tomatoes is another good way to preserve your fresh harvest. Freezing is relatively simple and quick to do, and frozen tomatoes can be used like fresh, for salsas, soups and pasta sauces. Tomatoes can be frozen either whole or in chunks by sealing them in Ziplock bags and storing them in the freezer. There are two common methods for freezing tomatoes: The traditional method calls for first removing the stem and peeling off the skin. Next, quarter or half the tomatoes (depending on the size of the fruit) and emptying out the seed cavities. Then boil the tomatoes until the they're are tender. Turn the heat off and let the tomatoes cool. Finally, seal the boiled fruits in a Ziplock bag and store in the freezer. The quickie method…
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7 Steps to a New Spring Garden

7 Steps to a New Spring Garden

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With the spring in mind many gardeners feel the urge of giving their garden a makeover. So here are the basic steps to make some changes and get a new look for your garden. Line It Up Make the best of your landscaping idea and be bold. Play with the lines and trace curves, or go parallel with the lines of the house. In order not to make a mistake you can use a long hose and arrange it according to your desire. Once you reach the desired shape, mark the path of the hose with sand or flour. Get Rid Of The Grass If there is a lot of grass in the place you want to build the garden at, remove it by digging out the roots or cut…
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Easy Steps To Maintain The Lawn

Easy Steps To Maintain The Lawn

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Lawn is one interesting hobby that you can find yourself doing at your spare time. There are many species of lawns all around the world; it all depends on the common type found in your area. The way you care for the lawns is all the same where ever you may be. One big problem lawns have is winter times. Some lawns remain perennially green in frost free areas but lawns in frosty areas become dormant in winter and turn brown. Do not try force the grass to remain ever green by watering during the dry season. This will only encourage fungus diseases from developing, and the growth of Poa annua, a bright green weed which thrives in those conditions. This weed will be really difficult to deal with because…
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Having Your Wedding at Home – Tips for a Garden Reception

Having Your Wedding at Home – Tips for a Garden Reception

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These days, couples choose all sorts of venues for their wedding ceremonies and receptions, and some couples decide that the best place for their reception is their very own home. Having a wedding at home can offer many benefits, from being more personal for the couple to being more convenient and more cost-effective. If you live in a property with a decent-sized garden, you can enjoy holding a great wedding reception in the comfort and privacy of your own home. With some forward planning you can organise a memorable event where the guests can enjoy themselves and you won’t have to fork out thousands of pounds for a venue. 5 Tips To Help Organise A Great Garden Reception There are a number of tips that can help to ensure your…
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Planting Tomatoes Into The Garden

Planting Tomatoes Into The Garden

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Planting tomatoes into the garden is as simple as one 1, 2, 3. Nonetheless, you can vastly improve your rates of success if this process is performed correctly. Before you can plant directly into the garden, the plants need to be hardened off first, unless they’re store-bought plants in which case they’re already hardened. Hardening off to some extent is always necessary because when young tomato plants are damaged, they tend to go into a dormant, survival stage in which plant growth is delayed for a while. The process of hardening involves a gradual, increasing exposure of the plants to the outside environment. Start by leaving the plants outside on a good day for 2 hours. Then gradually increase the exposure each following day until they’re deemed garden-ready by you.…
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Create a Floating Garden with Your Hanging Plants

Create a Floating Garden with Your Hanging Plants

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One of the best things about owning some hanging plants is that you can create your own little garden in the sky. A hanging garden is always going to be a nice touch for any area of the home, but the porches of your home are going to usually be the perfect spots for these collections of plants. As long as you are safe during the installation process, you should not have any problems with your hanging garden in the future. The only problem that you may run into when it comes to your hanging plants is that you need to be able to reach your plants in the future. There are various forms of maintenance that you need to perform on your plants on a regular basis, so it…
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The How Tos of Plant Propagation

The How Tos of Plant Propagation

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Spring is about to come very soon. Therefore, the gardeners are preparing for plant propagation. In case you are a newbie in this matter, here are few tips on how to do it yourself. There are many methods by which you can do plant propagation, but in general they are five: seed, cuttings, division, layering, budding and grafting. The seed is also known as seminal propagation and it is the most natural way of reproduction. In case you are going for this method, you need to know that there are some hybrid seeds, which may not grow up. Therefore, you should obtain the seeds only from reliable sources. Inform yourself about them before seeding. The so called vegetative propagation includes methods by which parts of living plants are used to…
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