Common Garden Pests: Japanese Beetle

January 3, 2011 by Mario  
Filed under Organic Gardening


“Survival Doc” of TheNewSurvivalist.com finds Japanese Beetles in his grape vines in late June in Eastern Missouri. This video shows how to identify this serious garden pest and discusses how to naturally control it.

Control Common Garden Diseases with Serenade

December 27, 2010 by Mario  
Filed under Organic Gardening


www.yardlover.com Now you can effectively treat common garden diseases without worrying about the safety of your family and pets Serenade Garden Disease Control offers you the same effective control used by 1000s of farmers to grow beautiful, disease-free fruits, vegetables and flowers – without chemicals that can be harmful to people or the environment. Serenade Garden: * Protects against a broad spectrum of fungal and bacterial garden diseases * Is completely non-toxic to bees and beneficial insects. * Can be used on the day of harvest * Is non-irritating to skin and lungs. * Can be used in any weather conditions * 20 oz concentrate makes up to 20 gallons of spray Serenade Garden is certified for use in organic gardening through the National Organic Program (NOP) of the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Agriculture. It also carries the approval of OMRI, the Organic Materials Review Institute.

Gardening Tips & Flowers : How to Grow Common Aubrieta (Aubrieta Deltoidea)

June 4, 2010 by Mario  
Filed under Flower Gardening


The common aubrieta plant, or aubrieta deltoidea, is a beautiful rock plant that does really well in almost any climate. Give the common aubrieta a lot of water in the summertime withinstructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video series on flower gardening and plant care. Expert: Yolanda Vanveen Contact: www.vanveenbulbs.com Bio: Yolanda Vanveen is sustainable gardener who lives in Kalama, Wash. Filmmaker: Daron Stetner

Gardening Tips & Flowers : How to Grow Common Garden Petunia (Petunia Hybrida)

April 11, 2010 by Mario  
Filed under Flower Gardening


Common garden petunias, or petunia hybrida, are plants that are great for hanging baskets or outdoor gardens. Wait to cut garden petunias until they are done blooming withinstructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video series on flower gardening and plant care. Expert: Yolanda Vanveen Contact: www.vanveenbulbs.com Bio: Yolanda Vanveen is sustainable gardener who lives in Kalama, Wash. Filmmaker: Daron Stetner

Flower Gardening Tips : How to Grow Common Heliotrope (Heliotropium Arborescens)

March 30, 2010 by Mario  
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The common heliotrope, or heliotropium arborescens, are plants that are easy to grow because they can handle a little bit of cold temperatures. Grow the common heliotrope in a good, fertile soil that has good drainage withinstructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening and plant care. Expert: Yolanda Vanveen Contact: www.vanveenbulbs.com Bio: Yolanda Vanveen is a third-generation flower grower and sustainable gardener who lives in Kalama, Wash. She is the owner of vanveenbulbs.com. Filmmaker: Daron Stetner

Common Garden Flower Diseases

March 19, 2010 by Mario  
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Gardening can be a fun and relaxing hobby but it is not without it’s downsides. That downside comes in the form of pests and diseases that can ruin your plants if you are not careful.

No garden is immune from disease and your best way to deal with it is to educate yourself as to the common pests and diseases in your area. Bacteria, fungi and viruses can attack both flowering and non flowering plants. Fungi are able to survive in the soil, independent of the plants, while both bacteria and viruses require a plant host for their survival.

Fungi are primitive organisms that reproduce through spores which are very hard to kill. Fungi make spores in huge quantities and they spread rapidly. Some spores can affect a plant through the roots and others through the leaves. Fungi can lie dormant for years in the soil just waiting for the right conditions to activate it. A single infected plant can release up to 100 million spores, so it is important to completely eradicate any fungal infection.

Bacteria, on the other hand, need both warmth and water to multiply and grow. Therefore, the majority of bacterial diseases are more of a problem in climates that are both warm and wet. Bacteria can be spread thorough splashing water such as rain or overhead watering. Many times it enters plants through a natural opening like a flower, or through a wound or cut in a stem or leaf.

Viruses can only reproduce from within the cells of the plant. They are smaller even than bacteria and can be transmitted by insects or carried by infected seeds or pollen. Like bacteria, viruses often enter plants through cuts or wounds in the stems, leaves or other parts of the plant.

As with all other disease treatment, the first step to effectively treating a viral, bacterial or fungal infection in the garden is to diagnose it properly. Every gardener should keep a book or guide on hand which shows the effects of common plant diseases. This guide will prove invaluable when trying to figure out what is bothering your plants. If you are still stumped for a diagnosis, be sure to seek the assistance of the staff at your local garden center, or the help of a more experienced gardener.

If you need to treat your garden for any of these problems, you should first try natural non invasive methods. Try to avoid harsh chemicals and fungicides or same them for a last resort. While you may have to turn to using them, remember that they are not good for the environment so keep to using only the minimum amounts recommended.

Lee Dobbins writes for Backyard Garden and Patio where you can find more articles on gardening, garden ponds, garden decor and much more.

How to Water Garden Plants : Understanding Common Gardening Tools

March 11, 2010 by Mario  
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Shovels, watering pots, irrigators and other gardening tools can ease your work.Learn more in this free educational video series. Expert: Tom Ashley Bio: Tom Ashley has been farming organically at Dancing Bear Farm in Leyden, MA since 1981. Filmmaker: Christian Munoz-Donoso

Avoid the Most Common Garden Design Problems in Mesa, Arizona

February 21, 2010 by Mario  
Filed under Garden Design

Are you planning a new garden design in Mesa, Arizona? Currently encountering some gardening problems? This article will provide you with remedies to the top 5 most common gardening problems in this day and age. Whether you’re designing your garden for beauty in your backyard or for vegetables that will feed your family, the following information will be beneficial to you.


Avoid the 5 Most Common Gardening Problems in Mesa, Arizona:


1. You don’t need a “green thumb” to raise crops or grow plants. The “green thumb” requirement is nothing but a myth. Peopler aren’t born with gardening skills! Rather, they acquire proper gardening knowledge and they implement what they learn. When we use the words “green thumb,” we don’t mean “talent,” or “flair.” We use those words as a label that refers to developed skills rather than acquired at birth. To solve the “green thumb” problem, which some people consider the most common of gardening excuses, anyone can learn how to grow and cultivate plants.


2. Be certain you have the appropriate landscape for your garden. This is not a precise rule on how to arrange your lawn or backyard to accommodate your garden, save for this: plants you wish to grow should be cultivated in an area where they can enjoy space. At full maturity, plants shouldn’t be close to one another, so much so that their foliage can already be regarded as the same. Plants need their own freedom to grow. Promoting space will ensure that they won’t have to fight for the nutrients they receive, and that diseases won’t spread quickly among the developing crops.


3. If you don’t have enough space for your desired garden, which is another popular problem in the long list of things that keep people from gardening, there are other options for you. In fact, that problem is pretty easy to address! The answer: try container gardening which will allow you to grow plants at home even if you’re living in an apartment or condominium.


4. Put a stop to pest invasion. If pests are left unimpeded, they will destroy your garden quickly. Pests can be eliminated through a variety of methods. You can try to attract useful insects that will feed on the particular pests. Or, you can grow companion plants that will repel the inhabitation of these creatures. You can also try commercial pesticides that will eliminate these pests without harming your plants.


5. Get rid of weeds! Stop thinking about pulling them out one by one or tilling the soil regularly. You won’t get rid of the roots and the weeds will just grow back. Try using mulch or putting a protective cover over your soil. This will deprive weeds of sunlight and they won’t be able to grow and reproduce.


Here’s some information about a popular desert plant that will make a great addition to your garden design in Mesa.


The Red Fairy Duster, also called Calliandra Californica, is a brilliant, puff-like flower that can bloom almost all year long, with peak bloom time occurring in the late spring. Its spectacular bloom makes it a colorful, accentuating shrub for the garden.


The Red Fairy Duster loves full sun. Supplemental water in the summer will increase blooming significantly. Its flowers are favored by hummingbirds and its small, dark green leaves lend this plant to a lush and almost tropical feel that can be used in a desert oasis landscape.


The Red Fairy Duster can grow to be both 4 feet wide and 4 feet tall, but it is particularly easy to maintain. Pruning is not necessary and watering should be done twice a month in winter and once a week in summer. The Red Fairy Duster is susceptible to frost and is both pest and disease resistant.


If you are still unsure about what will work in your garden design and landscaping in Mesa, there are plenty of online resources that can help you. For instance, many local landscaping companies have expertise in garden design and plants that thrive in the area. Hiring a professional garden design and landscaping company in Mesa, Arizona might just be your best bet. They can work with you to pick out the best plants that fit your taste, lifestyle and budget – and they can even help you maintain it!

Flower Gardening Tips : How to Grow Common Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus)

February 18, 2010 by Mario  
Filed under Flower Gardening

The common sunflower, or helianthus annuus, is a plant that can get blooms in the late fall. Let sunflower plants do to seed when they die withinstructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening and plant care. Expert: Yolanda Vanveen Contact: www.vanveenbulbs.com Bio: Yolanda Vanveen is a third-generation flower grower and sustainable gardener who lives in Kalama, Wash. She is the owner of vanveenbulbs.com. Filmmaker: Daron Stetner

Basic Gardening Tips : Common Mistakes When Gardening

February 18, 2010 by Mario  
Filed under Gardening Tips

Learn how to start and maintain a garden in this free gardening video. Expert: Tia Pinney Contact: www.massaudubon.org Bio: Tia Pinney is a Teacher Naturalist and Adult Program Coordinator at Mass Audubons Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Filmmaker: Christian Munoz-Donoso