To fight filamentous algae, some pond owners rely on barley straw. This is based on tests in England. Although similar tests in the United States have been inconclusive, the tests in England seem to indicate that decomposing barley straw releases chemicals in the water that inhibit the growth of alg
Tomatoes are easily damaged by cool temperatures and frost --- two potential dangers lurking in the variable Northern Idaho climate. Besides being ideal for small garden spaces, container gardening provides flexibility, allowing gardeners to easily move tomatoes to accommodate changing light and wea
Orlando, Florida, is home to many natural plants.Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Getty ImagesOrlando is located in central Florida and falls into the 9b plant hardiness zone. Native plants growing in this region can handle extreme heat and humidity, but will not easily survive in areas where the...
Antique glass or newly recycled bottles add character to a fresh flower display. Garden blossoms, wildflowers and florist offerings will fit into the necks of clear and colored glass or plastic bottles. You can hang flowers in a bottle from the ceiling for a decorative statement in your home. Sturdy
It is important to know how to build a soil test probe in the right way so you can properly determine density and soil compaction layers. By using a soil test probe you can quickly detect if your soil has compacted layers. A probe will also help you discover how deep-root and water-restricting layer
Home-grown mushrooms are an inexpensive source of low-calorie and high-fiber, fresh vegetables. According to the University of Kansas, mushrooms contain protein, iron, niacin, vitamin C and riboflavin. They are also naturally high in the antioxidants selenium and ergothioneine. Tray, box or bag-grow
The bleeding heart is named for its unusual flower.Single bleeding heart image by fotogal from Fotolia.comSettling plants into outside pots allows the homeowner to move the plants around to suit his design taste or to accommodate special needs of the plants. Bring outside potted plants...
Fig trees are part of the Ficus genus, which contains close to 1,000 species. These mostly tropical trees can be found all over the world. However, the common fig, producer of the well-known fruit, is native to the Middle East and Mediterranean. These plants have spread to many different countries a
When growing azaleas or other decorative ornamental plant, you'll need to protect the plants from insect pests. Failure to do so can waste all the time and effort you invested in bringing the plant to full maturity. A well-designed pest control program involves learning the most common pests of azal
Lilacs are an attractive addition to home gardens and landscapes. Planting different varieties of lilac bushes and trees will provide you with a range of bloom times and plenty of scented flowers in an array of colors. Before choosing lilacs for the landscape, find out when each variety blooms.
Pumpkins are a popular fruit to grow at Halloween, while some enthusiasts of this squash simply enjoy trying to produce the largest pumpkin they can. Pumpkins need a few essentials to grow, including warmth, soil and water. Water is vital for a pumpkin to grow successfully from seed to fruit ready t
Instead of installing landscape garden beds, consider growing your favorite blooms in a potted garden. Potted gardens allow you to adapt your garden design to fit your needs. Grow the flowers on patios, decks or balconies, or anywhere else a traditional bed isn't a possibility. A variety of pots and
If you want to try to grow a tree from a peach seed, or pit, you need to know a few things before you try it. Peach seeds, like some other fruits seeds, need to be exposed to cold weather for several months before they will germinate. This process is called stratification, and it can be done in your
A cross between mandarin orange and pummelo creates the tangelo.Barry Wong/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesCrosses between different types of citrus trees produce hybrids with various characteristics. The size of the trees range from small potted trees that serve well as ornamental plants to...
C. Fred Andrus developed an elongated watermelon variety in the 1940s that was easier to stack and ship compared to the ball-shaped melons of the time. He named the cultivar Charleston Gray, which produced grayish light-green skinned melons that weighed 28 to 35 lbs. at maturity. This watermelon is
Colorful flowers are not only beautiful to look at, but they are also an attractant for different winged species. For example, certain colorful flowers can entice a hummingbird or different types of butterflies to visit your garden. Knowing a few different kinds of colorful flowers...
The venus flytrap is an unusual species of carnivorous plant.Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty ImagesSome of the most unusual plant species can be found in the wild -- or in your own backyard garden. From plants that have been groomed into interesting shapes, like specialty topiaries or...
As plants grow, they feed on essential nutrients in the soil. Plants will not continue growing unless these nutrients are replaced. Gardeners use fertilizer to replenish nutrients, particularly nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, which are removed from the soil most quickly.