Articles and Guides - Everything About Berries
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Creeping Charlie is an invasive plant that, if left to grow, will overrun your flower bed or even your entire lawn. How can you stop it and keep your landscaping beautiful?
There are a few proven methods that will rid your lawn of Creeping Charlie. You can pull it out, smother it, or use pesticides to remove it. You can also use natural methods or herbicides to treat it if other methods fail.
Published: December 7, 2022.
Berries are delicious snacks and highly profitable choices of plant for any farm or garden! The question is, which fruits are true berries and which of those are the most popular?
In this article, we will cover the most popular list of true berries as well as some frequently asked questions about them!
Published: November 5, 2022.
For the uninitiated, a ‘wheat berry’ probably sounds like a pretty strange fruit indeed. Wheat isn’t often associated with berries unless the two are purposefully mixed for a healthy breakfast in the morning.
A wheat berry is nothing more than the whole grain kernel that comes from the wheat plant, with the husk removed since it’s the only part of the wheat kernel that is inedible. The edible part includes the endosperm, the bran, and the germ.
Published: December 2, 2022.
Holly is the dominant plant on people’s minds as the holiday season approaches. You will find holly in wreaths, decorating doors, hanging from rafters, and even hanging from Christmas trees in neat little clusters. The little red berries on holly plants look delicious but are they safe to eat?
Holly berries are quite poisonous, and you should never try eating one. They may look bright, red, juicy, and inviting, but unless you are looking for a night of vomiting, severe diarrhea, and a potential visit to the hospital, never ingest one.
Published: November 29, 2022.
There are lots of delicious berries out there that Mother Nature has provided for our enjoyment, but there are also a lot of sneaky lookalikes that can make you severely ill should you ingest them.
Knowing the difference between edible and poisonous berries is vital if you’re out berry-picking in the wild. Here’s how you tell if you should avoid a berry plant.
In general, if a berry plant has sharp spines, milky sap, or a bitter smell, you should avoid ingesting it at all costs.
Published: November 26, 2022.
If you have noticed small round holes in your wood furniture or coffee tables, you may have woodworms. They can cause significant damage to your furniture and home. What are woodworms, how do you identify them, and how can you get rid of them?
Woodworms bore holes in wood products and leave behind a powdery residue. They can be treated naturally, with chemicals, or for difficult infestations, professional help may be necessary. It is recommended you seek professional help if you suspect woodworm damage to the structural parts of your home.
Published: November 23, 2022.
If you consider your garden or backyard an oasis for wildlife, then you are probably interested in attracting creatures like butterflies and hummingbirds. But to do so, you need to know which plant species contain food sources for them.
Certain flowering plants with sweet nectar-like bee balm, sunflowers, and milkweed - are big attractors of butterflies and hummingbirds, as are plants that draw in the bugs that hummingbirds eat. You can also attract butterflies with plants containing certain types of pollen.
Published: November 21, 2022.
Copper nails in a tree are one of those myths that are so often repeated that it has grown its own sort of mythology in most communities. It's like saying you’ll get a cold if you go outside in cold weather with wet hair.
No, you cannot kill a tree by hammering a copper nail into it. It might be possible if you hammered a bunch of nails into a very young tree, but its death would more likely be due to puncture holes and exposure to pests and bacteria than anything else.
What happens is the question gets asked, and, in a rush to answer it, everyone jumps on the internet, reads a few articles in the affirmative, and repeats the narrative in their own article. Before you know it, you have a whole host of articles affirming copper nails can kill a tree.
Published: November 11, 2022.
Yes, most citrus fruits can be composted just as other organic waste can be. However, when composting citrus peels, one must be sure to maintain the proper carbon-to-nitrogen ratio.
Thus, one must not compost too many citrus peels at one time.
Composting is a wonderful way to reduce your kitchen waste as it is an effective method for recycling organic matter such as fruits, vegetables, and grains.
Published: November 7, 2022.
Electric motors range in size from tiny toothbrush motors to gigantic electric motors providing propulsion to ocean liners, and as such, they are often used not only in electric lawn mowers but also in electric trimmers, chainsaws, blowers, etc.
While electric motors differ in many ways, one of their construction specifics is that they can be divided into brushed and brushless electric motors, with all their pros and cons.
Published: November 3, 2022.
Hornets and wasps are any garden-lovers nightmare, especially if you’ve just discovered a giant tennis-ball-sized nest in your backyard. But what’s the difference between these two commonly mistaken insects, and how do they affect your garden? Here’s everything you need to know about the difference between hornets and wasps.
Hornets are, by definition, a kind of wasp, but what distinguishes this species of wasps from others is their rounder appearance, as well as their black and yellow striped bodies. Other types of wasps tend to be slender in appearance with red, black, or blue colors.
Published: November 3, 2022.
A gnat infestation is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. These biting little pests are the bane of any household, and getting rid of them can be tricky. Thankfully, there are a number of methods you can employ to keep these unwanted insects away from your property. Here’s everything you need to know about getting rid of gnats.
To get rid of gnats, you can create a trap using just apple cider vinegar, dish soap, and hot water. You'll also want to avoid creating a hospitable environment for them by not leaving food out, dehumidifying your home, and not overwatering your plants.
Published: October 29, 2022.
A very tiny plant that attracts everyone with its beauty and offers calm and quiet to one’s mind, simply with its green expanse and sometimes tiny, colorful flowers is grasses!
Grasses occur everywhere (except on the south pole). A lot of them are not native to places where they occur. When it comes to North America, it’s believed that around 11% of the grasses are non-native.
They’ve been introduced here by traders and travelers. Most of these non-native grasses are considered to be invasive and a threat to other native grass species. To protect the native North American plants from the danger of extinction, conservation methods and management policies are required.
Published: October 21, 2022.
Homeowners who take pride in keeping a beautiful garden are always concerned about weeds on their lawns. Weeds like crabgrass are very aggressive, and once they make their way into a lawn, they soon take over the entire area and even flower beds, making the garden look overgrown and unmaintained.
There are at least 30 different species of crabgrass. However, the most common species in North America are Hairy crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis) and smooth crabgrass (Digitaria ischaemum). Both species resemble each other, and control methods are the same.
Published: October 21, 2022.
Many lawn owners water their lawn when they have time, often with a water hose and not sprinklers, making it some sort of therapy.
However, many people also wonder if there is a grass watering time that is better than the rest and if yes, what time is that.
Published: October 21, 2022.
Even before lawn mowing starts, many lawn owners wonder what to do with the grass clippings after the mowing. For a long time, many lawn owners simply threw the grass clippings into the garbage, and this was legal.
However, times are changing, and throwing grass clippings in the garbage is not legal anymore in many states. Even in states where it is not forbidden, many municipalities and counties ban grass clippings in the garbage.
This leaves us with a question, what to do with the grass clippings after the mowing...
Published: October 21, 2022.
During hot summer days, regardless of the lawn type, the grass is stressed due to the high temperatures, high moisture evaporation, and in the end, lack of moisture in the roots area.
Although regular watering of the lawn is more than enough to help the lawn endure until autumn, sometimes it is not possible due to various reasons.
Published: October 21, 2022.
Bumpy and uneven lawns and yards can look neat and decorative but leveled, and even lawns and yards are much more aesthetically appealing.
A lawn leveling rake can be of great help when leveling both lawn-to-be and already established lawns, regardless of the season or grass type.
Also, when leveling the yard using decorative stones, sand, or similar material, leveling rake can save plenty of time and effort.
Published: October 21, 2022.
Many people who want to purchase a pallet of grass sod become very surprised when they find out the actual weight of a single pallet of sod. Fortunately, many farms that offer pallets of sods also deliver their products to their customers directly.
The actual weight of sod pallets depends on the amount (thickness) of dirt, grass type, relative moisture, are the sods in the form of rolls or slabs, and similar ...
Published: October 21, 2022.
When a gardener faces a problem of bare spots on their lawn, or they want quickly to establish a lawn, they’re advised to use lawn grass seed mats, also known as grass seed blankets, to deal with the problem.
How do lawn grass seed mats help gardeners?
Published: October 21, 2022.
If you want to put mulch down in your garden, you’re probably weighing up the pros and cons of the many different kinds of mulch and wondering which one to opt for. Cedar mulch has some major benefits, but is it right for you? Let’s find out!
Cedar mulch is great for repelling unwanted insects, and it provides a low-maintenance area of cover. It is good at trapping moisture and resisting temperature changes, and it can prevent weeds from growing in places where it has been laid. It sometimes depletes the amount of nitrogen in the soil, however, and some people dislike the smell.
Published: October 19, 2022.
While Japanese Beetles are more or less harmless to you and me, they can seriously damage your garden, especially those berry bushes and rose bushes. They feed on more than 300 plants throughout the United States and have cost the country more than $450 Million to control!
So obviously, no one wants these little invaders in their backyard gardens. But how do we get rid of Japanese Beetles? What can we do to protect our plants and flowers?
Everything from handpicking them to insecticides to traps can help eliminate Japanese beetles in your garden.
Published: October 14, 2022.
Are you thinking of buying some pine straw mulch to use in your garden? If so, there are some key things that you need to consider first because pine straw mulch has both benefits and drawbacks.
Pine straw mulch can be very beneficial to your garden, and it’s a lightweight product that is often pretty eco-friendly.
It’s also cheaper, a good insulator, and retains moisture well – but it won’t prevent weeds. It should last for a few years before it breaks down and disappears into the soil.
Published: October 13, 2022.
As the summer months start to arrive around America, this brings along with its activities that we all enjoy. Whether it be beach days, BBQ's or long walks in the woods and green areas, the fun can often be cut short by one of humanity's greatest nemesis; the average mosquito. If you don't feel comfortable using chemical bug spray, you may opt for something more natural to help rid your home of mosquitoes.
Plants have been used for hundreds, if not thousands of years, to keep mosquitos at bay around your garden and your home. Plants such as lavender, basil, lemongrass, rosemary, and citronella are among the best plants to help repel mosquitos from your home and garden area.
Published: October 13, 2022.
Regardless if they are powered by an internal combustion engine or electric motor, lawn mowers and electric tools commonly have some sort of built-in battery. Such batteries can be used for cranking, powering lights, remote controls, holding BIOS charge of advanced microcontroller-based devices, powering main motors, etc.
Knowing battery types, their strength, and their weaknesses can significantly help in prolonging their runtime and their operating lifetime and can help to unitize better unify electric tools that use such batteries.
Published: October 13, 2022.
No matter how beautiful a garden is, it looks incomplete without a hedge. A hedge is necessary for a garden, not only to make it look complete but also to maintain the owner's privacy, reduce outside noises, and protect the garden and people inside from strong winds and snow. Rather than concrete walls, a hedge offers a sense of life, and its greenery pleases one’s eyes and mind.
However, people wrongly think that growing a hedge might be a complicated process and hence, try to avoid it. But in reality, it’s quite a simple task and can even be quick with the right steps. One just has to select a species of plants to suit their needs, collect enough plants for the desired length of the hedge, amend the soil, dig holes or trench and plant the green fence.
Published: October 12, 2022.
There are many ways to compare various foods in terms of protein, carbohydrate, fats, fibers, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc., content.
One of the important ways to compare foods are their Glycemic Index (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL).
Updated: September 28, 2022.
Most gardeners know that compost and humus are great for their garden. However, they may not exactly know if both these are the same or different, and if they are different, what the differences are.
Well, gardeners should remember that compost and humus are ‘not’ the same – they are "different"! In order to get benefited from both these, they should understand the differences between them and their formation and their benefits to the garden.
Updated: August 23, 2022.
Gooseberries have made a comeback in the United States and are slowly getting popular. The reasons are their deliciousness and amazing health profile. Also, now there are several varieties that grow virtually without thorns.
What’s more, they often taste sweeter and more delicious than the bitter gooseberries of the past. Like most other foods that humans eat, gooseberries too are a topic of curiosity for dog owners regarding whether their four-legged children can be served these tasty berries.
Published: July 19, 2022.
Many can owners wonder if they can give the watermelon to their cat - watermelon is refreshing and a great tasting fruit for humans, but what about cats?
Well, for short, it is safe to give watermelon to the cat, but the important thing is to follow a few simple rules and to keep the amounts in moderation.
This fresh summer fruit is not only able to hydrate and give refreshment to our four-legged friends, but it also contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can be very beneficial for the cat.
Published: June 23, 2022.
As a common observation by dog owners, dogs would love to taste everything their owners eat. When it comes to eating, these furry babies are very manipulative.
They turn their faces so poor and cute, that humans are filled with love for them and wish to give them their food. But not all human foods are good for doggies. But the problem is that dog owners don’t remember which food is good for their canine companions and which one is not.
Published: May 31, 2022.
There are plenty of different fertilizers for berries and other home and garden plants. Knowing which fertilizer is good for what plant and why is very important to every gardener or florist.
Fertilizers are plant food that feeds the plants during their growth providing all the necessary nutrients in a form that is easily accessible to the plants.
Updated: May 30, 2022.
Cherries are one of the most beautiful and delicious fruits one might ever have eaten. Looking at its deep red color, long, delicate, slender pedicel, fairly firm yet crusty flesh, and a single stone (seed), one might think every time while eating them whether cherries are berries or some other class of fruits.
One will be surprised to hear that fruits that are commonly called berries, such as mulberry, raspberry, or blackberry, and also cherries, are not actually berries, but bananas, grapes, pumpkins, eggplants, cucumbers, and oranges are! So, what are berries actually?
Published: May 26, 2022.
Dogs are so favored by their owners that they wish to give their pets whatever they want.
However, they have to keep in mind that when it comes to food, they should observe extreme caution. Although dogs wish to eat everything their owner eats, the owner should know that not every human food is good for dogs.
For example, cranberries are so tasty and healthy that dog owners would love to share them with their dogs to let them enjoy the taste. But they should hold back and think about whether cranberries, fresh or dried, are good for their dogs?
Published: April 23, 2022.
Dogs don’t really know which food is good for them and which one is not. Whatever their owners eat, they want their share of their owner’s food. It’s the owner’s duty to feed their pup responsibly after researching well about if a particular food is good or bad for their doggo.
Among all other foods that humans eat, tomatoes are particularly interesting for canines. In such a situation, a dog owner may wonder whether they should feed tomatoes to their beloved pooch or not. Let’s see.
Published: April 4, 2022.
Watermelon is a great fruit to eat, especially during hot summer days. It’s made of 92% water, hence obviously juicy, and is sweet too, satisfying your body and soul in the sweltering heat. Moreover, it’s packed with nutrients too and therefore, has an important place in the list of healthy fruits. Pet owners therefore may want to feed their pups this cool treat in summer and the question arises can dogs eat watermelon.
The good news is that yes, dogs can eat watermelon. Still, along with its benefits, dog owners have to remember certain precautions too while feeding watermelon to their dog. Plus, they should consult their vet before offering watermelon to their canine companion.
Published: March 24, 2022.
If a dog owner loves the tangy and sweet flavor of oranges and wonders if their beloved pet can enjoy this flavor, the answer is yes! Veterinarians are of opinion that doggies can eat oranges if given in very small quantities.
Published: March 2, 2022.
Man eats a lot of things and enjoys their taste. Although many things are not very good for them when eaten in access, people keep eating them. But when it comes to dog owners, things are slightly different.
Their dogs wish so much to eat whatever they eat that they don’t like to enjoy it alone, without sharing it with their dogs.
In summer, when there are berries everywhere, and especially when blackberries are plentiful, dog owners keep wondering whether they can feed blackberries to their dogs.
They are worried if they feed the berries to their dear doggo and if something wrong happens with the dog, what they can do. But they will be delighted to know that dogs can eat blackberries!
Published: January 27, 2022.
There are many foods that are delicious and healthy for humans. However, it’s not necessary that all of them are good for dogs too. In fact, many of them are prohibited for dogs.
One of these foods is bananas which are so delicious and packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that one always feels that their beloved pooch too should enjoy it, but they wonder if dogs can eat bananas.
Published: January 21, 2022.
Bananas are some of the most popular fruits around the world, available year long. Bananas come in various sizes, but they practically all share the same special aroma and fragrance.
Because of their popularity, availability, and their health benefits, they are often consumed, leading to the question, how many calories are actually in bananas?
Updated: October 29, 2021.
Raised garden beds have many benefits when compared with growing plants directly in the garden soil.
Raised garden beds come in various forms and sizes and can be adjusted to any small garden.
Updated: August 19, 2021.
As much as you may love to spend your free time in the house, with the first sunny and warm weather and the arrival of spring, you probably want to drink your first morning coffee outdoors.
Your garden is much more than a plain green lawn or surface where you might plant flowers, fruits and vegetables. In the garden you can always make an oasis that deserves as much attention as decorating some room in your home.
Published: July 29, 2021.
Blueberries on top of a summer fruit salad are mouthwatering as well as nutritious. If one’s dog sees blueberries and is tempted to eat them, should one feed these tiny fruits to the pooch?
The good news is that the answer is ‘yes’! If dog owners are curious about the reasons and want to confirm this fact, here’s why they can feed their pup blueberries.
Updated: January 21, 2022.
Cheap, energy efficient, durable LED grow lights are becoming more and more popular as home grow lights for both professional growers and for plant enthusiasts.
Although certain plants prefer distinctive wave lengths, it is often the best practice to have grow lights that cover full spectrum of the sun light - after all, plants are using that kind of light for rather a long time :)
Updated: May 14, 2021.
To a traditional gardener, not tilling and flipping soil layers before sowing seeds or planting seedlings may seem absurd. The practice of overturning the soil has been around for centuries and is quite a tried-and-tested method to freshen up the soil and make it healthy for crops.
Naturally, no-till gardening may not be understandable to an old-school gardener; but if they learn about the tremendous benefits of this new technique, they can easily understand why no-till gardening has become so popular among gardeners across the world.
Published: May 12, 2021.
Berries are great-tasting and refreshing fruits, and that is why we grow them - we know that, but also the birds know that too.
Birds can be very useful for every gardener, but when the berries start to ripen, birds can make plenty of damage, even destroy the entire harvest.
Bird repellent discs, tapes, rods, gels, and similar aids can help keep the harvest for ourselves.
Updated: April 30, 2021.
Vertical stackable planters are popular growing systems for home gardens and indoor growers. They can be very decorative, but stackable vertical planters also save space when growing berries and other fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs and similar plants. Such planters come in various sizes, shapes, designs and before buying, it is important to know what to look for.
Updated: April 24, 2021.
Grow rooms, tents, cabinets and boxes are indoor grow kits and systems that enable gardener to grow not only berries, but also other plants like flowers, vegetables, herbs etc. while not depending on local weather and season.
Updated: April 15, 2021.
Everyone has learned in school that plants prepare their own food by a process called photosynthesis in which sunlight, water, CO2 (Carbon Dioxide), and chlorophyll play an important part.
This means that along with water, fertilizers, and sunlight, plants need the right amount of CO2 in their surrounding environment for their healthy growth. But what if CO2 is not in adequate amount in the environment surrounding the plants?
Published: February 11, 2021.
Old wheelbarrows don't have to be always thrown into the junk. Plant flowers and small berries in a wheelbarrow and your old wheelbarrow will be brought back to life. One rule - the older the wheelbarrow, the better it looks! :)
Updated: February 9, 2021.
A small backyard garden can be an electronics-free zone, but with the introduction of many useful tools and gadgets which help and ease many daily tasks, one must know few things about rechargeable batteries often found in devices like solar outdoor lights, automatic watering systems, fountains, various other pumps, timers, etc.
Published: January 9, 2021.
Garden solar lights are small lights based on LED (Light Emitting Diode), a rechargeable battery (usually one AA sized battery), and a small solar panel for recharging the battery during sunlight.
When the battery is charged in the evening and the sun goes down, garden solar lights turn on automatically. Depending on the amount of sun light during the day, the battery usually can last the entire night.
Updated: December 19, 2020.
If one wishes to grow a garden inside their home, but find containers heavy or messy, plant growing bags are a good option for them. These are fabric or plastic bags in which one can grow plants.
They are perfect for home gardens, terrace gardens, small yard gardens, or balconies, where one wants to save space yet wants to grow a hearty garden. They are a great choice also because they can be re-used and create very little waste.
Published: December 11, 2020.
Rechargeable batteries are a great thing - they last for a long time, they are rather cheap and are reliable.
But, after some time, they lose capacity due to numerous reasons and they need to be replaced. In most devices and gadgets, it can be done within seconds.
Updated: October 10, 2020.
Smoothies are easy and quick meals and snacks to make. Depending on their composition, they provide practically all of the nutrients that the human body requires.
Incorporating berry smoothies in daily nutrition, can increase daily vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, fiber, etc intake and can help in regulating weight in both ways - losing weight (preferably fat) and gaining weight (preferably muscles).
Updated: July 30, 2020.
Garden Trio Mini Kit by Urban Leaf allows the people to start indoor gardening and to grow their own fruits and herbs.
Garden Trio Mini Kit is made using easy fast-growing and renewable raw materials - planter box is made using fast-growing renewable timber, pots are from coco coir, and plant markers are from bamboo. Also, dehydrated soil discs contain worm casting and water-retaining crystals, and are complete soil offering the plants everything they need.
Published: May 2, 2020.
Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 and 9 Indoor Gardening Kits enables the user to grow favorite plants, berries included, all year round, at home, regardless of cold winters or hot summers.
Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 and 9 Indoor Gardening Kits are very simple to use and include everything one needs to start indoor garden. They feature self-watering tank, water level indicator, built-in timer for grow LED lights with adjustable LED lights' height for various plants height.
Updated: July 15, 2019.
Miracle-Gro AeroGarden are fully automatic LED indoor grow systems, suitable for growing indoors plants like herbs, flowers, vegetables and, of course, berries like strawberries and tomatoes. They come in various sizes and with many options, and if you want to enjoy fresh strawberries and tomatoes grown at home even during winter, consider these systems.
From time to time, one has to plant lots of different seeds. One of the options is to use styrofoam or similar containers with premade holes for plants – this is very useful and quick method when you have to sow one sort of plant per container (like strawberries). If you want to sow only few plants of one sort, but many sorts, you need small plastic cups.
Sambucol and other sambucus (Elderberry) extracts in the form of syrups and tablets are marketed as being able to boost immune system, improve overall health and help fight many health issues. But are they as effective as their manufacturers claim?
Berry Thin, Acai Berry Thin, Pure Raspberry Ketone, Green Coffee Bean Extract and other compounds and extracts have been promoted by many companies and individuals as the way of losing unwanted weight, weight management and improving health in general. Also, many claims are based on so-called scientific studies and ongoing research in many labs. But, are they really that effective and what is hiding behind 'scientific studies'?