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.
While blackberries can easily grow on their own, many keen gardeners will happily pair their blackberry plants with some companion plants.
After all, choosing the right companion plants can easily deter pests from your blackberries (which most animals will find delicious), or perhaps may offer some nutritionally beneficial mulch that your blackberries can thrive in.
One of the fantastic things about blackberries is that they are not all that picky.
Published: November 24, 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.
Blueberries are a wonderful addition to your garden, but finding the right companion plants to create a rich, biodiverse environment can be challenging, especially as a beginner.
Here is the list of great companion plants for your blueberries, but also a list of a few plants that should never be planted next to the blueberries.
Published: November 22, 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.
Are you looking to boost the health and growth of your tomato plants? Companion plants can be an excellent way to accomplish your gardening goals! If you’re hoping to benefit from this gardening strategy, chances are, you’ll also benefit from this guide to tomato companion plants!
Tomato plants flourish in conditions of full sunlight, drained soil mixtures with 6.2 to 6.8 levels of pH, and warm temperatures. These conditions make plants like lettuce, borage, and basil beneficial companions to the tomato plant. This is especially true because such companions can warn away pests like tomato hornworms and aphids and enrich the soil.
Published: November 17, 2022.
There is a popular internet myth that you can soak your avocado seeds in water to make them grow. Does it work? What is the best way to grow an avocado seed into a tree?
Soaking an avocado pit in water isn’t the best way to germinate your seed and produce fruit. Growing your avocado pit as an indoor plant will help produce fruit in a shorter time frame. You can also wrap your seed in a damp paper towel and leave it in a dark place to germinate.
Below we will look at the best way to start and grow your avocado tree.
Published: November 15, 2022.
Roses are a beautiful plant that can add a pop of color to your landscape or your countertop. But they do require some particular growing conditions.
Roses need to have moist, well-drained, well-aerated soil to thrive. They also need regular mulching and fertilizing. Several types of companion plants grow well with them, but these should all be plants that minimize root growth competition.
Published: November 12, 2022.
Growing fresh tomatoes is the dream of every green thumb enthusiast, but there are a lot of hiccups you’re going to have to deal with along your journey. One of the most common problems is when the leaves turn yellow. What causes tomato leaves to turn yellow, and how can you fix it?
Yellowing leaves are very commonly associated with improper watering habits or transplant shock. Most often, tomato leaves will start to yellow when the plant is being overwatered and suffering from rot.
There are a number of reasons why your tomato plant leaves are turning yellow, but the most important thing is not to panic and work yourself up about it.
Published: November 12, 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.
Pomegranates (Punica granatum), known for their juicy, sweet pink seeds or arils, are a favourite treat for all ages. Growing a pomegranate tree or trees takes a little patience, some hard work, and an understanding of the different stages of growing a pomegranate tree.
If you have ever considered growing your own pomegranate tree, then it's important to understand how the tree, from seed or cutting to full maturity, so you can produce lots of delicious pomegranates.
Published: November 9, 2022.
What’s better than growing sweet, bright strawberries? Growing them with the help of companion plants! If this is your goal, you’ll be happy to explore this guide to strawberry companion plants.
Strawberry plants are at their most healthy when they are grown in full sunlight and sandy soil and are kept from harmful pests.
Published: November 8, 2022.