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How To Grow Passion Flowers Indoors

There are over 400 species of tropical passion flowers (Passiflora spp.) with sizes ranging from ½ inch to 6 inches across. They are found naturally from South America through Mexico. Early missionaries to these regions used the distinctly colored patterns of the flowers parts to teach about the passion of Christ; hence the name. Passion Flower gained its name from the unique structure of its flowers and their symbolic importance. According to the plant's original catalogers, each of the flower's structures is religious in nature: the corolla reflects Christ's crown of thorns, the five stamens are the five wounds in his hands, feet, and side, and the three stigmata are for the nails that were used to nail Christ to the cross. Whatever their religious significance, there...

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Health-Giving Fruits for Your Backyard

If you like growing herbs for their medicinal properties, you might like to think about adding some fruit to your plot. Fruits are naturally full of vitamins and minerals and high levels of anti-oxidants, as well as essential fiber. In addition, most fruits have other health-giving properties, and with many being easy to cultivate at home, they would be ideal to complement your herb garden. Kiwis Kiwi fruits are something of a superfood these days, containing high levels of Vitamin C, fiber and potassium and reputed to offer protection against respiratory and circulatory conditions. They may seem like quite an exotic fruit to be growing at home, but they will happily grow in any sheltered, sunny position. The soil needs to be rich and well-drained, and you’ll...


Top 6 Herbs That Naturally Repel Fleas

Are you sick and tired of annoying fleas? Have you applied so many chemicals-related products but they still come back and attack your home? If you are in that trouble, it means your home is so susceptible and it is badly in need to be protected immediately. Top 5 plants that can repel fleas from your home must be your answers you are looking for. Peppermint  Some research shows that one garden planting peppermint has a less possibility to be attacked by fleas than the one without the mint. For human beings, the flavor of mint can help to calm our mood and chill out when we get stressed, however, for fleas, they find it as an irritable, offensive smell. It is highly recommended that you grow...

Preparing Your Spring Garden In Winter Months

Preparing Your Spring Garden In Winter Months

As you harvest your fall crops, you may think that the ground will just be exposed until you are ready to plant in the spring. This is counterproductive. In order to have a great garden area which is ready and easily prepared for spring, there are steps to take now. When the last of your winter plants are harvested, clean your garden very well. Remove any debris, weeds, and stems that are lurking. Till the garden well. You are getting your garden ready for cover plants. Cover crops A cover crop is a plant that is planted in the winter to enrich the soil. These plants will not be harvested. Instead, they will be chopped up and used in the garden to add essential nutrients to the soil....

What You Need to Know about Starting an Herb Garden

What You Need to Know about Starting an Herb Garden

For as long as humans have been walking the face of the earth, herbs have been used as preventatives or curatives, and the tradition continues to this day. In fact, because of modern science, we are now able to determine just why herbs work the way they do, which gives us a better understanding of what types of herbs to keep on hand at all times. If you are looking for a fresh source of herbs, it is easy to start an herb garden with just a few seeds, some good soil, and a place to plant them. Outside herb gardens can provide bounteous crops so that you can learn to dry and preserve them for use in summer months, but indoor herb gardens can also...


Growing the Best Herbs for Healing

All you need is a small space in your kitchen window and you can have your very own natural medicine cabinet. Many people keep store-bought cough syrup, sleeping aids, and pain relievers on hand to deal with all of life’s aches and pains, but there is a better way to be prepared for the inevitable. A little bit of honey and lemon does wonders for sore throats and eating just one clove of garlic a day can keep you as healthy as a horse. Check out for more suggestions on plant-based remedies for common aches, pains, and ailments. For the best herbs, you can grow and use for healing purposes right in your own home, continue reading. Lavender It smells good, and in addition to making...

How To Get Your Healing Garden Off Drugs With Natural Pesticides

Many common pesticides (such as ant, roach and mice poisons) have been linked to breast cancer. It probably shouldn’t surprise us that these compounds can be dangerous; they are designed to kill insects with which we share many common biological systems! Several pesticides are known endocrine disruptors (they disrupt natural hormone-signaling pathways), and through these mechanisms have been implicated in increased risk for breast cancer. In addition to effects by themselves, these chemicals have been shown to have additive effects with other kinds of endocrine disruptors. In other words, exposures to small doses of pesticides may have greater effects when people are also exposed to other chemicals to which we are all commonly exposed. Unfortunately, when pesticides are applied in the home, they don’t just kill bugs and...


5 Houseplants That Thrive In Dark Apartments

by REBECCA STRAUS Just because you don’t have a big, south-facing window doesn’t mean you’re out of luck when it comes to growing plants indoors. All you have to do is choose a little more carefully, says Karl Gercens, a horticulturist at Longwood Gardens. Here are his suggestions for plants you can grow successfully in low-lit rooms. ZZ Plant The ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia), a member of the philodendron family, is ideal for places where the sun never shines. Gercens says that, with proper care, it can even thrive in low-light rooms with only a little supplemental lighting. “The most important thing is to not overwater it.  The thick stems are a water-storage mechanism to help it get through seasonally dry times.” Kentia Palm There are lots of palms you...


5 Tips on How to Grow a Fall Broccoli Container Garden

Growing Broccoli in Pots - If the proper planning is done to maximize space, container gardening can be a sustainable means to providing yourself with edible cancer-fighting fruits and vegetables throughout the season. Even broccoli can be easily tamed to grow successfully in a pot. This brings us to our topic of the day, How To Grow A Fall Broccoli Container Garden. Basic Broccoli Necessities - 3 Gallon Containers: Use a container size of at least three gallons should be provided for every broccoli plant grown. Organic Aerated Potting Soil:  Use an organic potting soil and add a good amount of nutritious compost. Besides prefers the soil to be light, well aerated and have good drainage properties. Minimal Fertilizing: If you started off with a premium potting soil, there should only be...