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How Do Worms Affect Plant Growth?

Not many people think about worms, except for fishing enthusiasts looking for bait, that is, unless you start studying soil. Without worms, the soil in our lawns and gardens would be hard to work with and we would have to do a lot of work to get anything to grow successfully.There are more than 3,00

Something Is Eating My Sunflowers at Night

Home gardeners often plant bright sunflowers to add color and texture to their gardens. These flowers are generally healthy, but are susceptible to a variety of insects and pests. Slugs are the most common nocturnal pest of sunflowers. These pests hide during the day and come out only at night to fe

Lemon Verbena Vs. Lemon Balm

They share the characteristic of lemon-scented and lemon-flavored foliage, but that's where the botanical and cultivating similarities end between lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla) and lemon balm (Melissa officinalis). However, both lemon verbena and lemon balm are used to flavor teas, fruit salads,

The Importance of Flower Crops in the Seed Industry

The seed industry is an important part of the agricultural economy in the United States. Many popular garden flowers are bought and sold each spring, but what many people do not realize is that the plants they enjoy in the spring are almost entirely dependent on the previous year's crop, from which

Uses for Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pumpkin seeds give dishes a nutty flavor.George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty ImagesPumpkin seed oil's dark appearance and nutty flavor set it apart from milder oils. The seeds themselves offer a range of health benefits such as lowered cholesterol and relief of arthritis symptoms and contain...

DIY Hydroponic Solution

Even though "hydro" means "water," an article on the Virginia Cooperative Extension website explains that hydroponic refers to growing plants without the use of soil. Hydroponically speaking, you could grow plants in sterile peat or bark, for instance. But regardless of which growing media you use i

The Best Trees for Privacy Hedges

Use nature to block out noisy neighbors, messy lots or unsightly commercial developments. Trees may be slow to establish, but are ideal for this purpose because they last a long time and are fairly hardy against the environment and weather. Choose trees with a wide spread to form a dense privacy hed

How do I Grow Sprouts on Paper Towels?

Bean sprouts are an easy source of nutrients that your entire family can enjoy in their diets, whether it is Asian dishes, noodle soups, sandwiches, pot pies, fresh salads, vegetable medleys or just plain sprinkled with salt and pepper. You can grow bean sprouts at home easily within a week, and eve

Deer Ticks in Bushes

The deer tick -- also known as black-legged ticks or Ixodes scapularis -- often carries germs that can cause potentially serious human medical conditions such as Lyme disease, babesiosis and ehrlichiosis. Because of these risks, it is absolutely necessary to take steps to remove deer tick populatio

Cedar Hedge Diseases

White cedar and Eastern red cedar are commonly used as hedges, screens or as the main focal points of a landscaping design. Cedar hedge trees are compact, have bright green foliage and reach heights of 6 to 10 feet. The cedar hedge is susceptible to certain diseases that affect its health...

Powdery Mildew Resistant Roses

Many gardeners are familiar with how vulnerable roses are to fungal diseases. One of the most common rose diseases, powdery mildew, can quickly mar the beauty of rose leaves and buds. Planting disease-resistant roses minimizes the impact that powdery mildew can do in the rose garden.

Paper Plates Vs. Dishes

Paper plates are convenient but only used one time, while dishes are reusable but inconvenient to wash. The environmental concerns surrounding both make it hard to decide which to use.

How to Prune and Train Pink Winter Jasmine

Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) is a deciduous shrub that produces fragrant yellow flowers about an inch in length in late winter or early spring, depending on the location. It reaches a height and width of 6 to 10 feet, growing best in an area with part to full sun and well-drained, nutrient-r

White Tree Fungus

The presence of a white fungus on a tree is often, but not always, the sign of a sick plant. Fungal infections vary in the degree of harm they may inflict on the tree, so proper diagnosis and treatment is a must.

How to Prune and Care for Apple Trees

Your apple tree needs pruning to help it develop a strong enough structure to support a heavy fruit crop. Since container-grown nursery trees are relatively old at two and three years of age, by the time you buy them, all they need is some light pruning to remove broken branches. But nurseries sell

How to Propagate Day Lilies with Seeds

After daylilies bloom, you may see that they've produced green seed pods called squat pods. This is because bees or some other bug successfully pollinated the plant. You can also cross pollinate daylilies manually to produce hybrid seeds that will carry some of the characteristics of the parent plan

How to Take Care of Silk Flowers

Silk flowers can look incredibly realistic and, with proper care, hold their beauty for a long time. Dust buildup on the flowers and leaves, however, dulls the color and can make the flowers look more artificial than they would if they were clean. An important part of the care of silk flowers, there

Flowers With Thick Stems & Flowers That Bud All Summer

Close-up of a marigold, a summer blooming flowerAnna Yu/Photodisc/Getty ImagesFlowers with thick stems are a valuable addition to a garden not just because they can usually stand up on their own without staking, but because the flowers can be clipped and used in fresh flower bouquets....

Information on Golden Elm Tree Diseases

Many homeowners enjoy the decorative aspect that golden elms give to a yard. This particular kind of elm is especially hardy and can live years without showing any signs of decline in health. Certain diseases, however, can attack unexpectedly and leave the once beautiful elm in the front yard an eye