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How to Grow from Cuttings

Last updated : 27 January 2015
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THE SIMPLEST WAY TO GROW FROM CUTTINGS If you have a tree or plant you wish to clone, look no further. This method is uncomplicated and quite easy to do. Materials needed: · Healthy cutting from a tree of your choice · Potting soil or local soil or an equal mixture of both · One […]

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How to Prune a Hibiscus Plant

Last updated : 4 February 2015
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This is a very sorry tropical hibiscus plant that the deer munched on all summer, I was going to toss it out but decided to try and revitalize it for this project. This  photo shows the damage the deer did, the plant never bloomed this year, because the deer ate the ends off all the […]

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Conversations from the Backyard Growers Business Center

Last updated : 26 February 2015

People often wonder, “What is this Backyard Growers Business Center?” Then they exclaim, “I’m just interested in growing plants, not selling them.” Well it’s not all that stuffy and formidable.  The members of the Backyard Growers Business Center are growers who help each other out. The more experienced old-timers, (and young-timers) are eager to help […]

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How to Grow an Avocado Tree From Seed

Last updated : 4 February 2015
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After eating your favorite avocado, don’t throw the seed away! Grow a beautiful decorative houseplant or even your own avocado tree following these simple steps. Materials needed: ·    Avocado pit/seed ·    Small, clear bottle in order to see the roots grow ·    Water ·    toothpicks STEP 1 Remove the large pit/seed inside the avocado. STEP […]

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Complete Guide to Soil pH Testing

Last updated : 25 February 2015
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Soil pH is very important for optimum plant growth.  The term pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline a substance is, in this case, the soil.  It ranges from 1.0-14.0, with 7.0 being called neutral. The lower the number the higher the acidity.  The higher the number the more alkaline, or less acidic, […]

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How to Get Rid of Slugs in Your Garden

Last updated : 18 December 2014
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If you love Hostas, you also know the damage caused by slugs.  Besides eating large holes in all the pretty leaves they also leave long silver slime trails as they move across the leaves feeding. Here are four simple home-made traps to show you how to get rid of slugs in your garden.  There is […]

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Growing Grapes

Last updated : 13 February 2015
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Why am I posting about this now? Because in Ohio, it is time to prune your grape vines! Plant your cuttings in the spring to grow more grape vines! Like most plants, grape vines really like rich soil that is fairly well drained. However, they will grow well in soils heavier than most ornamental plants […]

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Is Burning Bush Really an Invasive Species?

Last updated : 13 February 2015
Winged Burning Bush, Euonymus Alatus.

This is confusing and to a degree it’s almost political.  In some states Burning Bush are on the invasive species list which I really don’t understand, but they are.  But in most states, it is not the Burning Bush that we all know that are on those lists.  The Burning Bush that is on invasive […]

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DIY Sawbuck Bench

Last updated : 4 February 2015
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How To Build A Folding Sawbuck Bench A sawbuck bench makes it easier to cut long pieces of wood by getting the wood at an ideal height off the ground. This article shows you how to build a sawbuck bench that folds for easier storage. TOOLS What tools you will need: Saw (power or hand) […]