Gardening Daily Tips 128

Achillea, Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Plant type: Herb, Perennial

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4b to 8b

Height: 18″ to 36″

Spread: 4″ to 6″

Exposure: partial shade partial sun to full sun

Bloom Color: Pink, White

Bloom Time: Early fall, Late summer, Mid summer

Leaf Color: Green

Growth Rate: fast

Moisture: dry to moist

Soil Condition: Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Well drained

Form: Upright or erect

Landscape Uses:

Container, Ground cover, Massing, Seashore, Woodland garden

Special Features:

Attractive foliage, Edible, Fragrant foliage, Invasive, Naturalizing, Attracts butterflies, Suitable for cut flowers, Suitable for dried flowers

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Q&A: Japanese Red Maple

Question: My Japanese Red Maple is 12 years old and for the first time this year it only has leaves on 1/3 of the tree. All the other branches appear to be dead. The leaves are on the side of the tree closest to our house. There does not appear to be any animal damage on the trunk. What caused this? Will my tree live? Should I cut off the dead branches? Thank you.

Answer: If the tree is only leafing out on the protected side, the side closest to the house, it sounds like winter damage. Cold winds or ice can kill back branches, or at least retard their growth. Try scraping the bark on the affected branches. If you find green tissue beneath the bark, the branch is still alive and there’s still hope. If the tissue beneath the bark is brown, that part of the branch is dead and you can safely cut it off. With any luck there will be live material somewhere on those seemingly dead branches. If so, they will eventually leaf out. If not, the entire branch should be pruned away. As long as the roots and the rest of the tree is healthy it will send out new sprouts and you can train those sprouts into new branches. Let’s hope for the best!

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Q&A: Edible Flowers

Question: Can you give me a list of edible flowers, what parts of the plant are edible (and what parts to avoid), and any other tips?

Answer: First of all, do not eat flowers if you have asthma, allergies, or hay fever. And eat only those that have been grown organically and have no pesticide residue. Collect flowers for eating in the cooler parts of the day — preferably early morning after the dew has evaporated. Choose flowers that are at their peak, avoiding those that are not fully open or are starting to wilt. Immediately before using, wash the flowers, checking for bugs and dirt. Remove the stamens and styles from flowers before eating — the pollen can detract from the flavor and some people are allergic to it. As far as what parts to on which flowers: You can eat the entire flowers of Johnny-jump-up, violet, runner bean, honeysuckle, and clover. Remove the sepals of all flowers except violas, Johnny-jump-ups, and pansies. Eat only the petals of rose, calendula, tulip, chrysanthemum, yucca, and lavender. Roses, dianthus, English daisies, Signet marigolds, and chrysanthemums have a bitter white portion at the base of the petal where it was attached to the flower; remove this portion before using. Dandelion leaves are delicious in salads or cooked as a green. The flowers are edible when young; they become bitter with age. Remove dandelions’ sepals — they are bitter. You can also eat both the flowers and the leaves of nasturtiums.

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Q&A: Comparing Greenhouse Glazing

Question: I am planning to buy a hobby greenhouse kit, about 8’x12′ for seed starting, bulb forcing, rooting cuttings and overwintering a few tender plants. I’m in Zone 6. I’d like a comparison of some of the glazing options. I’ve ruled out plastic film (I want something more permanent and attractive), and glass (I need better insulation). On the market, I’m finding twin wall polycarbonate at 4.5mm, 6mm and 8mm, corrugated polycarbonate, among others. The various companies make a variety of claims about insulation, light transmission, condennsation control and durability. Can you help me sort it out?

Answer: Basically, it’s a matter of cost vs. benefits. You need to isolate the main requirements to meet your needs and work through a hierarchy that way. In your case, to overwinter tender plants in zone 6 will take a lot of heat so insulation value in relation to your heating costs may be the determining factor. After that, look at the other benefits — if the structure is visible from the street you may want to reduce condensation, if the structure may need strength to combat heavy snowfall then that may be a consideration. Longevity may also be important to you if this is a major construction project and/or your budget is tight. You might want to talk to some greenhouse owners in your area and find out what their experiences are; you might also be able to see some of the materials in action — they don’t all have the same “look”. Finally, regardless of the material you use, keep in mind that every individual greenhouse has its own individual “quirks” that you’ll discover them over time so you just make the best choice you can and then work with the results. Since I don’t know your specific requirements (and I’m not you) I can’t begin to tell you which one in my opinion would be best in your situation — they all have pluses and minuses one way or another as you have already realized!

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Tip: Care for Your Easter Lily

Once your Easter lily blossoms fade, get ready to plant it outdoors. Although not reliably hardy outdoors in the Midwest, if you keep it healthy until frost has passed and put it in a sunny spot in the garden with some protection, you may get it to rebloom next year.

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Tip: Grow Aggressive Herbs in Containers

Grow mint, lemon balm, and other aggressive plants in containers to keep them from running rampant through gardens.

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Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba Island, Vietnam Travel Video Guide

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Heritage listed Ha Long Bay is a major tourist attraction in Vietnam, and rightly so. The bay is home to over a thousand jungle clad limestone pillars, several of which are hollow and contain enormous caves. I next visit Cat Ba Island, the largest island in the bay. Half of Cat ba is National Park. I interview Tuan, a local cafe owner. He takes me for a tour of the island and we also visit a floating village, where people farm fish in small enclosures.

Vịnh Hạ Long, đảo Cát Bà, Du lịch Việt Nam Video Hướng dẫn

Di sản được liệt kê Vịnh Hạ Long là một điểm thu hút du lịch lớn ở Việt Nam, và đúng như vậy. Bay là hơn một ngàn trụ cột rừng đá vôi phủ, một số trong đó đều trống rỗng và chứa các hang động khổng lồ. Tôi tới thăm đảo Cát Bà, hòn đảo lớn nhất trong vịnh. Một nửa của ba Cát là Vườn quốc gia. Tôi phỏng vấn Tuấn, một chủ quán cà phê địa phương. Ông đưa cho tôi một tour du lịch của hòn đảo và chúng tôi cũng ghé thăm một ngôi làng nổi, nơi mọi người có trang trại nuôi cá trong các thùng nhỏ.

Translation – Vu Khac Hao http://www.tamchandoor.com/ with help from Thư Minh Triệu and Nguyen Bich Thuy. Any traditional Vietnamese loops Discovery Sound http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFXNmsXOJNk

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Gardening Daily Tips 127

Weigela (Weigela florida)

Plant type: Shrub

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4b to 8a

Height: 72″ to 108″

Spread: 72″ to 144″

Exposure: full sun

Bloom Color: Lavender, Pink, Red, White

Bloom Time: Late spring, Mid spring

Leaf Color: Green

Growth Rate: average

Moisture: moist

Soil Condition: Acidic, Alkaline, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained

Form: Rounded, Upright or erect, Vase

Landscape Uses:

Border, Foundation, Pest tolerant, Massing, Specimen

Special Features:

Not North American native, Blooms are very showy

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Q&A: Gardening near Walnut Tree

Question: If I plant a vegetable garden near a walnut tree, will it affect my vegetables performance? The garden is not under the tree but a few of the leaves and walnuts land at the edge of the garden.

Answer: It’s a good question because walnut tree leaves and bark do contain compounds that can impede the growth of some other plants. My sense of it is this: If you new vege garden is not inundated with leaves and nuts, it’s probably fine. Right around the base of the tree is clearly another matter, but if you well beyond the outermost branches I do not forsee a problem. Beyond the growth inhibiting compounds in walnuts, shade and root competition from any kind of tree is also a factor. If your new garden area is not overwhelmed by walnut roots, and if the trees branches do not shade the new garden area, you’ll be okay. My advice is to go ahead and develop your new garden area. With the above factors in mind, if growth does not meet your expectations, you’ll have some culprits to consider. Good luck!

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Q&A: Starting Spinach Indoors

Question: Can spinach and/or New Zealand spinach be started in a greenhouse and transplanted outside in March or April?

Answer: Although it’s possible to start regular spinach indoors, it doesn’t take well to transplanting. And since the plants are hardy, spinach seed can be sown outdoors about five weeks before the last frost, so that’s the most common practice. New Zealand spinach is not a true spinach, and is not cold-hardy. It should be sown right into the garden after all danger of frost has passed. Since this is a heat-tolerant plant and doesn’t bolt like regular spinach, there is no need to get it started early.

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Q&A: Blossoms On Seedlings

Question: Our zucchini and squash seedlings doing beautifully in our sunroom. The weather here is still cold, but the seedlings have sprouted blossoms. It’ll be a week or more before the weather gets mild. Should we pick off the blossoms?

Answer: I would pinch them off. At this point, you want the plant to be spending its energy on foliage and root systems, not on flowering. In my experience seedlings blossom when they are rootbound and stressed for moisture, nutrients, or space. I hope you can get these seedlings in the ground soon. I recommend direct sowing some extra seeds, too, just as insurance, in case this batch is stunted. Good luck to you!

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Tip: Carefully Try Borax for Creeping Charlie Control

Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea), is an invasive perennial weed that vines through lawns and chokes out grass. Although fairly indestructible, it is sensitive to boron. For creeping Charlie control, dissolve five teaspoons of 20 Mule Team Borax in one quart of water and spray over a 25-square-foot area of lawn. This treatment should not be used in flower or shrub beds as the boron can also harm the plants you care about. Do not repeat on lawns more than once.

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Tip: Evaluate Bulb Beds

Make note of gaps in your spring-flowering bulb display; then plan to plant more bulbs in fall. Choose early-, mid-, and late-blooming varieties of each type of bulb to prolong the show.

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Hội An, Vietnam Travel Video Guide

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Hội An was the most important trading port in South East Asia in the 16th and 17th Century. It traded items like silk, ceramics and spices with China, Japan, Europe, India, and even Arabia.
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Viburnum, Sargent (Viburnum sargentii)

Plant type: Shrub

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3b to 7b

Height: 120″ to 179″

Spread: 120″ to 179″

Exposure: partial shade partial sun to full sun

Bloom Color: White

Bloom Time: Early spring, Late spring, Mid spring

Leaf Color: Green

Growth Rate: average

Moisture: moist

Soil Condition: Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained

Form: Rounded, Upright or erect

Landscape Uses:

Screen, Specimen

Special Features:

Attractive foliage, Not North American native, Attractive flowers or blooms

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Q&A: Lady Palm

Question: I’m planting 2 Lady Palms. The containers are full of stems and roots. Do I break them up before planting or plant them whole?

Answer: Palms have fibrous root systems and it will be difficult to separate the roots of your palms. Just plant them as is without trying to untangle the root mass. Dig holes as deep but a little wider than the nursery containers and set the plants in, backfilling with soil you took out of the planting holes. Water the palms thoroughly after planting to help settle the soil and be sure to water twice a week until they become established. Best wishes with your new palms.

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Q&A: Wireworm Control

Question: What is the best way to rid the soil of wireworms? They destroyed half a row of bean plants, and I’ve given up growing potatoes because of them.

Answer: Wireworms are the larvae of the click beetle and are often a pest of potatoes, beets, and beans. You should plant your potatoes in a different garden spot this year. To help control the problem, cultivate the soil frequently to expose and kill the wireworms. Try planting a cover crop of clover in the garden area — it repels wireworms. If all fails, don’t plant potatoes, beets, beans, or carrots for a few years, until the population of click beetles dwindles.

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Q&A: Green Growth on Soil

Question: What is the green stuff growing on the top of the soil in some my pots of seedlings? It can be scraped off and it hasn’t gone any further over the top.

Answer: It’s probably a moss or algae. Which ever it is, it is not a plant disease, but rather a sign that you are keeping the soil too wet. Back off the watering a bit, allowing the plants to dry out some between waterings. This will cut down on the unsightly green stuff.

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Tip: Prune Roses

When pruning roses in the spring, remove damaged or dead canes, as well as any suckers or shoots that arise from the rootstock (this is not an issue with own-root roses). When pruning roses, be sure to cut back to an outward-facing bud so that new growth spreads away from the center of the plant, ensuring good air circulation and fewer disease problems. Fertilize roses now and apply a fresh organic mulch. For an extra boost, sprinkle one-quarter cup of Epsom salts around each rose and water in.

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Tip: Aerate Lawns

Core-aerate compacted lawns to help nutrients, water, and air to penetrate and nourish grass roots. For best results use a core-aerator that pulls out plugs of soil and deposits them on the surface.

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Nha Trang, Vietnam Travel Video Guide

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In Nha Trang I do a story on the positive impact tourists can have on local people. Mai Loc was a cyclo driver, a chance meeting with a Norwegian couple and their gift to Loc, of a small camera, lead to him changing careers and realising his talent as a photographer. Self taught, Loc’s photos have been exhibited around the world.
I also visit Monkey Island where monkeys have been taught to ride bikes, Po Nagar Temple, and the local market, where I find everyone has a speciality.
More info on Mai Loc http://www.fotocommunity.com/pc/account/myprofile/815142
Music – *Discovery Sound loops http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFXNmsXOJNk
*Le Tuan Hung and Dang Kim Hien
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How to Make Sweet Potato (Sweet Potato Dessert) スイートポテトの作り方

one of  the best online  Sweet Potato videos for learning by doing

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Ingredients for Sweet Potato
(serves 4)

2 Sweet Potatoes (gross weight 500g/1.10 lbs, net weight 300g/0.66 lbs)
50g Sugar (1.76 oz)
20g Butter (0.71 oz)
60ml Dairy Cream (0.254 u.s. cup)
1 Egg Yolk
1/2 tbsp Rum
A Few Drops of Vanilla Extract

1 Egg Yolk for Gloss Finish
1/2 tsp Water
Black Sesame Seeds

** Note: Reduce the microwave time to 3 minutes on each side of the potatoes for a full sized American microwave. The microwave we use (500 watt) also works as a conventional oven. Cook sweet potatoes in a microwave for the first time. Then bake them at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius) in a conventional oven.

About Music:
Frederic Chopin – Valse in D-flat major “Minute Waltz” – Op. 64 No. 1 Play by Muriel Nguyen Xuan, recording by Stephane Magnenat Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

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Viburnum, Sargent (Viburnum sargentii)

Plant type: Shrub

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3b to 7b

Height: 120″ to 179″

Spread: 120″ to 179″

Exposure: partial shade partial sun to full sun

Bloom Color: White

Bloom Time: Early spring, Late spring, Mid spring

Leaf Color: Green

Growth Rate: average

Moisture: moist

Soil Condition: Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained

Form: Rounded, Upright or erect

Landscape Uses:

Screen, Specimen

Special Features:

Attractive foliage, Not North American native, Attractive flowers or blooms

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Q&A: Lady Palm

Question: I’m planting 2 Lady Palms. The containers are full of stems and roots. Do I break them up before planting or plant them whole?

Answer: Palms have fibrous root systems and it will be difficult to separate the roots of your palms. Just plant them as is without trying to untangle the root mass. Dig holes as deep but a little wider than the nursery containers and set the plants in, backfilling with soil you took out of the planting holes. Water the palms thoroughly after planting to help settle the soil and be sure to water twice a week until they become established. Best wishes with your new palms.

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Q&A: Wireworm Control

Question: What is the best way to rid the soil of wireworms? They destroyed half a row of bean plants, and I’ve given up growing potatoes because of them.

Answer: Wireworms are the larvae of the click beetle and are often a pest of potatoes, beets, and beans. You should plant your potatoes in a different garden spot this year. To help control the problem, cultivate the soil frequently to expose and kill the wireworms. Try planting a cover crop of clover in the garden area — it repels wireworms. If all fails, don’t plant potatoes, beets, beans, or carrots for a few years, until the population of click beetles dwindles.

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Q&A: Green Growth on Soil

Question: What is the green stuff growing on the top of the soil in some my pots of seedlings? It can be scraped off and it hasn’t gone any further over the top.

Answer: It’s probably a moss or algae. Which ever it is, it is not a plant disease, but rather a sign that you are keeping the soil too wet. Back off the watering a bit, allowing the plants to dry out some between waterings. This will cut down on the unsightly green stuff.

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Tip: Prune Roses

When pruning roses in the spring, remove damaged or dead canes, as well as any suckers or shoots that arise from the rootstock (this is not an issue with own-root roses). When pruning roses, be sure to cut back to an outward-facing bud so that new growth spreads away from the center of the plant, ensuring good air circulation and fewer disease problems. Fertilize roses now and apply a fresh organic mulch. For an extra boost, sprinkle one-quarter cup of Epsom salts around each rose and water in.

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Tip: Aerate Lawns

Core-aerate compacted lawns to help nutrients, water, and air to penetrate and nourish grass roots. For best results use a core-aerator that pulls out plugs of soil and deposits them on the surface.

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Hanoi, Vietnam Travel Video Guide

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Hanoi has a 1000 year history as a city. It has been invaded by the Chinese, French and Japanese. The French Colonial period in particular has had a noticeable influence on the aesthetics of the City. I visit a Bia Hoi Bar where I find relief from the constant rush and din. Lan, a student in International Relations, gives me a half day tour of Hanoi. We visit the flower market, watch people exercise around Hoan Kiem Lake, and visit Lan’s favorite restaurant, Hai Vuong Quan.
Music – dj marky mark featuring trad Klong put loop from Discovery Sound http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFXNmsXOJNk

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The Sweet Truth about Sweet Potato Production in Louisiana   one of  the best online gardening videosfor learning by doing

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How do sweet potatoes get from the field to your table? This video explains the incredible and intensive process of producing sweet potatoes. It’s an amazing process! Here’s your chance to learn the “Sweet Truth” about sweet potato production in Louisiana.

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Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana)

Plant type: Biennual, Perennial

USDA Hardiness Zones: UKN

Height: 6″ to 12″

Spread: 0″

Exposure: full sun

Bloom Color: Blue, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow

Bloom Time: Early fall, Early spring, Early winter, Late fall, Late spring, Mid fall, Mid spring

Leaf Color: Green

Growth Rate: average

Moisture: moist

Soil Condition: Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Well drained

Form: Irregular or sprawling

Landscape Uses:

Border, Container, Ground cover, Massing, Specimen

Special Features:

Suitable for cut flowers

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Q&A: Patching Bare Spots

Question: Is it time to start patching bare spots now with new seed?

Answer: Now is a good time. Dig the soil a little bit and add some compost, then level the soil and sow your seeds. They should pop up in 7-14 days if kept moist. Best wishes with your lawn!

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Q&A: Zinnia Transplanting

Question: I am growing zinnias from seed in cell packs and they are about 2-3 inches tall. Should I transplant them into larger containers until I can set them outside?

Answer: Your zinnias can’t be planted outside until after the danger of frost is past, so you will probably need to move them into larger containers, possible individual 2-inch pots. Move them up a size when the roots have filled the soil mix and before they become pot-bound.

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Q&A: Row Covers vs. Landscape Fabric

Question: What is the difference between row covers and landscape fabrics?

Answer: Row covers are intened to be used over plants to protect them from cold or to exclude pests. There are different weights of fabric depending on the need — heavy fabrics offer the best protection from the cold, while light ones are best for insect control so the plants don’t heat up too much underneath. Landscape fabric is intended to be used on the soil surface to block weeds. Although I suppose that, in a pinch, you could swap uses, it’s probably best to purchase the correct material in the first place. For example, black landscape fabric used as a row cover might cause the plants underneath to overheat.

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Tip: Get a Kitchen Compost Bucket

Although a kitchen compost bucket is useful year-round, with the spring appearance of garden-fresh vegetables and fruits, it’s usefulness become paramount. Unless, of course, you don’t mind fruit flies zipping about your kitchen. Commercially available kitchen compost buckets have tight-fitting lids and activated carbon filters that trap food odors. They are variously made of plastic, stainless steel and glazed clay. Most are attractive enough to have sitting near the kitchen sink.

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Tip: Plant a Shade Garden

Instead of struggling to grow grass in shady spots, create a shade garden filled with hostas, bleeding hearts, astilbe, and other shade-loving plants.

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Hue, Vietnam Travel Video Guide



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Hue was the ancient imperial city of the Nguyen Dynasty. I visit the Citadel which once contained the forbidden city, and take a dragon boat tour along the Perfume River to view the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Tombs of the Emperors. I meet up with Nhi, a commerce student who takes me to Thanh Toan Bridge where we meet a fortune teller. Nhi discu
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Indoor Garden  one of  the best online gardening videos

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Budget indoor garden 2009. Already harvesting lettuce and put it all together for well under $100 using resources on the net. Fun and easy to do. No pests and you can watch these things grow right in front of your eyes. I’m no expert and am learning as I go. Hope this inspires you to get growing indoors!

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Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)

Plant type: Perennial

USDA Hardiness Zones: 2b to 7b

Height: 6″ to 8″

Spread:

Exposure: shade to partial shade partial sun

Bloom Color: White

Bloom Time: Late spring, Mid spring

Leaf Color: Green

Growth Rate: fast

Moisture: moist

Soil Condition: Adaptable, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Well drained

Form: Spreading or horizontal

Landscape Uses:

Border, Container, Erosion control, Ground cover, Massing, Specimen, Woodland garden

Special Features:

Not North American native, Naturalizing, All or parts of this plant are poisonous, Suitable for cut flowers, Fragrant flowers

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Q&A: Shade Garden in Miami

Question: I have a small shaded garden in my backyard, and I need plants that will grow well in the shade in Miami Florida. Any recomendations?

Answer: There are many flowers that bloom in a fairly bright shade location. Some of your options are: Impatiens, Begonia, Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Oxalis, Mexican Petunia (Ruellia), Pansy, Texas Gold Columbine, Cyclamen, Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana), Hosta, Tradescantia, Violet, Chinese Ground Orchid (Bletilla striata), and Wishbone Flower (Torenia fournieri). If your shade is dense these flowers may not do well. It may be a good idea to have some trees trimmed a little to brighten up the shade. Thanks for the question

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Q&A: Root Bound Annuals

Question: What is the best way to treat the root system of root-bound annuals before planting?

Answer: In some cases, severely root bound plants have already become so stressed that they will not thrive no matter what you do. But in general, moderately root bound transplants do just fine. In fact, a strong root system will make a strong plant. The best thing to do is to try to loosen the roots somewhat so that they are directed outward, and loosen the soil around the planting hole so that the roots can move into it easily. You might also pay special attention to those plants at watering time since they will have suffered some root damage in the process. Finally, they will establish fastest in moist but well drained soil with a high level of organic matter and adequate fertility.

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Q&A: Birds Eating Seedlings

Question: I have tried several years running to plant sunflowers from seeds, however, the birds eat the seeds and young sprouts. Is there something I can do to deter the birds from eating my precious seeds?

Answer: Unfortunately, sunflower seeds are a favorite of most birds. You can try erecting bird netting over newly seeded areas, making sure it’s high enough to allow growth and not let the birds poke through it. When the plants are a few inches tall, they should be safe from birds. Good luck!

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Tip: Keep You Camera Handy

Taking photos of our gardens is both a fun pastime and a big help in planning for any changes in the garden. Unfortunately, spring seems to go by at a breakneck pace, and what was beautifully in bloom one day is often gone before you have time to take photos (let alone enjoy it). So, make sure you have your camera readily available, perhaps sitting near the door you most often use to go into the garden, and, if needed, get a new memory card. The best light for photography is early morning and at dusk. Try to avoid taking photos on a bright, sunny afternoon, when you’ll get harsh shadows in your photos.

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Tip: Prune Witch Hazels

Prune witch hazels once they’re through blooming. Remove a few interior branches and long, nonflowering shoots to encourage more flowering next year and keep plant in bounds.

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Crabapple (Malus x)

Plant type: Tree

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3b to 8a

Height: 72″ to 300″

Spread: 120″ to 300″

Exposure: full sun

Bloom Color: Pink, Red, White

Bloom Time: Early spring, Late spring, Mid spring

Leaf Color: Green

Growth Rate: average

Moisture: moist

Soil Condition: Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained

Form: Oval, Rounded, Upright or erect, Weeping

Landscape Uses:

Border, Espalier, Standard, Specimen, Street tree

Special Features:

Not North American native, Fragrant flowers, Attractive flowers or blooms

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Q&A: Pruning a Climbing Rose

Question: What’s the proper way to prune a climbing rose?

Answer: Climbing roses produce blooms on new shoots that grow from old wood. A climbing rose can be allowed to reach the height desired before any pruning begins, which means leaving it untouched for 2-3 years. When the rose reaches its desired height, start training it horizontally to encourage production of sideshoots off of the main canes. Most climbers flower well with little pruning besides removal of dead, diseased or weak growth. The main canes only need pruning back to keep it from traveling too far, and laterals (sideshoots) can be lightly pruned back 3 to 6 inches or 3 to 4 buds. After at least three years, you can remove a few of the oldest canes to induce new main cane growth. In this way, the rose will always have a majority of 2 to 3 year old wood from which the flowering laterals grow.

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Q&A: Planting Sweet Potatoes

Question: When and how do you plant sweet potatoes?

Answer: Sweet potatoes grow best in the southern states where the days are long, warm and humid. Most sweet potatoes need 90-120 warm days to mature. Sweet potatoes for the garden are usually started by planting slips or prestarted plants that are sold bareroot. They require a warm soil so they are planted in late spring or early summer. To help the soil warm faster you can use a raised bed and cover it with black plastic. To create the perfect environment, build long, wide, 10″ inch high ridges spaced 3 1/3 feet apart. Work in plenty of compost and plant the sweet potato pips 6″ inches deep and 12″ inches apart. Avoid the use of fertilizers high in nitrogen, or you’ll have luxurious tops and very little tuber production.

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Q&A: Deer Fencing

Question: How tall a fence do I need to keep deer out of the garden? What’s the best material?

Answer: Deer can and will leap over fences to get at a garden, so you need one at least 8′ high to keep them out. Deer are hesitant to jump over a solid fence because they can’t see what’s on the other side, so if it’s appropriate for your situation, consider a solid fence. If you use chainlink rather than wood, you can lay some fencing flat on the ground around the perimeter. This will discourage deer from getting too close too the fence.

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Tip: Have a Sunny Summer

Sow sunflower seeds in the garden for some garden “sunshine.” The giant oil seed types with the large heads are great feed for birds. Smaller-flowered multi-branching varieties make great cut flowers. Cut flower varieties grow from a few feet tall up to six feet with flower colors ranging from burgundy to pale yellow. When choosing a variety for cut flowers, read the description to see if it says “pollenless,” as this means the flowers will last longer and be less messy indoors.

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Tip: Purchase Summer Bulbs

Start purchasing summer bulbs, like begonias, dahlias and gladiolas; wait to plant outdoors until after your average last frost date.

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