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Gardening: They Do What With Their Nodules?! O_o

29dac102c43518394910_aa0f5d2f2fI don’t know about you, but when I first started I knew very little about gardening.

 

Which is probably why I ended up with a lot of dead plants. O_o

 

It always seemed simple enough.  You plant a seed, water it, watch it grow.  Later on I learn all sorts of things that sound more scientific than simple gardening.  It’s always amazing to me the magic of what plants can do, and what they need to do it.  In this post I’m going to take a brief moment to give a couple of tips about making your garden healthier.

 

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Gardening: Watch Your Heads

Cordyline Compacta Head Cutting

Cordyline Compacta
aka Dolly or Baby Doll
Head Cutting

Needless to say that my partner and I will probably never have to worry about running out of Cordylines, lol.  He has 1000s of them around the place, no kidding.  Of course that doesn’t stop us from propagating them.  After all, when it comes to the less common, or even rare, cordylines we are always looking to buff up the supply.  Here are the steps to do the same with your cordylines.  In fact this can be done with a number of plants, especially those that have a “woody” like stalk.

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Gardening: What’s Up Doc?

Little green sprouts after only a few days.

Little green sprouts after only a few days.

I seem to be on a propagation kick lately, but that’s that always a bad thing.  😉  It’s my belief that one way to be healthier, and richer in the wallet, is to plant as many edible things as you can.  After all, prices in the store don’t seem to be slowing in their increase.  Not to mention what it used to get that “perfect” food in the produce section of your grocer.  As a result I try my best to get at least some food fresh from my garden.

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Gardening: Pick a Peck of Pineapples

Ready To Eat Pineapples

Ripe and ready to eat pineapples

You know that saying, “There is a use for everything”?  Well, there is.  I don’t like the idea of throwing away anything really.  Even if you simply donate it or tear it apart for what’s inside.  The same can be said for the food we eat and buy.

 

Most of us tend to see the tops to a pineapple as useless and throw it out.  It may not be edible (so to speak) but it certainly has a use.

 

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Gardening: Pests & Pot Ash

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I’m sure, for any of you that have at least a handful of plants, that you’ve run across little bugs that find them just as enjoyable to eat, as you find them to look at. Some, so called pests, can be a great thing for the garden. While others see it as a free buffet with all the trimmings.
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Gardening: Shoo Fly, Stop Biting Me

horse fly, Diptera family Tabanidae, Tabanus s...

horse fly, Diptera family Tabanidae, Tabanus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, it’s that time of year again, at least here in Australia.  That time when the March Flies (Horse Flies) decide that their already irritating nature could use with an added bonus, biting.

 

I have always been one that tries not to disrupt the other creatures sharing this planet with me.  Despite the fact that many will do what they feel necessary to keep pests (of any kind) at bay, I would rather let them be.  After all, everything has a purpose, even if we don’t realize what it is.  Best to just let it take it’s course, in my thoughts.

 

At least I do this as often as I can, with most things.  I say again, with most things.  These pesky flies have pushed me to the limit though and now it’s war!  Grant it this piece is under gardening, though the pest is actually bothering the gardener rather than the garden.  If you spend time making sure you little patch of Eden stays pest free, then why not you too?

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Gardening: Cordyline Propagation

Cordyline Propagation (Log Cuttings)

WhiteDelightCordyline
 
 
Well my honey has done it again.  He’s given me another three ideas for this blog.  I wonder if he expects a raise now?  O_o  Lol.  I’m sure I can figure out something to compensate him with.  😀   So here is the second post (and apparently not the last) that my partner has helped me with.
 
 
Do you have cordylines in your garden?  Maybe you don’t, or you only have one.  These great little tips will help you multiply these pretty plants in no time.  Before you realize it, you’ll have more than you know what to do with.  🙂

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