How To Grow And Care For Iris

How To Grow And Care For Iris

I don’t know about you, but I love growing Irises in my garden. I’ve had the regular ones and the re-blooming ones which are really cool because here in Indiana they bloom in late September or early October when not much else is in bloom. This year has been an exceptional year for growing Iris – the blooms are larger, the stems the blooms are on are taller and even the leaves look better. Iris is a fairly easy plant to grow once you know a few things about it.

How To Grow And Care For Iris

First of all, do not cover the rhizomes with soil. I quite literally clear the ground of weeds and grass, then lay my Iris rhizomes on top of the bare soil and gently press them into the top 1/2 or so of the soil. I leave the tops exposed. When they put out roots, they will anchor themselves into the ground. For those who live in an area where there is a danger of the rhizomes being carried away, construct a small metal cage to cover the rhizomes and anchor it to the ground. This will keep the rhizomes safe until they anchor themselves into the ground. I have found that once this happens they are pretty tough to dig up.

How To Grow And Care For Iris

I make a habit everyday to check on my Iris blooms. I remove the spent blooms immediately. I see no reason to let the blooms go to seed. This keeps your Iris looking good and makes sure if the ones you have are the type that re-bloom that they will. When a plant puts its energy into producing seeds, the flowers generally stop.

How To Grow And Care For Iris

Once established I typically do not water Iris at all – nor do I fertilize. Now you can fertilize by adding a little compost into the soil around the Irises but be sure to leave those Iris rhizomes exposed. For those who prefer a water soluble or granular fertilizer be sure to choose one that is a bloom booster.

How To Grow And Care For Iris

Now you do need to watch out for the Iris borer as this pest destroys Iris rhizomes. Keep an eye on your Iris leaves. The Iris borer puts little streaks or holes in the leaves that head straight towards the rhizomes. If you see this pest you can try to find it in the leaf and crush it. What I typically do is just cut the Iris leaves back and destroy them. Once the pest is in your rhizome it destroys it. Rhizomes that are affected are soft and mushy. Insecticides and beneficial nematodes can greatly reduce the Iris borer population. Keeping the area around your Iris clean and free of debris such as rotting leaves also helps. In the event that you caught the problem before all of your Iris are destroyed, remove the soft spots of the rhizome with a sharp knife and soak the non-rotting parts in a 10% bleach solution for an hour or two. Remove the rhizome from the bleach solution, let it dry, then dust it with a powdered fungicide such as sulfur or bulb dust and replant it.

How To Grow And Care For Iris

Iris truly are one of the easiest summer bulbs to care for in the garden. They are perennial here and multiply pretty rapidly. I do dig and divide my Iris every 5 or 6 years when the clumps begin to get overcrowded.

How To Grow And Care For Iris

Maintaining A Compost Heap

Maintaining A Compost Heap

 

 

Isn’t it time to stop wasting precious natural resources and find a better, more environmentally friendly way to garden? For those of you that said yes, that means it is time to begin maintaining a compost heap right in your own backyard. Many people have a large amount of organic waste such as grass clippings, weeds, leaves, dead plants, kitchen scraps and livestock manure. Unfortunately, many waste money and time having these materials transported to a landfill. It isn’t just a waste of good compost; it’s a waste of everything that goes into the process of transporting it  – the garbage man’s time, the money you pay for the removal, etc. – not to mention it adds to the materials in the landfill – and many are already being shut down because they are too full or close to being shut down.

All this organic waste that is being gotten rid of is a better supplement for your garden than any fertilizer you can buy. It adds nutrients to the soil, helps improve your soil which means puddling and runoff is eventually eliminated because the water sinks into the soil instead of simply flowing away. The best way to add organic matter to your soil is to properly facilitate the decomposition of all of the organic waste. Why buy what you can make for free? Black gold – as many call compost – is the best fertilizer and mulch you can get your hands on.

Maintaining A Compost Heap

Compost is usually maintained in a pile somewhere in your backyard. For some people the thought of a compost heap brings disturbing images to ones mind; heaps of rotten garbage emitting a horrid odor – however, if you maintain it correctly you will be able to produce compost without dealing with an offensive odor. When I first began my compost pile in an effort to improve environmental health, grow healthier plants and improve my soil, I made several major errors. These included not turing the pile often enough to make sure it got the oxygen it needed and keeping it too dry by not misting it from time to time or covering it with a tarp to help keep the moisture from evaporating. Luckily for me I did not have a smell issue however it took almost a year for my compost to break down and be usable in the garden. This method is known as slow composting.

A compost heap can consist of any organic waste from your yard, garden or kitchen except for dairy and meat. This includes leaves, grass, any leftover fruits or vegetables, even newspaper  although no more than a fifth of your pile should consist of newspaper – and it is a good idea to shred the newspaper if possible as this helps it break down quickly.  You can add a compost activator to help speed up the process if you wish. Other additives that help speed up the decomposition process include kelp, cracked corn, cottonseed meal or soybean meal.

Maintaining A Compost Heap

After you have begun to get a large assortment of organic materials in your compost heap, you should moisten the whole pile. This encourages the composting processing to begin. Also chop every element of the pile into the smallest pieces possible. As the materials start to compress and meld together they decompose. Aerate the pile once a week by using a shovel or pitchfork to turn it and if you find dry areas be sure to moisten them but do not soak the organic materials. You can use an aeration tool to poke dozens of tiny holes into the pile if turning it is too difficult for you. Doing this will increase the oxygen flow to each part of the pile, and oxygen is required for any decomposition to take place. I often let my chickens into my compost pile so they can aerate it for me. I add lots of fruits and vegetables on top of the pile to encourage them to dig and then let them do the rest. For those who do not have chickens, consider vermicomposting which is basically feeding the organic waste from your kitchen to earthworms and letting them break it down into waste which is known as worm castings.

No matter what method of creating compost you choose, properly maintaining a compost heap is one of the most important things you can do for the health of your soil – and the health of the plants that grow in your garden. Compost is a great mulch – just top off your garden beds with 3 inches of fresh compost every spring – a great way to warm the soil early in the season and a great way to keep your plants roots cool during the hottest days of the growing season.

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Seed Starting Indoors Without Grow Lights - Facebook Live Replay - YouTube

Seed Starting Indoors Without Grow Lights – Facebook Live Replay – YouTube

Hey guys! As you might have noticed by now I spend the morning redesigning the entire blog. I hope you like the new design – and I would love some feedback! Is it easier for you to navigate? Are you having problems finding your way around? I know one issue is the old links with the date 0000/00/00 is still showing up – of course those zeros are actual numbers – and if this happens to you, just remove those numbers from the URL and it will open. I am working as quickly as I can to redirect everything. However the truth is, it is seed starting season – and so you know what I would prefer to be doing. I am focusing hard on this blog though. I am doing lots of updates of old articles, updating and adding images plus making sure each post has one image that is Pinterest friendly – and I am linking articles to make it easier for you to navigate. Well at least I hope it is making it easier.

So today I thought I would share a video I did on Facebook Live about starting seeds indoors without grow lights. I really have a double reason for this – one because it is seed starting season and two because it gives me a bit more time to concentrate on doing the updates on older blog posts. While starting seeds indoors without grow lights does require a bit more work because you have to move the plants outside during the day and bring them back indoors before it gets too cold outside, grow lights can be costly – and I know they are not in everyone’s budget. So this technique is super easy, it is very similar to winter seed sowing only you have to bring the flats of seeds indoors once the outdoor temperatures begin to fall in the late afternoon. This lets the seeds germinate and grow while hardening off at the same time. In the end it saves you time because the seedlings you grow are ready to go into the garden once the danger of frost is over.

I truly hope you enjoyed the video and that I answered some of the questions you had about how to start seeds without a grow light. One more thing I do want to mention here is to not get discouraged if the seeds you sow – regardless of the method used – do not germinate in a timely fashion. I was feeling really down this year because my seeds were old and not germinating. Now I know the germination time can be slower for older seeds, but it seemed like they just were not growing – and it was not just one kind. Yesterday – two months after I sowed them indoors – I finally noticed many little seedlings coming up! I was so relieved. I was seriously beginning to worry that I was not going to have a garden this year – so remember patience is the key!

I would love to see some of your thoughts and comments below. Remember that I am always happy to answer your gardening questions!

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Haus & Garten Titanium Pruning Shears Review - YouTube

Haus & Garten Titanium Pruning Shears Review – YouTube

My husband and I both were very impressed with these pruners. They cut really easily through some small sapling weed trees that pop up everywhere on the property. In the past I have had to have help to cut these and the large pruners had to be used, but these easily cut those saplings right off. I found these pruners to be easy to grip – and keep a grip on. They opened and closed easily plus they have a sap grove which works great. The sap is flowing here right now and I had no issues with the blades becoming sticky because the sap grove channels off the sap and keeps the blades clean of debris.

The blade lock device also works quite well. I appreciate that the package has both pruning tips and product care tips. While I know how to prune, not everyone does – and it is great to have a refresher once in a while anyway! The product care tips are great and another thing we can all use a refresher on once in a while as well.

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Linkyo Stainless Steel Kitchen Compost Bin Review - YouTube

Linkyo Stainless Steel Kitchen Compost Bin Review – YouTube

Sheri Ann Richerson from ExperimentalHomesteader.com talks about the Linkyo Stainless Steel Kitchen Compost Bin she received for review.

This is the second indoor compost bin that I own – and it is by far my favorite, here is why. First of all I love the size. I eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables so there are always scraps that I need to compost. I fill it up every 3 to 5 days on average. When it first arrived I filled it up, set it out of the way for about a week and waited to see what happened. Now my other compost bin attracts bugs – and smells. This one did not attract bugs nor did it smell. In fact I have not noticed a smell at all even when we dump it. Another thing I do not notice is a brown water in the bottom of this one – unlike my other one.

It is easy to clean because it is stainless steel. It is lightweight enough – even when it is full that I don’t feel like I am struggling to carry it to my compost bin which is about 1/2 acre away from my house.
The odor filters were a new item I had not seen on a compost bin before and I do believe they work – quite well – and thus this is why I have not had an issue with bugs or smell.

I absolutely recommend this compost bin. It is perfect for those who want to get started composting or those who – like me – have not had the best experience with compost bins indoors. It would also make a great gift item for gardeners!

Disclaimer: I did receive this item at a reduced price in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own. #LINKYO

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Seed Starting Round Up Post

Seed Starting Round Up Post

Just in time for seed starting season I am doing a round up of all my seed starting articles. Now some are very brief as they are nothing more than germination information – and I will post those in a separate section so you do not have to wade through them.

Greenhouses And Cold Frames

Greenhouses And Season Extenders

Just One More Greenhouse – Please

Preparing The Greenhouse For Winter

Easy Homemade Cold Frame

Garden Structure Ideas

Cool Greenhouse Uses

How To Utilize An Unheated Greenhouse

LED And Grow Lights

5 Factors to Consider When Choosing Greenhouse Lighting

Cherry Blossom Series GHB CB003 + GHB CB005 LED Grow Lights Unboxing – YouTube

Just Arrived: 1 Professional, Colorful LED #growhobby Light

Just Arrived: 1 #Alite Colorful, Professional LED Grow Light

Grow Lights For Plants
The Gardening Notebook is the ultimate gardening tool. This printable notebook has over 120 pages of

Seed Starting Articles And Videos

10 Easiest Vegetables to Grow from Seed

Arisaema Seed Germination: Faster blooms from seed grown plants

Best Advice On How To Grow And Harvest Organic Cotton

Black Spanish Winter Radish

Cold Climate Planting In Early January

Cool Season Vegetables

December Is Ideal For Winter Seed Sowing

Direct Sow Carrot Seed On New Year’s Day

Direct Sow New Selected Vegetables In January

Elegant Test Tube Seed Starting

Growing Lettuce Indoors

How to Germinate Poppy Seed

How To Grow Mushrooms

How To Plant Brugmansia Seeds – Sheri Ann Richerson – YouTube

Hydroponic Vegetable Gardening: Sowing seed in spring hydroponically is the first step for success

Hyssop Seed Starting Paper Towel Technique

Plant Carrots January 1

Plant Life Cycles: Understanding Plant Life Cycles Leads to Botanical Success

Planting Vegetable Seeds In July

Seed Starting Techniques

Seed Starting: Carrots

Seed Starting: Celery

Seed Starting: Dianthus

Seed Starting: Onions

Seed Starting: Pansy And Viola

Seed Starting: Peas

Seed Starting: Snapdragon

Seed Starting: Statice

Seed Storage

Self-Seeding Annual Flowers

Start Dianthus, Pansy, Snapdragon Seeds

Starting From Seed – #vlomo11 – Day 27

Starting Seeds For An Aquaponic System

Theobroma: Germinating and Growing

Vegetable Garden Planting

What To Plant In January

Seed Starting Briefs – these are the little sections of information that I am compiling. Some of these are literally two or three sentences.

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Abroma

Abutilon

Achillea filipendulina ‘Cloth of Gold’

Aconitum ardensii

Aconitum Cally Mix

Adenophora

Adenophora lilifolia

Adventures In Seed Starting

Albuca humilis

Albuca shawii Yellow/Orange

Albuca species

Aloe – yellow

Aloe arborsence

Aloe branch (multi-branch)

Amaryllis

Amaryllis Pecotee x Double Blossom Peacock

Antiganon leptopus

Aquilegia ‘Double Red’

Aquilegia ‘Dove’

Aquilegia ‘Dwarf Purple’

Aristolochia baetica

Beaumontia grandiflora

Brunfelsia americana

Chamaecrista fasciculate partridge pea or sleeping plant

Chorizema cordatum

Clethera Ruby Spice

Grevillea banksii var Fosterii

Hollyhocks Germinating

Michelia

Murraya Germination Information From Trials

Nemophila menziesii Penny Black

Paeonia officinalis ‘Monte Baldo’

Pansy and Viola Germination Information From Trials

Phaius tankervilleae – Nun’s Cap Orchid

Plant Pansies and Violas in Indiana

Rosa eglanteria – Sweet Briar – Apple Scented Foliage

Rose Germination Information From Trials

Seed Starting Adventures – Day 2

SHPA 1004 Impatiens sulcata ex CC5221 Himachal Pradesh

SHPA 989 Anemone trullifolia ssp. linearis ex KGB 657 China

Tacca – Bat Plant

Theobroma cacao

Thevetia peruviana

Toad Lily Moonlight

Seed Starting Tools And Supplies

New Features: USDA Hardiness Zone Finder And Seed Calculator

Just Arrived: 1 Pack Sturdy #germinationtray For Seed Starting

Just Arrived: 10 Professional, Biodegradable #peatpots

Just Arrived: Beautiful, Easy Organic Garden Seed Gift Box

Product Review: Burpee Eco-Friendly All-In-One 25-Plant Greenhouse Kit

Botanical Interests Continues Commitment To Being GMO-Free

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Luffy Giant Marimo Moss Ball Set Up - YouTube

Luffy Giant Marimo Moss Ball Set Up – YouTube

Sheri Ann Richerson from ExperimentalHomesteader.com opens and shows how she set up her tank for the Luffy Giant Marimo Moss Balls that she received for review. Please note I used spring water, not tap water for my Marimo moss balls tank and also for washing them. Tap water contains chemicals that could harm these plants. Even though my Marimos froze they are doing very well now. Make sure to keep squeezing and cleaning your Marimo moss balls until they sink to the bottom of the container. Mine wanted to keep floating at first. I submerged them in water and kept squeezing the Marimo until they took up enough water to sink. I believe they were pretty dry from shipping which is normal.

These are very plants that thrive in any aquatic environment with minimal care. I put mine in a small bowl filled with spring water. Do not use tap water with these. I put some pretty pebbles in the bottom and once every 2 weeks I remove them, squeeze them out to make sure they are clean, clean the tank and refill it was fresh spring water. It is important to make sure these do sink because after a through cleaning – as well as when they first arrive – they want to float. This is easy to do by submerging them under water and sneezing them several times. Eventually they do soak up enough fresh water to sink again.

These are actually a type of algae but not to worry because they won’t fill your tank with algae. When they do become “pregnant” you just pull them apart. You know when they are “pregnant” by how they look – kind of lopsided – and you will see the area where the two moss balls are attached. One of mine came already pregnant which was nice because I got a bonus Marimo.

Do be aware that these grow very slowly so when you do separate them, do not expect the baby to grow quickly. It is easy to get them back into a ball shape by just squeezing them into shape in your hand. They are a very interesting conversation piece and certainly look cool floating about in water. I really like mine. They are absolutely ideal for anyone who wants a living plant that is very low maintenance!

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Vegetable Gardening Ideas Round-Up Post

Vegetable Gardening Ideas Round-Up Post

Over the years I have written a lot about vegetable gardening ideas – then again, I have grown a lot of different varieties of vegetables. Let’s face it, I am a curious person so when I hear about a vegetable that is an odd color – or an heirloom variety I have not tried, I usually want to. Sometimes I grow them so I can eat them ands sometimes I grow them to donate them to our local soup kitchens or food pantries. I am not a lover of zucchini or squash – but others are. I really dislike onions too – however they have a place in my garden as companion plants. When I donate them I know they are going to feed someone – or a lot of someone’s – and really all that counts is that the food I grow does not go to waste. So – here is a listing with links to the various posts I have written over the years – or that have been written by guest bloggers – on vegetable gardening. I hope you will enjoy them!

Eat Better, Save Money By Growing A Garden

Save Money! Harvest Free Vegetables Year-Round In Any Climate!

New Vegetable And Fruit Varieties

Time To Grow For It- Homegrown On Your Own

Long Season Garden Plants

Garden Year-Round

Vegetable Garden Planting

Spring Vegetable Gardening

Frost Protection

Spring Garden Planning Tips

10 Easiest Vegetables to Grow from Seed

Cool Season Vegetables

Early Spring Gardening: Strawberries and Lettuce

Started The Vegetable Garden

Early Spring Vegetables: What To Plant In February

Seed Starting: Peas

Seed Starting: Celery

Seed Starting: Onions

Seed Starting: Carrots

 

Summer Vegetable Gardening

Heirloom Tomatoes – Varieties For Every Palate, But Where Do You Start?

Tips For Growing An Abundance Of Heirloom Tomatoes

The Bottom Line On The 3 Tomato Sampler Challenge

Indigo Rose Tomato Video

Container Vegetable Gardening: Gardening Tips For Container Gardens Filled With Corn And Tomatoes

Planting Vegetable Seeds In July

Cool Crops For August Planting – Extend Your Gardening Season Now!

 

Fall Vegetable Gardening

Fall Vegetables

Fall Vegetable Gardening

Planting The Fall Garden

 

Winter Vegetable Gardening

Direct Sow New Selected Vegetables In January

Plant Carrots January 1

January 1 – Harvesting and Planting In Indiana!

Winter Planting

Winter Garden Vegetables

Black Spanish Winter Radish

 

While this list might not be exhaustive of all the vegetable gardening articles on the site, it is pretty close at this time. I hope you will find some useful information to help you plan your vegetable garden this year. Questions? I welcome them! Please leave them in the comment box below!

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Five Edible Plants To Grow In Your Backyard

Today we have a guest post on Five Edible Plants To Grow In Your Backyard written by James Smith. You can find other articles written by James at Natural News, growyourowngroceries, Survival Life, Mom Prepares and many other sites.

Fruits and vegetables that can be grown in backyards and lawns are quite appealing. Apart from the nutrition they provide, and the trips to the grocery store they save you from, they also make your home beautiful. Furthermore, gardening and growing your own vegetables and fruits, no matter how small scale, can teach you a lot about preparing for disasters.

The following are twelve plants to consider for your backyard that are both alluring and edible. Contingent upon where you live, some of these may not develop well in your specific USDA toughness zone, so do your homework before you start. Your neighborhood administration may also prescribe different options. Huge numbers of these can slip pleasantly into conventional scenes, as well, on the off chance that you have a homeowners association looking into everything you might do.

Blueberries

Blueberries have appeal in every one of the four seasons. The white blooms of spring, the late spring organic products, the red fall foliage and the cold winter all make this plant a solid match for your scene, and a sound blueberry bramble will bear for up to 50 years!

You’ll need cross-fertilization, so select no less than two unique assortments that blossom in the meantime. Also, as with all yields, know the pH of the site you’ve picked before planting. Blueberries incline toward an acidic pH of 4.5 to 5.3, so in the event that it’s higher than this, you can change by including a little sulfur.

Serviceberry

The natural products seem to be like a blueberry, in spite of the fact that the two aren’t connected. The serviceberry is a tree, not a bush, and can achieve statures in the scene of up to 25 feet tall (and considerably taller in an indigenous habitat).

Kousa Dogwood

This Asian dogwood seems to be like the blossoming dogwood local toward the eastern U.S., however it’s more sickness safe, it performs better in full sun, and it has palatable organic products the extent of a little plum. These can be eaten crude or used to make sticks or jams.

Cornelian Cherry

Not really a cherry by any means, but rather another type of dogwood, the organic products from this tree are tart and flexible. In the U.S., they’re ordinarily used to make jam, yet in parts of Europe or the Middle East where this species is local, the organic products may be utilized as a part of the refining of vodka or served as a salted late spring nibble.

Passionflower

Nine types of passionflower are local to the U.S., and different species are industrially delivered in tropical atmospheres for juice, which can be found on the racks of most bigger markets. Juice can be delivered from the greater part of our local species too, yet the maypop or purple passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is viewed as the best.

Whether it’s a civil war, a natural disaster, zombie apocalypse or any other event which may force you to leave your home with just a bug out bag, knowing how to grow your own fruits and veggies will always come in handy.

 

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Moon Flowers for the Evening Garden

The evening garden is ideal for people who work during the day and for those who like to relax or entertain in their garden during the evening. Many flowers fade after the heat of the day has passed; moon flowers, or flowers that begin to bloom as the sun goes down, are at their peak during this time. There are many types of bedding plants to choose from for your night blooming or moon garden.

Characteristics

Most types of moon flowers do not bloom until the sun begins to set. The highly fragrant blooms remain open all night, attracting bats, moths and other night flying insects for pollination, then close at sunrise.

Regardless of what USDA zone you live in, there are types of moon flowers that will grow for you. Start most types of moon flowers from seed and expect blooms the first summer.

Moon Flower Vine

Ipomoea alba, commonly known as moon flower vine, is related to the morning glory. Instead of the flowers opening in the morning, however, the large white or pink flowers of the moon flower vine open at night.

These types of moon flowers are hardy in USDA zones 8 to 11. Grow this plant as an annual in colder climate zones, where it will perform much like a morning glory. You can expect your moon flower vine to flower and set seed before the first killing frost. In some areas the moon flower vine will re-seed, however it is always a good idea to save some seed from your plants.

Datura and Brugmansia

Both Datura and Brugmansia are types of moon flowers, however it is more common to hear them referred to as angel trumpets or even devil trumpets. These toxic plants are a highlight of the moon garden due to their huge trumpet shaped flowers that are highly fragrant. They are hardy in USDA zones 8 to 11.

Datura, commonly known as jimson weed, is easy to start from seed and may re-seed itself, even in climates colder than USDA zone 8. The upward facing trumpet shaped single, double or triple blooms of Datura come in a variety of colors including purple, white and yellow. The flowers may be a single color or they may be a mix of two colors.

Brugmansia blooms hang down towards the ground. Most blooms are single but there is a shredded variety. The blooms come in a variety of colors including white, yellow, pink and red. Most blooms are single colored. A few rare varieties have blooms with more than one color on them.

Of course these are not the only plants that work great in an evening garden, but they are three of the most popular ones. Plants with white flowers or grey foliage are other popular options – and many plants open their flowers as the sun begins to go down or sometime during the evening or early night. Other plants that fit well into an evening garden include Nicotiana, lamb’s ears, Magnolia, daylilies (yes, some open in the late afternoon) and old-fashion petunias which often release their fragrance at night.

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