January 20th, 2015

Growing Mushrooms Indoors

While it is now winter but many gardeners are itching to see something grow indoors. There is something that anyone, a student in the classroom or in a dorm room or an adult at home or at her desk at work can grow at any time of the year. And that is mushrooms.

Mushrooms need a warm indoor climate and water. Companies sell the kits and all you do is follow directions. Of course, it is a bit pricier than shopping for your mushrooms in your local grocery store. But grocery shopping does not seem like as much fun as ordering a kit for growing mushrooms, following directions on how to open the package and water the growing mushrooms and watching them grow and harvesting your mushrooms in 10 days or less. Then you can enjoy your own gourmet treat with the freshest mushrooms. If you are lucky, you can grow a second batch from the same kit.

Where do you get the mushroom kits? A few suggestions to check out are:

Back to the Roots

Midwest Grow Kits

Park Seed Co.

Fungi Perfecti

Peaceful Valley Grow Organic

Have fun all you budding fungologists or mycologists.

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January 12th, 2015

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January 9th, 2015

Yellow Leaves: Prevention, Causes And Treatment

The following post was submitted by a guest writer named Edna.

When it comes to taking care of plants, whether they are located outdoors or indoors, there are certain issues that may occur. Some of them can often appear a bit hard to explain and make their owners wonder where the problem has come from.

Yellowing of leaves is a tricky issue which brings many questions and often leaves a gardener frustrated. The leaves of both indoor and outdoor plants are prone to turning yellow in some cases, which is a process that might be difficult to explain sometimes.

This is the right time to say that there are plants, which are especially hybridized to have yellow leaves. It is important for you to know that this is not a problem with the plant, so it does not require any treatment or protection. Such leaves normally turn yellow and do not come as a sign of a sickness, so they don’t need any special care or attention.

Still, if your plants are not from the species that are intentionally hybridised for having yellow leaves, then you probably have an issue here.
There are several reasons for the issue of yellowing of leaves when they should be a healthy green that every gardener has to be aware of in order to prevent their plants from turning yellow. Or, in case the leaves of a plant have already started to get yellow, it is necessary to take the correct measures as soon as possible in order to prevent the whole plant from dying.

Here is more useful information about what causes the problem and professional tips on how to treat your plants properly, so that they recover quickly. The professional garden care from HomeMates guarantees that proper treatment of this common problem. Keep reading →

December 8th, 2014

VIDEO: Garden Veggie Dip Recipe

Save yourself a trip to the market and make this homemade vegetable dip. The Neufchatel cheese and Greek yogurt create a rich and creamy texture, making it a perfect spread for crackers, celery sticks, and chips!

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December 4th, 2014

VIDEO: Is Being ‘Green’ Finally Trendy? – DNews

Going Green seems to finally be trendy, and it’s doing a lot of good for the world. Trace explains conspicuous conservation, and how it’s leading people to care more about the environment.

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November 27th, 2014

VIDEO: Top 10 Healthiest Foods

A healthy lifestyle begins with a healthy diet. Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 healthiest foods.

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November 25th, 2014

Helping a Sick Peace Lily


TheGardenLady received this question about a Peace Lily from Janet.

I just moved my Peace Lilly to a room with better light to discover why my leaves were turning brown on the tips then turning black. What I discovered were little white worm-looking bugs crawling in the soil. I have not found any help on the Internet and am praying for any help you can give me. Please any help will be greatly appreciated.

Not seeing the white worms in your Peace Lily plant soil it is impossible to be 100% sure of the pest you are describing. That being said, hopefully we can still save your plant if it is not too sick. I hope that I can answer your prayers, but sometimes plants cannot be ressurected.

Peace lilies are strong hardy plants, but like every living thing, it does have pests that attack it. Here is a professional website that talks about diseases and pests that harm Peace Lilies.

Sometimes people buy plants that are infested with some pest but do not see it when they bring the plant home and the pest multiplies. Sometimes a healthy plant gets insects or diseases or pests from a nearby plant.

Whatever happened to your plant we will try to help it.

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November 19th, 2014

VIDEO: Chef Christina Tosi on Using Fall Veggies in Desserts

Momofuku Milk Bar chef and founder Christina Tosi shares her tips for baking inventive desserts with fall vegetables. Photo: Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal.

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November 13th, 2014

VIDEO: Hordes of Ladybugs Invade Town

Homeowners in Lipova, Romania are having to deal with overwhelming swarms of ladybugs. Yes, ladybugs. An especially wet season caused a mass amount of aphids, which in turn has caused mass amounts of ladybugs, and no one in town is sure what to do. The mayor has even stated that they don’t have enough pesticide to deal with the sheer amount of ladybugs!

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October 16th, 2014

VIDEO: British Homeowner Follows Passion With Vineyard

Will Gissane planted a vineyard on his one-acre lot in Herefordshire, U.K., where he produces wine for a hobby. Photo: Vanessa Berberian for The Wall Street Journal.

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