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Land Drainage Responsibilities

If you live by a large stream, river or other body of water, you likely have responsibilities and roles governing your use of that water. These rules are made by your local government and allow you a number of rights when it comes to the water. The responsibilities are used to ensure the safety of y

How to Grow Dwarf Fruit Trees in Pots

Containers are a great choice for growing your dwarf fruit trees. Planting these specialized, smaller trees in containers gives you greater flexibility when it comes to positioning the trees. You can turn the pots to prune or harvest the trees, and you can move trees onto a patio or into a greenhous

How Often Should You Water Tomatoes in an Earth Box?

The Earthbox is a type of growing container that has a patented system for watering plants. The Earthbox also uses less water and fertilizer than growing plants in a traditional growing container or in outside soil. Because of its unconventional watering system, even experienced gardeners are someti

How to Harvest Nettles

Although stinging nettles can produce significant discomfort if you happen to rub an arm or leg against them out in a field, the plant itself contains many powerful vitamins and minerals. Before stinging nettle plants blossom, while they have young and tender growth, harvest the greens and steam the

How to Prune Shade Trees

Get the canopy of shade you want over your home, patio, kids' playground and garden beds by pruning shade trees properly. Start with young trees and establish their classic shape, then keep established trees healthy by pruning to maintain them.

How to Compost Lower Branches of Tomato Plants When they Are Wilting and Dying

Growing tomato plants is a favorite summer pastime for experienced and amateur gardeners alike. Tomatoes are one of the easiest and most productive vegetables in any garden and thrive with nothing more than water and sunlight. As the leaves on a tomato plant start to wilt and die, they can be added

Information on Making Silk Flower Arrangements

Silk flowers offer a long-lasting alternative to natural blooms. They work well as wedding flowers and in bouquets, baskets, gift-wrapping, crafts, garlands and arrangements. People choose silk flowers for their realistic feel, vibrant colors, durability and minimal required care.

How to Test Soil Infiltration

One of the factors of healthy soil is its soil infiltration rate, or how long it takes water to work its way into the soil. Different soil types absorb water at different rates -- sandier soils accept water very easily, clay soils absorb new water slowly and loam soils drain at a near-optimal rate.

How to Grow Epiphyllums

Epiphyllums are beautiful flowering cacti. The flowers can be white, pink, red, yellow and purple. This is a lush, dark green trailing cactus native to the hot, humid climate of the Brazilian rain forests. Also called the orchid cactus, one plant can produce over a dozen flowers in a couple of weeks

How to Divide Montauk Daisies

Montauk daisy (Nipponanthemum nipponicum), hardy in U. S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9, brings flowers to the garden when much of summer's color has vanished. This fall bloomer forms mounds 2 to 3 feet in height and width, with white-petaled, yellow-centered daisy flow

How to Fertilize the Foliage on a Sweet Potato Vine

The sweet potato vine, which has the formal name of Ipomoea batatas, is an ornamental plant with large, leafy foliage. It is used as a bedding plant or in planters and grows as a cascading vine. Because of sweet potato vine's large amount of foliage, regular fertilizing is critical to maintaining th

Varieties of Fig Trees

Fresh Figs Slicedfresh figs image by Shirley Hirst from Fotolia.comThe fig tree (Ficus carica L. Moraceae) may have originated in western Asia and distributed throughout the Mediterranean. Excavations indicate remains of these deciduous trees traced back at least to 5,000 B.C. Over 700...

How to Dry a Daisy Corsage

Drying your daisy corsage is a way to preserve the arrangement, allowing you to continue enjoying it long after it would normally be disposed. Use the dried corsage to make a decorative wreath or other ornament. If you intend to dry the daisy corsage, do it while it is still in its prime. If any par

Will Heuchera Tiramisu Do Well in Full Shade?

The United States is home to three dozen native heuchera (Herucherea spp) species. Only Florida and five New England states lack wild heuchera populations. Cultivars of these native heucheras represent a dazzling range of foliage colors.

How to Grow Peach Trees Organically in Zone 7

Why use up yard space on a purely ornamental tree when you can instead grow a fruiting peach tree? Although maintaining a peach tree is a little more work than a standard landscape tree, you'll be rewarded with an annual harvest of freshly ripened peaches. Peach trees grow well in zone 7 and can eve

How to Pollenate Daylilies

Breeding daylilies is a hobby that allows you to experiment with different flowers and see what their offspring look like. Part of the process is the care, but the other part is pollinating them, or crossing them. The pollen from one plant attaches to the pistil of another, and they create seeds tha

Butterfly Bush Diseases & Insects

Butterfly bushes (Buddleja davidii or Buddleia) showcase rounded and cone-shaped clusters of pink, white, red, purple, yellow or bi-colored flowers that attract butterflies and other insects. Clemson State University Extension says butterfly bushes are generally trouble free when the right condition

How to Germinate Apricot Seeds

Most of the apricots that you buy in the store have been grown in California, and less than a quarter of those arrive fresh at the market--the rest are dried, as apricots do not ship well. When you can get your hands on fresh apricots there are a number of ways to prepare them, from making jam to su

How to Get Rid of Voles With Garlic & Soybean Oil

Voles, or field mice, are garden pests that are similar to moles and live in fields, shrubs and forests. Some types of voles live underground like moles and are often confused with other rodents. They can be nuisances and ruin landscaping with their underground tunnels. Some homeowners prefer to use

Types of Canna Lilies

With hundreds of canna lily cultivars to choose from, you are sure to find a favorite.Medioimages/Photodisc/Valueline/Getty ImagesPopular as an exotic, tropical addition to borders and landscape designs for many years, the canna lily is grown from a rhizome and thrives in the warm summer...