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Caring For And Propagating Hoya Kerrii

Propagating Hoya Kerrii

The Sweetheart Plant’s “Dating Profile” Likes: Bright, direct (but not intense) indoor sunlight, preferably 1 to 3 feet away from a south-facing window Dislikes: Bright, direct, harsh outdoor unfiltered sunlight Likes: Warm, humid, airy environment Dislikes: Dry, cool or cold or damp or drafty environment Likes:  Lightly damp, loose, well-draining soil with a dry spell … Continue Reading

DIY Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) Trellis For Indoors And Outdoors

Diy Dragon Fruit Trellis Supports Capped

We live in zone 7a, so our dragon fruit plant lives outside in the summer and inside during the cooler months.  We got him as a little cutting, and once he started growing past 18 inches we provided him with a one gallon pot of soil and a 5 foot section of 2×4 to climb … Continue Reading

How To Propagate Hawaiian Ti Plants Cordylines From Cuttings

Hawaiian Ti Cuttings Propogation

Fortunately, Ti plants are easily propagated and rooted up in water using stem and tip cuttings.  You can also air layer the stems, or root up the cane cuttings directly in lightly damp soil, but you’ll get a week or two jump start by using the water method. How To Prune Hawaiian Ti For Propagation … Continue Reading

Why Are My Spinach Leaves Getting Pointy

Spinach With Pointed Leaves

If the leaves on your spinach plant were once full, fleshy and oval, but are now thin, narrow, and resemble pointed arrows, it means your spinach plant is in the process of bolting.  The spinach plant is preparing to flower and produce seeds. The structure of new spinach leaves change when the plant is begins … Continue Reading

Pruning And Propagating Montauk Daisies Using Cuttings

Montauk Nippon Daisy

Here in zone 7a, our Montauk daisies (also known as Nippon daisy) tend to get pretty leggy by mid-June.  If left untrimmed we would still get a pretty, but sparse, flush of blooms in early fall.  Some people prune them by mowing the plants down, but we prefer to prune them by hand so that … Continue Reading

DIY Plastic Bottle Weed Killer Spray Shield

Plastic Bottle Weed Killer Spray Shield

A quick solution to reducing over-spray when applying weed killer it to create your own spray shield using a 2 liter plastic soda bottle.  You can then target specific weeds, even on a windy day, and reduce the risk of the weed killer reaching your non-target plants. This simple design makes it easy to attach … Continue Reading

DIY Plastic Bottle Garden Cloche

Diy Plastic Bottle Garden Cloche

Garden cloches are an attractive way to protect tender plants until they get established.  You can make your own lightweight protective plant cloches using a standard two liter bottle. If you also want to maintain humidity, just add a wine bottle cork to the top.  Of course you could just use the cap that came … Continue Reading

DIY Plastic Bottle Projects And Crafts For Yard And Garden

25 Diy Plastic Bottle Projects Crafts For Yard And Garden

Re-purposing 2 liter soda bottles not only helps the environment, but it can also save you money when you are able make things you might normally buy. Here are several practical uses for 2 liter plastic bottles around your garden and yard. Plastic Bottle Garden Cloche DIY Plastic Bottle Garden Cloche Vegetable Water Wicking Bottle … Continue Reading

Random Mushroom Growing Experiments

Third Mushroom Kit Harvest Fruiting

Mushroom Culture Experiments Our first experiment in which we used rice water and gelatin as our culture solution (here’s the link) worked really well.  We have since also tried growing cultures in traditional agar.  But for some reason, the rice water and gelatin always produces the most mycelium from mushroom cultures. So then we moved … Continue Reading

DIY Recycled Plastic Bottle Vertical Container Garden With Printable Template

Recycled Soda Bottles Garden Assembled Bling

Vertical gardens combine so many great elements together.   These container gardens incorporate recycling, water conservation, weed reduction, and creativity while taking up a small fraction of space.  You can hang a vertical garden indoors near a sunny window, on a small balcony or terrace, or as decorative features in the backyard.  Hang these vertical gardens … Continue Reading