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Zinnia Plant Staking – How To Stake Zinnia Flowers In The Garden

Many nominate zinnia for the easiest flower to grow award, and it’s hard to find viable competition. These annuals shoot up from seed to towering beauties in the shake of a lamb’s tale. Some grow so tall that gardeners wonder about zinnia plant staking. Do zinnias need to be staked? Read on for information about zinnia plant staking and types of support for zinnia flowers. Do Zinnias Need to Be Staked? Zinnia plant staking leaps to mind when you see just how tall these bright flowers grow. Do zinnias need to be staked? Support for zinnias is sometimes required depending on the variety. Some zinnas, like Zinnia angustifolia, are creepers, perfect for the front of the garden. Others grow to several feet tall. But staking zinnia plants is limited to the really tall zinnias – those that grow to 3 feet (1 m.) or more. Why Staking Zinnia Plants Is

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Picking Sage Herbs – When Should I Harvest Sage Herbs

Sage is a versatile herb that is easy to grow in most gardens. It looks nice in beds but you can also harvest leaves to use dried, fresh or frozen. If growing to use in the kitchen, know when to pick sage and how to harvest it for the best results. About Sage Herbs Sage is a woody perennial herb that belongs in the same family as mint. For centuries, this fragrant, tasty herb has been used in both the kitchen and the medicine cabinet. Sage leaves are long and narrow, have a pebbly texture, and can range in color from gray-green to purple-green. You can choose to enjoy sage as a pretty garden component or you can harvest and enjoy the leaves’ many uses. In the kitchen, sage goes well with meat and poultry, buttery sauces, pumpkin and squash dishes, and as a fried, crunchy element. Sage as a

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Keeping Cucumbers Fresh: Learn How To Store Cucumbers

Gardening newbies tend to make one big mistake with their first garden, planting more vegetables than they could possibly use in one season. Even seasoned gardeners can go overboard with seed catalogs and make this common gardening mistake. Fortunately, many vegetables and fruits have long shelf lives. Some vegetables, such as cucumbers, don’t have a long shelf life but can be preserved in ways that extend the storage life. Continue reading to learn more about cucumber storage. How Long Do Cucumbers Last? Fresh cucumbers can last about two weeks if stored properly. They can be very specific about storage temperature, lasting longest when stored at 55°F. (13°C.). When storage temperatures are below 40°F. (4°C.), pitting will develop on the cucumber skin, and water-soaked spots may also form. Keeping cucumbers in perforated bags provide aeration to the fruits, keeping cucumbers fresher longer. Before storing fresh cucumbers, wash them thoroughly, and remove

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