When it comes to types of winter squash, gardeners have a huge selection from which to choose. Winter squash varieties include large, medium and small squash in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. Growing winter squash is easy and the sprawling vines grow like crazy with a couple of very basic requirements – fertile, well-drained soil and plenty of sunlight. Wondering how to choose a winter squash for your garden? Read on for more details about different kinds of winter squash. Winter Squash Varieties Acorn – Acorn squash is a small squash with a thick, green and orange rind. The orange-yellow flesh has a sweet, nutty flavor. Buttercup – Buttercup squash is similar in size to acorn squash, but the shape is round and squat. Buttercup’s rind is dark green with pale gray-green stripes. The bright orange flesh is sweet and creamy. Butternut – Butternut squash is pear-shaped with
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Gardening in small spaces is all the rage and there is a growing need for innovative and creative ideas for how to use our small spaces efficiently. Along comes the TomTato. What is a TomTato plant? It’s basically a tomato-potato plant that literally grows both potatoes and tomatoes. Read on to find out how to grow TomTatoes and other useful TomTato plant info. What is a Tomtato Plant? The TomTato plant is the brainchild of a Dutch horticultural company called Beekenkamp Plants. Someone there must love fries with ketchup and had the brilliant idea to graft the top of a cherry tomato plant and the bottom of a white potato plant at the stem. The TomTato was introduced to the Dutch market in 2015. Additional TomTato Plant Info Amazingly, this quirky invention didn’t require any genetic modification because both tomatoes and potatoes are members of the nightshade family along with
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One of the most beautiful things about using native flora in the landscape is its natural adaptability. Natives seem to accommodate to wild conditions much better than transplant species. However, weeds will plague any garden patch and the native garden is no exception. Non-native weeds are the worst, but even indigenous species bully their way into the garden bed. Keep reading for tips on how to control native garden weeds without resorting to dangerous chemicals. Native Garden Weed Control As a gardener, weeds are the bane of one’s existence. Other maintenance tasks pale in comparison to dealing with interlopers in carefully planned beds. Luckily, there are steps you can take to at least minimize the weeds in your landscape and prevent these competitive pests from spoiling the appearance of the garden and the health of your plants. Proper preparation of the area in which you plant your natives is important
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Native to South and Southeast Asia, holy basil is an herb with important cultural and religious significance. In other parts of the world, this herb is most familiar as a common flavor in Thai food, but it is a sacred plant for Hindus. You can enjoy this fragrant, tasty, and medicinal herb right in your own garden. What is Holy Basil? Holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum), is closely related to the sweet basil used in kitchens around the world. It is a short-lived, woody, herbal perennial that grows best in tropical and subtropical climates. It grows well in containers for gardens too, and homes in colder regions. In India, holy basil is traditionally grown in containers in and around temples for the purpose of cleansing visitors. Holy basil plants are also important in Ayurvedic medicine and have been used for thousands of years. Holy Basil Uses In addition to its religious
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