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Biennial Plants

A biennial plant is a plant with a two-year growing cycle. Depending on the climate a plant grows in and other factors, the cycle may be completed in more or less time. Plants that complete their cycle in less than two years in some climates may be treated as annuals …

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Milk thistle tea

Milk thistle tea is an aqueous extract of the active ingredients found in the soft parts of the milk thistle herb, which also is known as silymarin, the name of its main active ingredient. This herbal tea is prepared by pouring 8 ounces (236.5 ml) of boiling water over a heaping teaspoon of the …

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How to Grow Rainbow Rose

These highly colorful “Happy Flowers” have been developed by a 41 years old Dutch businessperson, Mr. Van de Werken who dyes each bloom in colors of the rainbow. Dyes used in this process are extracted from natural sources i.e., plants which are latter absorbed by the flowers with their growth …

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Genista

Genista is a genus, or group, of plants that includes many varieties of broom or greenweed. This genus is part of the legume family, and includes dozens of plant species ranging from attractive flowering plants to noxious weeds. Different types of genista can vary in size from small shrubs and …

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Froozen dried roses

Freeze-dried roses are rose blossoms or petals that have been subjected to quick freezing and pressurization, such that they are almost instantly dehydrated and preserved. They look and smell just like fresh roses in most cases, but are brittle and firm to the touch, rather than being soft. Roses prepared …

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Plant Propagation

What Is Plant Propagation? Plant propagation is the process of reproduction of plant life; it also refers to causing the biological reproduction of plants. The reproduction of plants can be sexual or asexual. Sexual plant propagation produces a new generation of plants via the exchange of genetic material from parent …

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Pests & Other Problems

They are as big as a man; they’re invisible. Some have fur, others feathers, maybe armored scales.  They creep, crawl, hop, jump, scamper, slither, fly – you name it.  And they’re generally things you don’t want around – that’s why they’re called pests. One definition of a pest is “a …

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Water-saving tips for the home garden

Almost a third of Marin County’s water is used for irrigation. The majority of Marin residents use around 8,000 gallons or less of water per month. Although this sounds like a massive quantity of water, consider this: 10 sprinkler heads running for 20 minutes can easily spew out more than …

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Trees with interesting bark shine in winter

Winter brings out the structural elements of the landscape. Trees and shrubs with colorful or textured bark can be real eye-catchers when they’re not competing with flashy flowers or fancy foliage. Some deciduous specimens look especially beautiful when their branches are naked. Here are examples of trees and shrubs whose …

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Rx for powdery mildew

Seeing spots? If you’ve got white spots on your plants, there’s a good chance that it’s powdery mildew, a common, unsightly garden fungus that affects a wide variety of ornamentals and edibles. There is a common misconception that powdery mildew requires moist conditions. On the contrary, it typically proliferates in …

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