Chicken manure is composed of concentrated nutrients. This means it is very strong (or & 34;hot& 34;) and should not be used in raw form on vegetables or flowers, as the strength of the nutrients, especially the nitrogen, can burn the roots of the plants. When composted correctly, however, it becomes an excellent fertilizer or amendment for soil, earning it the nickname of & 34;black gold& 34;.
Arinahabich/iStock/Getty ImagesCarrots (Daucus carota var. sativus) are ready for harvesting when they& 39;re about 1/2 inch thick, but you can also harvest tender baby carrots. You can harvest carrots all at once, or as needed, as long as all the carrots are harvested before the weather warms up in spring.
Liz Whitaker/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesDeer corn is an attractive forage crop for supporting wild deer. Seed companies often donate the remainder of a previous year& 39;s crop to conservation clubs or directly to property owners. Proper preparation before planting is important.Step 1Decide why you are planting deer corn.
Basket with peat image by Han van Vonno from Fotolia.comPeat moss, or sphagnum moss, retains moisture needed for plants and aerates heavy clay and sand soils. Using peat moss in your garden and lawn isn& 39;t a difficult or time-consuming process and will enhance the life and appearance of your grass and plants.
How to Transplant a Tree. Follow these guidelines so that your tree survives the move.Select the site. Allow enough space for your tree to thrive as it grows. Make sure that it will get its requirement of sun and shade in its new location, and that it& 39;s protected from wind. The soil type also must be compatible with the newly transplanted tree.
Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty ImagesPrior to 1900, there was no refrigeration and food was rarely shipped long distances as it is today. The contents of these vegetable gardens varied according to personal taste and climate; residents of different ecosystems had to modify their gardens to accommodate what was willing to grow in their areas.
Mikaela Ward/Demand MediaWhether you harvested seeds from seed pods on your backyard plants, or you have leftover seeds from a seed packet that you opened but didn& 39;t finish, don& 39;t toss them into the garbage can or compost pile. When such vegetable or flower seeds are properly stored, they can be used the following year and help save you money in the long run.
Flowers image by timur1970 from Fotolia.comFiller flowers are those small, inexpensive flowers that provide color, volume and geometric shape to flower arrangements and container plantings. Filler flowers grow easily and in large amounts, and they are available in various colors and can bring something special to the overall flower arrangement while not detracting from your focal flowers.
There is no better way to guarantee fresh fruits and vegetables than by growing your own at home. Peaches are best enjoyed when planted and harvested at just the right time of year.When to plant your peach treePeach trees are best planted during the dormant times of year for peaches, in the winter or very early spring.
The Fascinating DifferenceCarnivorous plants are not half-animal, half-plants. They are unusual only in that they consume insects; in all other respects of their life cycle, including reproduction, carnivorous plants are the same as other plants.Carnivorous plants consume insects for nutrients, not to produce energy.
Crabapples image by catbird338 from Fotolia.comEven small trees can add height in a landscape design while providing shade to plants growing beneath their canopies. When incorporating summertime blooming small trees in the landscape, choose plants for the flower bed whose bloom color will complement the tree’s bloom color.
How to Propagate a Yucca Plant. Professional yucca plant growers propagate the plant by cutting up the large trunk of the plant. It& 39;s a long and difficult process, but fortunately there is one way amateurs can successfully propagate a yucca plant.Wait for your yucca plant to produce an offshoot from its trunk that you want to remove.
Consider the grass type, season and temperature before you attempt to fix a yellow grass lawn. Kentucky bluegrass is a cool season grass that goes dormant in the summer. Besides dormancy, a grass lawn can turn yellow because of soil deficiencies or diseases. You need to first find the source of the problem to fix a yellow grass lawn, sometimes through trial and error.
Hofeinfahrt image by Monty Schumacher from Fotolia.comCypress trees are evergreen trees with needles that remain with color year-round. Grown in a wide range of shapes and sizes, cypress trees typically have an upright, pyramidal shape that makes for a showy display in the landscape.Bald CypressBald cypress (Taxodium distichum) is a deciduous cypress tree variety with a moderate growth rate and fine texture.
To keep from over-watering the bell peppers, fill the watering can only halfway. You can always refill the can if the plants need more, but using a half-full can makes it far more difficult to accidentally give the bell peppers too much water.When it comes to water intake, bell peppers can be delicate.
Orchids image by Tuyen (2-n) from Fotolia.comThere are at least 25,000 native species of orchids, according to Gustave Schoser, author of & 34;Orchid Growing Basics.& 34; Orchids grow in warm tropical climates. Some prefer temperatures as cool as 60 degrees, while others, like phalaenopsis, prefer warmer spaces.
Wild figs image by green308 from Fotolia.comThough it is more of an eyesore than a real life-and-death issue, there are times when fig rust, caused by Physopella fici, can be a very troublesome problem. In most cases, the rust should not go untreated or could cause permanent damage. Not only will your trees begin to look unattractive, they may experience other problems, such as fruit loss.
How to Jump Start a Riding Lawn Mower. The best thing about having a riding lawn mower is that cutting the grass isn& 39;t the same type of heart attack harbinger that it used to be. The worst part of having a riding lawn mower is that they are getting as complicated as automobiles. Luckily, jump starting the battery in a riding lawn mower isn& 39;t the hardest thing in the world.
Hardy mum flowers are sold in the fall, but must be planted early in the season to allow them time to establish before winter. They may not survive if planted after October. Plant as soon as possible in a hole twice as wide and just as deep as the ball of soil attached to the roots.Do not fertilize hardy mum flowers after the end of summer.
Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty ImagesArkansas is divided into two growing zones, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Although a wide selection of fruit trees and berry plants grow in Arkansas, some varieties are more suitable than others.Red Delicious ApplesThe Red Delicious apple (Malus domestica) is one of the recommended varieties for the state by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, which also calls it one of the most famous American apples.
Pitcher plant image by Doug Stacey from Fotolia.comThe nepenthes genus of Asian pitcher plants consists of two main varieties: highland and lowland. If this is your first experience with these carnivorous pitcher plants, the best type to start with is an easy-to-grow highland variety like Nepenthes sanguinea or Nepenthes hamata.