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Growing Guide for Verbascum – Mullein - backyardgardener.com
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26.01.2024 / 15:19

Growing Guide for Verbascum – Mullein

Possibly from the Latin barba, a beard, many species have a hairy or downy look (Scrophulariaceae). Mullein. A genus of 300 species of hardy herbaceous plants, mostly biennials or short-lived perennials, from temperate parts of Europe and Asia.

Growing Guide for Bergenia Plant - backyardgardener.com - Germany
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26.01.2024 / 15:19

Growing Guide for Bergenia Plant

Named for Karl August von Bergen, 1704-60, German botanist (Saxifragaceae). These hardy perennial herbaceous plants with large evergreen leaves were at one time called megasea, and were at another time included with the saxifrages. The flowers which come in early spring are showy in white, pink or red-purple, borne in large heads on long stems. The large leathery, glossy leaves are also decorative, especially as in some kinds the foliage is suffused with reddish color in winter.

Growing Guide for Pyrethrum – Chrysanthemum - backyardgardener.com - Greece
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25.01.2024 / 23:13

Growing Guide for Pyrethrum – Chrysanthemum

From the Greek pyr, fire, probably with reference to fever, since the plant was used medicinally to assuage fever (Compositae). These hardy plants are admirable for a sunny border and last well as cut flowers. Long known as pyrethrum they are botanically classified under Chrysanthemum.

Growing Guide for Ornamental Brassica - backyardgardener.com
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25.01.2024 / 23:13

Growing Guide for Ornamental Brassica

The students have returned to school, your mailbox is crammed with a new crop of seed catalogs, the leaves are falling, and the days are getting shorter. Drive by your local garden center or roadside stand and the displays are filled with ornamental kales and cabbages. Autumn has arrived.

How to plant a bean plant - backyardgardener.com - France - Egypt
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22.01.2024 / 21:21

How to plant a bean plant

These were certainly known to the Ancient Egyptians and are probably natives of northern and western Asia. They are extremely hardy.

Growing Guide for Helianthemum - backyardgardener.com - Greece
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22.01.2024 / 21:21

Growing Guide for Helianthemum

From the Greek helios, the sun, and anthemon. a flower (Cistaceae). Sun Rose. A genus of evergreen and semi-evergreen shrubs, sub-shrubs, perennial plants and annuals, very free flowering. Numerous named varieties and hybrids are grown and four species are native plants.

Growing Guide for Helenium - backyardgardener.com
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22.01.2024 / 21:21

Growing Guide for Helenium

After Helen of Troy ; according to legend the flowers sprang from her tears (Compositae). Sneezeweed. Hardy herbaceous perennials from North America, good for cutting and popularly grown for their late summer flowers. The disc of the flower head is very prominent, a characteristic of the entire genus.

Growing Guide for Maurandia - backyardgardener.com - Spain - Mexico
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22.01.2024 / 21:21

Growing Guide for Maurandia

Tender climbing perennial plants which are free flowering and suitable for growing in pots in the greenhouse, or for planting out of doors. They are closely related to the Snapdragon (Antirrhinum), to whose family, Scrophulariaceae, they belong.

Biggest Pumpkin Growing Books - backyardgardener.com - state California - county Day
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22.01.2024 / 13:55

Biggest Pumpkin Growing Books

We were fortunate to win at Half Moon Bay, California this year. The competition was intense with 80 entries, 10 of which were over 1,000 pounds. The weigh-off is always on Columbus Day. The winner stays until the following weekend to participate in the HMB Pumpkin Festival.

Growing Guide for Echinops – Perennial Plant - backyardgardener.com - Greece
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21.01.2024 / 22:01

Growing Guide for Echinops – Perennial Plant

From the Greek echinos, a hedgehog, opsis, like, referring to the spiky appearance of the flower heads which resemble a rolled-up hedgehog (Compositae).

How to grow spinach from seed - backyardgardener.com
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21.01.2024 / 19:01

How to grow spinach from seed

It has been estimated that a 10m (30ft) row of spinach supplies just about the right amount for a family of four during the summer months. But one sowing is not sufficient. Fresh young foliage is demanded and where spinach is much appreciated, successional sowings should be made fortnightly between late March and mid-July. For later autumn supplies and for pickings in the following spring, a sowing should be made in a sheltered position in mid-August.

Grow Japanese Red Maple Trees from Seed - backyardgardener.com - Japan
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21.01.2024 / 19:01

Grow Japanese Red Maple Trees from Seed

Japanese Maple seeds have a very hard outer coating as do many ornamental plants. Under natural conditions, the seeds would have to be on the ground for almost two years before they would germinate. All that happens the first winter is the moisture softens the hard outer shell, and the second winter germination begins to take place. For all of this to happen in the proper sequence so the seedlings sprout at a time of the year when freezing temperatures or hot summer sun doesn’t kill them, takes a tremendous amount of luck. You can improve the odds by controlling some of these conditions, and shorten the cycle.

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