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How to Grow Onions: Complete Guide to Plant and Harvest

Tips and techniques for growing this kitchen garden favorite.

Complete Guide to Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Broccoli

Hardy, great-tasting broccoli grows best in cool temperatures and rich soil.

How to Grow Sage Plant: Complete Beginner’s Guide to Sage

Native to the northern Mediterranean, gardeners are growing sage for its many culinary and medicinal uses.

How to Grow Hollyhock: A Gardener’s Complete Guide

Seed and care for these charming, heirloom favorites and they’ll fill with pastel blooms growing up to nine feet.

Okra Plant | How to Grow, Care For and Harvest – Quick Guide

Here’s a little down-home flavor in a heat-loving, sun seeking package!

Growing Marigolds From Seed

One of the simplest – and most popular – flowers to grow, marigolds guarantee a reliable splash of color all summer long.

Neem Oil for Plants: How and When to Use It on Plants

How to use neem oil and its extracts to stop most insect pests organically.

Venus Fly Trap Care – Everything You Need To Know

potted venus fly traps

How to grow, feed and care for these lovely carnivorous indoor plants.

How to Grow Brussels Sprouts: Guide to Planting and Growing

How to start and grow one of the garden’s most nutritious plants.

Complete Guide to Plant, Grow and Care for Lupine Flowers

Tips for raising striking, drought-tolerant lupine from seeds and cuttings.

Blue Orchids: Real and Fake – All Your Questions Answered

Dyed Blue Orchids

Blue orchid flowers have become popular because they are striking. They are available in many places, including some grocery stores, but before you buy one, there are some things you need to know about them. Are Blue Orchids Real? Most true blue dendrobium orchids or blue Phalaenopsis orchids are fake. They are generally Phalaenopsis orchids that have a vibrant blue dye injected into the base of the flower to make their flower petals a vibrant blue. You can often find green orchids or purple orchids that have been dyed at the same places that sell the blue orchid. The unique color dye is permanent for that flower stem. After the dyed flower drops off, you have a white orchid, the original color of the plant. Blue Phalaenopsis orchids are sold for about twice the price of white Phalaenopsis orchids, so most people are very upset to find that they actually have an orchid with white flowers. The blue dye can shorten the life of not only the bloom that is dyed, but the whole plant. It is best not to buy these plants unless you only want to keep them for a few months. Are There Real Blue Orchids? True blue flowers are a hard to find in… Read more

Palmetto Bug Or Cockroach: Differences & How to Kill Them

Palmetto Bug

A palmetto bug is a  common name used to describe various different types of cockroaches. Read on to learn everything you could ever want to know about them (including how to stop them before they take over your home). What Is A Palmetto Bug? The term palmetto bug can refer to three species of cockroaches, depending on where you live. In Florida, the term palmetto bug refers to the Florida woods cockroach. In South Carolina, smoky brown cockroaches are called palmetto bugs. Why Is It Called A Palmetto Bug? Palmetto bugs frequently live in palmetto trees, a tropical plant that grows in the southeastern United States, including Florida and South Carolina. The palmetto bug also lives in other places where there is moisture and the rotting vegetation and wood they feed on. What is the difference between a cockroach and a palmetto bug? The term “palmetto bug” is used for three types of cockroaches: American cockroaches (Periplaneta Americana) are called palmetto bugs in the southeastern part of the United States. Florida has the Florida woods cockroach (Eurycotis floridana). South Carolina calls the smokybrown cockroach (Periplaneta fuligionsa) a palmetto bug. While cockroaches are beneficial insects outside that provide food for animals… Read more