Follow guidelines to ensure that your fruits, vegetables and leftovers maintain freshness in the refrigerator, so you can enjoy them later. Texas A & M University says to set your refrigerator at 40 degrees F. or lower. Try to eat perishable foods such as fruit first, because some foods, such as but
New gardeners often have questions about the "right" way to care for their plants. A common concern is directly related to an initial planting step: in which direction the seed should rest in the soil.
Lakes are home to many organisms and vegetation, including several plants.Robert Kohlhuber/Photodisc/Getty ImagesThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) identifies that most plants growing in lakes are found in an area called the littoral zone. The littoral zone is a shallow...
Lonicera nitida, known as the boxleaf honeysuckle, is native to China and belongs to the Caprifoliaceae family. Other shrubs in this family include viburnum, elderberry and abelia. The appealing foliage of Lonicera nitida makes it a popular choice as a hedge.
Botanists have identified about 500 to 1,000 species within the allium or onion genus in both ornamental and edible varieties, according to a March 2003 PBS special. The method for transplanting is very similar for all of them, as they like moist, rich, well-drained soil kept free of weeds. Allium d
Polynathus mixes, namely the primrose and polyanthus hybrids (Primula x polyantha) come in a range of bright colors, offering semishade gardens perennial color. Find them in white, yellow, red, fuchsia, orange or blue. Polyanthus mixes grow in hardiness zones 3 to 8, and make excellent companion pla
If a shrub fails to survive winter, it's easy to assume that cold temperatures it genetically wasn't able to tolerate killed it. Cold is not the only reason a plant may not regrow the following spring.
Harvesting garden seeds to save and plant in subsequent years allows you to save money and preserve favorite vegetables and flowers for generations to come. It's important to plan your seed-saving efforts before the season begins because you'll want to design your garden to avoid cross-pollination o
Strawberry plants are a popular addition to home gardens because they require relatively little space to grow, but yield large amounts of fruit. Three varieties of strawberry plants are available to gardeners: day-neutral, everbearing and June bearing. Day-neutral plants bear throughout the season,
Homeowners usually begin to notice ladybugs inside the house in the autumn. During the fall, the insects swarm to find a suitable shelter where they can congregate and hibernate. Some of the bugs find refuge from the seasonal weather changes in the home's warm interior. They may gather within wall
Azaleas are a member of the Rhododendron genus and are among the most common yard and garden shrubs in the United States. Azaleas can be differentiated from the Rhododendron by their leaves, which are thinner, more pointed and have a softer texture. Azalea is a flowering shrub producing lush, green
One project idea: How would the acid in orange juice affect plant growth?orange and orange juice image by Kovac from Fotolia.comSo you're planning an experiment on how different liquids affect plant growth for this year's science fair. Even though you already have the general idea, you'll...
The Apeldoorn tulips are one of the most widely recognized tulips. They belong to the Darwin hybrid division of tulips and are grown for their long, sturdy stems and brilliantly colored flowers. Apeldoorn tulips can grow to reach 20 to 22 inches in height, and are hardy in the USDA zones 4 through 1
Birds love fresh cherries. While birds are a boon to the gardener because they consume insects, they can also quickly ravage a cherry crop. Attempting to scare the birds off with visual distractions rarely has the desired effect. You need to change the devices regularly or the birds will get used to
When talking of potatoes in the garden, a little clarification is helpful. The regular potato plant (Solanum tuberosum) grows as an upright clump in habit with compound green leaves. The ornamental potato vines with colorful purple or chartreuse leaves are selections of sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas
Birch is a species of small- to medium-sized trees belonging to the Betulaceae family. The deciduous trees range in height from 40 to 70 feet with a span of 35 to 60 feet. Some cultivars of birch include paper birch, yellow birch and white birch. Birch bark comes in various colors and peels easily
Herbicides are a type of pesticide that stunts, kills or prevents the growth of certain vegetation, namely weeds. A pesticide can be broad or specific in its specificity, targeting the pests you don't want in your yard or garden. When preparing pesticide for use, always follow the manufacturer's lab
Growing from slender rhizomes and fibrous roots, peace lily (Spathiphyllum spp.) doesn't respond so well to harsh pruning. If conditions aren't warm, soil moist and humidity high, regrowth of leaves is limited, unlikely or irregular.
About 45 percent of the corn grown in Georgia is grown using dryland or non-irrigated methods. The process is similar to growing corn in other states. Growing any crop without irrigation is risky due to the crop's reliance on timely rain. The University of Georgia offers recommendations for the best
Often, a common question among plant growers and enthusiasts has to do with plants and the light they need to survive. Invariably, the discussion boils down to whether plants grow better under natural sunlight or artificial light. The answer is relatively simple: Plants grow best under any kind of l