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Gourds, Pumpkins, and Squash, Oh My!
By: Admin    October 13 2017 , 08:55 pm
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Category: Food , Seasons , Horticulture , Nature
Gourds, Pumpkins, and Squash, Oh My!When fall rolls around, pumpkins and gourds are a standard feature in homes and markets everywhere.Have you ever wondered if you can eat a gourd? Have you pondered if decorative pumpkins are edible? Are autumn squash like acorn and butternut squash similar to pumpkins and gourds? What are some uses and health benefits of all these pretty plants besides decorations and pies? Well, pull up a chair by the fire and grab a cup of apple cider as we learn all about gourds, pumpkins, and squash!What Are They?Pumpkins, gourds, and squash all belong to the Cucurbitaceae family. The Cucurbitaceae family also includes plants like melons and cucumbers in its family of 975 species. According to an article by Organic Authority: “The difference, as the Missouri Botanical Garden explains, comes from the leaves, stems, seeds, and fruit of each plant – but we mostly recognize ...
The Easter Bunny: Friend or Foe?
By: Admin    April 11 2017 , 11:02 am
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Category: Lawn Care , Plant Care , Nature
Here comes Peter Cottontail,Hopping' down the bunny trail,Hippity, hoppity,Easter's on its wayThis familiar children’s song might evoke Easter excitement for children, but Peter Cottontail might be more of a nuisance than a friendly visitor this spring to any avid gardener. Rabbits are often kept as cute and cuddly looking pets, but when living in the wild they often make their presence felt in nearby gardens by eating plants and munching on your hard work.You can usually tell if your garden is being feasted on by bunnies by their telltale pellet droppings. Their waste looks like tiny black or brown peas or round black jelly beans. Bunnies are also notoriously good at chewing your plants in a clean cut due to their sharp teeth. Plants that have been nibbled on by bunnies look like they were cut with a pair of scissors!Bunnies love early shoots of plants, so they tend to be most voracious in early spr...
Comparing Real and Artificial Grass
By: Admin    March 03 2017 , 07:24 am
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Category: Lawn Care , Advice , Nature
It is a well-known trope that everything is greener on the other side, but can we apply this concept to the use of artificial grass being better than real grass or vice versa? Everything has pros and cons and these different types of grasses are no exception. Let us take a deeper look into artificial and natural grass and see what they are willing to give and take.Artificial grass made its debut in 1966 at the renowned Houston Astrodome sports stadium. It not only provided a smooth playing field for athletes but looked pristine. Landscapers took note of this and artificial grass began to make its appearance in many homeowners’ yards. With the advancement of technology, artificial grass began to look and feel almost exactly like real grass. Today artificial grass covers over 50 million acres in the USA. Let us consider a few things about the differences between real and artificial grass:RegionThe regi...