Indian Corn

This time of year seasonal decorations made of natural materials, including Indian corn, show up at Farmers Markets and craft shows. Indian or flint corn is one of many types of maize or corn with colored kernels, either of a single or multiple colors. To learn more about these types of corn that have attractively-colored kernels, read this article…

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Phenology and Gardening

Have you ever noticed that some natural events, such as bird migration or flower blooming, occur on different calendar dates each year, but always happens in a predictable pattern relative to the weather and other seasonal events? Phenology is the study of the timing of natural events in relation to weather. Learn more about phenology in this article…

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Organic Pesticides

Although “organic pesticide” may seem like an oxymoron, there really are a number of naturally-derived materials registered as pesticides for use by organic growers. This article describes what a pesticide is and some of those approved for organic production. Learn more by reading the full article…

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Chocolate, Theobroma cacao

What could be better than chocolate? Many people love this sweet, rich treat, but not everyone knows where it comes from. The process of converting the seeds of a tropical rainforest tree to the confection we know involves a number of steps. But that tree itself is an interesting plant. To learn more about where chocolate comes from, read this article…

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Fascinating Fasciation

Have you ever seen a plant with unusual, distorted growth – especially in a flower or flower stem – and wondered what that was? This mistake in plant growth is a phenomenon called “fasciation” that causes flattened, ribbon-like growth. You can learn more about this interesting condition by reading this article…

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Vanilla, Vanilla planifolia

Most people like the flavor of vanilla, but not many know where it comes from. The orchid Vanilla planifolia is the source of most commercial vanilla beans, or seed pods, that are processed to produce the flavoring used in dairy products, baked goods and many other treats. To learn more about this exotic plant read this article…

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Floating Row Cover

Floating row cover is a great addition to any vegetable garden, as it can be used for several different purposes and is easy to use. Learn more about these specially designed fabrics in this article.

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Green Flowers

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, so there’s lots of green stuff out there, including flowers. Some of the ones for sale now are dyed for the occasion, but there are many flowers that are naturally green. Read on to learn more about some of these green gems…

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Winter Solstice & Photoperiodism

Did you realize it’s the shortest day of the year – soon it will start to stay lighter longer as we head toward another gardening season? How do your plants feel about this? Ok, maybe that’s a bit anthropomorphic, but plants ARE influenced by daylength and cold, too. Read on to learn more about daylength, photoperiodism and more.

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Pollination

Birds do it; bees do it; and so do lots of other insects, bats and even the wind. We’re talking about pollination, of course. Continue reading to learn more about this essential plant process that is assisted by these various vectors.

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