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The Safe Way to Drink Pond Water

In some cases you may find it necessary to obtain your drinking water from a fresh water pond. Drinking the water from the pond as it is can be dangerous to your health due to contaminants or microorganisms that may cause various harmful conditions such as E. coli infection or leptospirosis. There i

How to Germinate Seeds From Dried Ghost Peppers

The ghost pepper (Capsicum frutescens) or Bhut Jolokia is one of the hottest peppers in the world and one of the most notoriously difficult varieties to germinate. Sprouting these pepper seeds is the first step to raising peppers that rate at more than 1-million Scoville Heat Units. Dried ghost pepp

How to Dry Feverfew

Feverfew, a member of the chrysanthemum family, has white flowers with yellow centers that resemble a daisy. While it provides an attractive addition to a flower garden, the dried leaves and flowers are used in alternative medicine as well, to help with headaches. The dried plant is brewed as a tea,

Deer Resistant Indian Hawthorn

Plants that enhance yards and landscapes often appeal to wildlife. Deer are grazers that often forage for food among cultivated plants, wreaking havoc and destroying landscapes. While no plant is entirely deer proof, some plants, such as Indian hawthorn, are deer resistant, making them suitable sele

Types of Soil Survey

Soil surveys are a county by county assessment of soil taxonomy, fertility and use on any given acre of land. It is a resource available to several different industries such as farming, forestry and mining. The data achieved for soil mapping is done by several different types of surveys.

The Best Summer Perennial Flowers

One thing that many gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts can agree on is their love for summer blooms. A bright, robust flower garden or border that stands out is what most people strive for when planning their summer garden. A perennial garden may start off small, but over the years, you will enjoy th

Why Do Peonies Need Ants to Bloom?

Gardeners often observe that peony buds are visited by large numbers of ants shortly before they bloom. Witnessing this, some have speculated that their presence is somehow necessary for the buds to flower. In fact, this is not the case; however, the ants' presence may still be of benefit to the pla

Complete Care for a Red Apple Ice Plant

Red Apple is a cultivar of Aptenia cordifolia notable for its bright red, daisy-like flowers cupped in true green leaves. Also known as the ice plant or baby sunrose, this slow-growing succulent has a trailing habit and grows equally well as a ground cover or in a hanging basket, according to the Un

How to Get Rid of Water Grass

Water grass is a colloquial term for many types of grass-like weeds. Individuals have varying ideas of what type of weed refers to water grass but it usually encompasses quackgrass and tall fescues. The best defense against water grass is to keep the lawn strong and healthy with proper care. Knowing

How to Prune a Papaya Tree

Papaya trees grow up to 33 feet tall and live for about 20 years. They grow well in loamy, sandy and rocky terrains, preferring well-draining soils. With a love for full sun, papaya plants should be kept 10 to 20 feet from buildings, other plants and power lines. As you maintain these trees, pruning

Mayday Tree Diseases

A Mayday Tree, a close relative of the cherry tree, is a medium-sized tree, which grows to about 15 to 20 feet in both height and spread. This tree generally blooms in April and the leaves are a bright green. In May, clusters of fragrant white flowers appear, followed by fruit that is...

How to Care for Chinese Lantern Flowers

Chinese lanterns (Physalis) are closely related to the tomatillo and tomato plant. These plants grow up to 2 feet tall and produce small white flowers. Their most attractive feature occurs after flowering, when they produce a papery orange husk that resembles a Chinese paper lantern. Inside each hus

How to Divide Aeonium Succulents

Native to North Africa and the Canary Islands, aeonium (Aeonium spp.) is a very tender succulent, winter hardy only through U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness zones 9 and 10. They form rosettes of succulent, spoon-shaped leaves in green, burgundy, purple, banana and strawberry, including

Facts on the Camphor Tree

Found in many countries,including Indonesia, China, Korea, Japan, Australia and the United States, the camphor tree (Cinnamomum camphora) is a dense, broadleafed evergreen that often grows up to 150 feet in height, twice that wide, and has a trunk that can be up to 15 feet in diameter. The largest t

Are There Any Flowers That Rabbits Don't Like?

A hungry rabbit may eat almost any type of flower. As all herbivores, however, rabbits prefer some plants over others; there are more than 100 species of plants that they do not like. Growing them may keep rabbits out of the garden.

How to Landscape Culverts

Culverts play an important role in the landscape. They channel excess water away from roads, lawns, flowerbeds and houses. Any landscaping you attempt has to allow for proper water flow through the culvert ditch or flooding issues will arise. Before landscaping street culverts, look into local build

How to Care for a Cataractarum Palm

Native to southeastern Mexico, the cataractarum palm, also known as the chamaedorea cataractarum palm, cat palm or Mexican hat palm, is an attractive, trunkless palm tree that can be found growing in the warm coastal regions of the United States. The ideal growing climate for the cataractarum palm i

Apple Picking in Cuyahoga, Ohio

Cuyahoga County, located in northeast Ohio near Cleveland, offers several you-pick apple orchards. The apple orchards offer a fun adventure for the whole family with some orchards offering additional activities, as well.

Michigan Cedar Tree Facts

Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana L.) and white cedar (Thuja occidentalis L.) grow in Michigan. Eastern red cedar is a bit of a misnomer because the tree is actually a juniper. White cedar, also known as arborvitae, is a true cedar.

Does Tobacco Juice Kill Worms?

Tobacco juice, the result of soaking cigarettes or raw tobacco leaves in water, can kill harmful worms and insects in your garden and was believed in the past to kill intestinal parasites as well. No such use has been proven to work by any medical professional.