Herbs are some of the easiest plants to overwinter but they can do with a little prep beforehand. Prune dead leaves and branches from those you plan to leave outdoors. These include the perennials like rosemary and thyme. Dig up and pot more sensitive plants. Since you’re going to be harvesting branches anyway, preserve the trimmings in the fridge or by drying. Mulch your herb bed and amend the soil while you’re digging. With a few easy steps, you’ll have herbs year round.
This backstep renovation product was done using Sikken’s Proluxe’s solid stain. The project at hand was an old set of stairs with an old and damaged finished. They first start the project by sanding and stripping the old paint off from the stairs using a heat gun and scraper technique. To fill in the big gaps, they used an exterior wood filler. After the wood filler dried, it was time to paint using the ProLuxe paint, it went on great. More than one coat was applied, and overall, the project came out great. It even stood up to harsh weather!
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There are some good tips out there for people that have fairy foxglove plants. This plant is a very sweet alpine plant that is native to southern and central Europe. It adds a lot of charm to the area it is in. The plant is adaptable to full sun, or partial shade. This is a low growing plant that spreads very slowly. It is also considered to be a star flower. You can try growing them on your own.
A big beautiful magnolia tree planted in the middle of the front lawn is nature’s invitation to iced tea and friendly conversation on the front porch. While the magnolia is a hearty tree, they are prone to some diseases to be aware of, so that you can act quickly to save your tree. If you notice reddish-brown spots with hair-like lines underneath, it’s an algal leaf spot infection. This is not serious. Just water and feed as you normally would. If a branch suddenly dies, it’s time to prune the tree. If it continues, the tree could have wood rot. Consult with an arborist for further treatment guidance.
Butterflies keep to the seasons and tend to head for warmer climates when the weather turns cold, but some always hang around a bit longer. They might have hatched later than the others or it could be something nature does to keep from having all the butterflies on the exact same schedule. Regardless, some late blooming plants offer the straggler insects the chance to feed and shelter before they leave to join the rest of the crowd.
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Many have contemplated growing vegetables from kitchen scraps. For example, the article “Growing Parsnips From Kitchen Scraps – Can You Regrow Parsnips From Tops” explores the possibilities of regrowing parsnips after partially eating the vegetable. The article found that parsnips are actually able to regrow after being partially eaten. In fact, if one were to plant the top of a parsnip, new leaves would begin to sprout. However, the author reminds us that the vegetable may not grow as anticipated. For parsnips, regrowing may only result in new leaves instead of a whole root.