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Cooking With Fresh Herbs

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Cooking With Fresh Herbs

Learn how to brighten up your dishes by cooking with fresh herbs. Knowing just when to add them in food can bring out aromas, flavor and color like never before.

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Christmas Cactus

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Christmas Cactus

The Christmas cactus is named after the Christmas season, but its origin is a mystery. Some believe it originated in Mexico, while others believe it originated in the tropical regions of Brazil and Colombia. The Christmas cactus is a member of the Schlumbergera family, which originated in the Andes of South America. These plants have small, waxy leaves and tiny red-colored flowers. When the flowers are in full bloom, they look like Christmas ornaments. The Christmas cactus is one of the easier types of cacti. It requires only minimal care, so they are recommended for beginner gardeners. They are relatively...

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Traditional Christmas Flower and Plant Care Guide

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Traditional Christmas Flower and Plant Care Guide

Christmas plants and flowers come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and you can easily find something that will suit your needs, whether you want to fill your home with them, or even take them to work. Many Christmas plants and flowers come in small, decorative pots, or in arrangements that you can reuse year after year. Christmas plants and flowers are also easy to care for. Most just need to be kept warm and dry, and some can be left outside all year round. Some, like the poinsettia, can even be kept indoors all year. Holiday plants...

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What Perennial Flowers You Should Grow Now?

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What Perennial Flowers You Should Grow Now?

Perennial Flowers Even though plants have been around for hundreds of millions of years, some perennial species only began to appear about 20 million years ago. The oldest living perennials are members of the iris family. These plants flower in early spring and early summer and have large leaves with narrow, toothed edges. In the wild, iris grow in meadows and along streams.Some perennials like yarrow, delphinium, and foxgloves look very exotic and old-fashioned. Others such as lavender, foxgloves, and peonies are very modern. Perennials are attractive because they flower continuously from spring to fall. Semi-evergreen perennials, such as azaleas...

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Autumn Garden Ideas and Tips for Fall Garden Maintenance

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Autumn Garden Ideas and Tips for Fall Garden Maintenance

A little pre-planning and preparation in the fall will help you get ready for the spring season. Cleaning up beds, managing soils, preparing sod, and minimizing difficulties for the next growing season are all things to do in the autumn. It's also time to sow spring-blooming bulbs and remove summer-blooming tenders. Fall garden preparation is one of those maintenance tasks that will ensure a beautiful and productive garden the following season. For a worry-free winter and more free time in the spring, follow a few fall gardening techniques. Fall is the perfect time to unwind and put the garden to...

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