Ficus pumila, commonly known as the Climbing Fig or Creeping Fig, is an evergreen plant that can be grown both indoors and outdoors. It’s a popular choice for gardeners because of its low-maintenance nature and ability to climb walls with ease. With proper care, Ficus pumila can provide you with lush foliage year round! And, it is a cousin to the ever so popular Ficus benjamina. All Ficus are also members of the mulberry family. Ficus pumila in particular is more of a vine and will cling to block, wood and many other surfaces. It's even more clingy than that relationship you're in!
When growing Ficus pumila, it’s important to keep in mind that this plant thrives in bright light but not direct sunlight; too much sun exposure will cause the leaves to turn yellow and fall off. You should also make sure your soil has good drainage so excess water doesn't stay around the roots of your plants for too long. If necessary add some sand or perlite into potting mix when planting ficuses indoor - this will help improve drainage even further!
Ficus pumila requires regular watering during their growing season which usually occurs from spring through summertime depending on where you live; however they don't need as much water during winter months when growth slows down significantly (if any at all). When watering them make sure not overdo it – let top inch of soil dry out before giving them another drink again! Additionally fertilize every two weeks using a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half strength throughout their active growth period only (avoid feeding during dormancy).
Pruning is essential if you want your climbing figs looking neat and tidy - simply trim off any dead or unruly vine-branches/leaves whenever needed using sharp shears being careful not cut back more than ⅓rd of total foliage at once time otherwise shock might occur resulting in stunted growth & leaf drop later on down road. One of the best parts of this plant is that they aren’t known for getting insects nor diseases.
Caring for Ficus Puma isn’t difficult whatsoever – just remember give bright indirect light & ample water while keeping up regular pruning maintenance plus occasional feedings when actively growing then voilà: beautiful healthy specimens all around house no matter season may be. Want to talk more about this or any plants in the ficus family? Give me a call 24/7 at 1-800-405-NICK(6425). Leave your name and number and we’ll call you back!
Ah, the age-old debate: should you drink orange juice after brushing your teeth? On one hand, it tastes so delicious and refreshing. On the other hand, well...it doesn't taste very good after brushing your teeth! So why does this happen?
It all comes down to timing. Brushing your teeth removes some of the protective coating that helps keep food particles from sticking to them. When you drink something acidic like orange juice right away, those particles can stick to the newly exposed surfaces in a way they wouldn’t if there was still a layer of protection on top. This is what causes that strange flavor combo when drinking Reason orange juice right after brushing your teeth – yuck!
The solution? Wait at least 30 minutes before having any acidic drinks or foods (like citrus fruits) post toothbrushing session for optimal flavor enjoyment! And while we’re talking about toothbrushes: did you know they have been around since 3500 BC?! That means people were using crude versions of today's modern brushes over 5500 years ago - pretty impressive stuff indeed!
What other foods or drinks taste funny after brushing your teeth? Let’s talk about that and more at 1-800-405-NICK(6425).
Rain can saturate soil, especially potted plants (it's all a form of overwatering). When the soil in a pot becomes waterlogged, it can cause serious issues for the plant and its roots. The excess moisture prevents oxygen from reaching the roots of the plant which causes them to become weak and unable to take up nutrients or water properly. This leads to root rot and other diseases that will eventually kill your beloved plant if not addressed quickly.
When rainwater accumulates in a pot for an extended period of time, it prevents oxygen from reaching the roots which leads them to become deprived and unable to absorb nutrients properly. This lack of oxygen also encourages bacterial growth that further damages delicate roots and causes fungal diseases such as Pythium or Fusarium wilt that will eventually kill off affected parts or even entire plants over time if not addressed quickly enough. Another problem that can arise is Crown Rot which isn’t a noble disease. The plant actually rots where the trunk and soil meet.
One way you can combat this problem is by making sure there are drainage holes at the bottom of each planter so excess moisture has somewhere else go instead accumulating within soil particles like clay soils tend do when wetted up with rainfall amounts exceeding 1 inch per hour rate (for example). If you don’t have any drainage holes already present on pots then drill some holes in the container – even on the side if you can’t get the bottom; just remember not all potted materials may hold up against these tools so always test out first before drilling away! Additionally adding mulch around base helps reduce saturation levels while still allowing air flow through soil surface area - both beneficial aspects needed for healthy root systems development long-term without damaging effects caused by standing waters presence near underground portions where most critical nutrient absorption takes place during photosynthesis process itself!
Finally after making sure proper draining methods are employed it’s good practice to regularly check pots throughout season(s) especially right after heavy rains occur just in case unexpected flooding happens due excessive amounts falling down within short amount times (i..e thunderstorm or just overwatering etc). In worst case scenarios where damage is already done due saturated conditions existing prior preventive measures being taken then removal & replanting into fresh new container along with addition fungicides might help save dying plant but only works well depending severity situation faced...so “better safe than sorry approach” should always be adopted when dealing potential risks associated high levels waterlogging issues!
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Ah, the umbrella. A device that has been around since ancient times and is still used to this day! You can easily get tangled up in it and normally will forget it when it’s needed most. But, when you remember to lug it around or have it near at hand we can all appreciate it as it offers us protection from rain and other elements.
The first umbrellas were made by ancient Egyptians around 3500 BC using palm leaves or papyrus reeds to protect them from the sun’s rays. The Chinese then improved upon these designs in 1200 BC by adding silk fabric panels for additional shade and waterproofing properties – which led to their popularity throughout Asia during this time period.
In Europe, umbrellas weren't widely seen until 16th century Italy when they began appearing in paintings of wealthy aristocrats who wanted something more stylish than just carrying a parasol (which was also popular at this time). By 18th century England however, umbrellas had become commonplace amongst both men and women due to their convenience compared with traditional parasols – plus they could be easily folded up for easy storage on rainy days!
But what about today? Well thankfully there are now various types of umbrella holders available so you don't have worry about your precious umbrella getting lost or damaged while not being used - making them even more convenient than ever before! Whether you prefer an old-fashioned wooden stand or modern metal holder - there's sure to be one out there perfect for your needs.
So next time you're trying decide when it's appropriate use an umbrella (or whether it would even fit into your bag!) remember how far back its history goes - plus consider investing in good quality holder too so that you don't need worry any longer about misplacing yours ever again!
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Today, we’re talking about rabbits and the damage they can do to your garden. While these furry creatures are often seen as cute and cuddly, they can cause a lot of destruction if left unchecked. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to protect your plants from rabbit damage.
There may be different types of rabbits that may be present in your area. The most common type is the Eastern Cottontail Rabbit which is typically found in fields or gardens near wooded areas throughout North America east of the Rocky Mountains. Other species include Jackrabbits (which have longer ears than cottontails), Snowshoe Hares (which live mainly in northern areas) and Pygmy Rabbits (the smallest species). The damage they can do includes: burrowing, uprooting plants, nibbling plants to downright devouring them.
Next up comes controlling their population so that they don't become too much for us humans living nearby! To do this effectively one could use fencing around vulnerable plants such as vegetables or flowers; motion-activated sprinklers; repellents like mothballs/pellets etc. All these methods work well but require some effort on our part - especially when trying out multiple techniques at once - but it's worth it for keeping our gardens safe from bunny intruders! Whatever you do don’t going pulling an Elmer Fud as his methods never worked, right?
Finally remember that even though rabbits may seem like pests sometimes –they really just want food & shelter–so why not provide those things somewhere away from where people grow food? That way both parties benefit without any conflict arising between them : )>>>
We hope this blog post has been helpful –if anyone has any questions feel free to reach out. Simply call NICK. Really, call 1-800-405-NICK (6425). We're always happy help out fellow gardening enthusiasts and beginners keep their green spaces safe & beautiful all year round.
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Are you looking for a natural way to feed your plants and improve the quality of your soil? If so, steer manure is an option. Interestingly enough we call it Steer Manure but most of it comes from dairy farms from cows (don’t try to milk a steer). Steer manure has been used by gardeners for centuries as a source of rich nutrients that can help promote healthy plant growth. The thought is probably because of the recognizable stench. Not only does it provide essential nutrients, but it also helps increase the water retention capacity of soils and prevents nutrient leaching from occurring.
The history behind using steer manure dates back thousands of years when ancient civilizations began using animal waste to fertilize their crops. In modern times, farmers have continued this practice by collecting cow dung from their herds and applying it directly onto fields or into compost piles where its beneficial properties can be released over time in order to nourish nearby vegetation without having any negative environmental impacts associated with chemical fertilizer use such as runoff into waterways or air pollution caused by burning off excess nitrogen compounds during application processes. Although, when it is composted the salts for the urine are leached into the ground. They only cause salt damage if the manure isn’t aged well. Oh, did I mention that the stuff stinks?
Using steer manure in the garden is easy – keep in mind where it comes from when you touch it with your bare hands; simply spread aged composted droppings around existing plants or mix them into new beds before planting seeds/saplings. This will add valuable organic matter which helps retain moisture while providing key macro-nutrients such as phosphorus, potassium & magnesium needed for optimal root development & flowering production throughout the months! Additionally - adding some aged composted material first will ensure that there are no ‘hot spots’ where too much nitrogen might burn delicate foliage due its high levels compared with other macronutrients present within this fertilizer type – making sure everything stays balanced at all times!
Overall – incorporating small amounts of well-aged steer manures mixed with other organic materials like wood chips/bark mulch etc., could make all difference between success failure when trying grow vegetables flowers indoors outdoors alike - so why not give yourself best chance possible today.
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As we ring in the New Year, it’s important to think about our goals and resolutions for the coming months. Gardening is a great hobby that can bring joy and satisfaction to your life, so why not make some gardening-related resolutions this year? Here are a few ideas:
1. Get organized – Start by making a plan of what you want your garden to look like this season. This will help you stay on track throughout the growing season and ensure that all tasks get done in time.
2. Expand your knowledge – Whether it’s reading up on different plant varieties or attending workshops at local nurseries, there is always something new to learn when it comes to gardening! Make an effort this year to broaden your horizons with regards plants & techniques used in gardens around the world. I give several talks a year at Homes Shows that are free to the public. This is a great place to learn and network with newbies and seasoned gardeners.
3. Grow grass – Get your mind out of the gutter you pot head, we’re talking turf, lawn – the good stuff. It increases your property value, it’s natures air conditioner, it’s a filter for ground water and it works harder than trees giving oxygen for you and I to breathe!
4. Get creative - Don't be afraid experiment with different types of containers or unusual combinations of flowers/plants! A unique design could turn out amazing results (or even become an inspiration piece, so don't shy away from trying something daring!
5. Plant a garden – Let’s face it we live in uncertain times. If you can grow food just think what you could do in perilous times! All you need is 8 hours of sunlight, a patch of ground or even containers. Start small then when you get the hang of it you can expand.
6. Have fun - Above all else, remember that gardening should be enjoyable activity; take time out each week just relax among nature's beauty while creating something beautiful yourself ! So here's wishing everyone happy digging into 2023!
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Welcome to the wonderful world of bananas! Bananas are a delicious, nutritious snack that can be enjoyed in many different ways. Whether you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up or something to add flavor and texture to your favorite recipes, bananas have so much potential. But before you get started with all the possibilities, it’s important to know what stages of ripeness a banana goes through and how best select them at each stage.
When selecting ripe bananas look for those with yellow skins free from any bruises or spots on their surface. The skin should be slightly firm but not hard when pressed gently between your fingers; if they feel too soft they may already be overripe and won’t last as long once cut open or peeled away from its skin. If you find unripe green ones don't worry – just leave them out on the counter until their skins turn yellow (or even brown) then enjoy as normal!
If by chance you end up with an overripe banana don't despair – there are still plenty of uses for these sweet treats! Overripes make great additions in smoothies thanks to their natural sweetness; try adding some frozen berries along with other ingredients like yogurt or almond milk for an extra boost of flavor & nutrition! They can also work well in baking - think muffins, breads & cakes where their mushy consistency adds moisture without overpowering other flavors present in the recipe itself. Last but not least: yes indeed - banana peels are edible (though we wouldn't recommend eating one raw!). Try grilling them lightly first before adding into salads & stir fries - this helps bring out more sweetness while giving dishes added crunchiness too : )>>>
Question: "You need to be extra nice to bananas, you know why?
Answer: You don’t want to hurt their peelings."
Whatever way you choose use your beloved bananas we hope that this blog post has helped give insight into understanding these amazing fruits better than ever before... Enjoy!
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Have you ever wondered how greenhouses came to be? Well, today we’re going to take a look at the fascinating history behind these incredible structures that have been used for centuries around the world!
Greenhouses first appeared in Europe during Roman times and were known as “hortus conclusus” or “enclosed garden.” These early greenhouses were made up of glass walls and roofs, allowing sunlight in while keeping heat trapped inside. They allowed people to grow plants all year round regardless of weather conditions outside—a revolutionary concept at that time!
The modern-day greenhouse was invented by an Englishman named Sir Joseph Paxton in 1851. His design featured iron frames with curved glass panels which provided more strength than traditional flat panes of glass could offer. This design is still used today for many commercial greenhouses across the globe!
Greenhouse technology has only improved over time since its inception centuries ago; from automated climate control systems and advanced lighting solutions, there are now countless options available when it comes to constructing a greenhouse tailored specifically towards one's needs.. With so much potential out there, it's no wonder why so many people are turning towards this age-old technology as a way to supplement their gardening efforts or even start their own small business growing crops indoors throughout any season!.
If you are looking for the perfect addition to your garden, a greenhouse may be exactly what you need. A greenhouse is an invaluable tool for any gardener, as it provides protection from pests and weather while allowing plants to thrive in optimal conditions. When shopping for a greenhouse, there are several key elements that should be taken into consideration before making your purchase.
First and foremost, consider the size of the structure; greenhouses come in all shapes and sizes so make sure that whatever model you choose will fit comfortably within your available space. It’s also important to think about where sunlight will enter through; most greenhouses have either single or double-glazed windows which allow natural light inside without compromising on insulation levels during colder months. Additionally look out for features such as adjustable vents or automated temperature control systems – these can help create ideal growing conditions no matter what time of year it is!
The material used when constructing a greenhouse is another factor worth considering; some models use polycarbonate panels which provide good insulation but can become brittle over time due to UV exposure whereas others use glass panes which offer excellent transparency but require regular maintenance (cleaning) if they’re going remain effective long term . Ultimately though both materials offer great benefits depending on how much effort you want invest into upkeep duties!
Lastly don't forget about extras like shelving units or staging tables - these might not seem essential at first glance but they'll definitely come in handy down the line when organizing seedlings/plants inside your new structure!
All things considered investing in quality product with solid construction could save money down road by providing years trouble free gardening pleasure - so take time do research find right one suit needs today's savvy shopper tomorrow's happy gardener!
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