Ohio State University Extension Fact SheetHorticulture and Crop Science2001 Fyffe Court, Columbus, OH 43210-1096 Growing HostasHYG-1239-02Gretchen Heinke, Master Gardener, Franklin County Central Ohio Hosta Society, Member and Past President Jane Martin, Extension Agent, Horticulture Hostas are extremely popular, hardy herbaceous perennials grown primarily for their beautiful foliage. They are easy to grow, shade-tolerant plants. Leaves come in a wide range of shapes, colors, sizes, and textures and may be solid in color or variegated in different combinations of blue, green, white, and gold. The plants are low maintenance and are widely available in nurseries and garden centers. Many catalogs also offer a large selection of hosta plants, with more than 2,500 different cultivars on the market. Hostas originally came from Japan, China, and Korea. They were first introduced to Europe in the late 1700s and then came to the United States in the middle 1800s.
Different Types of Ferns
By Mark Orwell, eHow Contributing Writer
Ferns are low-lying shrug plants that are often added to yards and gardens for aesthetic purposes. There are over 20,000 species of ferns that grow in various regions of the world. In fact, the only parts of the world that don't grow ferns are the arctic regions. Even deserts have species of ferns that are designed to grow in dry, arid climates. The following are just a few of the types of ferns you may encounter.
1. Lady ferns have been a popular house fern since Victorian times. They have green, perennial leaves, and are found in deciduous forests in North America and Eurasia.
A mini-aquatic garden in a tub or other container located close to the house on a deck or patio, can provide you with a unique gardening experience. Containers are a great way to try out the idea of water gardening without committing to a larger, more permanent pond. A container aquatic garden is a small commitment in terms of finances and labor. It doesn't require special aerators or filtration if set up and properly managed.
The Container A container with a capacity of 15-25 gallons is practical. Many commercial containers are available or you might consider things like small kiddie pools, horse watering troughs, lined whiskey barrels or even old bathtubs. Remember that water weighs about 8 pounds per gallon, so be sure the location of your container will be able to hold the weight. Locate the garden so it receives a minimum of …
Do you have a slope on your property down which excess water flows, causing erosion on the slope and/or a landscape drainage problem below? Homeowners often get rid of such puddling by building dry creek beds. Besides the practical aspect of improving landscape drainage, dry creek beds can also be attractive. In fact, some folks with absolutely no landscape drainage problems build dry creek beds just because they like the look of them! Difficulty: Average Time Required: 4 hours/10 feet Here's How:First plan the course that the dry creek bed will take down the slope. Mark the 2 edges of that course with landscaper's paint. A meandering course looks more natural than a straight course. How high up the slope should you start? In some cases, there's little choice. For instance, if a landscape drainage pipe that's already in place is dumping all that excess water onto your property, your decision is clear-cut: begin the dry creek bed by grading the land right u…
by CaseyWhite Making a microwave flower press is easy to do, so don't be afraid to collect some beautiful flowers and press them yourself to use on a wide variety of crafts. It seems that no matter what you do, each microwave you own in your lifetime is a bit different, so I hope you know your oven well enough to adjust times for different temperatures. I'm going to assume for reference that you are using a microwave that is between 500-700 watts. You may have to adjust the time up or down depending upon your own oven's power. Things You'll Need: A microwave Two pieces of hardboard (about 8 x 10" should work in almost any microwave - it has to turn comfortably without catching) Some elastic bands, about 1/4-1/2" wide Blotting paper, cut just slightly smaller than your hardboard (7 1/2 x 9 1/2 should work if your boards are 8 x 10.
How To Get Rid of Mucus And Phlegm in Your Chest And Throat As Fast As Possible: The accumulated phlegm and mucus in the chest can be highly uncomfortable, leading to sharp pains and congestion. Mucus is a sticky, gelatin-like substance that acts as a filter and lubricant, and protects the lungs by filtering the air we inhale. It catches the debris and dirt and prevents their absorption in the body. The […]
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DIY: Scented Wax MeltsJanuary 24, 2014 By Kelley Baker15 Comments For a while, in my circle of
friends, the company that sells tart warmers and scented wax melts was
THE THING. Everyone was selling it, buying it and using it. And our
houses smelled GREAT.
But as we all shifted to healthier eating habits, we also started
questioning what were those yummy smelling melts made of? What was in
the air, and what were we breathing in?
While there is no definitive answer to this question, due to the
rights the companies have to not disclose the ingredients they put in
their products, the general consensus is that they’re most likely made
of paraffin wax and scented with artificial fragrances.
What is Wrong With Paraffin Wax?
Paraffin wax is a petroleum by-product. It is created during the process of refining crude oil into gasoline.
When it is heated, it releases the toxins acetaldehyde, formaldehyde,
toluene, benzene and acrolein into the air,…