Basically, a good rule to remember is that if you grow a plant for the fruit or the root, it needs full sun. If you grow it for the leaves, stems, or buds, shade is just fine.
Keep in mind, no vegetable will grow in full shade. The following crops will produce with three to six hours of sun per day. (link here)
1. Salad Greens, such as leaf lettuce, arugula, endive, cress, and radicchio
6. Brussels Sprouts
8. Swiss Chard
9. Leafy Greens, such as collards, mustard greens, spinach, and kale
Uses for old tires
– mostly ideas for growing vegetables. Sounds good, but not too sure I’m likely to go looking for old tires to use in my yard/garden.
Seed art. Makes sense with gardening, reusing and art to use seeds and stems to create art; ie, wheat shafts, form seeds into flowers.
Collect and store seeds (using egg carton containers). Reuse burlap fabric over a lightweight stiff backing (cardboard, masonite). Glue on your seeds to form art.
Need a way to label your plants or rows in the garden? Next time that you are at a garage sale or thrift shop and see a white (or any pale color) vinyl venetian blind, snap it up.A single standard venetian blind will give you hundreds of labels.Just cut the string holding the slats apart, then cut each slat in half with a pair of scissors (the vinyl cuts very easily). I store the slats in these half pieces, then when I need them in the garden I just take each half and cut into two pieces in a diagonal. There, now you have a perfect plant marker with a pointy end all ready to stick into the soil. Simply write the information on the slat with a permanent marker.
Plants for Low-light Bathrooms
• Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)
• Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata “Bostoniensis”)
• Heart-Leafed Philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium)
• Ficus Benjamina
• Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen)
• Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
• Spider plant
-ivyPlants for Bright and Sunny Bathrooms
• Kimberly fern
• Asparagus fern
: Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz. Get your scraps of fruit—apple cores, dregs of berries (though no berries for us cause they’re not in season), whatever—and chop up coarsely. Dissolve a quarter cup of honey (recipe calls for sugar but I can’t get it locally) in one quart water. Throw the scraps in and cover with a cloth. Let ferment for two or three weeks, stirring occasionally. Adds great flavor to—you guessed it—cabbage.You can trap slugs, too. There’s the familiar beer trap — margarine tubs filled with beer, with a hole cut in the lid. Slugs are attracted to the beer, fall in and drown. Or lay a piece of board on the ground under plants. Slugs hide under the board during the day, so you can turn the board over and scrape the slugs off.
Crushed eggshells or diatomaceous earth, sprinkled in a circle around plants, repel slugs. Slugs’ soft bodies can’t glide over the sharp edges. On the same principle, they are less likely to bother plants with fuzzy or prickly leaves.
Next time you spot a slime trail, you’ll be ready to “slug it out” with these pests
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