Your National Gardening Association weekly news for July 8, 2017

[TZ_INFO] Recently popular question and answer from our Q&A Archive: Mulch Turning White
"We put 3-4 inches of mulch around everything...shrubs, trees, impatiens, begonias, perennials, roses, hybiscus, etc. It has had LOTS of fungi--all kinds of mushroomy things. But under the surface 1-2 inches deep, it has turned white and seems decayed. What will happen next spring when we add mulch?" - Click to read the answer

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Edible Landscaping - Edible of the Month: Figs

"Fresh figs are soft, sweet and creamy. They can be used in baking, to sweeten meats or in desserts. The fruits are high in iron, fiber, potassium and calcium. They can also be used as a laxative, so don't go overboard when munching on these fruits. The trees can be grown outdoors in warm climates or in containers in colder climates. Either way a few trees will produce more figs than you'll ever be able to eat."

Herbal Tea Recipe

"Once you've harvesting your herbs for tea, here's how to blend and brew up a healthy pot of tea."

Ornamental Onions

"You'll know these pretty plants are in the onion family from the mildly pungent odor of their leaves when cut, but they certainly won't bring tears to your eyes! The many species and cultivars of these easy-to-grow plants add color to the flower garden from spring through fall."

Saving Flower Seeds for Replanting

"Saving seeds can be economical, since a single flower can generate dozens or even hundreds of seeds. Although the procedure is simple, there are a few techniques that will improve your chances of being a successful seed saver."

Growing Edible Flowers in Your Garden

"While gardeners love flowers for their beauty outdoors in the garden and indoors in a vase, few raise them to eat. That?s a shame because many flowers are edible and bring lively flavors, colors and textures to salads, soups, casseroles and other dishes. Eating flowers is not as exotic as it sounds. The use of flowers as food dates back to the Stone Age with archeological evidence that early man ate flowers such as roses. Of course flowers have been used to make teas for centuries, but flower buds and petals also have been used from China to Morocco to Ecuador in soups, pies and stir-fires. Rose flowers, dried day lily buds and chrysanthemum petals are a few of the flowers that our ancestors used in cooking. In fact, many of the flowers we grow today were originally chosen for the garden based upon their attributes of aroma and flavor, not their beauty. "

CobraHead Introduces "mini" CobreHead Weeder

"The “mini” is about half the size of the Original CobraHead Weeder and Cultivator. It weighs less than five ounces and is 8.75 inches long. The “mini” blade is forged, tempered steel. The handle of the small tool is a recycled plastic/organic fiber composite. Left-handed or right-handed gardeners will find either tool comfortable to use. The handle shape will fit just about any sized hand comfortably."

How Beans Grow

"Most of the energy the young plant needs is stored within the seed. In fact, there's enough food to nourish bean plants until the first true leaves appear without using any fertilizer at all."

Gardening News:

The July 2017 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!

By dave
July 6, 2017
The July 2017 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!

Another great raffle this month! Get your acorns out and take a look at what's being offered this time. (1,433 words - Read the full article)

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Orchid (Bulbophyllum A-doribil Candy Ann)
By sugarcane:

Photo of Bog Bean (Menyanthes trifoliata)
By RuuddeBlock:

Photo of Coneflower (Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit')
By dawiz1753:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Solar Fire')
By Lestv:

Photo of Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta 'Autumn Colors')
By SNJDebbie24:

Photo of Siberian Iris (Iris 'Gull's Wing')
By IrisLilli:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Notting Hill Whoopsie Daisy')
By floota:

Photo of Rose (Rosa 'Savannah')
By csandt:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Aleta Everett Adams')
By adamsfamil:

Photo of Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa)
By RuuddeBlock:

The most popular Landscape Photos from last week:

Click an image to view the names of the plants in each photo.

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Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:

6 people gave for a photo of Bog Bean (Menyanthes trifoliata) by RuuddeBlock

4 people gave for post #1490527 in "Banner for July 2, 2017 by rocklady" by rocklady

4 people gave for post #1491329 in "Banner for July 3, 2017 by Whitebeard" by Whitebeard

3 people gave for post #1492523 in "Carolina Iris season 2017 - Let the blooms begin!" by crowrita1

3 people gave for post #1491402 in "Midwest Weather and everything else" by Nhra_20

3 people gave for post #1494908 in "July 2017 Blooms" by Altheabyanothername

3 people gave for post #1494634 in "July 2017 Butterflies, Moths & Larva" by jimard8

2 people gave for post #1489682 in "Banner for July 1, 2017 by Fleur569" by Fleur569

2 people gave for a photo of Orchid (Bulbophyllum A-doribil Candy Ann) by sugarcane

2 people gave for the idea "The Best Pesticide" by Anderwood

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
July 2017 BloomscybersixDaylilies forum89
Our Orchid blooms in July 2017UrsulaOrchids forum78
weed controloldnodakAsk a Question forum50
July SeedlingskidfishingDaylilies forum45
July 2017 Butterflies, Moths & LarvakrobraGardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum36
Foreign "stalk" in my daylily?ArchivesgirlDaylilies forum30
Postage iriscrowrita1Irises forum28
✺ JULY 2017 Bloom and Chat ✺Calif_SueRoses forum26
Plant ID. Possible poison ivy?Rachelfaith05Plant ID forum23

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