Japanese Iris

Japanese Iris – If you are looking for a unique, magical flower that will add a colorful pop of life to your garden, look no further than the lovely Japanese Iris (Iris japonica). The Japanese Iris are large graceful flowers with an unusual twist. The triple-petaled blooms appear to be floating above their delicate stems and are quite whimsical looking.

Japanese irises grow well in warm, Mediterranean climates and don’t need a lot of winter care. Japanese Iris come in a variety of stunning purple shades from lavender to deep dark purple. Japanese Iris Mt Fuji are a rare bright white with delicate veining on their buttery petals.

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Fall Displays: Seedheads And Bark

Fall Displays: Seedheads And Bark – Many plants have wonderful seedheads, which can be just as attractive as flowers. Clematis tangutica and Clematis ‘Bill Mackenzie’ both produce large fluffy balls of silvery silk that look exquisite when lit by the sun, especially when growing up through a tree.


One of the few plants with brightly colored seedheads is Physalis alkekengi, the Chinese lantern. This perennial has vivid red or orange ‘paper lanterns’, which can be cut and used in dried arrangements. For a wildflower garden, teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) is a must: its shapely, architectural seedheads not only look imposing but provide valuable food for birds. Poppies and thistles also add interesting shapes to the garden.

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Growing Carrots

Growing carrots – Don’t plant your carrots in soil that has a lot of weeds. Try to turn the soil as much as possible and use weed killer to get rid of the weeds. Ideally, you should use organic weed killer if you can get your hands on some. Unfortunately, once the carrots start to grow, it becomes increasingly difficult to weed them.

Sow the seeds sparingly on top of the soil and cover with about 5mm of top soil. Mulching with straw or hay will help to keep the seeds moist, and this will also make it easier to water without disturbing the seeds. The plants need little other attention during their growth period, although the plants should be kept well watered – too little water results in coarse, woody roots.

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Indian Strawberry

Indian strawberry (Dulcesnea indica, Mock strawberry) has been a rapid increase in the popularity of hanging plants in recent years. Some excellent trailers, however, still remain rarities and the Indian strawberry is a good example. It is vigorous and easy to care for.

Indian strawberry is a fast-spreading evergreen groundcover for shady areas or sunny, moist sites. It has bright green, trifoliate leaves. In summer the flowers appear and these are followed by small strawberry-like fruits. These are edible, but unfortunately they are completely tasteless.

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Vegetables Storage: Shelf Life Of Vegetables

The biochemical processes in a fresh vegetables have not stopped after being vegetables harvested, which means that changes in them can be positive (ripening) or negative. Period of vegetables storage depends on many factors and the periods given here are an estimate. If the vegetables are not fully ripe they can be stored for certain period at room temperature until they reach full maturity and then keep them in the fridge. The vegetable should never be kept in sealed bags or boxes – allow it to breathe.

Melons and watermelons: Whole melons can be stored in a cool, dry, dark place up to ten days (note that for melon storage period depends on the variety and degree of ripeness). If cut, these fruits should be stored in the refrigerator in an open bowl.

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Fruits Storage: Shelf Life Of Fruits

Fruits Storage: Shelf Life Of Fruits – Shelf life is the time how long a product can be stored before it becomes unusable. Term ‘shelf life’ refers primarily to the quality of the food while the expiration date refers to the safety of product consummation. Therefore, fresh fruits and vegetables can be completely safe to use after expiration of shelf life, but may deteriorate in quality that would affect its usefulness and commercial value.

Apples: You can keep them on the shelf for up to two weeks, but make sure that the room where they are kept is fresh (pantry or basement).

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