General Gardening

Cactus Candy Recipe

Cactus Candy Amazon.comCactus candy is a delicious and unique candy that you can easily make in your kitchen. Odds are that you won’t have enough room in a container garden on your balcony to grow paddle cactus (aka prickly pear or nopal cactus), but you can harvest the cactus’ fruits if you live in the Southwest.


How to Harvest Calla Lily Bulbs

Calla lily flowerMost calla lily flowers have waxy-white flowers that gracefully twist and curl, ending in a delicate point. Other calla lily flower varieties are pink, orange or red, dark green or variegated with white spots. Calla lily plants are native to marshlands of South Africa but have gained popularity in gardens in the United States as marginal pond plants and potted plants. It is a popular flower for weddings and Easter, and cut calla lily flowers last a long time in floral displays.


Protecting Your Plant Pots in Winter

Plant Pots in WinterIf you live in a colder area, some of your garden's plant containers may not make it through the cold winter. Some containers will do fine outside on the balcony, but many materials will absorb water, which will freeze and expand. Then the plant container will become brittle and crack, break or flake. Keep your brittle plant containers indoors or purchase containers that will overwinter well without any extra precautions. If you live in an area that doesn’t drop below freezing (or below 40 degrees for a long period of time), you won’t have to worry about overwintering your plant containers. 


7 Steps to Grafting Cactus

Blue candle cactus graftGrafting, which can be done with many plants, is a propagation technique in which a gardener will take two separate plant species, cut them and grow them together as one plant. The plants, if they are compatible, will bond and grow as one. Moon cactus is one of the most popular grafted cactus that gardeners keep.


5 Easy Steps to Homegrown Chamomile Tea

Chamomile teaChamomile is a beautiful little white-petaled flower that can be dried and made into a fruity-tasting herbal tea. If you are growing chamomile in your balcony garden to make tea, get the German chamomile variety and not Roman chamomile.


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