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Pruning your Raspberry & Blackberry Bushes
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Pruning your Raspberry & Blackberry Bushes

Pruning your Raspberry & Blackberry bushes is an essential & necessary task that you should complete in late winter to ensure the health of your plants, promote growth, and to optimize fruit production. You want to wait until late winter to prune your plants because the canes actually provide carbohydrates to the root system of the plants, helping the plants to better survive the harsh winter.

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How & Why I Built my Plant Lab

Last year was the first time that I was able to grow from seed to harvest & I credit my success to my "Plant Lab". The Plant Lab is located in a closet in the unoccupied bedroom on the 2nd story of my house. When I purchased the house, my first thought after seeing the empty closet racks was to turn it into a vertical growing system - and after I bought the house that is exactly what happened!

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How to Grow Orchids

Orchids are a perfect plant for your home or office because they don't need a lot of light, water, or nutrients - just someone who knows how to deal with their delicate nature! Okay, so orchids aren't that delicate, but you have to know a few things about these unusual & beautiful epiphytes! What is an Epiphyte? Epiphytes are plants that grow on other plants, but they are not parasitic. Plants in this group include air plants & orchids as well as some ferns and bromeliads.

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How to Repot Orchids

The first thing you may want to do is check out "How to Prune Orchids" to make sure your plant is ready to be repotted. You can repot your orchids if they have flowers on them, but there is a greater chance of damaging those flowers or stressing the plant out. A lot of orchids are potted in clear pots, so that makes it much easier to see when they need repotted. So when do orchids need repotted?

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How to Prune Orchids

Now that your Orchids have dropped their flowers, you're probably wondering, "what did I do wrong?" This is a natural step in the growing process. The better question to ask is, "what am I supposed to do with this thing now?" Once your Orchid has dropped its flowers, you have 3 options:

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How to Grow Mushrooms

It is mid-January & I can't wait another week to start growing something, so I got some Mushroom Growing kits to grow Portabella & White Button Mushrooms! Mushrooms are not my favorite food - I really only like them on pizza or steak - and only sometimes! But between Kyla's family & mine, I know we can find plenty of people that will love them.

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