How to Grow Ginger

Written by Linda Paquette

Asian and Mid-Eastern dishes often have a subtle and distinctive flavor that comes from spicingrepparttar dish atrepparttar 113324 end of cooking with fresh ginger root. As these dishes grow in popularity, many grocery produce departments stock this pleasingly pungent root for use in homemade dishes. Your favorite grocer’s produce department is alsorepparttar 113325 best place to find ginger root for growing.

What we call fresh ginger root is actuallyrepparttar 113326 rhizome ofrepparttar 113327 ginger (Zingiber officinale) plant. Choose a smooth, shiny root that has some buds beginning. These will look similar torepparttar 113328 eyes of a potato.

•A fun way to start a ginger plant is to suspend a two-inch piece ofrepparttar 113329 rhizome over a glass of water. Do this by poking a toothpick on either side ofrepparttar 113330 root. Fillrepparttar 113331 glass, submerging about one-third ofrepparttar 113332 ginger. When roots grow to about an inch long, plantrepparttar 113333 rhizome just belowrepparttar 113334 surface of a rich, moist potting mixture in a pot that has good drainage.

•Plant ginger in a pot for growing indoors or out! Using a rich potting mixture, choose a pot at least four timesrepparttar 113335 size of your ginger rhizome or plant it inrepparttar 113336 large pot that will be its permanent home on your patio, deck, or other outdoor garden area. Fillrepparttar 113337 pot three-quarters full of potting mixture; lay your rhizome flat on top and cover it with about an inch of soil. Keeprepparttar 113338 pot in a sunny location until sprouts appear, then move it to an area with good indirect light. Ginger won’t tolerate bright, direct light.

Butterfly Gardening

Written by Jane Lake

Copyright © 2005 Jane Lake All Rights Reserved

Butterfly gardening is not only a joy, it is one way that you can help restore declining butterfly populations. Simply adding a few new plants to your backyard may attract dozens of different butterflies, according to landscape designers atrepparttar University of Guelph.

Butterflies, like honeybees, are excellent pollinators and will help increase your flower, fruit and vegetable production if you provide them with a variety of flowers and shrubs. They are also beautiful to watch, and are sometimes called "flowers onrepparttar 113323 wing."

- Begin by seeding part of your yard with a wildflower or butterfly seed mix, available through seed catalogues and garden centers. Wildflowers are a good food source for butterflies and their caterpillars.

- Choose simple flowers over double hybrids. They offer an easy-to-reach nectar source.

- Provide a broad range of flower colors. Some butterflies like oranges, reds and yellows while others are drawn toward white, purple or blue flowers.

- Arrange wildflowers and cultivated plants in clumps to make it easier for butterflies to identify them as a source of nectar.

- If caterpillars are destroying favorite plants, transfer them by hand to another food source. Avoidrepparttar 113324 use of pesticides, which can kill butterflies and other beneficial insects.

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