What Are the Balls on My Palm Tree?

All trees go through a reproductive cycle leading to seed pods, fruit or nuts. The balls on the tops of palm trees are the consequence of a palm tree’s healthy reproductive cycle, or even its fruits. The vast majority of these fruits are edible, with coconuts and dates among the most commonly known. Depending on […]

The very best Pollinator of Dwarf Granny Smith Trees

Dwarf Granny Smith apples (Malus domestica “Granny Smith”), which develop in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9, produce green, crisp and tart fruit perfect for baking and salads. Nearly all apples (Malus spp.) Need cross-pollinating to keep fruit. Even those that are labelled as self-fruitful set bigger, better fruit when cross-pollinated. […]

What Plants Can Be Grown Upside Down Apart from Tomatoes & Cucumbers?

The struggle for gardening space in small yards has led to a surge of interest in vertical growing techniques, including the frequent practice of planting and growing tomatoes and cucumbers upside down. This space-saving technique also eliminates common pest problems found in garden soil and provides superior drainage, air flow and sunlight. Buckets and bags […]

Uses for Muscadine Grapes

Muscadine grapes (Vitis rotundifolia) are popular with home growers for their thick skins, big seeds and distinct musky-flavored pulp. Hardy at U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 10, the muscadine grape has been the first native grape variety to be cultivated in the United States. Although in the past the production of […]

Are Sunflower Leaves Edible?

Nothing says summer quite like sunflowers. These bright, cheery annuals add color to sun-filled corners and provide unique dining experiences for adventurous gardeners. Although their seeds are a common snack, gardeners may not know that sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are safe to eat from root to blossom petal. Before consuming, however, consumers should confirm that the […]