Blueberry, Vaccinium

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 12-03-2014

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Introduction

Blueberries, one of my Summer time favorites! Otherwise known as Vaccinium, the Blueberry bush grows edible blue berries with beautiful foliage that ranges from purple to green to red and brown fall colors. The Blueberry bush is native to North America and there are many different variety of edible blueberry bushes. Full of manganese, vitamin C, vitamin K and dietary fiber blueberries are one of the tastiest healthy foods! They fruit very well, are easy to manage and easy to grow.

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Passiflora, Passionflower

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 26-02-2014

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There are hundreds of variety of Passiflora, commonly known as Passionflower.  Passionflower is native to America and may also be known as Maypop or Apricot Vine. Most varieties are vines such as Passiflora Incarnata but Passiflora varieties may also come as shrubs or even trees. Many, but not all Passiflora, have edible fruit and medicinal uses. Passiflora has been around for a very long time cultivated by Native American Indians even before the 1400’s. Archaeologists have found Passiflora seeds that were thousands of years old at some sites. The flowers are very showy and elegant, providing a tropical feel to any garden with a multitude of colors. Passiflora is certainly one of the most amazing plants for creative gardeners to have.

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Osmanthus Fragrans, Sweet Olive

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 05-10-2013

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Osmanthus Fragrans, commonly known as Sweet Olive, is an evergreen shrub or small tree. Osmanthus Fragrans naturally grows up to 30 feet tall, but will remain in a smaller shrub size if grown in a container. This is one of the most amazing scented plants I grow. I enjoy it even more so than varieties of Privet or Lilac as Osmanthus Fragrans flowers last for months at a time, they are less allergenic and heavily blooms at a different time of the year than many of the plants I grow. The Osmanthus Fragrans flowers smell like a combination of perfectly ripe mouth watering peaches, apricots and vanilla. Just amazingly mouth watering and sweet.

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Eugenia aromatica, Clove

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 31-05-2013

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Eugenia Aromatica is the much sought after Clove tree. It’s the tree you get the Clove spice from! I’ve been dying to grow my own clove trees for some time but it’s been hard to find seeds for sale and when I have found them they have been very expensive. The thing is, Clove trees don’t exactly grow in the USA, but as my natural curiosity far out weighs any common sense, I gave in and bought Clove seeds November 2012 from Fruit Lovers website. I followed their directions, immediately plants the seeds in sterile potting soil, keeping the seeds at approx 85°F during the day and 75°F at night in my laundry room. I lost 5 of 6 seeds, from what I can tell to rotting, and 1 that grew well. It has taken a little longer than anticipated for the one seed to take root and in the end I lost the Clove tree over the Winter.

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Acer Saccharum, Maple Tree, Maple Syrup

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 11-06-2012

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Acer Saccharum is one of the varieties of Maple Tree that you can get Maple Syrup from! It’s one of the neatest trees I have growing in my back yard right now even though this is only their second season from seed. Like most Maples it grows beautiful green leaves in the Spring that turn to lovely shades of reds, yellows, oranges and browns in the fall – bringing color and character to an otherwise plain and boring yard. They make excellent shade trees with their thick and full crown of leaves – many other Maples prefer to sit in part shade but the Acer Saccharum prefers more sunlight. As long as you water it during the hot Summer months when it’s younger, it should do just fine. When it’s older you probably won’t have to water at all. Acer Saccharum is very tolerant of many conditions which makes it ideal for use in suburban developments. In fact, Acer Saccharum Maple Tree will grow in nearly any soil except straight sand and will tolerate climates with snow on the ground…in fact a little snow is beneficial – I’ll explain in a little bit.

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Solanum lycopersicum, Tomatoes

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 06-03-2012

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Growing Tomatoes is one of the most common and rewarding plants to grow in a home garden. Until you have some home grown Tomatoes, you simply have not had a real Tomato. My favorite Tomatoes are the Yellow Pear Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Roma Tomatoes and the big and juicy Beefsteak Tomatoes! These are safe to start with if you aren’t sure what you are after – they are all about the same to grow and all have varying flavors and fruit sizes!

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