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Bunch of Okra
February 1, 2022

All About Okra

While many associate okra with summertime in the Southeastern U.S., it’s actually grown all over the world. It’s an essential ingredient in many types of cuisine, including those of the Southeastern U.S., parts of Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean and South America. This hot-weather crop means something different to everybody. Regardless of how you […]
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January 18, 2022

About OMRI Listings

The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) was founded in 1997 to evaluate materials for use in organic agriculture. At that time, there were more than 40 certifiers who were performing organic certification using various state and private standards. OMRI is a nonprofit organization providing organic certifiers, growers, manufacturers and suppliers an independent review of products […]
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Flowering Onion Allium
June 19, 2022

Growing Flowering Onions

Most of us don’t think of onions as beautiful plants, but onions have some very close cousins that definitely deserve a place in your flower garden. Fast-growing ornamental alliums grow tall and have round flower heads composed of dozens of star-shaped flowers. While these plants are not edible, their leaves do have a slight onion-like scent […]
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July 6, 2023

Millenium Ornamental Onion

An award-winning perennial that produces a compact clump of glossy green leaves. Bright rosy purple, rounded flower clusters appear on strong stems just above the foliage. Tolerates soil of any fertility and will grow in clay soil. Typically pest and disease free. Its aromatic foliage also makes it deer and rabbit resistant. Optimal Growing Conditions […]
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Allium Ornamental Onion
June 22, 2022

Serendipity Ornamental Onion

Rosy-purple spheres perch atop straight leafless stems to introduce a playful touch to any sunny garden. Flowers rise above a mound of blue-tinged foliage blades. Onion-scented foliage and flowers keep deer and rabbits at bay. Easy care, Alliums multiply naturally and can be left undisturbed in the same area for years. Butterflies adore ornamental onion! […]
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Ornamental Cabbage & Kale
August 15, 2022

Planting Ornamental Kale and Cabbage

Ornamental cabbage and kale look and grow very much like their close relatives, the edible cabbages and kales. Although they’re categorized as the same species (Brassica oleracea) as the edible varieties and can be eaten, these ornamental cultivars have been bred for looks, not flavor. They are slightly bitter, though are often used as a garnish. Their leaves […]
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Ornamental Grasses
June 14, 2022

Ornamental Grass for Privacy

Gardeners who want to block a neighbor’s yard or screen a patio without building a structure should consider planting perennial ornamental grasses. Unlike evergreen trees and shrubs, ornamental grasses grow very quickly, usually reaching their mature size in two seasons. Their fast growth rate makes them ideal for privacy hedges because new plants can rapidly fill […]
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Pink Phalaenopsis Orchid
June 4, 2022

Caring for Orchids

Orchids have no equal: They are breathtakingly beautiful, delicate, long-blooming, long-lived, fascinating in fragrance and form, and extremely varied. Few pleasures in gardening surpass the thrill of seeing orchids thrive and bloom. Here’s everything you should know about growing orchids and caring for orchids. Once rare and expensive, orchids now outsell every other houseplant, surpassing […]
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Phalaenopsis Orchids
December 19, 2022

Caring for Phalaenopsis Orchids

The orchid group includes several several hundred different genera and thousands of species, but most people are introduced to orchids through the Phalaenopsis genus, which are particularly good orchids for beginners. These are thick-leaved plants with elegant, arching sprays of bloom—the orchids featured in so many design magazines sitting on coffee tables across America. Phalaenopsis orchids […]
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