Can Indoor Plants Reduce Radon Gas?

With recent increased publicity about the dangers of radon gas in our homes, I was curious whether indoor plants could mitigate radon’s effects. It’s well-documented that houseplants can absorb and neutralize many toxic compounds indoors that exude from today’s building materials, carpeting and furniture; things like formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (voc’s.) Common houseplants like…
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Two-Hundred-Year-Old Marigold Making A Popular Comeback

Sometimes old flower varieties are best left in the past, because improved versions are, well, improvements. Newer types might have improved vigor with larger flowers, better disease resistance or longer blooming season, so planting the older versions can be disappointing. But there are a few very old flower varieties that need no improvement, yet they’ve…
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Quiz: Which Fruits Must Be Picked Fully Ripe And Which Ripen After?

Have you ever wondered why the green bananas we buy at the grocery store ripen sweetly after a few days, yet the half-white strawberries in their plastic tubs rot while we wait for them to taste like home-grown? That’s because there are two divisions of fruit: types that continue to ripen after picking, and types…
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U Of Minn. Unfair In Not Letting Home Gardeners Grow New Apples

I’ve got a bone to pick with the University of Minnesota. As a rule, gardening is non-confrontational, unless you’re debating the proper way to pronounce peony. But the University of Minnesota has gone too far, and I think it’s time for a discussion. I’m talking about their recently introduced apple variety named SweeTango, developed by…
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Lisianthus: A Little-Known Flowerbed Gem

Have you tried lisianthus? This unique annual has been grown in flowerbeds for ages, but remains a well-kept secret. It’s probably not widely known and grown because not many garden centers sell them as starter plants. But if you grow it successfully, I can assure you that neighbors will want to know it’s identity. Lisianthus…
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