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Companion Planting Provides a More Natural Environment for Plants to Thrive In
by Chip Phelan

Companion planting is a highly effective technique for organic gardeners. From controlling pests naturally to improving the flavor of your vegetables, companion planting is an easy and environmentally friendly way to manage your organic garden.

If you look closely at the natural landscape, you’ll never see a large area populated by a single species. Why then would it make sense to plant a single crop in a field or in a section of your garden? It doesn’t. Companion planting makes a lot of sense. Read full text...

 

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NC State University - Leaf, Cane and Root Cuttings
Provides descriptions with drawings of leaf with petiole, leaf without petiole, split vein leaf, leaf bud, cane and root cuttings.
NC State University - Stem Cutting
Home gardener instructions for plant propagation by stem cuttings including a table of evergreen plants and deciduous trees by common name and type of cutting.
Nearing Frames
Information and measured plants for constructing a coop-style Nearing frame for propagating woody plants from cuttings.
Ohio State University - Fruit Trees by Graftage
Description of propagation methods by both budding and grafting with links to drawings.
Ohio State University Extension - Master Gardener
Extensive information on propagation by seed (sexual propagation) and by cuttings, layering, divisions, bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes, grafting, bud grafting and tissue culture (asexual propagation).
Ontario Rock Garden Society
The germination guide on this society's site lists requirements for a large number of plants (not just alpines), down to species level.
Orchid Reserve, El Pahuma - Orchids
Describes techniques employed for raising orchids from seedlings and includes a link to download Orchid Propagation Manual.
Plant Tissue Culture for Home Gardeners
Fact sheet from the University of New England (Australia) explains the required supplies, media, and operational steps to propagate plants by this micropropagation method.
Propagating Wildflowers From Seed
Basic information on starting prairie and mountain wildflowers indoors from seed.
Rooting Data Base
Online resource listing the rooting methods for hundreds of woody plant species. Searchable, alphabetically organized list.

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