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Elephant EarColocasia esculenta (Elephant Ear)

Colocasia as well as its close relative, Alocacia, is a tuberous bulb plant growing from 3 - 5 feet. Generally they are grown outside in semi-tropical and tropical areas. They can be grown in northern areas but must be dug up for the winter months. This is a very showy, back border plant. They perform best in shade and must have good drainage. (more)

Dueling CompostersBlack Soldier Fly

Problems in composting? Well, maybe. But we're coming clean (ok, not clean exactly.)

We've told you how we compost and have written extensively about vermicomposting (nice clean worms, nice clean people!). But we've always considered maggots a failure. Failure?! Disgusting is more the word! (more)

Exotics and Invasives in Florida

Datura bloomsPlants which are not native to a specific area are called exotics. Being exotic does not necessarily mean beautiful or unusual, and certainly does not mean desirable.

In Florida, over 900 exotic plant species have been introduced to beautify developments. They aggressively compete with Florida native plants and change the community for birds, insects and other native species. (more)

Why Bulbs Don't Bloom

With the excitement of planting bulbs in the fall for a wonderful display in the spring, here is some insight to why bulbs don't bloom. And maybe, a hint or two for heading off some disappointment.

Storage Temperature and Moisture

Bulbs have been stored for a period before they are delivered to store for sale. Often, companies store in warehouses in bins and boxes that are way to hot or dry. (more)

Schefflera - probably not poisonousPoisonous Plants - The Houseplant

If you think poison ivy is dangerous,
think twice of that houseplant you touch.
In your home
it resides,
maybe at your bedside,
and it's waiting to torment you much.

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Emily: Kudzu is taking over our subdivision!!

Kudzu HouseDear Emily: We are about to have a house built on a lot in a nice subdivision in Alabama, but our lot is now covered in Kudzu (we bought it two January's ago and the Kudzu was dormant of course). Some of our neighbors seem to be keeping a garden of Kudzu.

I am looking for a way to eradicate it from our lot but really hate the thought of 4-10 years of chemicals like I've read on a couple other sites. I wonder, since your site mentions animals grazing will eventually kill it off, could I just keep digging roots and cutting off vines?

A: You probably have a contract with the builder, so moving is out of the question.

Everything you say is correct. The roots go deep and it is a fast grower and will spread quickly.

Even the "Southern Living Garden Problem Solver" says to graze cattle on the kudzu.

Montana looks better all the time.