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Hedge

We know what perennials you can use for your English hedge. Here are the tallest ones

Radek Štěpán 02. 10. 2022

Do you need to “hide” a corner in your garden, or do you want some privacy during summer? Or, do you want as much cover as possible during the cold winter days? We have four perennials that will grow to…

Amanita muscaria

Edible stipe of (Amanita muscaria) – the fly agaric? Myth or reality?

Radek Štěpán 01. 10. 2022

Walking through the forest and seeing beautiful colonies of these red toadstools is quite an experience. Sure, people tend to look for edible mushrooms, but toadstools are very pretty and make any forest more alive. We shall take a look…

Hornet

Hornet’s sting contains less venom then bee’s sting

Radek Štěpán 30. 09. 2022

Hornet is an insect that we humans fear quite a lot. Hornets are terrifying mainly because of their size. However, there are many superstitions which should be blamed for the unnecessary fear and panic. One of such superstitions claims that…

blackberries

Blackberries: The following processing methods seem to be the most effective

Radek Štěpán 29. 09. 2022

Blackberries are very strong this year, so let us take a look at some methods that are used to preserve and store them. Most likely, you will not be able to eat all the fruits from all your bushes in…

Firebug

Is firebug (Pyrrhocoris apterus) harmful? Certainly not to people!

Radek Štěpán 28. 09. 2022

You probably know the fire bug or at least you saw it once or twice… but many of you may not know what firebug actually is because it is often called by many different names. These are black and red…

tomato mould efficiently

How to slow down tomato mould efficiently

Radek Štěpán 27. 09. 2022

Tomato blight fungus is one of the most common diseases. It is a nightmare that can completely wipe out a large part of your crop. That is, if you let the infected plants continue to grow. Phytophthora infestans is quite…

root

Medicinal roots. The hunt for a natural treasures begins in autumn

Radek Štěpán 26. 09. 2022

Autumn is already in full swing and many of us enjoy the harvest. It should be quite rich again, right? But let us not forget the nature and the wild flora around us. That’s right, we are talking about wild…

mushrooms

How to grow mushrooms at home

Radek Štěpán 25. 09. 2022

Unfortunately, we cannot grow mushrooms from seeds. Mushrooms reproduce through mycelium, a root network of cells. When the conditions where mushrooms live get worse, they release spores that spread through the wind. When the spores find a better environment, they…

Monilinia fructigena

Monilinia fructigena and apples. Protect your apples in time

Radek Štěpán 24. 09. 2022

Are you sick of looking at your apple trees? Do you see many apples turning brown or even completely rotten? Well, if you do your tree has been infected by Monilinia fructigena. This fungus typically attacks the fruits, but you…

Tropaeolum

Tropaeolum – commonly known as nasturtium is not only an ornamental plant, but also a tasty herb

Radek Štěpán 23. 09. 2022

Nasturtium is a beautiful plant that can grow either as a shrub (Tropaeolum minus) or as a climbing plant (Tropaeolum majus). Orange, yellow or red flowers are typical for this plant and its leaves resemble water lilies. The plant is…