Impatiens Flowers: Tips for Growing Impatiens

Impatiens Flowers: Tips for Growing Impatiens. Impatiens are the perfect plant for those limited on space, sun, and time. They are one of the most forgiving plants you can grow, and can quickly add a pop to color to even the smallest of growing spaces. If you are curious about growing impatiens, look below at some helpful growing tips. You will find that these tips for growing impatiens can help you achieve the yard of your dreams!.


Impatiens are the perfect plant for those limited on space, sun, and time. They are one of the most forgiving plants you can grow, and can quickly add a pop to color to even the smallest of growing spaces. If you are curious about growing impatiens, look below at some helpful growing tips. You will find that these tips for growing impatiens can help you achieve the yard of your dreams!

Impatiens Flowers: Tips for Growing Impatiens

Question? Who else calls Impatiens impatients? LOL I know I do because I cannot wait for them to grow into their full beauty!

Most Impatiens species are annual or perennial herbs with succulent stems, however, impatiens are popular garden annuals. Some species, like busy Lizzy (Impatiens walleriana), grow as perennials in US plant hardiness zones 10 and 11, mostly impatiens are usually treated as annuals in the United States.

I love impatiens and grow them in my backyard garden planters. They do great in my “just under” the backyard patio roof – enough sun to make them happy, but not dry them out.

Impatiens are available in most any color you can think of (except blue). It is any wonder they are such a popular bedding and pot flower!? Some of the most popular impatiens are:

New Guinea Impatens – New Guinea Impantiens sport larger flowers and are considered great speaders (they will grow in and look lush and full). They are what we in the United States most likely think of when we think “impatiens”.

Impatiens Balsamina is easily grown in evenly moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. This species is native to southern Asia in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar and not what you would think of as a traditional impatien in the United STates. I could only find them in seed form.

Impatiens Glandulifera is a large annual plant native to the Himalayas. Very exotic, I could only find them for sale in seed form.

Impatiens Flowers: Tips for Growing Impatiens. Impatiens are the perfect plant for those limited on space, sun, and time. They are one of the most forgiving plants you can grow, and can quickly add a pop to color to even the smallest of growing spaces. If you are curious about growing impatiens, look below at some helpful growing tips. You will find that these tips for growing impatiens can help you achieve the yard of your dreams!.


Plant Impatiens from Seedlings

You will experience success quicker if you plant impatiens directly from seedlings. You can typically buy flats for as little as $8 each (24 plants), making each seedling plant quite inexpensive. The plants can then be added to window boxes, planters, or added directly into flower beds and gardens.

If instead of buying seedlings you would prefer to grow your Impatiens from seed, here’s a great post: Growing Garden Seedlings Indoors

Choose to Plant your Impatiens in Well-draining, Nutrient Rich Soil

Impatiens are durable, but you still need to provide them with well-draining and nutrient rich soil. Potting soil with some compost mixed in is ideal, and always use planters and pots with proper drainage. This way, the roots stay dry and well fed.

And don’t forget to …

Give your Impatiens a Little Food

You can feed your impatiens liquid plant food every few weeks to keep them thriving. This will help increase your blooms, and help your plants fill out nicely. It can also help keep their foliage nice and green. While it is generally thought that bedding impatiens do not need extra food if your soil is well prepared with nutrients prior to planting, your impatiens in pots and boxes will need to be fed.

Do not Crowd Your Impatiens

You might get the itch to fill your pots up fast, but don’t overcrowd. Plant your impatiens a good 3 inches from each other so they can spread out naturally. This way, they also won’t be fighting for nutrients and they will grow in nice and full.

Sun or No Sun, Impatiens Will Thrive

Impatiens are a shade loving plant, so you do not have to worry if you get less than 6 hours of full sun a day, they will do just fine in shade, and continue to bloom all season. If you do not have shade, your impatiens will still thrive (provided they are not in full sun where their flower growth may be stunted) just be sure to keep the soil moist to prevent wilting and drying.

Dead Hhead Impatiens Regularly

Impatiens are one of those plants that will do better if dead blooms are pinched off. This way the plant can put its energy into new blooms and not reviving dead ones. You do not have to get fancy, just pinch old blooms off and toss them in your compost! I use my thumbnail if they need to be “cut”, but generally just pull off the flower heads (hence the term “dead head”).

Impatiens Flowers: Tips for Growing Impatiens. Impatiens are the perfect plant for those limited on space, sun, and time. They are one of the most forgiving plants you can grow, and can quickly add a pop to color to even the smallest of growing spaces. If you are curious about growing impatiens, look below at some helpful growing tips. You will find that these tips for growing impatiens can help you achieve the yard of your dreams!.


Keep the Impatiens Soil Mmoist

You should give your impatiens watered well, with a good 2 inches of water per week. Impatiens like moist and crumbly/loose soil, and regular waterings should help. If you notice foliage turning yellow, hold off on ading water as it can be a sign of overwatering.

Watch the Impatiens Temperature

Impatiens are an annual, so they do not like cold weather. Cover plants at night if the temperatures dip or a frost is predicted. At the end of the summer season, you will either need to bring plants in or add them to compost. They will not regrow the following season unless you replant.

Impatiens are such sweet little flowers, and a great way to add color to your yard. Try these tips for growing impatiens and see how they can help!

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Baked Salmon Recipe with Parmesan Herb Crust

This easy to make baked salmon recipe with Parmesan herb crust is a fast dinner that is delicious any day of the week! From prep to table this oven baked salmon recipe is ready for your family in about 20 minutes. Truly one of the best baked salmon recipes you can make. Yummy!


This easy to make baked salmon recipe with Parmesan herb crust is a fast dinner that is delicious any day of the week! From prep to table this oven baked salmon recipe is ready for your family in about 20 minutes. Truly one of the best-baked salmon recipes you can make. Yummy!

Baked Salmon Recipe with Parmesan Herb Crust

One of the easiest ways to add flavor and “dress-up” a seafood dish to give it a crust or a topping. One of my families favorites if this baked haddock with horseradish topping. Hubby and I make it at least a half a dozen times a year, plus we use it for Christmas Eve dinner!

This baked salmon recipe with Parmesan herb crust is just as delicious and just as easy to make. It is a fast, easy dinner that paired with this cucumber Caprese salad makes for a healthy dinner your whole family will enjoy any time of year!

This easy to make baked salmon recipe with Parmesan herb crust is a fast dinner that is delicious any day of the week! From prep to table this oven baked salmon recipe is ready for your family in about 20 minutes. Truly one of the best baked salmon recipes you can make. Yummy!


Baked Salmon Recipe with Parmesan Herb Crust Ingredients:

• 1½ lbs Salmon
• to taste, Ground Black Pepper
• to taste, Salt
• ½ cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
• 3 TBSP Mayonaise
• 1 clove minced Garlic
• 2 tsp Chopped Fresh Parsley
• 1 tsp dried Dill

Baked Salmon Recipe with Parmesan Herb Crust Mise en Place:

• Non-stick Shallow Glass Pan
• Non-stick Spray
• Knife
• Bowl
• Mixing Spoon
Measuring Cup
Measuring Spoons

This easy to make baked salmon recipe with Parmesan herb crust is a fast dinner that is delicious any day of the week! From prep to table this oven baked salmon recipe is ready for your family in about 20 minutes. Truly one of the best baked salmon recipes you can make. Yummy!


Baked Salmon Recipe with Parmesan Herb Crust Instructions:

• Preheat oven to 425º.
• Spray a non-stick shallow glass pan with non-stick spray.
• Rinse salmon and pat dry.
• Cut salmon into 4 pieces, and lay skin side down in prepared pan.

This easy to make baked salmon recipe with Parmesan herb crust is a fast dinner that is delicious any day of the week! From prep to table this oven baked salmon recipe is ready for your family in about 20 minutes. Truly one of the best baked salmon recipes you can make. Yummy!


• Salt and pepper salmon on both sides.

This easy to make baked salmon recipe with Parmesan herb crust is a fast dinner that is delicious any day of the week! From prep to table this oven baked salmon recipe is ready for your family in about 20 minutes. Truly one of the best baked salmon recipes you can make. Yummy!


• In a bowl combine ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese, 3 tablespoons of mayonaise, 1 clove of minced garlic, 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh parsley, and 1 teaspoon of dried dill. Combine and stir into a paste.

This easy to make baked salmon recipe with Parmesan herb crust is a fast dinner that is delicious any day of the week! From prep to table this oven baked salmon recipe is ready for your family in about 20 minutes. Truly one of the best baked salmon recipes you can make. Yummy!


• Evenly spread the Parmesan mixturer on top of salmon.

This easy to make baked salmon recipe with Parmesan herb crust is a fast dinner that is delicious any day of the week! From prep to table this oven baked salmon recipe is ready for your family in about 20 minutes. Truly one of the best baked salmon recipes you can make. Yummy!


This easy to make baked salmon recipe with Parmesan herb crust is a fast dinner that is delicious any day of the week! From prep to table this oven baked salmon recipe is ready for your family in about 20 minutes. Truly one of the best baked salmon recipes you can make. Yummy!


• Bake the salmon uncovered in a preheated 425º for 12-15 minutes until top is golden brown.

This easy to make baked salmon recipe with Parmesan herb crust is a fast dinner that is delicious any day of the week! From prep to table this oven baked salmon recipe is ready for your family in about 20 minutes. Truly one of the best baked salmon recipes you can make. Yummy!


Yield: 4 servings

Baked Salmon Recipe with Parmesan Herb Crust

This easy to make baked salmon recipe with Parmesan herb crust is a fast dinner that is delicious any day of the week! From prep to table this oven baked salmon recipe is ready for your family in about 20 minutes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1½ lbs Salmon
  • to taste, Ground Black Pepper
  • to taste, Salt
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 3 TBSP Mayonaise
  • 1 clove minced Garlic
  • 2 tsp Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 1 tsp dried Dill

Instructions

• Preheat oven to 425º.

• Spray a non-stick shallow glass pan with non-stick spray.

• Rinse salmon and pat dry.

• Cut salmon into 4 pieces, and lay skin side down in prepared pan.

• Salt and pepper salmon on both sides.

• In a bowl combine ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese, 3 tablespoons of mayonaise, 1 clove of minced garlic, 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh parsley, and 1 teaspoon of dried dill. Combine and stir into a paste.

• Evenly spread the Parmesan mixturer on top of salmon.

• Bake the salmon uncovered in a preheated 425º for 12-15 minutes until top is golden brown.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 467 Total Fat: 32g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 22g Cholesterol: 119mg Sodium: 487mg Carbohydrates: 2g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 42g

If you love seafood, you will want to try these easy and delicious seafood recipes:

Baked Haddock with Horseradish Topping – A family favorite, this Baked Haddock with Horseradish Topping recipe also freezes very well (uncooked). Whether for a holiday meal of weeknight dinner, this haddock recipe is easy to make and simply delicious!

Easy Salmon Patties Recipe – This simple to make salmon recipe is great for using up leftover cooked salmon. Ready in about 15 minutes, these salmon patties are a fabulous lunch or dinner entrée.


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How to Clean Your Front Load Washing Machine

How to Clean Your Front Load Washing Machine. Front load washing machines are a great way to get your clothes clean, while also saving energy and water. But one major problem many high-efficiency washer owners find is that they can quickly start to smell if not properly maintained. Luckily, there are a few simple measures you can take to avoid those nasty smells and ensure your clothes stay fresh and clean every time you wash. Learn how to clean your front load washing machine and keep it fresh and sweet smelling!


Front load washing machines are a great way to get your clothes clean, while also saving energy and water. But one major problem many high-efficiency washer owners find is that they can quickly start to smell if not properly maintained. Luckily, there are a few simple measures you can take to avoid those nasty smells and ensure your clothes stay fresh and clean every time you wash. Learn how to clean your front load washing machine and keep it fresh and sweet smelling!

How to Clean Your Front Load Washing Machine

Why Your Washer Smells

Before we dive into how to keep your front-loading washing machine clean, let’s talk a little bit about why they stink in the first place. High-efficiency washers use less water and energy than standard washers, which is great for your utility bills, but not so great for the cleanliness inside the machine. Less water means that there is a bigger opportunity for detergent resident, mildew, and hard water deposits to build up inside the machine. That buildup can result in foul smells inside the washer. And those nasty scents can be transferred to your clothing as you wash if you are not careful.

To keep your washing machine for getting gross, follow these simple steps. This process will help ensure each part of your washer is sparkling clean, so you never have to get a whiff of mold and mildew inside your washing machine again.

How to Clean Your Front Load Washing Machine Notes and Warnings:

Read your washing machine manual before you do any of the listed ideas below. My old Miele washer and my current Asko washer have a “do not use bleach” caveat, and so I never use bleach when laundering or to clean the washer (the water was almost boiling, so things get killed and cleaned very well). Other washing machines may have different cleaning warnings. So, before you begin, read the manual! Also, my Asko actually has a “drum cleaning” setting. If your washer does, that may be enough for you!

Wash with Vinegar

The first step to properly cleaning your front load washing machine is the probably the easiest – run a wash cycle with vinegar. Vinegar is a “natural disinfectant”, making it a great option for cleaning your front-loading washing machine. It will also help deodorize your washer, working to remove some of the foul smells coming from inside the washing machine’s drum.

Start by making sure the inside of your machine is completely empty. Then add two cups of vinegar to the detergent tray and select your washer’s clean cycle or tub clean setting. If your washer does not have a cleaning cycle, you can also select the hottest setting for the largest load. Allow your washing machine to run through the cycle completely (both wash and rinse).

After you have finished washing with vinegar run another quick rinse cycle to ensure that all the residue and any lingering vinegar is washed away from inside your washing machine’s drum.

Note: I know a lot of people that use vinegar in the rinse cycle instead of fabric softener. I do it myself fairly often for towels if they are not being bleached.

Wash with Bleach

While vinegar is great for disinfecting and deodorizing, tough odors and mildew inside your washing machine will probably need a stronger disinfectant to do the job. Bleach is the perfect option for cleaning your washing machine of hidden mold and mildew. By using bleach in the tray of your washing machine, you are not only helping to disinfect and deodorize the tray, but it will also help remove stains and germs in your washing machine’s drum, as well.

To wash your washer with bleach, add two cups of bleach to the machine’s detergent tray (note: do not overload. If your tray cannot take that much bleach (mine cannot), use the maximum recommended amount). Then run your washing machine on the clean cycle (or hottest and largest setting if your machine doesn’t have a clean cycle). Be sure to allow your washer to run through a complete cycle with a completely empty wash tub.

After you have finished both the wash cycle with bleach, run another quick rinse cycle to ensure that all the residue and any lingering bleach is washed away from inside your washing machine’s drum.

Wash the Detergent Tray

The easiest way to “clean” the detergent tray is to not allow for soap, fabric softener, or non-fabric bleach build-up. Clean as you go.

To keep smells at bay, not only should you leave your washer door open in between cycles, but you should keep your tray open. Ever notice some water left behind? If you open your tray, that will evaporate – instead of breeding smells in a closed tray!

The detergent tray of your front load washing machine has a lot of different liquids running through it every time you run your washer, which means it can be a place for mold and mildew to hide. A great way to ensure your detergent tray stays fresh and mildew-free is to clean inside it and all its components on a regular basis.

Start by removing the bleach dispenser, detergent dispenser, and fabric softener dispenser trays and soak them in warm, soapy water for a few minutes. While your trays are soaking, use a damp washcloth or sponge to wipe down the inside of your detergent tray. Be sure to reach into the back of the tray to wipe away any mold or mildew you cannot easily see. Finish by washing each of the trays, drying them and placing them back into the detergent tray.

Clean the Door

The door and door seal of your front-loading washing machine can get dirty very quickly, so it is important to take the time to clean it as often as possible. Start by creating a bleach solution by pouring one cup of liquid bleach into one gallon of warm water. Use a clean, lint-free cloth to wipe down the glass part of the door with your bleach solution.

The next step to cleaning your washing machine’s door is probably the most important – the rubber seal. This seal helps keep water from leaking out of your machine during the wash and rinse cycles, which is an important job, but it can also be a place where mold and mildew can hide if you do not keep it clean.

To keep your door’s seal fresh, pull it back (but do not dislodge it) and wipe the gunk inside with your bleach solution. Then, take another dry cloth to the seal and wipe again to remove additional moisture from inside and avoid more mildew or mold from growing in the space.

Clean the Gasket

Your washing machine’s gasket is the most likely place mold and mildew are hiding inside your front load washing machine. The gasket is the rubber section located between the door and the washer’s drum. And I bet it will be the grossest part of the machine you will clean – you probably have no idea how dirty it even is! To see the grime inside your washer’s gasket, pull back the rubber seal (but do not dislodge it) and take a peek inside the deep crevice between the gasket and the drum.

To clean this yucky part of your front load washing machine, dip a lint-free cleaning cloth into your bleach solution and wipe all around the inside of the seal. Make sure you really soak the space with bleach to help the cleaning solution do its job. Let the bleach soak into the area for five to 10 minutes by leaving the door to your washing machine open. This will give the solution a chance to kill mold and mildew inside the gasket and let the water soak into any stuck-on grime. Then, use a dry cloth to wipe away the cleaning solution and residue that it loosened during the soak.

Clean the Exterior

While the interior of your front load washing machine is probably the source of any foul odors coming from your washer, it is always a good idea to keep the exterior of your appliance clean as well. To clean the exterior of your washing machine, spray a cleaning solution along the top, front, and sides of your machine and wipe away any dust or detergent resident with a damp cloth or sponge. Finish by spraying a glass cleaner on the window and wipe away with a lint-free cloth or paper towel.

Air Dry

The final step to cleaning your front load washing machine is to allow the appliance to air dry completely before using it. Simply leave the machine’s door open for a few hours or overnight to give the machine time to dry completely before you wash another load inside your clean washing machine. In fact, is a good idea to keep your machine’s door open after each use to allow it to air dry after each cycle. This will help prevent mold and mildew from building up inside and make deep cleaning your machine easier next time!

Note: None of this is meant as medical advice. I am not a doctor and do not play one on the internet. Please consult a physician if you have any questions about using bleach or vinegar so your doctor can better explain to you the benefits, possible side effects, and any warnings about bleach or vinegar.

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