Winter is a great time to plant bare root fruit trees and roses. This is the most inexpensive time to acquire all the trees and roses that you’ve been dreaming about. Just remember, for every plant you want you will need to dig a hole. It’s a good idea to prepare your garden ahead of […] Finish reading: It’s Time to Plant Bare Root Roses and Fruit Trees!
If you’ve never had a poinsettia in your home because you thought they were poisonous, I have good news! No one has ever died from eating or being exposed to poinsettia plants. And, there is a study to back it up (American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 1996). The study found that most people exposed to […] Finish reading: Poinsettias Aren’t Poisonous?
The festive blossoms of amaryllis (Hippeastrum spp.) make a great addition to any holiday décor. Flower color can be red, white, peach, pink or combinations of these colors. The flowers are 8-10 inches wide on stems over a foot tall, and blooms may last for several weeks! How to Care for a Blooming Amaryllis Plant […] Finish reading: Amaryllis, the Bulb that Blooms for many Moons!Plant Profile
Good things come to those who “plant” ahead. This includes seeing the lovely blossoms of spring bulbs. In many areas there is still time to plant. Check out this bulb planting chart (scroll down a page or so) to find planting times for your area. Visit your local nursery or garden center to pick out […] Finish reading: Plant Bulbs Now for Spring Color!
Fall is the time of year when deciduous trees begin to change color from green to gold, red, purple and brown. The term “deciduous” means to lose leaves each year. Before the leaves fall off, they often turn color as the green chlorophyll pigments fade away to unmask other pigment colors underneath. I’ve listed a […] Finish reading: Best Fall Color Plants
After seeds germinate, use a complete houseplant fertilizer at 1/2 strength to provide nutrients. Two weeks later, use the recommended fertilizer rate on the fertilizer bottle. Over-fertilizing seedlings can easily damage and kill plants, so follow directions carefully. Once seedlings are large enough to transplant outside, you’ll need to “harden” them off. This is the […] Finish reading: Spring Seed Starting 101 Part 2 of 2
Hands down, “Irish” potatoes are THE most fun to grow of all vegetables. Not only are they easy to grow, harvesting is like digging for buried treasure. Kids and adults alike go crazy when digging them up. At some point you may need to take the shovel away before they dig up your entire garden! […] Finish reading: How to Plant “Irish” Potatoes
Some years ago on a beautiful fall day, I found myself without a lunch while volunteering in the University of California at Davis Children’s Garden. Annoyed that I had forgotten my food, I was loathe to leave the garden to bike all the way back to my apartment to get it. What I really needed […] Finish reading: Persimmons: Squishy vs. CrunchyHachiya vs Fuyu
Fall is the most wonderful time of the year (in my humble opinion). Every year the colors are a little bit different. Read read about the how’s and why’s of fall color in blog Plant Trees in Fall! Now is a great time to plant trees and shrubs that produce gorgeous fall colors. My website […] Finish reading: Fall Color: It’s not just for New England!
I’ve written 3 posts about square foot gardening, the most I’ve written about any topic, but was compelled to add yet another! I have to be honest, I’m quite skeptical of the chapter on gardening on pavement. I can’t help it. There is so little soil involved, and my gardening mind cannot wrap itself around […] Finish reading: Apartment Gardening in 4 Square Feet (in Winter)