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Tuesday March 17th 2015

Tips To Get Your Garden Spring-Ready

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Spring is coming soon! I'm looking forward to slipping on my gloves and digging in my little garden. Basil loves spring, too. He's always willing to lend a paw with the digging duties. Now that the warm weather is returning, I want to start preparing my garden for a whole new collection of flowers. While I'm at it, I want to get my vegetable garden ready for spring as well. I thought I'd share a few tips on how to get your garden ready for springtime. Enjoy!

Posted by Ava Rose in Plant Care
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Tuesday February 3rd 2015

Herbs That Thrive Indoors

The end of the gardening season doesn't have to mean the end of fresh herbs. Most herbs can be grown successfully inside on the windowsill as long as they get enough sun and water, and they will give your dishes the fresh, delicious taste found in gourmet restaurants. In addition, windowsill herb gardens can dress up a winter window. Herb plants can be started from seed, started from cuttings, or moved indoors from outdoors with special care. Herbs can also be bought already potted and established at stores; grocery stores generally sell some year-round in the produce section. Read on to discover some of the best herbs to grow indoors and tips on how to make them thrive.

Posted by Ava Rose in Plant Care
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Monday September 15th 2014

Flowers That Thrive In The Fall Season

Just when I am tempted to feel sad about the end of summer, I look around me to see the vibrant hues of reds, yellows, and purples, and I am filled with joy. While the blooms of summer are winding down, the flowers of fall are just getting started. Some flowers, like sunflowers and chrysanthemums, are well-known fall flowers; however, there are several others that probably never crossed your mind. Most of these fall flowers make excellent cut flowers in addition to livening up the garden at the end of the season.

Asters

Photo via jacinta lluch valero (Flickr)

Posted by Ava Rose in Plant Care
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Thursday August 14th 2014

Carnivorous Plants You Can Grow At Home

What comes to mind when you think about carnivorous plants? Perhaps you think of Seymour from Little Shop of Horrors, or if you are like me, you think of how you killed multiple Venus flytraps as a kid. Chances are, you think about plants that are nearly impossible to keep alive in your own home; however, if you choose the right plants and you are armed with the correct knowledge, you can grow a variety of these fascinating plants in your home or garden. They require care that is a little different than the average houseplant, but growing such awesome plants is well worth the patience required.

Background on Carnivorous Plants

Although carnivorous plants can be very different and have different requirements, they all have some basic things in common; they capture and kill insects and other small creatures using specialized leaves that function as traps, and they get needed nutrients from their prey. Carnivorous plants grow in soils that are low in nutrients that the plants need to survive, especially nitrogen. This is why when you grow carnivorous plants, you need to use a special carnivorous plant mix or mix your own; one good recipe for the plants below is one part milled peat to one part silica sand. Only butterworts require something different. You should not use tap water on these plants or the total dissolved solids in the water and the chemicals (which these plants are not accustomed to) will build up and kill your plant. Carnivorous plants will need to be repotted every year with a complete change of soil, and most do not require fertilizers, although you can feed them insects.

Posted by Ava Rose in Plant Care
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Monday August 11th 2014

Keeping Your Flowers from Wilting In the Summer Heat

The dog days of summer are here, and with them come hard times for some of our precious flowers, whether they are cut, potted, or in the garden. One of the unsightly symptoms of heat distress is wilting: Bbelieve it or not, in hot weather, wilting is kind of like the plant version of sweating! There are some steps that you can take to make your flowers more comfortable in the heat and to perhaps prevent wilting. Here are some tips I have put together for you.

What Causes Wilting?

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Posted by Ava Rose in Plant Care
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Tuesday June 24th 2014

Keep Your Party Flowers Longer Using These Tips

Photo via Lizi Beth (Flickr)

One of my favorite things to see is a delightful arrangement of flowers at a party. I especially like it if I had a hand in choosing the arrangement! After the party guests leave, I know that the flowers in the lovely arrangement will begin to droop and petals will start to drop off. But I'm happy to say that there ARE some things you can do to prolong the appearance of the cut flowers you incorporate into the decor of your party. Here is what you can do to help them to stick around a while longer to remind you of your fun gathering.

Posted by Sophie Pierce in Plant Care
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Wednesday November 6th 2013

Protecting Your Plants During Cold Months

As winter approaches, I can't help but feel a little sad to see my bright flowers of summer dying off; but with the right winter plant protection, I know that they will be back in the spring. The winter care of plants varies greatly by plant type, location, and climate. Several types of trees, shrubs, and perennials require a period of cold dormancy in order to live and thrive; established plants hardy in your zone need little to no care. Other plants, like annuals, container plants, tender perennials, tropicals, and non-hardy plants depend on your help to make it through the winter months.

Image via Flickr by Oakley Originals

Select Hardy Plants

For plants that must stay outdoors during the cold months, plant protection begins at the time of selection. It is best to choose plants that are hardy in your climate zone or colder. The hardiness zone will be listed on the plant's tag. I have to admit; sometimes I find a plant that I just can't live without that is a zone or two away from being hardy in my area. Perhaps you have also fallen for the charms of a fragile plant. Don't worry; there are many ways of protecting your delicate beauties.

Keep Plants Healthy

I have found that the first line of defense in winter plant protection in addition to selecting hardy plants is to keep plants healthy! After buying a plant, proper planting and care lead to a healthy resilient plant that will make it through the winter. Make sure to plant at the proper depth; usually there will be planting instructions on the tag. Plant trees, shrubs, and perennials that are not quite hardy in your zone close to your house or other structures to protect them from the wind. Plant in well-drained soil to prevent rot. Make sure to water deeply and consistently, as deep watering leads to a deep and extensive root system and a healthy plant; fertilizing consistently and at the right times give a plant nutrients and strength. Pruning in the spring and early summer encourages growth and gets rid of old and possibly disease harboring dead parts of the plant. Do not fertilize or prune in late summer or early fall, as it will cause a flush of growth when the plant should be preparing to die back for the winter. Do water deeply until the ground freezes, as moist soil holds more heat than dry.

Posted by Ava Rose in Plant Care
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