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This month's raffle is another beautiful painting by our own Sharon!
Use a little silica gel as a desiccant to keep seeds really dry. It's cheap and you can find it in the flower drying aisles in craft stores.
Indoor lighting tips: Bright light: south or west window with bright light all day. Low light: Place plant in the middle of a room, near a north facing window, or a window shaded by trees all day. Indirect light: East facing window or in the middle of a room.
ALWAYS go to the clearance racks at garden nurseries before shopping for full priced plants. Sometimes a little TLC is all a plant needs and at 75% off, you can’t go wrong.
Clean your small tools in the dishwasher and then spray with oil for added protection against rust. Quick and easy!
Aunt Bett always said, "Look for the magic that hides in plants, look real close and you'll find it." Cayenne pepper, HOT! On a hot scale of one to five, I'd rank it close to a six, it's that powerful. Even so, it too contains magic; let's find it.
"Snow is a good insulator". Anyone who gardens in the North has probably heard this numerous times and even repeated the statement to others, without knowing how much of a difference the snow makes.
Aunt Bett always said, "Look for the magic that hides in plants, look real close and you'll find it." I needed a little magic in my life and I think I've found what I need in spices. Along with a few others, thyme is one that is ripe with nutrition. Let's check it out.
Moisture Crystals and Water-Loving Plants in Ground
By eclayne, October 28, 2012
I don't have any boggy areas in my garden for water hogs like Canna and Colocasia. To reduce watering frequency, work in 2-3 times the recommended dose (5 gal. container) of dry moisture crystals.
Although our gardens are still officially beset by this year's drought, and we're still about eight inches shy of our average annual rainfall, we've been blessed with some pretty generous rains lately. And despite numerous frosty nights, our gardens are not yet bereft of blossoms. Come on in, see what's blooming, and check out the winner of last month's What's Blooming contest.
Irish Spring soap sliced 1 inch thick and tied to a 2 foot stake will repel deer.
Help the bees help you! Green manures planted in and around your garden and flowerbeds are excellent bee plants, offering pollen to the hive as a food source. The more varieties of plants the better, encouraging successive flowering. In the vegetable garden often-times a planting such as clover and/or buckwheat will be enough to provide a consistent diet for them and does double duty nourishing your soil as well.
As often as we use herbs and spices, we really should be aware of their nutritional value. Finding their magic is important too. Let's take a close look at bay leaves and see the surprises they bring to our kitchen.
A golf tee makes an inconspicuous marker for bulbs. Place one when you plant so you'll know where to expect them to pop up.
Add compost to the flower beds during the fall before you plant. Top dress with more after you plant, and you'll need to water less.
To keep your birdseed from sprouting, put it in the oven for about 10 minutes at about 300 degrees.
Suet feeders make great nesting material holders in the spring. Just add string, hair, yarn or torn pieces of cloth.
Have you ever seen a plant in a bed start moving before your eyes and think you're having a 60's flashback?
Grow fresh air in your house! One of the best air purifiers is the Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum). Listed as one of the “Top air filtering" plants rated on a research study by NASA, the Peace Lily offers greenery, beautiful white flowers, and the ability to remove toxins from the air. Moist soil and moderate sunlight keeps it happy.
We've been talking about the nutrition that hides in everyday spices. Aunt Bett always said, 'Look for the magic that hides in plants, look real close and you'll find it." It's the magic I'm looking for now in garden sage.
Cut yew and holly branches and stick them into planters in the fall after the annuals have faded away. Sometimes you'll get lucky and they'll take root!
There has been a recent update to the Plant Database. You can search many ways now for any type of plant: by characteristics, series, color, growing zones, etc. Here are some helpful instructions, using Sempervivum for the demonstration. This information applies to all other types of plants within the database.
Growing daylilies is a relatively easy task. Just plop them in the ground, add some water, and watch the results. But, here's the caveat. Once we begin to grow plants in a monocultural environment, we may enter new avenues that require attention and a bit of research.
Growing and Photographing Daylilies in Sunny Regions
By Betja, October 14, 2012
When you see a picture of a daylily you're considering for your garden, try to determine whether the picture was taken in sunlight or in shade so you can determine whether you will like it in your garden.
Make Dividing Daylilies Easier with a Strong Water Spray
By daylily, October 14, 2012
After wrestling daylilies out of the ground, try squirting the roots all over with a strong spray of water to make dividing easier.