By imapigeon, November 15, 2013
Water indoor or outdoor planters (especially hanging ones) with ice cubes. The ice melts slowly, giving the plant's roots a thorough watering, and the water doesn't drip everywhere.
|How To Store Elephant Ears and Other Tropical Bulbs|
By Swayback, November 14, 2013
Tropicals are really catching on, and more gardeners are finding the rewards of growing these fantastic foliage plants outside of their normal zones. It's really very easy, and I'm happy to show you some tricks to growing them in your gardens.
|Growing Hoyas and Other Tropicals|
By AlohaHoya, November 13, 2013
There are different ways to grow hoyas and other tropical plants, and everyone has to find the way that works best for them. I'm going to share with you the way that works for me.
|Use Milk on Houseplant Leaves|
By LarryR, November 12, 2013
Never use oil to polish plant leaves. It clogs leaf pores and interferes with their functioning. Use milk instead. It’s inexpensive and provides a good shine once it dries.
|Plumerias - Can You Grow Them?|
By Dutchlady1, November 11, 2013
Plumerias are large trees in their native habitat that can grow up to 20 feet tall. These days, however, they are being bred much smaller and more compact, allowing more regions of the world to enjoy these beauties.
|The Most Perfect Houseplant|
By bennysplace, November 10, 2013
It may interest you to know that the literal definition of the word perfect is completion. So, when we say something is perfect, we deem it the most complete state of being that exists. This is how I feel about a certain houseplant.
|The Tropicals and Houseplants Not-a-Raffle-Raffle|
By dave, November 9, 2013
Let's kick off this week with a nice raffle. Hoyas, Plumerias, gift certificates, and more. Each ticket is a chance to win, so dig up the acorns you squirreled away because it's time for another raffle!
|Clear Baggies for Free|
By piksihk, November 8, 2013
Do you know an optician or optometrist? The finished glasses are returned with demo lenses in 4x4" baggies. The baggies are perfect for every type of seeds - great way to reuse and recycle. Stick a label on them and they are ready to go.
|A Fishy Solution for Soil Fertility|
By Skiekitty, November 7, 2013
If you have poor soil, go to your local big-box pet store and ask the employee in the fish department for a bag of their dead feeder goldfish. Bury the goldfish below your favorite plant and watch the plant explode with growth! This tip also works with fish "leftovers" provided by those who like to fish.
|Awesome Labeling Software for Gardening|
By Xeramtheum, November 6, 2013
As a collector of the rare, the unusual, and the hard to find and a hybridizer, I’m always on the lookout for the best way to label and catalog my inventory of seeds and plants as well as the data I collect. Over the years I’ve auditioned various methods, but I finally have evolved a system that is easy to maintain and extremely flexible.
By Bonehead, November 5, 2013
Until a plant becomes firmly established, it is often good to mark where it is. I use flat river rocks to mark my newly planted mints, with a piece of driftwood in front of the rock so I know where to look for new growth in the spring.
|Thrifty Gardening in Fall|
By goldfinch4, November 4, 2013
Look for great deals in fall on gardening tools at end-of-season sales.
|Preparing Bird Feeders for Winter|
By Claudia, November 3, 2013
Fall is a great time to clean, repair, or replace bird feeders. If you have never fed birds before, winter is a great time to start!
|No-Stress Plant Repotting|
By Xeramtheum, November 2, 2013
Many years ago I totally changed the way I repotted plants that don’t like their roots disturbed and I have never lost a plant since. Since then I have repotted all of my plants this way. When I start seeing roots coming out the bottom, I know it’s time to repot.
|Permanent Plant Markers|
By frankrichards16, November 1, 2013
I use fiberglass rods and Brother laminated tape. Here's how:
|Push the Zone|
By Skiekitty, October 31, 2013
If you suffer from cold winters and you have tender plants that are doomed to live outside, but shouldn't in your zone, try this: Get a black bucket that a big perennial came in, cut the bottom off, wiggle it around the plant, and fill it with natural mulch (not colored/dyed). I have many zone 7 roses that survive my zone 5/4 winters when I do this.
|American Beautyberry, Callicarpa americana|
By frostweed, October 30, 2013
American Beautyberry decorates the fall landscape with lovely cascading color while providing lots of food for birds and small mammals.
|Collect Curbside Fall Leaves for Free Mulch|
By Newyorkrita, October 29, 2013
Each fall the last task to put the garden to sleep is to mulch everything with a thick blanket of fallen leaves. If you are like me, you don't have enough of your own to go on all of your beds. So, I go around my neighborhood and collect the bagged leaves put out by the curb.
|Tutorial: Easy-Peasy Raised Beds|
By fiwit, October 28, 2013
When I first moved into my house, I diligently dug flower beds by de-turfing the 20-year-old Zoysia grass and tilling up the red Georgia clay. Then one day I realized I could simply build raised beds, and it cut my bed-creation time in half. I can now build an 8ft by 16ft raised bed in about a day, and here's how I do it:
|Protecting Your Favorite Plant(s) During Construction|
By Shawwannda, October 27, 2013
The priorities of a gardener! We were going through the two day process of having our roof replaced and I didn't want my li'l "Dragon" to get destroyed in the process. What's a gardener to do?
|Macro Hack for Photographing Your Blooms|
By greene, October 26, 2013
Use a hand lens or jeweler's loupe to obtain extreme close-ups.
|Cure Your Bulbs Before You Store Them|
By Sashagirl, October 25, 2013
When it's time to dig your summer flower bulbs, make sure you dry them thoroughly before storing them in paper bags or cardboard boxes in a warm, dry spot for the winter. No fancy equipment needed. You can just rummage for an old screen door, lay it across a couple of sawhorses, and you'll have a drying rack.
|ATP Podcast #40: The Podcast Goes Dormant|
By dave, October 24, 2013
We're going to stop making podcasts for the rest of the year, so we wrap up 2013 with a discussion about the previous episodes we've created, and Dave shares his report of how many listeners we have, and which past episodes were the most popular.
|A Tool Cleaning Tip|
By Claudia, October 23, 2013
To easily clean and disinfect your pruners between plants, carry disposable disinfecting wipes with you. Wipe your pruners after each cut.
|A Helpful Idea for Using a Sprayer|
By woofie, October 22, 2013
I recently discovered that you can get a temporary colorant to add to liquids that are being applied with a sprayer.