Natural solutions should always be the first weapon for pest control; however there are times when a commercial pesticide is necessary. These tips are simple, common sense ways to maximize pest control and lessen the environmental impact.
You can banish the memory of a single geranium in a pot on the front porch! Today’s containers are overflowing with annuals, perennials, edibles, succulents and more! Container gardening continues to soar in popularity. It’s ideal for balconies, windowsills, patios and decks as well as it can add unique combination plantings throughout the landscape.
I first fell for azaleas watching the Masters Golf Tournament every April. The landscaped areas of Augusta National in Georgia are overflowing with exquisite azaleas that pop on camera and in person. Sure, Augusta has professionals tending their azaleas but home gardeners can get the look with repeat super bloomer azalea varieties - Always Azaleas™ in Smart & Stylish Shrubs™ from the HGTV HOME Plant Collection.
Q: What is the earliest time you can start planting in the spring/after frost free day? How do you know what your frost free day is?
Now that is the million dollar question isn’t it? We’re always so itchy for spring to come that we often times plant sooner than we should. You can plant early you just have to be prepared for frost and freeze warning and be willing to cover your plants so they are not lost, causing one to replant.
Proper watering is as essential as adequate sunlight and fertilizer for plants to thrive, so always quench their thirst. Water plants slowly and evenly until water runs out the bottom of the pot or container or until the soil is soaked but not saturated around a bedding plant. Allow the soil the dry out a bit before re-watering.
Christmas Cactus, also known as Schlumbergera or Zygocactus, is often referred to by its common name because it starts to perform and bloom during the holiday season. These nostalgic plants are often passed down through families by propagation or mature plants.
Cyclamen come in a beautiful range of colors from bright pink to soft white and several colors in between. The foliage is dark green with beautiful heart-shaped patterns in either silver or white with some having gorgeous variegation. Like any plants, purchase those that have numerous buds rather than fully open flowers; resulting in more flowering while the plant is in your possession.