In a good portion of the US foundation planting have dwindled to a handful of plants; boxwood, small leafed hollies, and azaleas. There’re so many other more handsome and texturally interesting plants to consider when planting around the foundation of your house.
Consider where you need low growing plants, due to windows and where you could have a taller plant against walls. Next is to determine if they are going to be in the shade or sun, that will determine what [...]
If you have a bountiful sprouting, then you’ll need to move each seedling to its own cell around the time it gets its first true leaves. To do this is easy. All you need are a couple of easy tools.
1. Nitpicker or a small plastic knife
2. Chopstick or pencil to poke holes with
3. 4 packs or peat pots to put transplants in
4. More coir to fill the new pots with
5. Liquid organic fertilizer to give them a boost to start [...]
I’ve been gardening for years and years, and know better than to believe everything I read in a book. Today I learned that the remedy that is touted in most books to work with improving your soil is not such a good recommendation for our particular type of pretty heavy clay.
I was shocked to find out that some of the amendments I’ve been incorporating into my soil when preparing new beds are doing little if any good. Peat moss and [...]
There are many, many ways to start seeds indoors. I’ll share what has worked best for me. Light is the most important things to successful seed growing. They must get at least 14 hours of good light every day. If you have a truly south facing window you can grow them there, otherwise expect to supplement the light needed.
I grew plants on plastic storage racks with grow lights attached to the underside of the shelves. They were in a SE [...]
There are both summer and fall varieties of these types of plants. In the spring everyone knows of the daffodils, tulips, and crocuses, but there are many others that you could plant.
Summer plants include iris, fritillaries, dahlias, elephant ears, caladiums, etc. These are the ones usually ordered in the spring. They, too, will be sent to you at the right time to plant in your area.
With all these plants make sure you plant them according to the directions. Some are [...]
Grass. If seen by aliens that just landed here they would think we worship it. We have all kinds of gadgets, tools, fertilizers, poisons, etc. to make the perfect lawn. Personally I think lawns are way overrated. Having a small lawn for playing on is fine, but expanses of lawn as far as the eye can see just shows a lack of creativity.
In some areas of the country spring is the time to put grass in. In others it won’t [...]
One of the best things you can do is be prepared for the growing season, which for some is about to start (only in the deep south is it already started). Put together a list of the seeds that need to be started indoors and plan to start them 6-10 weeks before the last frost.
Next, pull out the growing chart you got from the Ag Extension and make up a list of seeds and start dates month to month. This [...]