Tips, Tricks & Techniques for Growing Orchids Outdoors in Subtropical Climates




Why Should You Plant A Food Garden

In the same size as a double-bed you can feed your family every day with organically grown fresh vegetables in just a few months. If you have some property in your back yard or you live in the city with only a single bed size to spare, it is easier than you think.

Rose Rosette Disease – This Deadly Virus Is Attacking Even the Knock-Out Roses

Rose Rosette Disease is a disease that is eventually fatal to roses, even the Knockout Rose and Drift Rose cultivars. Rose plants will not recover from this horrible virus. Nor, will they be able to “cope” with this disease either, becoming ugly and misshapen by Rose Rosette over 2 to 5 years. The only cure for Rose Rosette Disease is prevention. Once your roses have Rose Rosette, the only option is to destroy affected plants.

Choosing the Right Garden Shed

Choosing the right shed for your garden can be harder than you expect. Cost? Aesthetics? Size? Everything needs to be taken into consideration when looking for the right shed for your garden. There are so many options to choose from so how do you know which is right for you?

A Guide to Controlling Fungus Gnats in Hydroponic Gardens

Adult fungus gnats are completely harmless, but their larvae are the real problem in any garden. The larvae dwell in and feed on the roots of plants, ultimately hampering growth and development. As the roots get damaged, they may rot and bacteria will have a place to live.

How to Plant in Clay Soil

Planting in clay soil is great for the vegetation that have roots strong enough to break through the hardened ground and compacted clay. Amending an area to make suitable for gardening other types of vegetation is doable. The main idea to remember is to amend an entire area NOT just a single hole for the desired plant to root. Why is it important to improve the soil structure in an entire area rather a single location? If a gardener focuses on a single location once the plant roots it will grow root length only as far and wide as the hole that was amended. Once the roots reach the soil that is clay the roots will grow inward as they are unable to penetrate through the unforgiving clay soil. The plant may survive, but it will be severely root bound.

How to Naturally Dispose of Weeds

It’s almost spring, so the big question is what to do first? Take a look at your perennials. Do they have a lot of dead foliage on them still from last year? If so, cut it or pull it off. Clean up all of last years growth so the new growth will look clean and fresh. Get rid of all the weeds in your gardens. Yeah, yeah, I know, that’s no fun, but if you get all of them out now you can maintain a weed free garden all season long. Well, almost weed free. Weed control is an all summer task, but it shouldn’t be difficult or overwhelming.

Why Not Grow Your Own Blueberries?

Edible landscape plants are quickly becoming the hottest thing in gardening. We are seeing a real trend with homeowners who are moving away from the traditional ornamental landscaping and opting for plants that provide food as well as beauty. Blueberry bushes, with their antioxidant-rich berries and spectacular fall foliage, are becoming one of the most sought after plants in residential landscapes today.

5 Nutrient-Dense Foods To Grow At Home

Organic home gardeners have a great opportunity to provide their families with nutrient-dense vegetables by selecting those that are naturally high in food value and growing them with the advised amount of organic fertilizer and regular watering. This article suggests some high nutrient vegetables and fruit.

Tips on Transplanting

Wanna know a secret? Plants are Happiest in the Ground! That’s the secret. When you buy a plant and take it home the absolute best thing you can do for that plant is to get it planted as soon as possible. Plants are happiest in the ground, they are not all that happy sitting on top of the ground, nor are they very happy being grown in a container. Doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, as long as the ground is not frozen solid you can and should install the plant into it’s permanent home.

Is It Too Warm Too Soon? How Will It Affect Our Plants?

Frost usually doesn’t affect most hardy shrubs that have started leafing out. But a hard freeze, below 32 degrees F. can be devastating, and if we can make it to mid May without a hard freeze that will be nothing short of a small miracle if you ask me. After all, here in northern Ohio temperatures in the twenties are pretty common in April. So if we some how dodge that, we need to thank our lucky stars. So… how do we protect plants from freeze or frost damage once they have started to leaf out? Some things we can protect, others we cannot. The ground is warm. Ground heat is a handy thing to have and we can take advantage of it to protect flowers, small plants, and low growing shrubs. If you suspect frost or even a hard freeze you should cover any plants that you are concerned with. Don’t use clear plastic at all when the sun is out. The clear plastic will only create more heat. But blankets, tarps and drop cloths work great. So do frost blankets if you happen to have any or can get them.

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