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Bald Cypress Trees

Bald Cypress Trees (Taxodium distichum). The Bald Cypress tree is a swamp type tree and loves water.  However, you can make this tree work in the southwest.  How? Easy, provide it will plenty of water during the hot summer months especially during the first 4-5 years after initial planting. It is a slow growing tree but […]

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Easy care southwest landscaping plants

Who says we can’t have “Colorful shrubs and plants in the Southwest”?  Here is a list of  “Easy care southwest landscaping plants”. The Beautiful Cholla Cactus (Opuntia genus) – You basically plant this cactus and forget about it.  It blooms in mid-spring lasting till early summer.   They come in bright pink shown below and […]

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Health Benefits of Rosemary

Rosemary Herb Health Benefits

Rosemary Herb Health Benefits.  There several types of rosemary and all of them provide health benefits.  The most common one is Rosmarinus officinalis, commonly called just Rosemary.  It is an aromatic herb indigenous to the Mediterranean area. What is Rosemary? Rosemary is traditionally known as the herb of remembrance and friendship. According to many gardeners once […]

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Plant a tree properly

How to plant a tree Plant a tree properly. It’s amazing how many folks do not know how to plant a tree the correct way.   Depending on the size trees can cost upwards of $300.00 dollars or more. These tips are designed for those who are looking to do it yourself. Remember planting trees that […]

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The Carolina Jessamine Vine

The Carolina Jessamine Vine. Is a showy spectacular display of fragrant, bright yellow flowers.  A well-mannered vine that climbs beautifully on a trellis, arbor or over fences and walls without smothering surrounding trees and shrubs. A showy vine that will add color during the late winter seasons.  It does not mind the cold weather. It can […]

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Easy gazebo plans

Easy gazebo plans

Easy Gazebo Plans.  Gazebos are great for the backyard, especially during the spring, summer and fall seasons.  You can host parties, graduation, weddings or outdoor cookouts for the family. So… how can someone build a Gazebo without spending a ton of money? You can find plenty of gazebo plans available for free in public libraries […]

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Grow Christmas Cactus

Grow Christmas Cactus

How to Grow Christmas Cactus (cacti Schlumbergera).  This plant is grown for its colorful blooms from white, bright pink, and deep dark red blooms and because the blooming season is right around Christmas time, thus its name.  It will also bloom again in mid-spring… it’s then called a spring cactus. The Christmas cactus is in the succulent […]

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Croton Plants

Croton Plants for indoor decoration

Croton Plants for indoor decoration.  They are in the Codiaeum variegatum family and are grown for their foliage color. The most important thing about Croton plants is that they do not like to be moved around.  I can’t count the number of times I place one in the kitchen then move it to the living room […]

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Composting Mistakes

Composting Mistakes

Composting Mistakes.  Composting is a wonderful way to recycle plant waste and amend the soil in any sized garden. One of the most fascinating things about compost piles is that they are essentially living systems that require proper maintenance. For a better composting experience, here are five of the biggest composting mistakes to avoid. Five […]

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Poinsettia Plant care

Poinsettia plant care

Poinsettia plant care.  Poinsettias are in the Euphorbiaceae family and are used in pots and shown during the holidays seasons, especially during the Christmas season. All Poinsettias are native to southern Mexico and Central America and thrive in the tropical forests.  In Mexico, it is called the “Nochebuena flor” or Flower of the Holy Night in English. […]

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