Outdoor Plants

How to grow organic potatoes

How to grow organic Potatoes

Are you thinking of growing potatoes at home during this lockdown? Thumbs up, go for it! Potatoes can be very easily grown at home with just a bit of guidance.  How to grow organic Potatoes at home. How to grow organic Potatoes at Home? Yes, growing potatoes is quite simple and easy. Although being easy […]

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Keeping Your Roses Healthy

Keeping your roses healthy.  As most of us know roses have beautiful flowers and look gorgeous in almost any type of setting or landscape.  But, they are somewhat of a challenge to grow no matter what part of the country you live in. A little history of roses Roses were grown abundantly in Central Asia? […]

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3 Tips To Improve Garden Safety For Seniors

3 Tips To Improve Garden Safety For Seniors.  When it comes to hobbies that help you age well, gardening has repeatedly ruled the lists. The benefits of gardening are well-documented, thanks to a host of studies. According to past research, taking up gardening in your later years can help reduce stress, aid in mental and […]

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How to pick healthy plants

How to pick healthy plants

Buying plants at the big box stores How to pick healthy plants. This post is mainly about perennials, annuals, and plants that come in 4 or 6 pack, 4″ or 6″ plastic containers.  Larger plants, shrubs, and trees will be discussed in a future post. Local Nursery Versus Big-Box Stores First a little about purchasing […]

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Dead Nettle Plant – Care and Planting

The Dead Nettle Plant is a great little leaf plant that is perfect for ground-cover or in a decorative pot.  It is a herbaceous perennial and likes acidic soil.  There are about 50 species of this plant but the most common is the white Nancy (Malculatum).  These are usually sold at most retail gardening stores […]

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Chinese Pistache Tree

Chinese Pistache Trees – Southwest Landscape

Chinese Pistache Trees for landscaping (Pistacia chinensis). The Chinese Pistache tree (non-bearing) is Probably one of the hardiest trees to plant in and around the Southwest. It is a small to medium-sized ornamental tree and of course, it is native to China.   A very drought tolerant hardy tree for regions where rainwater is low but […]

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The Pitcher Plant Care

The Monkey Plant Care

The Monkey Plant Care.  What exactly is this plant?  Well, first of all, it is a carnivorous plant meaning it eats insects and small reptiles. The scientific name is Nepenthes and it has many names the most common is the Pitcher plant because it resembles a pitcher vase or container. How to Care for the […]

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What is fertilizer

What is fertilizer?   Have you ever wondered what are those three numbers on a bag, box, or package of fertilizer mean?  How do you analyze them? What about chemicals versus organic?  Why do we need to fertilize our plants and trees in the first place? I will answer these questions in the best layman’s terms […]

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Planting Violas

Planting Violas  (Violaceae family) in the southwest is a bit challenging.  These colorful plants love the sun during the spring seasons however once the hot summer heat arrives it’s best to place them in shade.  Weeds and Violas will compete with water so it is important to remove all weeds that are nearby. Use them […]

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Preparing garden for fall

Preparing garden for fall

Preparing your garden for fall Preparing the garden for fall. Ahhh, fall! With the changing colors, the bright, sunny days, and the cool, crisp nights, autumn is the perfect time to work in the garden. After a hot summer, the still-warm soil protects the root systems of new plantings, helps divided perennials survive the cut, […]

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