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postheadericon Information on fertilizer content: understanding fertilizer rates and applications

Information on fertilizer content: understanding fertilizer rates and applications

Image by michaeljung By Bonnie L. Grant There are numerous elements needed for good plant health. The 3 macro-nutrients – nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium – are generally reflected in a fertilizing formula’s ratio. The numbers in the ratio correspond to the amounts of nutrient represented in the fertilizer content. But how do you know how much you need for each plant and how to apply? Fertilizer rates and applications are usually stated in the formula’s instructions, but there is a little more than that to know for proper fertilizer usage….

postheadericon What are pirate bugs: taking advantage of minute pirate bugs in gardens

What are pirate bugs: taking advantage of minute pirate bugs in gardens

Image by gbohne By Jackie Carroll & Susan Patterson, Master Gardener Many gardeners think that when they see bugs in the garden it’s a bad thing, but the truth of the matter is that a few bugs are not going to hurt your garden. It is best if there is a balance of harmful insects and beneficial garden bugs. After all, if there are no bad bugs for the good bugs to eat, they’re not going to stay around for long, which means your garden won’t benefit from their presence. Often…

postheadericon Coloring garden structures: tips on using color on landscape structures

Coloring garden structures: tips on using color on landscape structures

Image by Gardening Know How, via Heather Rhoades By Bonnie L. Grant There are many reasons to introduce colorful garden structures and supports to the garden. Northern gardeners with long dull winters may find painting garden structures a delightful way to introduce some much needed color all year around. Using color on landscape structures also provides a foil for other garden colors. Whatever reason you may have, this fun outdoor trend can really add pop to the garden and is an easy way to transform old structures from ordinary to…

postheadericon Boron toxicity symptoms: signs of plants with too much boron

Boron toxicity symptoms: signs of plants with too much boron

Image by University of Georgia Plant Pathology, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener, www.summitspringsgardenwriting.com Boron is an essential element that occurs naturally in soil, usually in low concentrations that present no risk to plants. In fact, small quantities of boron are necessary for plant growth. However, signs of boron toxicity may appear when plants are exposed to higher concentrations of the mineral. Read on to learn more about effects of boron toxicity to plants. Signs of Boron Toxicity Boron toxicity symptoms usually aren’t…

postheadericon Creating a focal point: what to add for a focal point in the garden

Creating a focal point: what to add for a focal point in the garden

Image by Ms. Sticky By Amy Grant You have a fire engine red front door and your neighbor has a compost garden visible from everywhere on your side of the property line. Both of these are occasions in which creating a focal point in the garden may maximize the impact of the former and minimize the latter. Learning how to use focal points in the garden is useful to draw the eye towards the area one wishes to emphasize; conversely, using focal point design may also aid in camouflaging those…

postheadericon Thinning seedlings: tips for how to thin plants

Thinning seedlings: tips for how to thin plants

Image by dsb nola By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Thinning plants is a necessary evil we must all face in the gardening realm. Knowing when and how to thin plants is important for their overall health and success. Why You Should be Thinning Seedlings? The practice of thinning plants is done to allow them plenty of growing room so that they can receive all the proper growth requirements (moisture, nutrients, light, etc.) without having to compete with other seedlings. When you thin seedlings, you’re also helping to…

postheadericon Planting old seeds – can you use out-of-date seeds?

Planting old seeds – can you use out-of-date seeds?

Image by Gardening Know How By Heather Rhoades It happens to all gardeners. We tend to go a bit hog wild in the spring, buying way too many seeds. Sure, we plant a few but then we throw the rest in a drawer and next year, or even many years later, we find them and wonder about the possibility of planting old seeds. Is it a waste of time germinating old seeds? Can You Use Out-of-Date Seeds? The simple answer is planting old seeds is possible and okay. No harm will…

postheadericon Seed pods are soggy – why are my seed pods mushy

Seed pods are soggy – why are my seed pods mushy

Image by bossco By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener When you go out to collect seeds from the plants at the end of the flowering season, you may find that the seed pods are soggy. Why is this and are the seeds still okay to use? Learn more about whether drying out wet seeds is possible in this article. Why are My Seed Pods Mushy? There may be several reasons for soggy seed pods, such as a sudden shower or freeze. Seeds can deteriorate very fast in such wet and damp…

postheadericon Soilless grow mix: information about making soilless mix for seeds

Soilless grow mix: information about making soilless mix for seeds

Image by Doug Beckers By Amy Grant While seeds may be started in standard garden soil, there are a number of reasons to use a seed starting soilless medium instead. Easy to make and easy to use, let’s learn more about using soilless planting medium for growing seeds. Why Use Soilless Potting Mix? Primarily, the very best reason for utilizing soilless planting medium is that one may control any types of insects, diseases, bacteria, weed seeds and or other pesky additions which are commonly found in garden soils. When starting…

postheadericon Yellow seedling leaves – why are my seedlings turning yellow

Yellow seedling leaves – why are my seedlings turning yellow

Image by Gardening Know How, via Heather Rhoades By Liz Baessler Have you started seedlings indoors that began healthy and green, but all of a sudden your seedling leaves turned yellow when you weren’t looking? It’s a common occurrence, and it may or may not be a problem. Keep reading to learn more about yellowing seedling plants and how to treat them. Yellow Seedling Leaves The first thing to establish is which of your seedling leaves turned yellow. When seedlings emerge from the soil, they put forth two starter leaves…