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postheadericon What is vermiculite: tips on using vermiculite growing medium

What is vermiculite: tips on using vermiculite growing medium

Image by praisaeng By Amy Grant We all know that plants require soil aeration, nutrition and water to thrive. If you find that your garden soil is lacking in any or all of these arenas, there is something that you can add to improve the soil structure – vermiculite. What is vermiculite and how is using vermiculite as a growing medium beneficial to the soil? What is Vermiculite? Vermiculite can be found in potting soil or purchased by itself in four different sizes for gardening with vermiculite. Germinate seeds using…

postheadericon Selecting plants for butterfly eggs – best plants for attracting butterflies

Selecting plants for butterfly eggs – best plants for attracting butterflies

Image by Gardening Know How, via Darcy Larum By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer Butterfly gardening has become popular in recent years. Butterflies and other pollinators are finally being recognized for the important role they play in ecology. Gardeners all over the world are creating safe habitats for butterflies. With the right plants, you can create your own butterfly garden. Read on to learn more about the best plants for attracting butterflies and butterfly host plants. Best Plants for Attracting Butterflies To create a butterfly garden, you’ll need to select an…

postheadericon What are garden gnomes: uses for garden gnomes in the landscape

What are garden gnomes: uses for garden gnomes in the landscape

Image by stillrick By Bonnie L. Grant Garden whimsy is a common theme in landscapes and captured by the addition of statues and other works of folk art. One of the most time honored representations of this theme is through the use of garden gnomes. The history of garden gnomes is long and storied, rooted in folklore and superstition. Their rise in modern popularity can be explained by taking a look at traditional garden gnome information and their historical use and genesis. These little garden guards are both silly and…

postheadericon Crafts with gourds: how to make water canteens from dried gourds

Crafts with gourds: how to make water canteens from dried gourds

Image by DJClaassen By Heather Rhoades Gourds are a fun plant to grow in your garden. Not only are the vines lovely, but you can you can make crafts with gourds as well. One very utilitarian craft you can make with gourds is water canteens. How to Make a Gourd Canteen So you’re ready to make crafts with gourds; now what? Get started with growing and making your own water canteen. Here is how you can do that: Advertisement Choose a gourd for your water canteens craft – When making any crafts with…

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 Selecting plants for butterfly eggs – best plants for attracting butterflies

Selecting plants for butterfly eggs – best plants for attracting butterflies

Image by Gardening Know How, via Darcy Larum By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer Butterfly gardening has become popular in recent years. Butterflies and other pollinators are finally being recognized for the important role they play in ecology. Gardeners all over the world are creating safe habitats for butterflies. With the right plants, you can create your own butterfly garden. Read on to learn more about the best plants for attracting butterflies and butterfly host plants. Best Plants for Attracting Butterflies To create a butterfly garden, you’ll need to select an…

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 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 When to fertilize plants: best times for application of fertilizer

When to fertilize plants: best times for application of fertilizer

Image by sasimoto By Bonnie L. Grant Well managed soil with plenty of organic amendment is rich in micro- and macro-nutrients essential for good plant growth and production. But even the best managed garden plot can benefit from fertilization. The way to maximize these benefits is to know when to fertilize plants. Application of fertilizer in the wrong season can cause bursts of tender new growth that can succumb to cold weather. For this reason, a fertilizer application schedule for each type of plant is an effective tool. When to…

postheadericon Organic coltsfoot fertilizer: how to make coltsfoot fertilizer

Organic coltsfoot fertilizer: how to make coltsfoot fertilizer

Image by ChamilleWhite By Bonnie L. Grant Coltsfoot may be deemed a weed by some but has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb. The plant’s healthful properties not only enhance mammalian well-being but may have potential to influence the vigor of our plants. Using coltsfoot leaves for fertilizer imparts healthful benefits to our green friends when applied as a tea or even as compost. Learn how to make coltsfoot fertilizer as part of your organic garden care ritual. Benefits of Coltsfoot Fertilizer Natural garden care is all the…