postheadericon Homemade pet friendly weed killer

Homemade pet friendly weed killer

Image by Christine Majul By Heather Rhoades Your pets are as much a part of your life as your garden is and you want to make sure that they can enjoy your garden without it making them sick. While stores sell a number of weed killers, most of them are not very healthy for your pets, and you may want to use a pet friendly weed killer. Fortunately, there are a number of organic and pet safe weed control methods you can use to keep your garden healthy for your…

postheadericon Organic garden soil: the importance of soil for an organic garden

Organic garden soil: the importance of soil for an organic garden

Image by izettachambers By Kat Yares A successful organic garden is dependent upon the quality of the soil. Poor soil yields poor crops, while good, rich soil will allow you to grow prize-winning plants and vegetables. Here are a few ideas for adding organic matter to soil to help provide the nutrients it needs for an abundant harvest. Organic Soil Amendments Adding organic matter to soil for organic gardens is crucial in the health of your plants. Here are some common organic soil amendments for creating healthy garden soil. Advertisement Compost…

postheadericon Five benefits of growing an organic garden

Five benefits of growing an organic garden

Image by Eurofruit, Asiafruit & Americafruit By Kat Yares No matter where you go today, people are talking about organic foods. From the daily paper to the local super-center, organic is definitely in. No longer are organic fruits and vegetables just for the treehuggers or the old hippies; they have come into the mainstream diet with a bang. So what exactly are the benefits of growing an organic garden? Keep reading to learn more. Benefits of Growing an Organic Garden Below, I’ve outlined five of the reasons why, if you…

postheadericon Tips for caring for dogwood trees

Tips for caring for dogwood trees

Image by The Greenery Nursery By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Flowering dogwoods (Cornus florida) are deciduous trees native to the eastern half of the United States. These trees can add year-round beauty to the landscape. Let’s look at how to grow dogwood trees. Flowering dogwoods range in color from white to pink or red and generally bloom for about two to four weeks in early spring. They also add summer and fall color, with rich green foliage color in summer and reddish purple leaves during fall. This…

postheadericon Growing witch hazel shrubs – how to grow and care for witch hazel

Growing witch hazel shrubs – how to grow and care for witch hazel

Image by Wendy Cutler By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener The witch hazel bush (Hamamelis virginiana) is a small tree with fragrant yellow blooms that is a member of the Hamanelidacease family and closely related to the sweet gum. Although witch hazel has many common names, the generic name means “together with fruit,” which refers to the fact that this special tree is the only tree in North America to have flowers, ripe fruit and next year’s leaf buds on its branches at the same time. The witch hazel bush, found…

postheadericon Growing fritillaria bulbs – how to grow and care for wildflower fritillaria lilies

Growing fritillaria bulbs – how to grow and care for wildflower fritillaria lilies

Image by F.D. Richards By Becca Badgett (Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden) Delicate and exotic, Fritillaria flower varieties may appear difficult to grow, but most Fritillaria care is simple after the large bulbs bloom. Fritillarias are true lilies, growing from non-tunicate bulbs. Fritillaria imperialis, or Crown Imperial, has the showiest flowers of the species, but some say it also has a malodorous fragrance reminiscent to that of skunk odor. These Fritillaria bulbs have nodding flowers, topped with a tuft of foliage. Another of the wildflower Fritillaria lilies…

postheadericon Grape holly plant care – how and where to plant oregon grape hollies and creeping mahonia

Grape holly plant care – how and where to plant oregon grape hollies and creeping mahonia

Image by Matt Lavin By Jackie Carroll Growing a grape holly plant in the landscape will offer unique interest to the area. Not only easy to grow and care for, these lovely plants also offer an abundance of food to wildlife through their fall berries. These plants will also add year-round interest through their attractive foliage color and texture. Grape Holly Plant Info Oregon grape holly (Mahonia aquifolium) is a handsome, 3- to 6-foot ornamental shrub that can play a number of roles in the garden. The shrub’s appearance changes…

postheadericon Forsythia shrub care – how to care for your forsythia plant

Forsythia shrub care – how to care for your forsythia plant

Image by mlok By Heather Rhoades A forsythia plant (Forsythia spp) can add dramatic flair to a yard in the early spring. Forsythia bushes are among the first plants of spring to burst forth in flower and in order to get the most from their brilliant yellow flowers, you need to make sure that you take proper care of forsythia in your yard. Keep reading to learn more about forsythia shrub care. Basic Care of Forsythia While forsythia bushes are easy to care for, there are a few things you…

postheadericon Growing spirea shrubs: information on how to care for spirea bushes

Growing spirea shrubs: information on how to care for spirea bushes

Image by Cliff By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener Novice and experienced gardeners alike love spirea bushes (Spiraea) for their eye-catching beauty, fast growth rate, hardiness and ease of care. Spirea shrubs are deciduous shrubs that can be divided into two categories: spring blooming and summer blooming. The spring blooming spirea has a delicate cascading habit with large clusters of white flowers poised on arching branches. The summer blooming spirea bush boasts beautiful pink, white or red flowers atop upright branches. Both varieties are prized for their shape and flowers. How…

postheadericon Enjoying star magnolia flowers: caring for a star magnolia tree

Enjoying star magnolia flowers: caring for a star magnolia tree

Image by K. Kendall By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener The elegance and beauty of the star magnolia are a welcome sign of spring. The intricate and colorful star magnolia flowers appear weeks ahead of other spring flowering shrubs and plants, making this tree a popular choice as a focal tree for early spring color. What is a Star Magnolia? The star magnolia (Magnolia stellata) is known as a small tree or large shrub that is native to Japan. The habit is oval with low branches and very close-set stems. There…


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