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Plant Hardiness Zones USDA planting zone

Plant Hardiness Zones

About Those USDA Climate Zones   The familiar United States Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zone Map is based on the average annual minimum temperature for each zone. Needless to say, some years a zone will get a minimum temperature lower or higher than the average. Nevertheless, the average minimum temperature is a fairly good indicator […]

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Meyer Lemon – Improved, Sweet & Tasty

With its glossy dark green leaves, fragrant pink-tinged blossoms, and bright orange-yellow lemons, the Meyer lemon deserves a place in your life! Long an obscure specialty of fruit collectors and farmers’ markets in the citrus belt, the Meyer lemon has recently gone mainstream thanks to Martha Stewart and her Meyer lemon recipes. Today, Meyer lemons […]

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Evergreens in the Winter Landscape

(When the flowers of summer have faded to memory, and the autumn leaves have fallen to compost, it’s nice to have evergreen trees and shrubs to brighten the wintertime landscape. Whether your yard is snowy bright or dreary bleak, seems like evergreens can make a dramatic improvement. Evergreen trees usually are the dominant structural elements […]

fall vegetable

Here’s How to Start a Fall Vegetable Garden

Vegetable gardens in the summer can be frustrating, especially in the South. The heat and humidity make for great growing conditions for molds, funguses, viruses and bacterial diseases. Vegetables, not so much. The cooler days of fall promise a respite from the heat and humidity and better growing conditions for many of our favorite vegetables. […]

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Chill Out! Chill Hour Requirements and What They Mean for Your Plants

If you’ve done some shopping (window or otherwise) for fruit or nut trees, you might have noticed the phrases “chill hours” or “chill zones” in the plant’s description. Though there’s some debate on the topic, it’s generally acknowledged that chill hours are the average number of hours plants are subjected to temperatures between 32 degrees […]

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5 Reasons To Plant An Apple Tree (or two) This Fall

Everyone has heard the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” We all know there are a wide variety of health benefits that come from regularly incorporating apples into your diet… but why add them to your grocery list when you can grow them yourself? Other than the chance to cultivate a […]

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Vegetable Gardening for Beginners – Part 2

In case you missed Vegetable gardening for beginners – Part 1, be sure to check it out to get answers to other frequently asked vegetable gardening questions! Vegetable gardening is a pastime that brings with it many perks and benefits. Not only can it save you money by providing a fresh, free and home-grown selection of […]

vegetable gardening

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners – Part 1

Having your own vegetable garden can be beneficial in a variety of ways. For starters, a vegetable plant you buy at the store for $3 can provide you with pounds of fresh produce over the course of the season. On top of that, gardening is fun! It’s a great way to get out of the […]

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Heat-Loving Container Plants for Florida Weather

Container, or flower bed, gardening is a great way to liven up your landscape while still keeping it trim and tidy. Even if you have limited landscape space, containers allow you to enjoy planting and growing in places where it might otherwise be thought impossible. Container gardening has become increasingly popular—and for good reason! You […]

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Spring Flower Beds

With global warming and the ever-increasing temperatures in Florida, spring brings the perfect weather to liven up your flower beds. The warm days and cool nights provide the ideal environment for planting and growing a variety of perennials and annuals that will last all summer long. A few factors to consider when deciding on the plants and flowers to […]

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The Japanese Magnolia

The Japanese magnolia, also known as Mulan magnolia, Purple magnolia, Red magnolia, Lily magnolia, Tulip magnolia, Jane magnolia and Woody-orchid, is among one of the first beautiful blooms to greet us once spring sets in—and in Florida, the spring season is already making itself known with the warmer temperatures and the greenery that has begun […]

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A Flower For Every Feeling

Looking for another option besides the run-of-the-mill rose to surprise your significant other this Valentine’s Day? Look no further! Here is a list of some fun and meaningful blooms to break out of the ordinary rose rut this holiday. “A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It […]