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fertilizers

All About Fertilizers

Of the more than 115 chemical elements in the periodic table, only 16 are sure to benefit plant life. These are essential nutrients. (There might be others that we don’t know about, but surely they must be needed in very small quantities and are probably never lacking.) Carbon (C), oxygen (O) and hydrogen (H) are […]

Botanical & Horticultural Names Explained

Botanical names (aka scientific or Latin names) for plant species are italicized or underlined. Botanical names are standard throughout the world, unlike common names which can be different in different languages and even in different parts of the same country. A botanical species name has two parts — 1. The Genus: which is always in […]

It Takes Two to Tango (Except When it Doesn’t)

In our previous post “Flowers: Sex, Pollinators and Pollinizers“, we focused our topic on asexual reproduction in plants — primarily those that need a pollinator or pollinizer to boost the reproduction cycle. Asexual reproduction, as we discussed, works best in environments that do not change. But as you may know, our surrounding environment rarely ever […]

Short-day & Long-day Plants: Photoperiodism

Photoperiodism is the process by which plants use the length of daylight and/or darkness to regulate flowering & certain other processes, regardless of the ambient temperature or weather. Photoperiodism is dependent on a plant’s ability to sense light. Plants do not have eyes but they do have photoreceptors — these are cells that contain a […]

Invasive Plants – The Most Unwanted

An invasive species, as defined in an Executive Order signed by President Clinton in 1999, is an “alien species whose introduction does, or is likely to, cause economic or environmental harm, or harm to human health” Some kinds of plants, due to being transplanted away from their natural home, consequently become invasive in their new home. […]

perfect soil ph

Perfect Soil Ph = Perfect Plants

Getting your best crop, whether vegetable, fruit, ornamental or lawn, often requires adding lime or fertilizer to your soil. But you need to know how much. If you are starting a new garden, it’s a good idea to have the soil tested. If your plants don’t seem to be doing as well as you think […]

meyer lemon

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 […]

flowers

Flowers: Sex, Pollinators and Pollinizers

Spring brings those beautiful flowers we all love so much. However, ever wonder just how it all happens? What happens behind the scenes of certain plants or trees for them to flower or fruit? Sexual reproduction is an essential part of nature – even for trees and plants Many plants are capable of reproducing from stolons, rhizomes, offsets, […]

shade

Best Trees for Summertime Shade

On a hot summer day, what could be more pleasant than sitting under a big leafy shade tree enjoying an iced tea or lemonade? Why shade trees? Shade trees keep your environment cool in the summer — according to experts, shade on the roof and windows can reduce summertime air conditioning costs by 30%.  Shade […]

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Welcome Spring with Early Blooming Trees

Among the things we like best about late winter and early spring are the blooming, flowering trees and shrubs that proudly announce that summer is just around the corner. We’re not talking about the crape myrtles, southern magnolias, and fringe trees that bloom later in mid-spring and early summer. Dogwoods, redbuds, Japanese magnolias, flowering plums, […]

summer mosquito guide

Summer Mosquito Survival Guide: Plant It And They Shall Flee

Summertime equals mosquito time. If you’re like us, you’re always searching for natural and easy ways to repel mosquitoes. We’ve searched all over for solutions. We’ve even found an article that advised us to sleep with a pig in the room. There are little things you can do to minimize the mosquito population in your yard, […]

The Heat is On: Keys to Smart Summer Gardening

The Heat is On: Keys to Smart Summer Gardening

Summer is a great time to work in the yard or garden, but the experienced gardener knows there are real dangers for both people and plants if the realities of the hottest months of the year are not respected. Following some basic rules related to heat and water will ensure that your summertime gardening is […]