Spring time is nearly here. Time to prune houseplants that need it. When pruning Jade plants, don't just toss away the cuttings. They can be potted on!
Hen & Chicks or Sempervivum are hardy little perennial succulents that can grow almost anywhere in very little dirt. I use them in unique planters on my patio, deck and in my gardens.
Many of us including myself plant all year long. My favorite way to start just about any seed including for Sprouts is in Egg Shells.
Now you may thinking to yourself that is a cool idea and I always have plenty of eggs. But what is the benefit. Oh wait til you read them.
I love plants, and flowers of any kind, really! What I don't like is leaving home for a few days only to discover that one of my plants has died. It's happened quite a few times, and for me, it's devistating. I've tried to have someone come over and water them for me, but I really don't like to ask. So, I came up with a solution, and it's free! I made my own automatic slow release plant feeder, and you can too!
If you bought some bulbs last fall and forgot to plant them, it is not too late. Instead of planting them in soil that is probably frozen by now, you can plant them in pots or bowls, store them in your garage, and enjoy their blooms in a few months.
When I first saw these on Pinterest I KNEW I had to learn to make them! Turns out it isn't as easy as it looks ...of course. Fortunately I got some pro-tips from my gardening mentor! Here's how I learned to make these whimsical little moss ball gardens:
It couldn't be easier to make a sturdy yet stylish trellis for peas, beans, or other climbing plants. This project uses just one material and takes very little effort and time. What could be better?! More information on how to choose the proper sizes and shapes for your plants in the full tutorial: http://gardentherapy.ca/woven-bamboo-trellis/
I have three plants from the mint family growing in my garden: spearmint, peppermint. and lemon balm.
I grow them mainly for tea, but I also add spearmint to salads. My tea is very simple... Boiling water, a sprig of mint, and half a teaspoon of honey. No tea bag.
Mint is a very simple plant to grow. You can get a small plant at your local plant nursery, but today I wanted to show you how simple it is to grow a mint plant from cuttings. So if you know of someone that has mint in their garden, or if you come across a mint plant somewhere all you have to do is grab a couple of sprigs and you are on your way to haveing your own mint plant. I'll show you how.
Aloe Veraplants are a succulent. Like all succulents, Aloe is relatively slow growing. Aloe are a common houseplant, and can be purchased everywhere. They don't need repotting often but when they do, there are some tricks. Aloe can also be planted in warm-weather outside gardens with hardiness zones 10b or above, where temperatures remain above 40 degrees Fahrenheit year round. But outside planting requires dry conditions. They prefer full sun, but can tolerate some shade. Aloe are a plant which has real benefits. Cutting a leaf and rubbing the jell like substance found inside on minor cuts and minor burns can assist with healing. Be sure to check with your doctor first. The leaves that have been removed will not grow back, but the plant will continue to grow new ones. Beyond it’s healing properties, Aloe is said to help clear benzene and formaldehyde from room air. These chemicals are a byproduct of wall to wall carpeting, chemical-based cleaners, paints and more. So having them around helps make a home -healthy!
I raise a lot of seeds and thought it might be helpful for beginners. These are some tips for those who struggle to raise 'plant babies'.
By Nell @JoyUsgarden
I love pretty much any herb. I do a lot of cooking and have a raised bed of herbs in the back yard that I can pick from all year long whenever my little heart desires. Of all the herbs, mint is my very favorite. I use it almost every day to add to a pitcher of water with sliced lemons for that added pop of flavor.
Growing apples doesn't have to take up so much space! By planting columnar apple trees you can grow up to 18 pounds of apples in just 1 square foot of growing space (above ground).
My friends and I participate in a monthly challenge using an item or theme. This month's theme was cork! I decided to create a cute little succulent planter using a sheet of cork!
Click here to see more of our monthly challenge projects.
I am ready for gardening season! Just one problem… It’s March and I live in Michigan. The snow is melting but there’s still several feet sitting on top of my garden beds. So if I want to be growing any flowers right now, it’s going to have to be indoors.
After I planted my pansies on third day afterwards we had snow storm but I had enough time to cover them with huge plastic drop "cloth" from Home Depot cutting it in half and now my pansies are all smile.
Learn how to grow dozens of new Lavender plants from cuttings taken from a single shrub. Propagating lavender will save you money and help you build fantastic swathes and hedges of this gorgeous and fragrant plant.
Do you have thin and misshapen or even overgrown azaleas in your yard? Have you considered digging them up altogether? Stop that shovel! Chances are with a little cutting back, you can have lovely, fresh azaleas again.
Back in the day, when I used to run a coffee shop, we used to bag up all of our used coffee grounds and put them beside the door for our customers to take home and use in the garden. It was a busy coffee shop and we went through a lot of coffee, but we could never seem to keep that bin of old coffee grounds full. As soon as we put some out, they were gone. Some customers would see how popular they were and ask us how they could use them too. We used to always say that they were really good for roses, but there are a lot of other great uses for them in the garden too!
It is always nice to update your container plantings and give them a fall theme.
On the other hand, it is a shame rip out those annuals (or perennials) that still look good just to give your container planting a fall twist.
So for the last couple of years I have left any plant materials that still look okay in my containers and have inserted ornamental kale or cabbage. ...