March Gardening in the Midwest

Although we are now only at March 20th; We have had mostly frost free weather for the first half of march. temperatures were in the upper 60’s to 80 degrees. The garlic (planted last October) is now 8 inches tall.This past week however, we have had one night temperatures down to 22 degrees. Thus reminding…

February Gardening

2015-02-03-011.jpg 2015-02-03-007.jpg   Although we have just entered the last week of February, the days are getting longer and the sun has much more power during the day. Although it is only 44 degrees outside, the greenhouse temperature is up to 80 degrees. It is now time to get many of the seeds started for…

Seed Germination

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000167 EndHTML:0000001529 StartFragment:0000000574 EndFragment:0000001513 Today we spent a lot of time on the internet looking for seed to start red dracaena spikes. It is easy to find sources for the green and blue spikes but not for the red ones. Numerous places to get the red plants were found but not sources for seeds.…

Compost Bins

Compost bins can be made of many different materials. This will be influenced by what kinds of material you have available, what you are familiar working with and where you will be placing it. How visible will it be.If you have a small yard you may think it does not look good to see compost…

Jade Plants in Bloom

Numerous people tell me they have never seen a Jade Plant Bloom. ¬†We have two large Jade plants; One about 3 feet tall and wide and the other about 4′ high and similar width. We started the largest one from a cutting we got from our Aunt Lillian, probably about 45 years ago. The second…

Gardening Tips – Planting a Fall Garden

Planting a Fall Garden For many gardeners, the term “Fall Garden” is synonymous with a second season of cole crops (not to be confused with cold crops). Cole crops are vegetables from the brassica genus, most notably broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. These vegetable varieties are “cold tolerant” and actually grow and taste better when grown…

Gardening Book – A Great Source Of Useful Gardening Tips

You needn’t catch hold of your aunt who wins the neighborhood best garden ribbon or read up loads of thick books on gardening to come up with the best blooms; you can do all this on your own without bribing or even threatening to poison beautiful flowers in your neighbor?s garden if they don?t let…

Why Organic Gardening

There are numerous research studies that show the added nutritional content of organically grown fruits and vegetables. Many of us who are organic gardeners also believe the flavor is better. One question I am often asked about organic gardening is: “How can you keep the bugs from eating all your plants if you do not…

Growing Your Dream Garden

In gardening, there are some tips that many have found more useful over others. These tips can be applied to the different types of gardens that people have. Taking these gardening tips into account is an assurance that you will have the kind of garden that you have always dreamed of having. On the other…

Winter Gardening Tips For Better Success In Spring

I work at a retail gardening store and I literally get hundreds of customers asking gardening questions. The questions are as varied as the folks asking them. They range from “How do I kill a tree – to why are my leaves turning red on my red oak tree?” Most of the answers are stored…

Ordering Seeds

Today and yesterday, we (my wife, Maxine) and I spent several hours Looking at seed catalogs and online for Flower seeds. The local Garden Club has asked us to be part of the annual Garden tour about the third weekend in June. We have seven flower beds to fill. Some of them have some perennials…