Grow Extraordinary Orchids

Intimidated by growing orchids? If you can grow a flowering plant indoors, you can grow extraordinary orchids! The most common orchid grown indoors are tropical epiphytes. Typically grown on tree surfaces, like mosses and lichens, orchids have minimal water and growing medium requirements. Spectacular blooms can last several months.  Follow a few basics:  Container – …

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Gardening Gifts

Gift Nature for Valentine’s Day

This year, gift nature for Valentine’s Day. Other than staple offerings of exotic cut flowers or sweet edibles, the following are a few sustainable gifts for your gardening buddy or loved one. Lasting Roses Roses as a bare-root, container plant or miniature variety make a lasting impression and investment. Choose a spot receiving six or …

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Cool Weather Tree & Shrub Planting

It’s time for cool weather tree and shrub planting. Rebirth and Renewal are hallmarks of the new year. Celebrate by planting something green. January is an excellent month for planting – or transplanting trees and shrubs because cool temperatures are kinder to root systems. Consider following these best practices for planning successful plantings. Goal: What …

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Growing Louisiana Irises

Growing Louisiana Irises

Iris Time It’s time for tips on growing Louisiana Irises. Our state has several native iris species but only five are grouped horticulturally as “Louisiana irises.” Iris brevicaulis (Zigzag), Iris fulva (Copper), Iris giganticaerulea (Giant blue), Iris hexagona (Dixie), and Iris nelsonii (Abbeville red/yellow). The many colorful cultivars we know today are the result of these …

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Prepare Summer Gardens for Fall

Prepare Summer Gardens for Fall

It’s time to prepare summer gardens for fall. This summer has been an exercise in patience. At least cloudy skies make cooler temperatures. The current warm season will continue for another couple of months. This checklist will have your plantings in fine form for milder months ahead. 1. Support: More common in large mixed beds, …

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Summer Solutions for Your Garden

June temperatures are approaching too-hot-to-bother for many gardening enthusiasts. But consider investigating those areas of the yard or garden that aren’t performing well. Vines, ground covers, and ornamental grasses could be the perfect summer solutions for your garden. Vines need support but are fast growing. You can choose between two characteristics: twining or clinging. Twining …

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Gardening in Sophisticated Woman Magazine

Keeping Weeds Out of Your Lawn

Let’s talk about weeds. The best weed control is utilizing best practices for growing lush lawns: fertilizing, mowing, and watering. Fertilizing The first application of fertilizer is usually mid-April to mid-May. Tax day is a good benchmark. Look for 3-1-2 ratios of N-P-K (Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium). Those are the small numbers usually under the product name. Slow …

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