Which Potting Mix Is Best?

In our gardening visits, I’ve often mentioned the importance of a high quality potting mix. Does it really matter what mix you use, or are they pretty much the same? Let’s go shopping. Notice that some brands are labeled potting mix and some are labeled potting soil. “Soil” has a broad definition, and the terms potting…
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Spring Therapy For Houseplants

We’re not the only ones who catch spring fever; houseplants do also. Plants are a lot like people, and they have more natural intelligence than we give them credit for. Spring is a good example of plant intelligence. As days become longer and light levels increase, plants sense the change and respond. During winter, houseplants often hunker…
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What’s Your Plant Hardiness Zone?

Global warming or global climate change possibly has an up-side. Us Northerners have relocated to a warmer climate, without moving a muscle, and it affects our plant choices.  Let me explain. To assist our country’s 80 million gardeners, the United States Department of Agriculture produces the Plant Hardiness Zone Map.  The map was updated in 2012 for the first time…
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A Happy Vine For A Summer Hotspot

Before the spring outdoor activity list becomes really busy, it’s exciting to study new plant adventures. Have you tried Thunbergia alata? I like botanical names, because they take the guesswork out of a plant’s true identity. Thunbergia is also known as Black-eyed Susan Vine. But that can get confusing, because Black-eyed Susan is a common name also used…
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Dates To Start Seeds Indoors

Seeds can be started indoors now for homegrown transplants we’ll use in flowerbeds and vegetable gardens in May. Growing even a few of our own plants is fascinating and gives a whole new meaning to spring. Dates to start seeds indoors are determined by the date you plan to “set them out” (garden talk for…
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