General Gardening

Help Your Plants Beat the Heat

Avocado tree leaf heatHeat takes a toll on plants, especially those kept in plant containers. And when heat is combined with sun and wind, it can cause extreme damage to container plants. After just one day in the hot sun and triple-digit temperatures, the leaves of the young avocado tree pictured here crumbled to the touch. The sun and heat literally cooked and burned the leaves.

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Do’s and Don’ts for Choosing Plants at the Garden Shop

Garden centerIf you want the best success with container plants from your local garden shop, you’ll need to know how to choose healthy plants and how to acclimate them to your balcony garden. Here are some of the Do’s and Don’ts for selecting plants at your local garden shop.

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Aquarium Fish and Plants in Apartments

Betta fishSmall fish aquariums are great for apartment-dwellers – while we may love dogs and cats, pet deposits and pet rent can add up. Usually apartment managers will allow small aquariums in apartments with no deposit or monthly rent. For apartment-dwellers on a budget who still want a pet and want to grow plants, a small aquarium really does the trick!

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Easy Worm Bin Compost Tea Recipe

The best thing you can ever do for your container plants is to give them compost tea from your vermicomposting bin. Compost tea is cheap and simple, and it will make your plants explode with growth.

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DIY Self-Watering Plant Containers

Container plantIn the hot summer months, you my find yourself out in the garden watering your container plants every day – even twice a day on very hot and dry days. If you want to go on vacation for a few days and don’t have a drip system, you’ll need to have a “plant-sitter” come over and water your plants.

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