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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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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Halloween Pumpkins and the Compost Bin

Wolf pumpkin carving jackolanternAt Halloween, many people carve pumpkins and end up throwing them away after the holiday has passed. After the holiday, the carved pumpkins will begin to mold and decompose. While this is not desirable for people who want to display jack-o-lanterns, rotting pumpkin flesh is a wonderful food to add to a worm bin in order to create compost.

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7 Steps to Grafting Cactus

Blue candle cactus graftGrafting, which can be done with many plants, is a propagation technique in which a gardener will take two separate plant species, cut them and grow them together as one plant. The plants, if they are compatible, will bond and grow as one. Moon cactus is one of the most popular grafted cactus that gardeners keep.

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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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