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.


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.


15 Plants for Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly on Marigold FlowerButterflies are beautiful insects in the order Lepidoptera that many gardeners actively attract to their container gardens due to their beautiful wings, interesting flight patterns and interesting life cycle (egg, larva, pupa and adult). Some gardeners plant butterfly gardens to try and see many different butterfly species. Some butterflies migrate and can be seen only parts of the year.


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.


Fertilizer Types for Your Garden

Plant fertilizerThere are two basic types of fertilizers: organic and inorganic. Organic fertilizers are derived from living organisms, and it adds texture to the potting soil. Bacteria and fungi in the soil break down organic fertilizer so that the plants can slowly but steadily take up the nutrition from the fertilizer. Inorganic fertilizer, on the other hand, delivers more nutrients more quickly to the plants, but it does not improve the potting soil like organic fertilizers do.


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