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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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.

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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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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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