General Gardening

Edible Plants for a Shady Garden

Spearmint herb plantCan you recommend any shade-loving plants that will grow in the California Central Coast? We would most like an edible kitchen garden of fruits and veggies, but we are okay with flowers and shrubs. We get full shade to partial shade, but we might get more light after we trim our trees. I was thinking mint, basil and berries. What else loves shade?

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All You Need to Know About Planting Zones

Hardiness map planting zonesWhen you know the planting zones of your area, you can make smart container plant choices for your apartment garden. Use the hardiness map (click here for a larger version) by locating where you live and matching the color with the chart to the left of the average annual extreme minimum temperature in that area.

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Grow Better Zinnias with Full Sun

Zinnia flowerMy zinnia flowers grew really tall and thin, and they had really small blooms. What happened?

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22nd Annual Southern California Spring Garden Show

22nd Annual Southern California Spring Garden Show

The 22nd Annual Southern California Spring Garden Show was held April 28 through May 1, 2011 at South Coast Plaza’s Crate and Barrel/Macy’s Home Store Wing in Costa Mesa, California. The four-day show included:

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Summer Garden Chores

Mesh tarp protect plantsYour balcony container garden needs to be maintained throughout the year. Due to different weather and growing seasons of the container plants gardeners keep, some gardening chores differ between the spring, summer, fall and winter seasons. In some areas, the climate is mild throughout the year, and these garden chores can be done at different times in the year. Summer garden chores mostly consist of maintaining the plants planted in spring and harvesting any flowers or food grown in the garden.

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