General Gardening

Plants of the 2011 Orange County Fair

2011 OC Fair(To view a slideshow featuring the plants of the OC Fair, read more and scroll down to the end of the article.)

The 2011 Orange County Fair, held from July 15 to August 14 in Southern California, is just like any other fair. It entertains fairgoers with rides, live entertainment, new products, local artwork and crafts, live entertainment, animal shows and, best of all, plants!

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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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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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Winter Garden Chores

Gardening booksYour balcony container garden needs to be maintained throughout the year. Due to different weather and growing seasons of the plants gardeners keep, some container gardening chores differ between the spring, summer, fall and winter seasons. In some areas, the climate is mild throughout the year, and these chores can be done at different times in the year.

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