General Gardening

Using Recycled Items to Sprout Seeds

Recycled seed sprout container plantWhen starting seeds, it's best to plant many seeds in many small plant containers. The seeds that sprout and grow the best can be planted in larger containers and moved outside once the weather gets warmer. While seeds are sprouting and the seedlings are growing, they are delicate and often can't survive (or won't even germinate in the first place) if put outdoors in the cooler months.


Identifying and Treating Root Rot

Root rotUnfortunately, plant root damage isn’t visible until the damage has become so great that it affects the above-ground portion of your container plant. Root rot is one common root problem, caused by fungus that thrives in overwatered potting soil.


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!


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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