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August Gardening Tips

If you have any houseplants sitting directly in the window, make sure the light is filtered or the plant is moved to a site out of direct sunlight. The windowpane intensifies the heat, and you don’t want to scorch your plants.

Fertilize your houseplants frequently to ensure vigorous growth.

Snip off the old flower clusters from rambler roses to encourage them to bloom all summer.

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April Gardening Tips

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For Your Lawn

Lime and fertilize lawn and apply pre-emergent control to prevent crabgrass.
Re-seed areas of winter-killed lawn.

For Your Vegetable Garden

Plant peppers, tomatoes, and other warm-weather crops after all danger of frost has passed.
Top-dress beds with aged manure.

For Your Flower Beds

Prune hybrid tea and floribunda roses.
Feed tulip beds with 5-10-5 fertilizer.
Clean water gardens before growth begins.
Plant new hardy water lilies.
Plant hardy annual and perennial flowering plants, such as pansies.
Tender annuals can be planted when danger of frost has passed.

For Your Trees and Shrubs

Fertilize trees and shrubs.
Remember to feed acid-loving plants, such as broadleaf evergreens.
Apply dormant oil spray to trees and shrubs if you have not done so already. Do not apply if plants are not dormant or if freezing temperatures are expected.
Replace any dead or winter-damaged trees or shrubs.

Herbed Butter

Directions:

Mix together the butter and herbs in a medium bowl. Turn out onto parchment or plastic wrap, and roll into a log, 1 1/2-2″ in diameter. Chill until firm, or freeze for up to one month.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped

Houseplants as an Indoor Nature Connection

The mere presence of a lone Peace Lily tucked in the corner of the living room is nice. But, with a bit more thought and effort regarding placement, arrangement and interaction with houseplants, benefits similar to those received from being outdoors in nature can be achieved. Of course, this is all based on having more plants than one….lone…Peace Lily.  If a home is to truly be a plant boosted sanctuary, plants should be placed throughout the home. No worries – there are houseplants suited or adaptable to every level of light and a bit of research or experimentation will likely show there is really no need to be limited to one sunny windowsill. Continue reading Houseplants as an Indoor Nature Connection

It’s all in the Form, for Gorgeous Container Combinations!

Upright (thriller, vertical) plants add vertical interest and a sense of height to planting arrangements, making them more lively and dynamic.

Mounding (filler, anchor) plants are used to create stability in planting arrangements. They bring a sense of balance to even the boldest combinations.

Trailing (spiller, spreading) plants are the final “accessory” in planting arrangements. They fill in gaps, soften edges and tie all the elements together for a truly finished look.

 

Make room for ‘BIG’ color in your garden this year!

Hot, bold hues and diversified shades of foliage are all the rage. From Tangerine Tango, the new Pantone color of the year, to rich jewel tones galore, make this seasons’ garden space your own tropical paradise. Dramatic foliage plants such as Black Lace™ Elderberry or ‘Black Magic’ Colocasia help create that relaxed island feel. Plant them in lively colored glazed pottery. To complete your setting, add a colorful accent such as ‘Jewel Mix’ Nasturtiums or a basket of Caliente® Orange Ivy Geraniums. Continue reading Make room for ‘BIG’ color in your garden this year!

Spring Strawberry Cobbler

Directions:

Spread strawberries over bottom of greased 8 or 9″ square baking pan. Combine flour, baking powder, and sugar in a bowl. Add egg, mix with fork until crumbly. Spread over berries. Dot with small pieces of butter or margarine. Bake at 375°F for 45-50 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients:

  • 4 c fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 c butter or margarine

Strawberry Dip

Directions:

Combine ingredients and mix. Chill until ready to serve. Serve with assorted sliced fresh fruit, like strawberries, grapes, kiwi or pineapple.

Ingredients:

  • 2 c Whipped Topping
  • 1 c lowfat strawberry yogurt
  • 1/2 c fresh strawberries, diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp grated orange peel

Nature’s Support System

For all those who garden, it is common knowledge that gardening is truly therapeutic.  However, there may be some folks out there that are unaware of the many impacts that a simple plant can have on one’s state of mind.  There have been many studies linking the health benefits of plants in the work place and at home. What happens to the people that are not able to work or need assistance due to physical, emotional or mental disabilities?  How can they experience the many benefits that plants have to offer? The answer may be in Horticultural Therapy. Continue reading Nature’s Support System