Despite their toxic reputation, poinsettias are not poisonous!

The great news is they’re beautiful, they’re safe and they shout Christmas so feel free to enjoy them in your home without worry! No plant is more closely associated with Christmas than the poinsettia. It is celebrated for its beauty but also feared for its toxicity. For years, poinsettias have had the bad reputation of being poisonous. However, poinsettias have undergone extensive testing and there is no evidence that they are toxic or unsafe to have in the house. The …

Gardening in the Shade: Life Beyond Hostas

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Seed Sowing

Follow These Tips for Seed Starting Success! Start seeds 7 weeks before their normal planting dates. Example: Tomatoes and peppers are safely planted around May 30th; start the seeds around April 12th. Broccoli, cabbage and other cool season crops are usually planted the last week of April; start the seeds about March 15th. Follow all instructions on the seed pack. Seeds will vary in: Germination time Planting depth Pre-treatment requirements such as Soaking, Scarification (nicking the shell), and Stratification (chilling) …

How to Clean out a Garden Bed

If you’re a serious gardener, you’ll be out in your garden the first warm second of spring. While there is no harm in cleaning up fallen branches and debris, wait until the soil is no longer wet enough to form a ball in your hand before walking on it and compacting it. But don’t wait too long to start your clean up. It’s much easier to cut plants back before the old growth gets tangled up in the new growth. …

Beacon Impatiens

Get Ready To Shine The Light On Color In The Shade!Bright RedSalmonViolet ShadeWhiteHome gardeners can rely on Beacon Impatiens for season-long performance and fast fill in gardens. New! Beacon Impatiens from PanAmerican Seed offers high resistance to Impatiens downy mildew for healthy gardens all season. You can rely on Beacon to thrive. Beacon Impatiens offers high resistance to the currently known and widely prevalent populations of Plasmopara obducens, which cause Impatiens downy mildew, offering the opportunity to bring back into …

We’ve joined the CBD movement!

Did you know CBD oil can help with depression, anxiety, insomnia, inflamation and so much more?When it comes to taking charge of your personal well-being, your hands are no longer tied…introducing TWINE Hemp-Derived CBD. Today’s headlines agree, CBD is a key component for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. CBD benefits people of all ages from all walks of life. The explosion of interest in CBD or cannabidiol, the seemingly miraculous compound offering anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties for relieving pain, stiffness, and …

Bayer Advanced All-in-One Rose & Flower Care

3 systemic products in one Fertilizer – Promotes strong roots and beautiful blooms Insect Control – Japanese Beetles (adult), Aphids and other listed pests Disease Control – Black Spot, Powdery Mildew, Rust and Southern Blight Convenient and easy to use – takes the guesswork out of application No spraying Rain or watering cannot wash off this systemic protection Rain-resistant packaging ideal for outdoor merchandising 4 lb. Granules treat up to 32 rose bushes Fertilizer Analysis: 6-9-6 3 systemic products in …

Benefits of Indoor Gardening

Did you know that plants make you happier? Improve your health? Help you save money? They do all that and more! Of course, gardening outdoors is only possible during the warmer months so the solution in winter is gardening indoors with houseplants. Gardening has been shown to be a form of therapy. Something that helps fight depression, provides exercise and reduces stress. More than one study has shown the people who grow their own food are likely to make better …

ZZ Plant

This plant is tough—making it perfect for the forgetful plant owner. This hardy plant is able to survive for months without water and will grow well in any light except direct sun.How to care for a ZZ Plant LIGHT REQUIREMENTS ZZ plants do best in moderate to bright indirect light, but will do fine in extremely low light areas. If the light is too intense for your ZZ, you may see some scaling (brown spots) on the leaves. Curling leaves …

Reading a Plant Tag

Plant tags are your key to success when choosing and growing plants. If you don’t understand all the things you see on a label, you’re not alone. Unravel the mystery of plant label lingo – and take the guesswork out of selecting and placing plants in your yard. Plant labels may be different, but often they contain similar information. Here are some of the common words you’ll see on plant labels – and what they mean to you. When shopping …