Since we hear a lot about "going green" these days, how we can use that term in our gardening practices?
What can I do to prepare my garden for beautiful, successful plants? Keep things simple and manageable - choose one part of your landscape, such as a bare spot, and begin. Start small and the job becomes fun instead of overwhelming. For example, I have a spot in my front yard where grass will not grow and I plan on creating an island there with a tree and a small garden. By keeping your efforts ...
I, for one, am going to build my first raised bed this year and try my luck in growing some of my favorite vegetables.
When growing grass is difficult, what is a good alternative that can add beauty and interest to my landscape?
As spring approaches, what do I need to do to have my yard and garden beds ready to go?
Very few flowers bloom in the winter months around Gainesville, but there is one exception to the rule. The Helleborus x hybridus - known by a more common name of lenten rose - is an excellent drought-tolerant, deer-resistant plant that requires little maintenance. Every year, the lenten rose graces the shady beds of southern gardens.
Wintertime can be tough on your plants, inside and out. What can one do to prevent injury to more fragile plants during the winter months?
Rose bushes can be planted in November through March. Dig a large hole and spread the roots in all directions. Make sure the graft union - the swollen area of the stem - is 1 inch above the soil level. Water thoroughly to settle the soil, then remove any weak or dead canes from the bush. Mulch around the plant and water regularly. Fertilize them beginning in March with a good general fertilizer (about 1 ...
While most of us are reading a good book or watching a football game by the fire, there are a few gardening "to dos" that can be done if you get the itch to venture out, as I do. Here is a week-by-week list of some of the most common things to do.
Christmas plants like poinsettias and Christmas cactus help add to our holiday cheer, but where did they come from?
What's my favorite plant for the holidays? If I had to pick a native southeastern plant for the month of December, winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) would be my favorite. The warmth of its bright red berries seems to usher in the season's holiday cheer. Other varieties include jolly red, red sprite, sparkleberry and winter red. Since our typical landscaping activity is halted upon Old Man Winter's arrival, it becomes a time when we look around ...
Today, readers, I have a question for you: Do you have a camellia in your garden? If the answer is "No," maybe you should ask yourself, "Why not?"
How can compost help my garden? Fall is a great time to compost. Although it is not the most glamorous topic in the world of gardening, it is one of the most essential ones. Compost is decomposed organic matter that makes sandy soil hold water better and also makes our Georgia clay soil drain water faster. It also buffers soil pH levels. When you add compost to your garden soil, it improves the health of ...
Container gardening in the winter can be a fun and creative way to keep winter color in a garden or patio.
Planting bulbs is one of my favorite activities in the fall. The anticipation of them coming up in early spring signals warm weather is on its way, and soon my garden will be full of color. What are some of the most commonly planted bulbs, and how and when do they need to be planted?
In the fall, many trees like the maple and oak put on a showy, colorful palette for North Georgians to enjoy, but we cannot forget the beautiful evergreens that retain their leaves and needles throughout the year.
Everyone loves plant color in the winter when everything else in the landscape seems to have browned and gone into dormancy. Therefore, now is the time to plant pansies like the pros and get those spring-blooming bulbs in the ground for next year.
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