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Have you ever been to a friend’s house and admired some of the gorgeous roses in their garden, wishing you could grow your own of that particular variety? With literally hundreds of types of roses available, unless you’re an expert it can be nearly impossible to determine what species a particular rose is, let alone where you can purchase one. Luckily, it’s remarkably easy to grow, or propagate, roses from an existing bush. The most…

The term “hardening off” means to toughen up your tender little indoor seedlings before you completely move them to their outside garden spot. Plants that are raised inside can undergo a significant shock when moved to a new environment. It can be enough of a shock to actually kill some delicate plants, or to at least set back their growth so that the plant doesn’t do well for the rest of the season. 1 -…

Plants are supposed to be green so when plant leaves turn yellow, something’s going wrong in the growing conditions. It’s a frustration even the most experienced gardeners and botanical experts can be left exasperated trying to understand the cause of so they can rectify things and restore a plant to full greenery and blossoming. When plants turn yellow, it’s the plant telling you to change something in the growing conditions. Understanding the Reason for Yellowing…

Plants are more than a gift from Mother Nature. They have their own life force and raise many questions about plants, trees, and how any woodland flowers manage to survive in the wild without any human intervention. How and why plants grow towards light is one of the many fascinating questions that’s baffled botanists for centuries. It’s been extensively researched and various experiments have been done to prove without a shadow of a doubt that…

Like anything, geranium care is easy – when you know how. But if you don’t know how to care for geraniums properly, you can run into plenty of mysterious problems. If that’s the case for you, get ready to fix that because everything you need to know about planting, feeding, pruning and overwintering geraniums is covered in this guide to geranium care. This also covers prepping ground soil because if that’s not done right, roots…

It’s no surprise to anyone that compost is a very valuable asset in the garden, and a wonderfully natural way to add all the nutrients your plants need. There isn’t much to it. Compost is just decomposed organic material, and something anyone can make for themselves. But do you know the best way or the best time to use compost in the garden? Are you confident in the waste you’re going to be tossing into…

An iron deficiency in plants is recognized by yellowing leaves (there are other common causes, which I cover here). This happens when iron is lacking as plants can’t produce chlorophyll, which is what gives the plants the green color on their leaves and is also used to carry oxygen throughout the plant. Without chlorophyll, plants lack oxygen and since photosynthesis is hindered, the plant won’t be able to get its energy from sunlight. Without knowing…

Gardening season has sadly come to an end for the year, and you still have quite a bit of potting soil on hand. Of course, you’ll want to keep that so you’re ready for any new seedlings in the spring. What’s the best approach? More on Potting Soil Potting soil is more than just dirt. Good potting mix is very loose and has a lot of extra material in it to allow for new root…

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