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Without good drainage in pots with healthy plants, roots can suffocate, root rot (see my fixes) can become an issue and salt can accumulate to levels high enough to burn plants. Suffice to say, it’s essential that any potted plants, either indoor plants or container plants in your garden, must have sufficient drainage for best growth, health and ultimately, be able to live longer. Drainage Efficiency of Soils The efficiency of a good potting soil…

Grow bags let gardeners grow in fresh soil, year-round, producing crops faster and get this, you don’t even need a garden to garden. How’s that? Because with the right know-how, grow bags can be used for gardening indoors, then moved outdoors or even put onto balconies. When you’re done growing fruits, vegetables and salad greens, pack up your bags and put them into storage. Grow bags take up very little space and can typically be…

You know the old saying about having too much of a good thing. It’s true, and can be applied in many ways to gardening. In particular, having the right amount of fertilizer can make your plants thrive in lush greenery, but having too much is not good for them. Excess fertilizer will damage your plants, and leave them with “fertilizer burn” which can eventually kill them if you don’t know how to fix it. What…

Everyone knows that plants are vital to the environment, and that they provide a lot more for us than just pretty flowers and summer shade. But it can be easy to lose sight of just how important plants are to us, and all the various positive ways they impact our lives. Food and Medicine Let’s start off with the most obvious, that plants provide us with the majority of our food. Not only do the…

You’re finally realizing that your favorite garden bed, one you’ve been tending for years, is really not doing as well as it used to. It could be that the soil in there is just getting old and not able to support plants the way it used to. When Is Soil Considered Old? This is a bit of a tough question to be specific about age when it comes to garden soil. The problem isn’t really…

Discover how to plant, grow, and nurture hydrangea plants of all varieties, year-round and force bursts of color to rebloom year after year. Indoors, outdoors or a mix of both… What is a Hydrangea Hydrangea plants are the master of all florals. They can be shrubs, climbers or trees, and there’s generally five different types, however within the Bigleaf species of hydrangea, there are even more sub-categories. A List of the Various Types of Hydrangea…

The choices you make when growing flowers or shrubs are one thing, but when it comes to plants that are going to end up on your dinner table, you might want to pay a little more attention to the materials you add to the soil. Are you adding anything that will make the plants grow well, but that will also add contaminants or toxins to your food? What about perlite and vermiculite? They are often…

Aloe vera is a classic plant for the kitchen (see some of my other favorites), not only because it likes the environment but it’s also a little first aid kit too. Just slice off the tip of a spear, and the cool gel inside is ideal to treat any small cuts or burns. Just rub it on your skin, fresh from the plant. Drinking aloe vera juice also has a reputation for being good for…

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