Garden Tips

Are you wanting to start digging and growing, but don’t know where to begin? Then, check out this list of helpful hints for making sure all your plants thrive.

Gardening Hacks

Do you have a hard time starting seeds or cuttings? Try soda bottle greenhouses. Cut the bottom off 2-liter soda bottles and remove the labels. Each seed gets its own micro greenhouse! Remove the greenhouses once the seeds have germinated and cuttings are rooted.

Elizabeth Flaherty

Fight Mosquitos With These Plants In Your Garden

Planting certain types of pest-controlling herbs and flowers is a tried and true solution for the eternal question of how to keep mosquitoes away. As a bonus, plants that smell terrible to mosquitoes smell great to humans, so your patio will be enhanced by both a lack of mosquitoes and the sweet scent of flowers. These are the best mosquito-repelling plants for a swat-free summer (and spring and fall too).

Get Rid Of Weeds…Between Bricks

Hand weeding also works, without any of the worries about poisoning people, pets or soil, or affecting the climate by burning fossil fuel. It’s fairly easy to pluck out young weeds, roots and all, especially soon after a rainstorm. The hook end of a painter’s 5-in-1 tool can be very helpful in narrow gaps between bricks. But it’s nearly impossible to completely pull big weeds with thick taproots, such as mature dandelions, or established clumps of a runner-forming weed, such as Bermuda grass.

Jeanne Huber -
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What Is Perlite? Garden Mineral Product×523.jpg

These little balls are a type of mineral product called perlite. Every ingredient in those mixes have a beneficial effect on plants, and perlite is no exception.

Perlite Contains…

  • 70-75% silicon dioxide
  • Aluminum oxide
  • Sodium oxide
  • Potassium oxide
  • Iron oxide
  • Magnesium oxide
  • Calcium oxide
  • 3-5% Water

Manage Landscapes In March

March is a good time to get your Lily Turf, also known as Liriope muscari, which is the clumping kind, ready to show its spring and summer beauty.  In my opinion the most desirable variety is named “Big Blue.”  It grows in clumps. The Monroe White variety is usually more difficult to find but is very attractive.

By Tom Terry, Master Gardener

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