Succulents are awesome. I don't have the best luck with keeping indoor plants healthy (or alive), but succulents seem to always have my back. They're hardy, they don't mind if you forget to water them for a few days, and they don't require a ton of maintenance. Plus they are just adorable. Additionally, they are also easy to fill your home with for almost no extra cost. All it takes is a little propagation; as in, you can regrow succulents from existing leaves (magic, right?).
What do you do when you run out of horizontal space for houseplants? Go up! A vertical garden made of wall-mounted plants is easier to put together than you might think, and we have a step-by-step tutorial to show you how to make your own.
Plant doctors David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth have shared with us 10 things we should consider BEFORE we nestle one seed or seedling into our gardens. Following their suggestions can help prevent pests and diseases. Use all ten, and we'll be harvesting heavy come fall!
Rick over on Rick's Woodshop Creations tells us everything we need to know to grow our very own pineapple in 5 easy steps. To get you started, here they are:
Starting perennials from seed is one of the most cost-effective types of gardening out there. First, seeds are MUCH less expensive than seedlings or mature plants. Second, once you get your perennials growing, they'll come back year after year. Third, you can harvest some of their seeds and plant even MORE perennials. It's a lovely circle of life, isn't it? Anyway....if you think actually GROWING perennials from seed is easier said than done, you might be surprised at this list from Fine Gardening. Their top 10 choices include:
- Allium (aka flowering chive, pictured above) grows in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 11. Plant in full sun.
- Penstemon, for zones 3 to 10. Plant in full sun to partial shade.
- Delosperma (aka hardy ice plant), for zones 5 to 11. Full sun.
- Primula (aka primrose), for zones 3 to 8. Full sun to deep shade.
- Silene, for zones 3 to 9. Full sun to light shade.
- Dianthus for zones 3 to 10. Full sun to light shade.
- Draba, for zones 4 to 6. Full sun.
- Lupine, for zones 4 to 8. Full sun.
- Aquilegia (aka native columbine), for zones 3 to 8. Full sun to partial shade.
- Eriogonum (aka wild buckwheat), for zones 3 to 11. Full sun.
For MUCH more information about these plants, including optimal soil conditions and photos of each, visit finegarding.com.
Dianthus gratianopolitanus, photo credit by Jennifer Banner.
The epitome of DIY-ing in this economy is being played out in the growing (sorry) number of dutiful stewards planting a victory garden. This week the L.A. Times shined the light on this trend and environmentally responsible activity of good old-fashioned garden tending.
A simple, cheap and eco-friendly way to start your seeds is to sprout them in fold pots made out of newspaper. Eric on geocities shows us the entire process in this tutorial. You’ll want to keep your paper pots on a tray while you’re waiting for your seeds to grow. When they’re ready for planting, simply pop the entire thing in the ground.