The Container Gardening Craze!

by Chris Gardner

The Lifestyle section of MSN offers an article from Country Living on the myriad options of growing contained greenery. "The most utilitarian of garden objects, pots serve several vital functions. First, they're home to plants we can’t or don't want to grow directly in the ground (this includes house plants). In regions where the soil is dense with clay, containers offer gardeners a welcoming environment in which t nurture plants that sulk and...

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Intro to Hipster Houseplants.

by Chris Gardner

I'd be cool if I never saw another African violet in my life, but that certain doesn't mean I don't love a little in-home foliage. None of the species below cost much, and all can be grow large enough to fill the grandest of empty space


Intro to Hipster Houseplants.

Dracaena Marginata. “Dracaena.” It’s leaves explode like fireworks, and are a must have in your tiki-themed patio.  Keep in bright, but not direct, sunlight; mist leaves regularly, and keep soil moist. (Photo...

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Build a Raised Garden Bed via Readymade Videos

by Chris Gardner

Don't sleep on Readymade Magazine's new online videos. (Sleep...garden bed...get it?)

The first installment is from Andrian Van Allen, whom writes the excellently informative (but questionably named) "Martha Lives" column towards the end of the magazine. She details creating a raised garden bed from readily availiable dimensional lumber, and with a few easy cuts, spring will come to your home in no time. (Well, as soon as the weather cooperates.)

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Gardening Prep: KNOW YOUR ZONES!

by DIY Maven

Gardening Prep: KNOW YOUR ZONES!

Have you ever noticed those little tags on outdoor plants at your local garden center? They might say something like, "Hardy to Zone 3." This information is indispensable to a gardener. Why? Without it you new plant may not survive the winter.

What is a Hardiness Zone Map?

Hardiness zone maps designate individual zones to let us compare climates to other places where a plant is known to thrive--taking into consideration average temperatures and...

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Considering Ivies

by DIY Maven

Ivies are some of my favorite plants. Most will grow under a lightbulb, if necessary, but generally they prefer filtered light or bright, indirect natural light. The ivies listed here prefer even moisture but don’t like a soggy pot, which means their pots should have a drainage hole. For soil, a good potting variety with equal parts loam, sand and peat moss will help them thrive. They like to be pinched back so they don’t become ‘leggy’. The...

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Philodendron Alternatives

by DIY Maven

Thanks to hybridization of the philodendron, we have some easy-to-care-for houseplant alternatives to the prosaic pothos. So, if you’re hankering for a bit of green but have medium to low light conditions and a less-than-green thumb, you might want to keep these options in mind the next time you visit your favorite florist shop.

Xanadu Philodendron

 

Philodendron Alternatives

Prince of Orange Philodendron

Moonlight Philodendron (This one requires a bit more light than...

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