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Caring For Christmas Cactus

By |November 30th, 2022|


Christmas Cacti are easy to grow. When they bloom, they produce colorful tubular flowers in pink or lilac colors. They bloom a long time indoors and they are low-maintenance houseplants, which makes them popular. We’ll bet someone in your family has a Christmas Cactus!

Despite their name, Christmas cacti are not desert cacti. Their natural habit is one […]

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Storing Dahlias for Winter

By |November 1st, 2022|

Tips for storing your dahlias
Dahlias tubers can be enjoyed for years with proper handling in the fall. Follow these easy tips from National Garden Bureau member American Meadows on how to dig and store your dahlias tubers.

Native to Mexico, dahlias won’t survive the freezing temperatures that many North American gardens experience. Digging and storing dahlias for the winter […]

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Create a Succulent Tower

By |November 1st, 2022|

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Are You Out of Your Gourd?

By |November 1st, 2022|

If you love to grow vegetables, but find you can never eat all your garden yields, here’s an alternative to researching new recipes in anticipation of your millionth tomato. Grow some decorative gourds in place of a portion of your usual edible veggies. Decorative gourds have potential as centerpieces, serving bowls, storage containers, birdhouses, and a wide range of children’s craft projects. […]

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Potting Succulent Cuttings & Rooting/Propagating African Violets!

By |February 1st, 2022|

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How to Attract Birds

By |February 1st, 2022|

Overview of the Four Requirements for Attracting Backyard Birds
Wild birds require four things to be attracted to a backyard: food, water, shelter and nesting sites. If you make each of these four things available, you will be amazed at how many different species of birds become regular backyard guests.
A good food source is the most […]

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Make an Indoor Water Garden

By |January 5th, 2022|

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House Plants

By |January 1st, 2022|

Five Reasons to be Thankful for Houseplants
While you’re counting your blessings and listing those things you’re grateful for this New Year, don’t forget to include houseplants. Indoor plants provide a pop of color and interesting texture to any space.

Houseplants are more than just a pretty face, though. They impact our everyday lives by cleaning the air […]

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Poinsettia Plant Care Tips

By |December 1st, 2021|

Holiday Poinsettia Plant Care

Poinsettia care begins with proper light, water, and temperature conditions. During the holidays, while in full bloom, they typically enjoy semi-cool, humid locations in bright, indirect light with plenty of moisture. Poinsettia plants should be watered thoroughly, taking care not to drown them by ensuring adequate drainage is available. Likewise, avoid […]

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Making a Wreath with Natural Materials

By |December 1st, 2021|

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