Top 10 Biggest Pumpkins in the World, with Country, State, Province Records.

In 2024, the Southern Hemisphere has broken two pumpkin records this year: one in Queensland, Australia, and another in South Africa. In the Northern Hemisphere, seed auctions have started, and some growers are germinating their seeds. We wish you luck in the 2024 pumpkin growing season. On October 9, 2023, Travis Gienger from Anoka, Minnesota, set the world record for […]

How to Germinate any Seed – Growing Seed Requirements

A seed is an embryo plant and contains virtually all the materials and energy to start off a new plant. To get the most from one’s seeds it is needful to understand a little about their needs so that just the right conditions can be given for successful growth. One of the most usual causes of failures with seed is […]

My Experience in Starting Seeds

A couple of years ago I had an exhausting spring planting season. I started everything from pansies to parsley from seed, and for weeks all I did was run from one windowsill to another with a watering can.I worried constantly about damping off disease. After I put the seedlings outside to harden off, I brought them back in again on […]

Change in the Garden – Gardening

The best thing about early spring is seeing something new daily in the garden. Of course, the pundits would say that if you have done your garden properly, you should see something new every day of the gardening season, but that is another issue. In spring the pace of growth accelerates, and the plants almost seem to be in a […]

Garden Flower Botany Primer – Classification

Why is it important to learn how garden flowers are grouped or classified? For one, it will make it easier for you to order plants and flowers. You also will better understand terms you see in books and catalogs. And you’ll learn about some cultural or growth factors to consider when selecting flowers for your garden. To begin with, flowers […]

Cornell Potting Soil Mixes

From Hobby Greenhouses in Alberta Agdex 731-5 The Cornell peat-lite Mix* is formulated for growing topical plants. The Foliage Plant Mix ** and Epiphytic Mix** formulas are modifications of the original peat-lite mix adapted specifically for their respective plant types. Cornell has used Osmocote 14-14-14 and Peters 14-7-7 fertilizers with the tropical plant mixes with good results. Other fertilizers are omitted […]

Fungus Gnat and Damping-Off Control

Late winter and early spring is a great time to start seedlings and get the gardening season underway. Growing your seedlings from seed is highly rewarding and can open doors to even more species that are not often found in garden centers. However, a couple of problems can sometimes curb the indoor green thumb and seriously affect the success of […]

The Top Four Reasons Why Tree Trimming Is Important

Tree trimming, also known as pruning, is an important part of overall tree care. It involves hiring a qualified tree care company for the removal of dead, diseased, and unnecessary branches from the tree. The process of tree trimming helps to improve the general health of the tree and helps to stabilize the inner structure. Trees are also a vital […]

The King of Butterflies: The Monarch

To some, the Monarch Butterfly is a symbol of hope and perseverance.  It is my hope we all can add some resilience to this remarkable pollinator.  Like all pollinators, the Monarch is facing serious threats and possibly extinction.  Recently their sightings in my location have been few and far between.  They have suffered from loss of habitat, herbicides, climate change, […]

10 Tips for Starting a Community Garden

Community gardens are a great way to bond with your neighbors and improve your town. When everyone works together to accomplish the same goal, you’ll form lifelong friendships and make your city a better place. Read these 10 tips for starting a community garden so you can lead the effort to create one where you live. 1. Start a Virtual […]

Rosa ( X-Rated Rose )

‘X-Rated’ is a Miniature rose which produces lightly fragrant, double creamy white flowers with a blush of soft coral to pink. Foliage is small, glossy, mid-green. In general, roses are a large group of flowering shrubs, most with showy flowers that are single-petalled to fully double petalled. Leaves are typically medium to dark green, glossy, and ovate, with finely toothed […]