How to Aerate and Overseed Your Centipede Grass

Centipede grass is a staple for lawns and backyards for many homeowners. Centipede grass grows best in plant hardiness zones 7 through 10 and reaches heights of 1 to 3 inches. Grass thins out as time goes by and it is important to regularly overseed your lawn to keep that lush green field around each season. Aeration is the process […]

How to Protect Your Garden During the Winter

Owning a garden is a beautiful thing because it comes with a lot of rewards. It also comes with a lot of responsibilities and, the same way that you have to get informed and get the recommendations when you buy the food for your dog, you have to get informed when it comes to taking care of your plants. If […]

Your Christmas Poinsettia Can Bloom Again

This is a question often heard shortly after the new year starts and the colorful bracts on this favorite Christmas flower have begun to fade and fall leaving only the sickly yellow flowerets to exude their sticky juice on window sill or flower stand. Many persons will answer their own questionby setting their poinsettia on the back porch where the […]

Fun Facts about Poinsettias

  Are you a trivia buff? If so, perhaps you’d be interested in knowing a little bit more about the poinsettia plant you buy every Christmas. For example, did you know that the poinsettia’s main attraction is not its flowers, but its leaves? The flowers of the plant are the yellow clustered buds in the center. The colored leafy parts […]

Growing Poinsettias in the Greenhouse

This is the time to set Poinsettias under way. If last year’s plants were kept for growing on for another season they should now be brought from their resting quarters and given a location in which the maximum of light is available. Light is a vital need if Poinsettias are to form worthwhile bracts. Lack of light may show healthy […]

Time to Plan Your December Gardening to Do List

It’s the end of another glorious gardening year. Regardless of your region, it’s time to evaluate your garden and think about any changes you might want to make for next year. What were the aspects you loved about your garden? What did you not like so much? Ideally, photos and a written record of your accomplishments, and ‘failures’, will help […]

Vegetables You Can Grow in Winter

Nothing tastes better than fresh, crisp vegetables on a summer day.  But, did you know that summer is not the only time you can grow fresh vegetables?  Most people think that if you live in Portland or other cold places, it’s hard to enjoy fresh vegetables year-round.   But, with some help and guidance, your summer vegetables can frequent your […]

Best Winter protection for Roses

In regions of cold winters, Roses need protection. Hybrid Tea and Floribunda bush Roses will withstand a temperature of about 12 degrees F. but are likely to be damaged by alternating mild and cold spells. They can be protected by mounding soil, buckwheat hulls, or peat moss around the base of the plants, covering them to a height of at […]

Attractive Bark – Winter Landscapes

The short, gray days of winter in the north, coupled with snow, often create landscapes that resemble a black and white photo.  Winter landscapes need not be drab and dreary and can have color, by choosing plants for interesting bark. One of my favorite shrubs for its bright red stems is the Red-osier dogwood (Cornus sericea).  For even better color than […]

Grow Poinsettias for next Christmas

The real gardener derives his satisfaction from his ability to nurse plants along every step of their growth to their ultimate flowering glory. However, the greatest thrill is enjoyed by those who have succeeded in coaxing bloom from one of the plants considered difficult for the average gardener. Such a plant is the poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima). Actually it really isn’t […]