Archive for the ‘Gardening Techniques’ Category
      Pruning Clematis
      By lavender at May. 28. 2017. with No Comments

      Pruning Clematis We mentioned that sweet autumn clematis blooms on new wood and should be pruned in the spring or late winter to a height of one foot above the ground. There are other rules for different species of clematis.  When they are pruned and how they are pruned frequently depends on the time of...

      Drought Tolerant Container Plants
      By lavender at May. 27. 2017. with No Comments

        When we have a dry summer we often retrospectively rethink our plantings. While in ground perennials survive with only a bit of extra watering, it is those baskets and planters that we so optimistically planted in May that keep us watering and watering and watering. While we cannot predict if we are going to...

      How to Divide a Taproot
      By lavender at Apr. 4. 2017. with No Comments

      Generally speaking we are told that plants that have a tap root cannot be divided. A taproot is a long slender fleshy root that goes straight and deeply into the earth. A carrot is a modified taproot. It is designated modified because it is also a food storage area and is generally thicker than the...

      Planting a Butterfly Pot
      By lavender at Nov. 6. 2016. with No Comments

      It is charming to have colorful butterflies flitting around your home like flying flowers. Can you encourage their presence if you don’t have a flower garden because you live in an apartment or simply don’t have the time or space for one? Certainly it is possible, although you might not get them in the quantity...

      Soil Saving Tip for Patio Pots
      By lavender at Nov. 6. 2016. with No Comments

      When planting large patio pots it is customary to put something in the bottom of the pot to keep the drainage holes from clogging. The addition may be a layer of gravel or pieces of broken pot sufficient to cover the holes. After this is accomplished you start adding soil, and adding soil and adding...

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