Garden Marigolds

Marigold flowers have been used as a pest repellent for centuries and gardeners living in mild climates plant them in the early fall as well as again in spring.

When planted in fall, seedlings or young plants may very well be killed by a hard frost (temperatures drop below 28° Fahrenheit for a few hours), but if protected they can survive an occasional frost.

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Smallest birds, but great pollinators

Anna’s Hummingbird Calypte anna

“Anna’s Hummingbird is a medium-sized stocky hummingbird native to the west coast of North America. This bird was named after Anna Masséna, Duchess of Rivoli. In the early 20th century, Anna’s hummingbird bred only in northern Baja California and southern California. The transplanting of exotic ornamental plants in residential areas throughout the Pacific coast and inland deserts provided expanded nectar and nesting sites, and the species was able to expand its breeding range greatly.” (Wikipedia)

Hummingbirds are delightful to watch and they are the world’s smallest birds. Native only to North and South America, they are one of mother natures great pollinators.

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Organic Container Herb Garden

While an herb garden is an easy way to get started gardening, it is also one of the most healthful type of gardens.  It can be any size, from a couple of potted plants on your kitchen window to a patio or balcony filled with colorful containers. Many varieties of herbs are known to be especially hardy, and can thrive in practically all weather conditions.

One of the best reasons to start a herb garden is the innumerable benefits of so many of these plants. Herbs seldom bear fruit or vegetables, but their leaves and flowers can be included in cooking recipes to add spice and flavor or can be turned into healing salves and tinctures.

A few of the common culinary herbs with surprising medicinal benefits include:

Basil – the essential oil in basil can be used to clear up acne, and a fe...

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Growing radishes in a container

If you’ve never grown radishes in a container, you are in for a treat!

The peak season for radishes is March – June, so now is the perfect time to get them into your favorite clay pot or other type container.

Direct sow seeds ½ inch to an inch deep and one inch apart. Thin to about an inch apart as crowded radish will not grow properly.

Radishes require well-drained soil with consistent moisture. Keep soil evenly moist but not waterlogged.

Plant consecutively every two weeks — fill several containers with this exciting veggie that will enhance all your spring eating pleasures.

Begin harvesting early varieties in as short a time as 3 weeks!  And, don’t forget, the entire plant is edible. Tops and all.  Enjoy!

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Organic soil for your gardening needs

As a container gardening enthusiasts, I’ve know for many years that plant health depends on the quality of the soil – especially if you have a container garden. Plants only flourish when the soil is well aerated and contains the essential nutrients for their growth.

Your plants must be able to draw nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium from the soil. Synthetic chemical fertilizers may ensure quick soil fertility and plant growth but their constant use robs the soil of essential microbes, depleting its quality.  Over time, salt build-up in the soil damages the roots of the plants.

Organic Soil Best for your Container Garden

Choosing organic soil for your container gardening needs is a smart option...

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