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Understanding Hardiness Zones
By: Admin    July 05 2018 , 03:00 pm
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Category: Climate , Plant Care
“Hardiness” is a term that comes up a lot in crop and flower research. It refers to a plant or crop’s hardiness zone, growing zone, or planting zone. There are different climate zones in which a particular plant can survive. Some plants can survive in very cold zones, very hot zones, moderate zones, or the majority of them. The Zones There are currently 13 zones. Each zone has a 10 degree difference. Within each zone, there are subzones A and B that divide the zone by a 5 degree difference. All of the temperatures that make up the zones are decided by those areas’ average annual minimum winter temperature. The continental United States does not go above zone 11a, which reaches an average 45 degrees. However, Hawaii and Puerto Rico both reach zone 13, achieving average winter temperatures of 70 degrees. On the opposite side of the temperature spectrum, Alaska i...
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Chore Chart for Your Summer Garden
By: Admin    July 05 2018 , 04:10 pm
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Category: Seasons , Gardening
Need a chore schedule for your summer garden? It is easy to let those lazy summer days pass by in a haze. Optimize your garden with this month-by-month guide of the best way to budget your time this summer! You will have beautiful blooms the entire season, and be prepared for the autumn climate shift when the time comes. June The first month of summer is a great time to get work done before the hottest days of summer approach. Take advantage of the beautiful June weather before the scorching heat of late summer and get all your seeds planted that you have been saving up. June is a great time to mulch if you want to reap the benefits. Mow your grass to about 2 1/2 inches in length. Any shorter can cause weeds and increase the damage done by drought. Deadhead and pinch back flowers and plants that need it. Succession planting can be a great way to plan crops f...
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Planting Spring Seedlings
By: Admin    March 26 2018 , 10:19 pm
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Category: Seasons , Gardening
Spring is for planting and rewards those who wait!With some planning and know-how you can avoid disappointment from early spring cold snaps.With spring newly arrived, we as gardeners and horticulturists cannot wait to get our hands dirty! However, to achieve success and to avoid disappointment we must be patient and keep a few key things in mind before meeting shovel to soil.WeatherWe must remember to listen to the weather, and more importantly temperature, above all else.Temperature is a key deciding factor in plant success and growth. In fact, it is wise to look out for a constant minimum nighttime air temperature of 50 degrees F for at least one week before planting tender warm-season bedding plants, vegetables, and seedlings. Planting before that temperature consistency results in stressed plants, making them needlessly prone to disease and insects. Your plants will not grow, or they may be da...
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Spring Garden Preparations
By: Admin    February 16 2018 , 11:12 am
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Category: Seasons , Gardening , Nature , Garden
Spring is just around the corner…It is time to start prepping your garden! During the winter months, our gardens tend to become rather messy without maintenance. It is important not only to prepare the land, but also to set aside time to plan your crops, make sure you have the right equipment and supplies, and repair any gardening fixtures such as fences or greenhouses.Caring for Existing PlantsBefore thinking about all the new and exciting plants you are going to grow this spring, do not forget about any winter plants that are in need of attention! If you have perennial flowers such as roses, and you live in a warmer climate, January and February are great times to prune them. If you live in a colder climate, it is best to wait until closer to April. Start by using a sharp pair of pruners at the base of the plant and cut at a 45-degree angle, about 1/4 inch above a bud that is facing toward the outs...
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The Benefits of Being Outdoors
By: Admin    November 27 2017 , 08:41 pm
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Category: Outdoors , Nature
There are Countless Benefits from Being OutdoorsThere is no doubt that spending time in nature improves a person’s mental and physical health.This is not a new discovery: studies have been performed for years proving nature’s positive impact. We have been told ever since we were little that “fresh air will do you good.” Why exactly is fresh air a good thing and how does it affect our mental and physical states? Even more, if it is so beneficial, then what are some good ideas and suggestions on how to spend time outdoors? This article will explore answers to these questions and hopefully shed some light on the wonders of nature.Nature’s HealthinessNature is healthy for a number of reasons:Oxygen – Fresh air brings about more oxygen. Oxygen is like the food for a happy body. The body’s cells and brain need oxygen to stay healthy and thrive. Plus, oxygen is known to increase serotonin levels...
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