Showing posts from March, 2014

What Does It All Mean?

If you read gardening magazines or catalogs, you have probably seen words like heirloom, open pollinated and hybrid, just to name a few. You may have scratched your head and thought to yourself  "What does that mean?".
Here are a few of the words and what they mean to you, the gardener.

Heirloom - An heirloom is a variety of plant that has been in cultivation for more than 50 years. It is open pollinated (OP) by bees, birds and other insects and is passed down from generation to generation.

Open Pollinated or OP - A seed that produces offspring just like the parent plant. The plant is pollinated by bees, wind or insects. The plant produce seed that will come true year after year.

Cross Pollinated - Cross pollination is the transfer of pollen from one plant to a different plant of the same species. This process can be done by insects, humans, wind or birds.

Organic - Crops that are grown without the use of fertilizers or pesticides.

Genetic ModifiedOrganism or GMO - A plant whos…

Creative Recycled Garden Decor

I made my annual trek to the Indianapolis Flower and Patio Show this week. The gardens were beautiful and I really enjoyed seeing everything green, growing and blooming again. This year, I really liked some of the ways that the landscape companies that design the gardens got really creative and recycled many objects that would have found their way into landfills.

Take a look at each picture and try to figure out what was recycled. I will give you a few hints along the way.

 Did you figure out what some of the recycled items were? I hope you enjoyed seeing the pictures and now you can get creative in your garden.
Happy Gardening!


Growing Amaryllis for Indoor Winter Bloom

 This time of year you are ready for flowers and getting outside in the garden again, however it is still winter, it's cold and the snow is still on the ground. What do you do? Why not grow an amaryllis and enjoy those big beautiful flowers inside. Amaryllis are easy to grow. In my zone, they can be found in many stores and they are being sold for Christmas gift giving. You can buy them with the bulb, container and soil all in one package. You simple fill the container with soil, add the bulb, water and wait for the plant to bloom which is about 4 to 6 weeks.

Once your bulb blooms, now what do you do? You could throw it away or enjoy it another year.

If you want to keep your bulb for another year, here are some simple steps to follow:
As your flowers fade, remove them from the plant. When all the flowers are gone, cut the flower stalk where it emerges from the bulb. Do not remove the green leaves. You can place your potted bulb outside for the summer. Continue to fertilize and w…