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We have a lot of orchids in our home that bloom throughout the year.

While house plants are not generally something that we have many of in our house, we do have several, one of which is a very tough survivor.  I enjoy seeing them in other homes that I visit and my wife will often bring home one that is temporary and often related to a particular season.  The exception to this would be orchids of which we often have blooming plants throughout the year.
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Tomatoes

Nothing is more gratifying than a big tomato harvest in the summer season!

The tomato is the most popular warm-season crop, but it can be surprisingly tricky to tend to full productive glory. Tomatoes require at least 6 hours of full sun per day, are fertilizer and water hogs, and produce fruit most vigorously when days are warm (between 78 and 92 degrees Fahrenheit) and nights moderately warm (at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit). Vining (indeterminate) types need caging or trellising, while bush (determinant) types may or may not need staking; both benefit from seasonal pruning. For temperate growers, late winter is the best time to plant homegrown tomato plants from seed for spring planting. READ MORE

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Sun Gro Horticulture® is proud to introduce Black Gold® Resilience™ mixes enhanced with silicon.  Available in Black Gold All Purpose Potting Soil, Black Gold Moisture Supreme Container Mix, Black Gold Natural & Organic Potting Soil, Black Gold Seedling Mix, and Black Gold Waterhold Cocoblend Potting Soil, Resilience™ is Sun Gro’s brand name for growing mixes enriched with beneficial silicon—a patented technology developed by the company’s own research horticulturists. READ MORE

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The marigold that combats root knot nematodes best is the French Marigold (Tagetes patula).

The marigold that combats root knot nematodes best is the French Marigold (Tagetes patula).

A single flower crops up time and again in vegetable gardens, old and new.  Our grandparents may not have known why they were included, but they carried on this tradition “to keep bugs out”. But marigolds don’t control pests that bedevil foliage, so why did this practice become so ingrained in the home garden?  Agricultural studies have finally revealed the reasons for marigold planting in organic vegetable gardens and how they actually contribute to plant health. READ MORE

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The coppery flowers of Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena' are very fragrant and pretty. (image by Jessie Keith)

The coppery flowers of Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’ are very fragrant and pretty. (Image by Jessie Keith)

If you were to take a random survey of ten of your neighbors and asked the question: “When you hear the words ‘witch hazel’, what do you think of?”, the answer will most likely not be a plant. The answer will probably be something like, “that stuff you find at the drug store for sores or bruising.” I did ask several neighbors that question and not one mentioned the beautiful landscape shrub gardeners revere. When I would tell my neighbors that the word ‘witch hazel’ also refers to a plant, the general comment was: “Gardeners live in their own world.”
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Before repotting, bathe smooth-leaved house plants in tepid water to help remove dirt or dust.

It is midwinter. You are occasionally stuck indoors, but your fingers are itching to play in the dirt. Why not channel that frustrated gardening energy into repotting some of your indoor house plants? As most house plants appreciate being bumped up into a larger pot every couple of years, this activity could be beneficial for both you and your green cohabitants.
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