It’s important to rotate your gardens.


Rotate Your Garden

It’s a good idea to rotate your plantings, in fact you should do it..Sometimes it’s not that easy , particularly when you have limited space. But the advantages of doing it far outweigh the disadvantages. It helps prevents the recurrence of pests and different diseases in the beds.

Rotation is also a benefit to the soil, because certain plants will feed more heavily on certain nutrients therefore depleting the soil, so changing it up as far as plantings is always a great idea.

And it’s always a good idea to add compost and some type of organic matter  on an annual basis this will help rebuild it.

A couple of examples, onions for instance, you must rotate those every year. Reason being, if you had trouble with onion maggots, they will die out after you move your onions to another location. Another example, Tomatoes, potatoes, peppers or eggplants those must be moved because they’re prone to soil borne diseases. Once you move them it interrupts the life cycle of the disease, this is a good thing.

But remember you must move them a fair distance away from the place they were planted, a few feet is not enough. If your garden is very small you may find that you’ll have to discontinue growing certain plants for a year or so.

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Plants are said to have Symbolic meanings


plants symbolic meaning

Some Plants are said to have Symbolic meanings, the following are a few

Violet : modesty , humility
Narcissus : egoism
Thyme : courage
Marjoram : peace, grace
Tarragon : endurance
Magnolia : feminine sweetness
Sweet Bay : triumph , courage
White Lilac : innocence
Sunflower : haughtiness
Blue Lilac : first love
Sage : long life , wisdom
Lemon Balm : long life , immortality
Rosemary : remembrance
Hyacinth : sorrowful loneliness
Rose : love
Fennel : heroism
Red Poppy : bravery, valor
Daisy : candor, innocence
Peppermint : hospitality
Chamomile : sweetness , humility
Parsley : joy , romance
Carnation : motherly love
Oregano : happiness
Basil : love, serious intentions

Brew tea with plants


Brew Tea With Plants

A few plants you can use to brew tea

Flowers: Rose , Jasmine , Hibiscus , Goldenrod ,Chamomile

Leaves : Thyme , Strawberry , Sage , Rosemary , Mint , Marjoram ,
Lemon verbena , Lemon balm , Dill , Catnip , Borage , Bergamot ,
Angelica

How to Brew: Use 2 to 3 teaspoons of fresh leaves or flowers
(1 to 2 teaspoons dried) per cup.
Cover with boiling water and steep 5 to 10 minutes ; strain
Make tea with single herbs or blend them together.

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Do you know your states official flower?


Do you know your states official flower? Check yours out below…

Alabama – Camellia
Alaska – Forget – me – not
Arizona – Cactus blossom
Arkansas – Apple blossom
California – Golden poppy
Colorado – Blue columbine
Connecticut – Mountain laurel
Delaware – Peach blossom
Florida – Orange blossom
Georgia – Cherokee rose
Hawaii – Hibiscus
Idaho – Syringa
Illinois – Violet
Indiana – Peony
Iowa – Wild rose
Kansas – Sunflower
Kentucky – Goldenrod
Louisiana – Magnolia
Maine – White pine cone & tassel
Maryland – Black-eyed susan
Massachusetts – Mayflower
Michigan – Apple blossom
Minnesota – Lady’s slipper
Mississippi – Magnolia
Missouri – Hawthorn
Montana – Bitter root
Nebraska – Goldenrod
Nevada – Sagebrush
New Hampshire – Purple lilac
New Jersey –  Violet
New Mexico – Yucca
New York – Rose
North Carolina – Flowering dog wood
North Dakota – Wild prairie rose
Ohio – Carnation
Oklahoma – Mistletoe
Oregon – Oregon grape
Pennsylvania – Mountain laurel
Rhode Island – Violet
South Carolina – Yellow jessamine
South Dakota – Pasque flower
Tennessee – Iris
Texas – Texas bluebonnet
Utah – Sego lily
Vermont – Red clover
Virginia – Flowering dog wood
Washington – West coast rhododendron
West Virginia – Rosebay rhododendron
Wisconsin – Wood violet
Wyoming – Indian paintbrush

12 Plants with Poisonous Parts


12 Plants with Poisonous Parts

Autumn Crocus : Bulbs
Bleeding Heart : Leaves & Roots
Castorbean : Seeds
Daffodil / Narcissus : Bulbs
English Ivy : Leaves & Berries
Foxglove : Leaves & Seeds
Hyacinth : Bulbs
Hydrangea : Bulbs, Leaves, Branches
Iris : Stems & Rhizomes
Larkspur : Seeds & Young Plants
Lily of the Valley : Leaves & Flowers
Snowdrop : Bulbs

10 Plants that are poisonous when eaten


10 Plants that are poisonous when eaten…

Caladium
Dumbcane / Dieffenbachia
Elephant Ear
Mistletoe (esp. berries)
Monkshood (esp. roots)
Oleander
Philodendron
Poinsettia
Poison Ivy and Oak (also to touch)
Rhododendron

Tips for longer lasting cut Flowers


Cut Flowers Care

Cut your Flowers in the early morning
Cut the stems at an angle
Always use a sharp utensil
Always remove any leaves that will be under water
Change the water daily
Cut stems daily , about 1/4 to 1/2 inch
Keep the cut flowers out of direct sunlight

Did you know?

The little packs that come with bunches of flowers that you get at the
florist are basically sugar and detergent. Sugar helps with water uptake and
detergent is supposed to help ward off bacteria growth.

Is it to early to start thinking about spring gardening?


ANSWER = NO

spring gardening

With spring fast approaching,(march 20th) some are starting to think about gardening. Thats great because in some cases there is things you can do to get ready.

1.Check your soil

Don’t be to gungho ,make sure the soil is not to wet.a good rule of thumb is to grab a handful of soil and squeeze it into a ball, if it crumbles apart in your hand its ready to go. If not you have some time to wait. And of course always continue to add to your soil , any time is a good time to add compost. Test your soils PH, this will help to tell you what your soil may or may not be lacking. You can get the kits at your local greenhouse or garden center.

2.Clean up your garden beds

After the soil is dry enough, any leftover fruit or veggies you may have missed last fall should be removed. Any of the ornamental grasses that were left for the winter can be cut back. Pull mulches back from around the bases of perennials and roses.

3.It’s also a good time to prune

March is a good time to prune your fruit trees, or any of your flowering trees you may have ,cut off branches that were broken over winter , also cut branches that are rubbing on one another.

4.Do you like to start your own plants?

March is also a good month for starting your seeds indoors, as we have written in the past, if you don’t have a nice sunny spot for starting your plants you can use lights. Remember that seeds always seem to germinate better with a heating pad under the flat or pots that you are using.

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Soil temperature is critical to Vegetable garden success


soil-temperature

We here at Watch Us Grow love to garden – And we want you to love it too!

 There is nothing better than harvesting your own fresh Tomatoes,Cucumbers, peas, Beans,Carrots,onions or whatever it is that you planted in your garden. But as much as we want you to love it , we also want you to be successful at it.


There is a little pre planting work to do besides the usual tilling of
your plot.


If this is your first go around with vegetable gardening you should choose a plot that will get full sun for most of the daylight hours, also choose a spot the is not to low as these areas will tend to be possibly to wet at times.

But most importantly make sure your not planting to early – we’re talking
about soil temperature.


Some cool weather crops such as carrots, leaf lettuce, peas, spinach,onions, can be planted in soil as cool as 40 degrees. Most of your other plants or seeds you should not plant until the soil reaches 55 to 60 degrees or higher.


You can check the soil temperature with  soil thermometer similar to the type you may use for composting.

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Winter Burn


winter-burn

Why did my evergreens turn brown?

Here in the Midwest we had an unusually harsh winter , cold and snow
like we have not seen in quite some time.

Many evergreens may have turned brown or a golden color, this is called
winter burn.

The main reason this happens is because the tree or plant cannot take up
water from the ground because it is frozen.

They need to replace the water that the sun will evaporate from the leaves
or needles.

The extremely cold winds can also cause the winter burn.

Another cause is salt – salt from the plows that keep the roadways clear
or the salt that you may use to keep you walkways or decks free of ice.
This salt can be thrown from the plows or shoveled from your walkways onto
or under the trees or plants.

One way to protect your trees or plants is to wrap them in burlap for the
winter, they will not miss the sun as they are dormant in the winter.
But most of all you need to be patient – chances are very high that the
tree or plant will be just fine, after it warms up the tree or plant
should green right back up and look just fine.

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