Monthly Archives February 2014

How Self-Watering Planters Work

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By Administrator

Self-watering planters are a boon to many gardeners and have taken the gardening industry by storm in a variety of forms. Either for people who lack the room to garden in the ground, or people who lack the time for regular watering, they work great. But, how do they work, and could you make one yourself?

Do you remember the word capillary action from school? Or perhaps just wicking? This is why if you dip a piece of paper in water, the water will climb the paper. It also works with soil, and this principle is behind self-watering containers.

Essentially you have two containers in one, the lower container is a water reservoir holding potentially gallons of water, the upper container holds your soil, and it has to specifically be potting mix, regular old dirt doesn’t wick w...

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Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day, February 2014

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By noreply@blogger.com (Matt Mattus)

Potted Camellia’s are the star of the February greenhouse.
I almost forgot about today being Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day, a themed special post that is shared with many other blogs – but thanks to my friend Kathy Purdy, I was reminded by her post, before it was too late to take any photos out in the greenhouse. Here are some shots from inside the greenhouse on this very snowy day in central Massachusetts, and a few from inside the house, showing you what is in bloom on this February day.
A Cyrtanthus cross, still a mystery, but it blooms for me every year. Known as the ‘Fire Lily’. is warms even the coldest
heart on this day after Valentines Day...
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Stop! Don’t Prune That Grass (How to Prune Ornamental Grasses Right)

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By Genevieve

(Article originally appeared in Fine Gardening Magazine)

Most of us know what to do with our big grasses that go dormant each winter: Grab a bungee cord, tie the grass up, and use an electric hedge trimmer to buzz the column of foliage to the ground. But what about those tricky grasses that are evergreen or ones that have a ground-hugging habit? When and how do you prune those garden staples that don’t fit neatly into the “large and goes dormant” category? If you are hesitant to treat your sedge the same as your maiden grass, it’s for good reason.

Unconventional grassy plants can’t be trimmed using generalized pruning rules. They require special timing and techniques on your part to look their best...

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