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Herbs the Word

Growth. Plants

Today is all about herbs. The list of advantages goes on and on! Spice up your meals, drinks and some even help with allergies and medial needs.

Basics: Indoor or outdoors? Indoor gardens have great advantages as you can grow all year around, you wont have to worry about nasty weeds and they are easy to access. If you choose to plant outdoors, you get higher yields, the plants are more flavorful and you have more space. The choice is all up to you, gardenista!

Indoor Gardens:

Location, location, location! This is the most important decision to make when you decided on an indoor garden. Make sure you have plenty of sunlight, your herbs need at least 6 hours! If your windows do not get enough light, consider getting HID Grow Lights

Dig deep, get great soil!

Here are some alternatives:

Soil Mix – Use equal parts compost, sterile topsoil and builder’s sand. An all-purpose organic fertilizer can be added to this mix.

Soilless Mix – Combine 4-6 parts peat moss, 1 part perlite and 1 part vermiculite. If adding nutrients, blend 1/2 cup each bone meal, oystershell lime (raises pH) and cottonseed meal/canola meal per 8 gallons of potting mix.

Water, because plants get just as thirsty as you! Make sure the soil is always most. The top of the soil can be dry, but the deeper parts should always be moist, but never soggy, that causes roots to rot!

Outdoor Gardens

Location is still key! The biggest factors with outdoor herb gardens is making sure that spacing is proper (this can be found on plant labels) and the herbs are getting 6-8 hours of light.

Soil varies from area to area. Make sure to test the soil, grow some test plants first! It is always a good idea to add fertilizers!

When watering, follow the same tips as above!

Helpful tips and reminders:

-Always start your seeds inside

-Transplant after 5-10 weeks

-Read instructions for each individual plant when harvesting

Enjoy all your great treats!

Succulents- Indoor Care 

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Today is all about indoor succulents. Understand that not everyone was blessed with a natural green thumb! However, with a little help and lots of research, you can become a gardening queen or king!

Hints and other things to consider before starting:

-Where will you be planting at?

-How much time can you devote?

-ALWAYS do research before you purchase plants.

Water

Many people  buy succulents because they believe these plants can be potted, then forgotten all about, this could not be more wrong. Succulents survive with little water and harsh climates, they do not thrive. You should water succulents at least once a week.

Light

It is important to keep a balance between too much or too little light. There is no perfect answer we can give, but the rule is around six hours. It is important to watch your plant and see what it is telling you!

If your succulent has a “bleached out” or “torched” looked, it is receiving too much light. If the plant is not seeing any light, you might notice a “reach” as the plant grows towards the light.

We suggest keeping your pot on a rotation so each side gets equal light. If you switch sides to often or too drastically, it will cause harm to the plant. Remember, slow and steady wins the beautiful plant race!

Potting and Soil

Another important factor to growing the most beautiful plants is potting and soil!

Be sure to use a soil that allows for full draining. Pots should also allow the same, no glass containers!

http://www.sunset.com/garden/garden-basics/types-of-succulents/view-all

http://www.csssj.org/welcome_visitors/basic_culture.html

SOS: Sun or Shade

SproutSOS: Which plants need shade and which need sun?!

You have all the beautiful plants in the world and you know how to coordinate them in the flower bed…but should the bed be in the shade or in the light? We are here to help you! Follow this quick list of what flowers should be in light and which should be in shade.

Our first tip is one that gets overlooked often. Pay attention to the climate and area you live in. Places in the South of the United Sates have extremely hot, humid and dry summers; even though a plant is labeled a “sunlight” plant you may want to rethink or give it double the amount of water. The further North you go, the colder it gets, so be warned that leaving plants in the shade could leave them too cold! Our best advice is ask some gardener friends in the neighborhood, look over last year’s season temperature guide and make notes yourself of what does and doesn’t work.

Full Sun Border Plants

Yarrow

Shasta daisy

Coreopsis

Purple Coneflower

Blanket Flower

Russian Sage

Butterfly Weed

Lavender

Sedum

Daylily

Verbena

Bee Balm

Aster

Lamb’s Ear

Full Sun Perennials

Hens and Chicks (sempervivium)

Lamb’s Ear

Miniature Roses

Artemisia

Lavender

Dianthus

Hibiscus

Coneflower

Shasta Daisy

Full Sun Annuals

Petunia

Ageratum

Salvia

Moss rose

Sunflower

Zinnia

Marigold

Geranium

Coleus

Plants for shade

Alyssum

Astilbe

Begonia

Common Shootingstar

Coral Bells

Dropwort

Heliotrope

Impatiens

Lily-of-the-Valley

Gooseneck Loosestrife

Plantain-Lily (Hosta)

Spotted Deadnettle

Annual Shade Flowers

Alyssum

Baby Blue Eyes

Begonia

Calendula

Cleome

Fuchsia

Impatiens

Larkspur

Lobelia

Monkey-flower

Nicotiana

Pansy

Snapdragon

Wishbone Flower

Shade Perennials

Astilbe

Bee balm

Bellflowers

Bleeding-Heart

Forget-me-not

Foxglove

Hellebore

Hydrangea

Jacob’s Ladder

Lamb’s Ears

Lily-of-the-Valley

Monkshood

Primroses

Siberian Iris

Spotted Deadnettle

Violets

Happy planting!

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/fgen/full-sun-plants.htm

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/shade/shade-tolerant-flowers.htm

Spring Has Sprung

Bouquet of colorful flowersSpring is officially here! In this blog, we get to bring you the best flowers of the season! Each flower comes in many colors. Check out online building guides in how to constructed an eye pleasing garden. These are just a few of our favorites that scream “Spring is here”. 

Agapanthus

Amaryllis

Anemone

Birds of Paradise

Blue Pearl

Cherry blossom

Clematis

Dahlia

Daffodil ‘Jettfire’

Freesia

Heather

Hyacinth

Magnolia ‘Leonard Messel’

Orchids

Peony

Rose- of all colors!

Spurges

Sweet pea

Tufted Pansy ‘Alba’

Tulip

Zinnia

Most of these can be found in our store for you to build a beautiful outdoor garden!

Our First Post: Fall Planting

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An October sunrise in Oklahoma City.

Fall is a wonderful time to plant colorful cabbage and delightful pansies.

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This is also the time of year to plant tulips, to surprise you in the spring.

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The tulips popping up, out of a little pansy patch, is a great look for spring.

Wreathes on the door and pumpkins on the porch give you feelings of Fall harvest.

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and time to plan ahead for the Thanksgiving dinner.

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The holidays can be stressful but when you need a little help or inspiration,

we are always here for YOU!

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More to come, Thanks for reading.

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