Author: Erin Nelson

Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter Cactus?

These pretty flowering cacti are tropical cactus! They grow attached to trees in the jungles of Brazil, not in deserts on the ground! So keep pots small, short, and squat rather than deep to mimic their natural growing conditions.

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Plant your Evergreens Now!

This is a great time to plant evergreen trees. Here are some quick tips to make sure you find the right trees for your property.
Size Matters
This is by far the number one mistake I see: trees planted literally 1 foot from the foundation and directly under the eaves of the house. Think looooong term! Give that tree the best life it could possibly have and plant it with its full size in mind.

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Collecting Seeds

Humans have played an intricate part in hybridization of seeds since the stone age. I’m NOT talking GMO here, I’m discussing good old fashioned cross

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Seconds Anyone?

Now that you’ve harvested those carrots, and the peas have long since pulled out, it’s time to plant again! Don’t let that bare ground go to waste and get that second crop growing now!

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Myth Busting the Mosquito Plants!

Nothing is more irritating to me than seeing plants labeled with misleading or outright false information. In the case of plants labeled as ‘mosquito repellents’ (ex. citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, mints, catmint, and lemon balm) these are sadly, inflated claims.

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Everybody Needs a Friend

Here’s a couple ideas for ‘companion gardening’ this year! Mix up the monoculture in your garden for a better, all natural success rate!

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Shady Gardening

Shade can be challenging to grow plants, let alone vegetables, but don’t fret! Here are seven tried and proven varieties that will produce in abundance even in shade!

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Look Before You Buy

Purchasing vegetable plants may be a fun endeavor that’ll jump start your garden, but beware; there are some vegetables that may set up a beginner for disappointment or failure.

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A Prickly Love

I fell in love with the cacti I saw during my recent visit to the Milwaukee Dome Gardens. (A must see for plant enthusiasts!) Cacti are very recognizable plants with waxy skin and prickly spines.

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Ornery Orchids

There are a lot of misconceptions about orchids, including that they are super difficult to grow. Hopefully this article will help dispel those myths!

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