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Winter House Plant Tips

Posted at 12:47pm on January 10, 2018 in GARDEN CENTER

January and February are some the hardest months on house plants. Low light, low humidity, and pests can be issues that are often overlooked during this time. Many house plants end up with the winter blues. However, there are a few tips that will really help keep your house plants looking their best when spring rolls around.First, make sure to give house plants enough light. In the winter months the days are short and the angle of the sun is low. Use a plant stand to lift plants up off the ground. Keep an eye on what places get the most sun in the winter and strategically place plants there. Beware of putting plants too close to drafty windows or places that are very cold. Pull open blinds and shades as often as possible. Also rotate plants 180 degrees every month to keep the plant growing symmetrically.Second, make sure to keep a semi humid environment. Heating systems pull a great deal of moisture from the air making many tropical plants unhappy. This can also make wateri...



BALSAMIC VINEGAR & DIGESTION

Posted at 12:39pm on January 10, 2018 in TWISTED TRUNK VINEGAR

Balsamic vinegar is truly an amazing condiment. It offers tremendous flavor with little calories. Added bonus it is amazing for the digestive system, cardiovascular system, metabolism, and blood sugar stabilization. It is easy to find loads of studies of the effects of balsamic vinegar throughout the centuries. It really isn't new news. The ancient Greeks even studied the healing abilities of this "nectar of the gods".How does vinegar pack such a healthy punch? First, balsamic vinegar in particular comes from aged grape must. Grapes are naturally high in polyphenol content. The antioxidants in balsamic vinegar act to boost the activity of pepsin enzymes. Pepsin is an enzyme that is secreted in the stomach to aid in the breakdown of large protein molecules into smaller peptides or amino acids. These travel to the intestine where they are absorbed into the bloodstream. Proteins and fats are considered “slow burning fuel". They help our blood sugar remain steady,...



CHRISTMAS CACTUS

Posted at 7:49am on December 08, 2017 in FLORAL

A Christmas Cactus is a beautiful addition to any room.  When my husbands grandmother passed we took one of her plants.  It has been in our home now for 17 years.  It blooms twice a year and always gets compliments. It is truely one of the easiest plants I have ever had.  In researching this plant for you, I came across the Garden Lovers Club website and found this informative blog.  I have copied it, but please checkout their site for more information.A Christmas Cactus is a tropical plant that does not naturally exist in nature. It was bred from two unique parent plants that both grow in the South American rainforests, specifically in Brazil.The plant is recognizable by its segmented stem and the brightly colored blooms that appear at the ends of them. Blooms are typically red, pink, purple, yellow, or white, and the blooms can occur at different times throughout the year. Most notably, they can appear near Christmas, which is where the name is derived.Since this plant is one of...



Winter is for the Birds

Posted at 10:57am on December 05, 2017 in BIRDING

Winter bird watching is a great way to bring life and color to your dormant garden. I love waking up in the morning with a cup of coffee, some music, and a great view of red cardinals against the white snow. Attracting birds is an easy and fun way to liven up the garden, but where to start for the beginner?The type of food you provide will determine what species are more likely to show up. Selecting the proper seed will make a world of difference. Especially if there are specific animals you are hoping to discourage like squirrels. Listed below are some of the most common bird feed options. Most of these come in mixes or are sold individually. Sunflower is by far the most common seed type as it is relatively inexpensive, and attracts a wide variety of birds. Sunflower comes in three varieties, oiled, striped, and hearts.Oiled SunflowerThin shell makes it easy to crack for a wide variety of birds.  High fat content is excellent for winter attraction. Oil coating prevents ...



Planting Spring Flowering Bulbs

Posted at 8:41am on November 03, 2017 in GARDEN CENTER

Planting bulbs takes some forethought. For a spontaneous person like myself, it often comes down to the out of sight, out of mind philosophy. This leaves me in spring, peering enviously at my neighbors tulips, or buying a dish garden to give me the scent of hyacinths. Contrary to my lack of foresight, this fall I am working on my bulb garden. There are hundreds of varieties of spring flowers for our area. Tulips, hyacinths, iris, allium, daffodils, and crocus make for a beautiful spring garden that, once planted take little care.Each variety of bulb will want to be planted at different depths. Check the label of the package for specific depth to each variety. The common rule of thumb is that small bulbs are planted at shallow depths, while large bulbs are planted deeper (things like allium, tulips etc...). Most trowels and bulb planters have measurements premarked which are a handy check for your digging. Bulb planters and augers (which attach to a standard power drill) make planting l...