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Monthly Archives: June 2015

How To Make A Dish Garden Everyone Will Love

 Even if you don't have a garden outdoors, you can still have one indoors. Dish gardens have been popular for years and make great gifts for homes and offices. They are really very simple to put together and are great projects to do with kids, especially to introduce them to gardening. Here's how to make a dish garden everyone will love.Read more

The Best Way To Feed Roses Organically & Naturally

Oh, my beloved blooms, how I love roses!  This is one plant that does benefit from fertilizing. The best way to feed roses, in my humble horticultural opinion, is to feed roses organically. I want to share this homemade rose food with you so yours will be healthy and bloom all season long.As you know, I always garden organically and naturally because I feel it's best for the plants and the earth in general.  The hundreds ofRead more

7 Things To Think About When Planning A Garden

 After 20 years of professionally designing and maintaining gardens, I have some things to share with you about planning a garden.  Believe me, I've made my share of mistakes and have learned so much from trial and error.  Isn't that the best way after all?  Gardens are our outdoor living rooms so like any addition or remodel you're planning, it's muy bueno to put some thought into it.  Even if you hire someone to do it for you, it's... Read more

Citrus Centerpieces Created 2 Ways

 I live surrounded by citrus here in Santa Barbara and eat it almost every day.  I have a meyer lemon tree along with a valencia orange in my backyard.  I buy what I don't have growing in my garden at our farmers market and recently got inspired to make a citrus centerpiece.  There are so ways ways to use this versatile fruit that hold up so well that I decided to make 2 centerpieces where citrus is the star.Read more

See How Easy It Is To Prune Miniature Roses

 Miniature roses are sold in grocery stores, florists, big box stores, garden centers and nurseries, and even here in Santa Barbara at our farmers market.  If you buy one from a reputable nursery or garden center, then it's meant to be grown outdoors.  The others are probably greenhouse grown and not really meant for life in the great outdoors.  Regardless of which type of miniature rose you have, the pruning is done the same way.Read more

Ask Nell: How To Remove Succulent Pups

 As you probably already know by now, I propagate a lot of succulents.  My garden is full of them which I'm very thankful these days because of the mega drought here in California.  I usually propagate by stem cuttings but every now and then I do it by removing the pups, which are... Read more

Another Easy Way To Hang Air Plants

 I have air plants in pots on my front porch (sans soil of course), on a shelf in my house and hanging in my loquat tree.  I did a vlog on hanging air plants last year and am always looking for a new way to display them.  I went to the always beautiful Santa Barbara International... Read more

Ask Nell: Ants In & Around Plants

Pearl wrote me a couple of weeks back and said she'd seen lots of ants on the soil of her succulents and near her succulents.  "What is the best way to get rid of Ants In & Around Plants?", she asked.  Ants and plants have been spending time together for 100's of years.  There seems to be no end in sight for this combo.   The answer is simple: get rid of what... Read more