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Monthly Archives: September 2017

How to Control Plant Pests: Fungus Gnats & Root Mealybugs

Plants and pests go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you have the 1st, then the later will make an appearance at some time. I'm more familiar with and have seen these pests infesting houseplants more than plants in the landscape. What I'm talking about here is fungus gnats and root mealybugs (some call them soil mealybugs) and what you can do to control them.This is part of a plant pest series which I did about 4 months ago and then dropped the ball... Read more

How To Plant & Care For Aloe Vera Pups

Your happy Aloe vera has produced babies, which you have removed. Now, what's next? My aloes have produced many baby plants over the years, most of which I've given away.  Share the love I say!  Here's how to plant and care for those sweet Aloe vera pups.

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5 Front Porches That’ll Welcome Fall to Your Home

Written By Lucy FerreiraFall is in the air and what a better way to welcome the colder days than decorating our front porch. Here are some ideas to get inspired you inspired and say "hi there fall".
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The Most Important Thing to Do Before Pruning: Clean And Sharpen Your Pruning Tools

Am I the only one who really loves to prune? Fall and spring are the busiest times for pruning.  Now that we're well into September, I wanted to share this with you. Before you start any kind of big pruning job, there's 1 very important thing to do. It's simple but sometimes we need reminding: make sure to clean and sharpen your pruning tools.

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Aloe Vera Propagation: How To Remove Pups From the Mother Plant

Aloe vera, besides being a plant with purpose, is a succulent which just keeps on giving. If your plant is healthy and happy, you'll see babies, or pups, growing off the base of the mother plant. I'll show you the easiest method of Aloe vera propagation, in my opinion anyway. This is all about removing those pups so you can have more plants... Read more

Aloe Vera: An Easy Care Succulent to Grow As A Houseplant

Aloe vera - oh how we love and need you! Often times called just Aloe, this is a great plant to have around your home. This succulent is truly a plant with purpose and so handy to have in the kitchen or bathroom. These care tips for growing Aloe vera as a houseplant will help keep yours in tip-top shape.

How To Grow A Staghorn Fern Indoors

I'm serving up buckets of artsy plant fun here: Staghorn Ferns are just the right amount of cool with a dash of wackiness thrown in. They're epiphytes, just like orchids and bromeliads, which means they grow on other plants in their native environment, which is the tropical rainforest.... Read more

Tips For Getting The Most Bang For Your Buck From A Small Vegetable Garden

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Living in New York City, I’m often disappointed in the quality of products offered at the supermarkets. It’s not uncommon for carrots to wilt within a day, or for spinach to quickly turn into green mush even when it’s kept in the refrigerator’s “crisper” drawer. (Is anyone else certain that this has literally... Read more

Something’s Eating My Bougainvillea Leaves: What It Is & What To Do About It

Are you seeing damage on your bougainvillea leaves? Like something's been chomping and munching away? I'm not talking little nibbles here and there but some serious feasting. I'll tell and show you what it might be (these are 3 choices that I'm familiar with) so you can identify, perhaps do a little more research and take action.I had 2 bougainvilleas in my... Read more