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  • Test your soil for its composition of Nutrients and know what soil pH level is right for your plants (acidity or alkalinity). Know your plants needs for Drainage, Water, Humidity, Sun Light, Temperature, Fertilization, Moisture Retention and Organic Compounds. The soil should be loosened before planting.

  • Space is very important when planting. Some do well bunched together others need space to grow, 5 inches for some. Having a landscape plan will help with the location of plants and the placement of the different varieties.

  • Light Intensity, Duration and Quality is very important to a plants growth and health. Know your plants outdoor and indoor lighting needs like direct light or shade. Incandescent or fluorescent lights. For indoor Photosynthesis, plants require mostly blues and reds, but for flowering, infrared light is also needed. Incandescent lights produce mostly red, and some infrared light, but are very low in blues. Fluorescent lights produce mostly blue light and are low in red light.     Gardening Videos

  • Knowing how much water your plant needs and when it needs it is very important. Some can do well with a moist soil others can survive on just a little water. Over and under watering are common causes of plant deaths. House plant roots are usually in the bottom two-thirds of the pot, so do not water until the bottom two thirds starts to dry out slightly. For a 6-inch pot, stick your index finger about 2 inches into the soil (approximately to the second joint of your finger). If the soil feels damp, don't water. Water the pot until water runs out of the bottom so it washes out all the excess salts and fertilizer residue. It also helps that the bottom two-thirds of the pot, which contains most of the roots, receives sufficient water. This will help from salts from building up too. You should leach pots every 4 to 6 months by watering twice the volume of the pot. Repotting should be no more than 2 inches larger in diameter than the pot the plant is currently growing in. 
    Water a Vegetable Garden first thing in the Mourning

  • Use Mulch around your plants to help keep your soil from drying out.
    Mulch also helps retard weed growth.

  • Fertilizers mostly contain 3 major plant food elements of Nitrogen (N), Phosphoric Acid (P), and Potassium (K) 20-20-20. The first figure indicates available nitrogen, the second is available phosphate and the third is
    water-soluble potassium. Frequency of fertilizer application varies so know your plants needs. When applying fertilizer in a solution to a pot make sure
    that some runs out of the bottom of the pot to avoid hurting the roots.

  • When it comes to air, plants need fresh air to breathe to stay healthy.
    When it comes to soil, many plants need to breath through the soil as well. Atmospheric humidity is expressed as a percentage of the moisture saturation of air.

  • Annual Plants go from seed to bloom and back to seed and provide blooms throughout the season but need to be replanted every year.

  • Perennial Plants can bloom at different times during the growing season and some only for a few short weeks but they donít need be replanted every year.

  • Planting seeds can see results in a few short weeks, but should start indoors before the season begins. (Avoid over watering)

  • Temperature is key to the certain plants. Some do well in warm climates others do not. Some need to be indoors in winter or during a frost.
    Indoor house plants grow best between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit with cooler night time temperatures down to around 55 F.

  • To keep cut flowers longer, place them in a clean vase, cut the stems at a slant, remove any leaves under the water line and change the water often.

  • Bulbs, if you look inside, are actually the beginning of a tiny flower bud.
    They have everything the flower needs to grow except water.
    You usually plant bulbs twice as deep as they are high.  

  • Growing vegetables and other plants can be difficult when you have Wildlife constantly eating them. Here are some wildlife-repellent flowers that may help.
    To repel squirrels try allium, snow crocus, marigolds and kaiserís crown .
    To repel deer try bee balm, passionflower and white horse flower.
    To repel rabbits try ageratum, purple coneflower, snowdrop and lobelia.


    Indoor Plants Benefits: Did you know that most indoor plants create a Healthy Living Environment by Generating Oxygen, absorbing Carbon Dioxide, Purifying the air of impurities and by adding Humidity to a room during Dry Conditions.
    Types of Houseplants that Clean Indoor Air
    List of Air-Filtering Plants


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