Featured Blog Posts – January 2012 Archive (10)

South Florida garden views January 2012

I love this time of year.  So many of the flowers are in bloom around my yard. Favorites include the 'Starburst' as well as the many orchids in pots and/or trees around our yard.  We had sod laid in a few areas and it's taken root and looks so much nicer.  The round paver stones I put in several months ago have worked out great.  Enjoy my new photos from Garden Views January 2012!

Added by Sharon DeWitt on January 31, 2012 at 4:47pm — No Comments

Living in Zone 8a ,

 looking for some shrubs that can take some shade and grow to 3 to 5 feet tall with some color

Added by Kathy Bolin on January 27, 2012 at 11:01pm — 2 Comments

Finished Koi Pond!


Four feet square, 3 feet deep and home to 4 "Ugly" Koi...Skeletor, Moose, Spot and Goldie...

I think it came out beautifully!



Added by Karen Andris Ruhloff on January 27, 2012 at 4:12pm — No Comments

2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map - Has Your Zone Changed?

The new USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is finally out at …

Added by Clare Oliva on January 26, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Vertical Gardening Tips -- Planting a Phytopod

Most people are surprised by the sight of plants growing out of the side of a Phytopod.  We all know that weeds and other flighty seeds can germinate and flourish in the cracks of a wall or on a rooftop. Well, many of the lettuces and greens we eat in salads these days are what we used to call weeds in the days when mass production and herbicides had hegemony.  Growing vertical is a capability of almost all plants however! The rules are that roots will grow down and shoots and leaves will…


Added by Eluem on January 26, 2012 at 10:35am — No Comments


Did you know...that you should never plant an orchid directly into a metal or glazed pot??  Orchids leaves and roots are extremely sensitive to those materials and your orchids will not flourish in them, or even worse die.

Always plant the orchid in a plastic or non glazed clay pot, then put that in your…


Added by Rita Warfel on January 24, 2012 at 11:55am — 1 Comment

Garden Indoors With House Plants

I know I've talked a lot recently about house plants. I guess it's because I'm surrounded by them because we have to bring so many of our plants in for the winter.

I know you've seen the house plants for sale at the home improvement stores. Some of them can get pretty pricey, but if you're getting a really…


Added by Judi Julian on January 24, 2012 at 9:46am — 1 Comment

Keeping Up with Tools

I try to be organized but it sometimes seems little gremlins are shuffeling stuff in the garage.  I had to buy a new Florian folding limb saw because my old one has gone missing.  A vinyl shoe organizer is mounted to the wall near the exit door.  It holds most of my garden hand tools: not nearly enough room for…


Added by Freddy J. Hill on January 21, 2012 at 11:56pm — 1 Comment

January Life...

This coming week-end, I (well, my hubby will be doing it) we till once again.  I have some debris that needs to be burned.  I think that the ashes will be a wonderful benefit.  Don't you?  There are a list of things that need to be done.

     *Rake out debris left and make the soil smoother (eliminate rocks)

     *I will spray the borders of the garden to keep the squash bugs, aphids, and ants away...

     *Organize the paver bricks that are left over from the…


Added by Virginia Robertson on January 20, 2012 at 5:48pm — No Comments

Winter Cheer - Garden Pictures

When it's freezing cold outside and the snow is blowing and I know there is still 4 long months until I can really "garden" again, I start looking through pictures of last years garden. It's really fun to compare them with the pictures of our garden the year before, to see how things have progressed. The grape vines…


Added by Judi Julian on January 19, 2012 at 9:22am — No Comments

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