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Gardening Tutorials

Anisacanthus

Shrub for sun and hummingbirds: Flame Acanthus (Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii) Description: Flame Acanthus (Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii) is a heat-loving, drought tolerant small shrub that is native to Texas. It grows 3 to 5 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. It has light to medium green, 2” long, 3/4'” wide, lance-shaped leaves and [...]

Growing: Giant Hyssop

Imagine you are peacefully sitting enjoying the beauty of your garden, drinking some refreshing beverage and out of nowhere a hummingbird buzzes right by your ear and stops to drink from an orange flower spike of an Agastache. The iridescent green back and ruby throat of the hummingbird glitter for a fleeting moment, and then it [...]

Growing: Chinese Bell Flowers

This heavy bloomer gets its name from the way each flower bud swells before its starry petals unfold. The Chinese bell flower A.K.A Balloon flowers are one of the easiest perennials you'll ever grow, and they bloom in profusion in mid to late summer, when many other perennials are beginning to fade. The upward-facing flowers bloom [...]

How to Get Rid of Caterpillars, Inchworms & Cabbage Loopers

*Note- all Products listed are intended for LEGAL gardening uses Often the first sign of caterpillars/worms/cabbage loopers is noticing chunks of your leaves missing. You may also see clumps of black/brown "dirt" on your leaves, which is caterpillar poop. Lastly, you may actually catch a caterpillar in the act munching on your leaves! Stop Caterpillars From Attacking Your Plants! [...]

What should my pH be at, and how do I check it?

Soil: 6.0-7.0 In the wild, plants prefer a slightly acidic soil environment. For soil an optimum root zone pH for is between 6.0 and 7.0, with the most time spent with a pH between 6.2 - 6.9. It's a good idea to let the pH cover a range instead of always adjusting to the exact same pH number. In a soil environment [...]

When and What do I Feed my Plant?

Let’s examine the age-old cultivators question... What to feed my plants, and how much? To see what nutrients and supplements we carry click HERE  It’s a hard question to answer and you will get different information based on where you look and who you ask. If you ask the large nutrient manufacturers, they will point you [...]

Hydroponics 101

  What is Hydroponics? Basically, growing plants without the use of a traditional dirt medium and using a nutrient rich water solution. Those mediums range from fiberglass to sand and from fired clay balls to nothing at all. Several branches of hydroponics include aeroponics (using air as the grow medium), aquaponics etc. Deep Water Culture (DWC): [...]

Indoor Grow Lights Explained

Indoor Grow Lights Explained What’s the difference? There are many different types of indoor grow lights on the market and many new emerging technologies.  We continuously stay ahead of the game and current on all new light technologies. They all vary in price, intensity, & coverage.  In the end, they all produce LIGHT.  Light is measure [...]