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Buddha\'s Hand Tree: Learn About Buddha\'s Hand Fruit
The fruit is a popular gift at New Year's and is called “bushkan.” The fruit is placed on top of special rice cakes or used in the home's tokonoma, a decorative alcove.In China, there are a dozen varieties or sub-varieties of Buddha's hand, each slightly...
Ohio
Willoughby
Hand Lotions and Scrubs for Gardeners
Photos of hand courtesy of morguefile.com Dry air can make our hard working, gardening hands dry out quickly and become a source of unneeded pain. Upper Canada's products can be found at variety stores and online for about $12.Earths Organics Gardeners...
California
El Segundo
Three Aralias for your indoor gardens
All are lovely foliage plants. They are sold sometimes in quite small pots, or as medium potted plants or even small indoor trees. They are happy in a wide range of lighting and average household temperatures.
California
El Segundo
Yes, Joyce, there is a Money Tree (Pachira)
A minor point but one that some readers may find importantMoney Tree art at left by the incomparable "Inky" Used here with permission, Thank you! Inky Art not to be used elsewhere without express permission of the creator.
California
El Segundo
Garden Crafts: How-to Instructions For A Macrame\' Hanging Planter
(left-handed people do the opposite) what you will end up with is a coiled rope down the whole group of cords. They are easy to make, and the materials can be as inexpensive or as elaborate as you wish.
California
El Segundo
Cypress Tree Leaf Identification
The twigs themselves remain bare of needles. Valued for their wood and ecological impact, cypress trees have become popular for reforestation efforts in the South, especially around wetland areas.
California
Santa Monica
How to Grow Zucchini on a Trellis
Zucchini is a garden crop that grows easily and abundantly for most gardeners. As soon as they start touching the wire mesh of the trellis, begin encouraging them to grow in, out and around the wire mesh of the trellis.
California
Santa Monica
Bad luck with houseplants? Try lucky bamboo
Forego the unfortunate philodendron. Just top off with room temperature water as needed to keep it at the same level. It should do well with standard office lighting or a bright spot in a home.
California
El Segundo
A Grapevine Christmas Tree
Owners are usually glad to give permission for grapevines to be cut and collected.Every year the tree finds a place of permanence in my home. These homemade seed envelopes are then tied onto the tree with small red ribbons.
California
El Segundo
Japanese Maples for Small Gardens
It will also give 'instant height' when the maple is sited near lower plantings."Monte, who runs the maple nursery with her husband Ricardo and son Joe, says low grafts are suited for situations where the gardener wants an immediate 'drape effect'.
California
El Segundo
Warm and Cozy Buckwheat Seeds?
It was first cultivated in southeast Asia around 6000 B.C., it was documented in Europe by 4000 B.C, and was also found in Japan at about the same time. It'll make you warm.”So I watched the mail, and sure enough, a package arrived.
California
El Segundo
My favorite, versatile, new gardening tool is my \
I saved myself a few dollars in initial cost, more in doomed remedies, and lots of gardener angst and disappointment over yet more rose failure. I used my phone to take a pictorial note of wildflowers as I walked the dog.
California
El Segundo
Beauty in the Air: Hanging Basket Gardens
If you want something more than the usual selection available in the garden centers, think about designing your own unique hanging gardens. Try combining house plants with like-minded outdoor varieties for a stunning conversation piece.
California
El Segundo
Hummers at your window - a great gift idea!
All the feeders were used, but, selfishly, I wanted them at the window feeder. It had been sitting there for 3 years and I almost forgot about it. On July 21st, we were relaxing in our pool and saw our first hummer, feeding from the fuchsia.
California
El Segundo
Can a Marigold Be a House Plant?
Marigolds are popular garden plants because they come in a wide range of color combinations and sizes, and they grow quickly and easily. You can also grow marigolds indoors as house plants.Marigold varieties can range from 6 inches to 4 feet in height,...
California
Santa Monica
The Effects of Bottled Water or Tap Water on Plant Growth
Gardeners must periodically remove these built-up salts by leaching the soil with a large amount of water to remove the salts. Tap water may also contain small amounts of fluorine added to help prevent tooth decay.
California
Santa Monica
Party Favors From the Heart: African Violets and Handmade Containers
I stamped the date of our wedding beneath with a date stamp. I would have a busy week, forget to the check the humidity in the terrarium and lose half of my leaves. Raku is an ancient art of heating glazed clay to about 1900 degrees, then removing it...
California
El Segundo
Gardening Gifts A to Z
All the kits I've seen offer a choice of three colors (cultivars):(pink). They're durable, comfortable to work in, water and dirt resistant, and have roomy pockets for plant tags, gloves, clippers and more.
California
El Segundo
Diana\'s Anise Biscotti
Fennel seeds are double the size of anise seeds, but anise seeds have a much stronger flavor. Biscotti can be made in a variety of ways, using almonds, pistachios or dried fruits. Fennel, on the other hand, is available in many varieties and is an easy-to-grow...
California
El Segundo
What the Gardener Gets for Christmas
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. But the flowers were the same, and since the flowers were the same, a gardener would appreciate the calendar less than normal folk. Sometimes they're ceramic, sometimes painted clay,sometimes made of a more exotic...
California
El Segundo
How to Grow Honeysuckle in Pots
The fragrant blooms of this perennial vine are white with a tinge of yellow. Pat the soil gently, but firmly around the roots and add a thin layer of mulch.Insert a trellis into the soil on one side of the pot a few inches from the rim.
California
Santa Monica
Types of Nectarines
While other nectarine trees can grow to 20 feet or higher, dwarf varieties can grow in small spaces and attain a height of 4 to 6 feet. Freestone types have soft flesh and are common for eating or freezing, while clingstone varieties have firmer fresh...
California
Santa Monica
Plant Profiles For New Gardeners: Sempervirens tectorum, Hens and Chicks
It was thought to protect inhabitants from thunder and lightning strikes, so was a common sight planted on thatch and sod roofs. The 'mother' plant with the smaller babies surrounding it is how the common name 'hens and chickens' came about and the various...
California
El Segundo
My Garden, the Archaeological Site
They sensed they lost the battle for they uprooted very easily. I thought for sure the romantic side of me would surely win. To illustrate there were no hard feelings, these beautiful plants scattered seedpods all about the ground.
California
El Segundo
Gifts from and for Gardeners: How to Make a Discharge Printed Vest
A Discharge Print is one where, in this case, plant material is placed on a garment, and a bleaching agent is sprayed or brushed on it, leaving the areas under the plant material free from the bleach.I bought this denim vest in the local thrift store...
California
El Segundo
Handmade decorative paper with added flowers, seeds, leaves
I buy cotton linters for about $5 per pound. Whatever surface touches the pulp will imprint on the finished paper. Let it drip like a jelly bag, and then squeeze out all the excess water.
California
El Segundo
Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: Zinnias
This all circles back to not overcrowding your zinnia plants, so don't be tempted to sow your seeds thicker than recommended.Zinnias make great cut flowers. Water well, and you should see seedlings starting to sprout within a week.
California
El Segundo
Clay Critters for Plant Pots: A great kid craft for inside days
It's even easier if your pot (not plastic!) fits into the oven or if you have a clay or ceramic saucer with a similar edge. When it's hardened, just glue it to a wooden skewer or a chopstick for a great pot sticker ornament.are going to take this one...
California
El Segundo
Just add water, Paperwhites bring a hint of spring
The roots should have begun to grow, and leaves and buds will develop quickly for the recipient.You can't mail a container full of water but you can gather the necessary parts and supply instructions for your own personalized kit.
California
El Segundo