Birds, such as cardinals, finches, and chickadees, are fun to
watch all winter long.
To survive in our cold weather, birds need food, water, and
shelter. Bird seed is necessary but so is the extra fat provided by
black oil sunflower seeds and suet to keep them warm in winter.
Providing a heated bird bath for drinking and bathing is very
beneficial as well. Birds also need a place protecting them from
the wind and a place to hide and rest. Evergreen trees and/or
shrubs and bird houses are great places for birds during the winter
months, because they provide cover above with a more open
Posted on January 14, 2013
Read the back of the seed package. This will give you the number of
weeks needed to start seeds indoors before last frost. Count back
that many weeks from May 15th to get the starting date.
Posted on January 12, 2013
The 'China Doll' plant (Radermachera sinica) is a fairly easy
indoor plant to grow.
Give it a good bright light, including a bit of direct sun early in
the morning or in the late afternoon. Water thoroughly until it
soaks up all it can and some excess runs out the bottom; then leave
it alone until the top inch of soil is dry to the touch. Then water
thoroughly again. How often you need to water will vary with
season, the humidity level in your house, how bright the light is
and how big the plant is in relation to the size of the pot.
This is a plant that does best if it is not pampered too much. Be
sure the top inch of soil gets dry between waterings, since this is
a plant that will get root-rot if the soil stays too soggy between
waterings. Fertilize with a mild, balanced fertilizer only
during the spring and early summer months.
If you are losing leaves on your plant, check the soil
moisture. Both watering too often or not often enough
can cause leaf drop.
Posted on January 4, 2013
The 'sap' is most likely the product of an infestation of sucking
insects. There are several kinds of insects that can do this; most
of them are so small or so well camouflaged they are hard to see
with the naked eye. Fortunately, the treatment for all of them is
If you have children or pets and would like to use an organic
product, try an insecticidal soap or one of the insecticides from
the 'Pharm' line of herbal products. If you would prefer a product
with more residual presence, try 'X-Clude'. We carry a good
selection of insecticides all year round.
If you have further questions, please clip a small sample of the
plant, seal it is a bag and bring it in; we can identify the insect
and recommend a product for you.
Posted on January 1, 2013
While the plant is in bloom, try to keep it in a cool location with
indirect light. Water normally, allowing the soil to dry slightly
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Posted on November 1, 2012