GARDEN INDOORS

How To Rescue Your Seedlings

Tomatoe Seedlings at Sensible Gardening and Living

With the anticipation of spring it is not uncommon for gardeners to start seedlings a bit too early for their growing season. We’ve all done it and we’ll all do it again. Your potted seedlings start out great but then begin to go down as they wait patiently for warmer outdoor temperatures. The result is tall, spindly and weakened plant…

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Damping Off

Damping Off with Sensible Gardening. The No1 problem of seedlings.

Everyone is busy choosing seeds for next spring’s garden and planting up seed trays to get a head start on the season. Starting seeds is great fun but also a lot of work, so it is very disappointing when things go wrong. What is Damping Off: Probably the biggest failure in seed starting comes from damping off disease. Damping off…

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Fantasy Friday Three

Hydrangea Blooms at Sensible Gardening and Living

The Flowers of Paris Cutting fresh flowers from the garden to bring indoors or buying a few at the market or garden center to bring home, they are all lovely. Whether tossed nonchalantly into a jar or arranged with great care and precision, they are all beautiful. But… some bouquets are a little more perfect and fanciful than others, that’s…

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More Asian Orchids

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The orchids of Taiwan or not isolated or restricted just to the numerous hot house nurseries that I showed you on the last Fantasy Friday post. A simple stroll through a park or down a street and you are likely to come face to face with these beautiful plants. It takes a little getting used to as normally one encounters…

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December Garden Withdrawal

Deer tracks at Sensible Gardening and Living

As we march into winter I start to get garden withdrawal and try to find ways to entertain myself to ease the discomfort.  I often find myself wandering around the larger garden centers eyeing the tropicals and seasonal plants. Now is a good time to treat yourself to a few flowering plants such as begonias, azaleas or miniature roses. The…

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The Other Christmas Plant

Christmas decor at Sensible Gardening and Living

Probably the most popular and wildly used Christmas flower is the poinsettia, there is however another equally charming plant that blooms for us during the Christmas season. Commonly know as Christmas cactus, or Crab cactus (Schlumbergera truncata), this is a very beautiful flowering cactus with oblong, bright green fleshy stem segments and pink, red, orange or white trumpet-shaped, narrow petaled…

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Fantasy Friday One

Arrival of Spring at Sensible Gardening and Living

For many of us the gardening season is coming to a close. Southern gardeners have the luxury of gardening twelve months of the year but in Northern gardens we have to resolve ourselves to arm chair gardening for a few months. Once the ground is covered with snow there is little we can do, except for our late winter pruning of…

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