Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Where can I find information about local garden events when I'm traveling?

Photo Credit: Erika Phillips

Q. Where can I find information about local garden events when I'm traveling?

A. I've added new pages to this blog that have information that should help you. GoGardenNow: Botanical Garden Events and GoGardenNow: Garden Club News will show a few events that I've learned about while surfing the web. The events are open to the public, so far as I know.

GoGardenNow: Gardening Resources presents a list of organizations and agencies along with their web links. If you're traveling, I particularly recommend you check out the American Horticultural Society Garden Directory. Find botanical gardens to visit, and save money with the AHS Reciprocal Admissions Program.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Can I dump used coffee grounds in my garden?

Photo by Buenosia Carol from Pexels

Q. Can I dump used coffee grounds in my garden?

A. Instead of dumping used coffee grounds in the trash or washing into the garbage disposal, you can add them to your compost pile. They've been pulverized into tiny bits, so they will decompose rapidly.

You can also sprinkle coffee grounds around acid-loving plants such as azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, gardenias and blueberries. A quarter-inch application every month or so will help to keep the soil a little on the acidic side.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: European Commission to criminalize nearly all seeds and plants not registered with government.

This is shocking news. According to Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, Editor of, a new law proposed by the European Commission would require the registration all seeds and plants. Possession and use of all those not registered would be illegal. "Home gardeners who grow their own plants from non-regulated seeds would be considered criminals under this law."  Learn more:

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Must-Have Plants: Achillea 'Desert Eve' (TM) Red

Must-have plants are among the best plants for appropriate garden situations. When you need great garden plants for ground cover, naturalizing, wildflower gardens, perennial borders, butterfly gardens, hummingbird gardens, herb gardens, heritage gardens, cutting gardens, woodland gardens, shade gardens, bulb gardens, container gardens, bog gardens, water gardens, rain gardens or xeriscaping, look for the best among our must-have plants.

Name(s): Achillea 'Desert Eve' (TM) Red, Yarrow, Milfoil, Staunchweed, Sanguinary, Thousandleaf, Soldier's Woundwort

Flower Color: Red

Bloom Time: June to September

Foliage: Herbaceous, gray-green, fragrant.

Height/Spread: 12 inches to 18 inches x 12 inches to 18 inches.

Climate Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Sun Exposure: Full sun, partial shade.

Soil Condition: Well-drained to dry, average to poor, pH 5.6 to 7.5

Features: Drought tolerant, deer resistant, fragrant.

Uses: Xeriscaping, massed planting, naturalizing, cutting gardens, butterfly gardens, herb gardens, perennial borders.

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