What Plants Benefit From Coffee Grounds?

coffee grounds for plants

Which plants like used coffee grounds? Use coffee grinds as a soil amendment for acid-loving plants. Before brewing, grounds of coffee contain more acid as well as caffeine.

The Best Planting Tip I Never Shared!

planting tip

Thomas Rainer is a landscape architect by profession and claims to be a gardener by obsession. Thomas shared a great gardening tip he picked up that I’ve used for years

How To Improve Clay Soil

Clay soil and tips on improving clay soils

The structure of clay soil is heavy and challenging to work with, making cultivation difficult. If you’re having this problem and you’re not quite sure what your soil is, there is a good chance that it is clay. Learn ways to improve clay soil. Click on this article for tips on improving clay soil.

How To Use A Gypsum Soil Amendment

Bag of Garden Gypsum To Amend soil

Garden Gypsum soil amendment helps improve soil naturally. amendment. Gypsum can help improve crop growth and assist in balancing the pH levels and provide necessary nutrients.

Tips On Using Vinegar To Lower Soil pH

Lower soil pH with vinegar and turn Hydrangea flowers blue

Some plants require a lower level of pH than others. Fortunately, adding a little bit of vinegar to your soil can up the acidity and correct the pH levels to

How To Remove Sap From Clothes

Tips on getting tree sap from clothes

Have you ever found yourself at the end of the day with sap all over your clothes from working in the yard or garden. It always seems like my Philodendrons and

Can You Reuse Potting Soil?

Can potting soil be reused?

Can You Reuse Potting Soil? Yes, in many cases, you can reuse potting soil. However, you do need to prepare the soil first by removing pathogens and re-introducing nutrients. The

When To Thin Seedlings?

thinning seedling lets you pick strongest

The excitement of spring starts weeks or months before the warm weather arrives. Spring anticipation begins with the planting of vegetable seeds for the garden and flower seeds for the

Can Potting Soil Go Bad?

Bag of potting soil - Can potting soil mixes go bad?

Most things in your pantry or fridge go bad over time, but it may surprise you to learn that even potting soils expire. It might just be a bag of

Should You Be Soaking Seeds Before Planting?

Should you soak seeds before planting helps plants germinate faster

There is a long history of gardeners soaking seeds before planting, but many new gardeners aren’t aware that this trick can decrease the germination time. Soaking seeds before planting can

What Is Good Garden Loam?

When soil requirements are specified for various kinds of gardening needs, reference is frequently made to “good soil,” “ordinary garden loam,” “good garden soil,” or “good garden loam soil.” For

Should You Use Distilled Water For Plants?

Watering Ficus plants with distilled water

These days it’s becoming harder and harder to get pure water for your houseplants.  Tap water or municipal water often contains unwanted contaminants, and even rainwater is less than perfect. 

How Long To Keep Grow Lights On Plants?

man checking the grow lights setup

Have you ever wondered how long you should keep the grow lights on your plants?  If so, you’re not alone. Here’s a question we received on just that topic. Question:

Perennials That Attract Hummingbirds

Hummingbird lunching on Bee Balm nectar

Hummingbirds are indeed fascinating in any garden. The key to attract hummingbirds into your garden is to add many hummingbird attracting annuals and perennials, which offer them food and shelter.  The

Humus Rich Soil: A Garden Foundation

Humus is the blood, the life of your garden soil. Every gardener’s primary concern should be to make year-by-year improvements to their soil. Soil without humus, is inactive, lacking the

How To Make The Perfect Hummingbird Food

Hummingbirds are wonderful tiny creatures and great additions to the garden. There are plants you can grow to help attract these flying gems, but including a hummingbird feeder with the

The Pros and Cons of Pine Needle Mulch

mulch from pine needles is good for acid loving plants

Mother Nature has provided numerous natural ways to help plants and trees grow.  One of the most effective ways of ensuring the plants grow optimally is mulching the plant with

Is Mint Poisonous To Cats?

Cat sniffing a mint plant

One of the most significant responsibilities of being a cat owner is to provide them with a healthy and safe environment to live.  This is especially true if you are

Improving Soil with Natural Pumice

natural pumice improves succulent or cactus soil mix

If you want your plants to grow optimally, with lush foliage and vibrant blossoms, then you have to focus on the quality of your soil.  The root systems of all

How To Add Nitrogen To Soil

plants help add nitrogen to soil

If you’ve been gardening a while, you may have noticed a decline in the appearance of your plants.  For example, leaves may have become lackluster and yellow.  What could the