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Larkspur is the Flower of the Month of July

Did you know? Larkspur is the flower of the month of July and its meaning denotes Fickleness. Larkspur Flowers are irregularly shaped and bloom in a loose, vertical grouping along the upper end of the plant’s main stalk. Larkspur is actually a very complex flower consisting of both petals and sepals. Kingdom Plantae Division Magnoliophyta Class Magnoliopsida Order Ranunculales Family Ranunculaceae Genus

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Pest Control Begins with Sound Gardening Practices

Today, gardeners realize that a balance of insects, good and bad, is most healthful for both the garden and gardener. For the most part, gone are the days of spraying indiscriminately to eradicate pests. Now, the focus is on good gardening practices, such as soil building and planting a diversity of crops, combined with barriers and traps. If sprays are

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Southwest Herb Gardening: What To Plant In June, and Watering In June

We recommend most plants be planted in the fall or spring. However, if you must plant during the summer months watering may need to be more frequent and you must be diligent about observing your newly planted plants for signs of water stress. Follow the guidelines in the Watering section. Many cacti and warm-season succulents can still be planted in the

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Southwest Herb Gardening: June In The Low Desert

June in the low desert is generally the driest and hottest month. Desert gardeners often must begin their garden activities in the early morning or at sunset to avoid the intense sunlight. Plants must endure the intense heat throughout the day. Many native and desert-adapted plants have numerous adaptations that enable them to live successfully in the desert, such as

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Creating A “Welltality” Garden

Gardeners looking for a place to unwind, meditate, and rejuvenate will enjoy this new landscaping trend, which combines elements of healing, privacy, and sensory experience to create a meaningful way to tune out the daily grind. Busy schedules, constant texts, and tweets, the demands of work, and balancing a fun, happy family life can pose a challenge. Finding time and a

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Companion Planting with Herbs

Boost your garden this season with the right pairings of plants. Companion planting is a fantastic addition to any garden. By specific plants next to certain fruits, flowers, and vegetables, you can boost their health and increase their production. Of course, knowing what pairings work best is key, especially when it comes to herbs. How It Works Companion planting improves

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Plant Profile: Wild Indigo {Baptisia tinctoria}

Also, Known As: Baptisia Clover Broom Horsefly Weed Indigo Broom Rattlebush Shoofly Wild Indigo Yellow Indigo The very term ‘indigo’ associated with a plant’s name brings to the mind that it must be yielding a rich blue pigment. But, unfortunately, wild indigo is a plant that is an inferior alternative to the original indigo dye that has provided people across

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Organic Garden Guide: Growing Lilacs in Containers

Very small gardens, balconies, decks and rooftops are ideal places for growing lilacs in containers. The smallest varieties of container lilacs are basically bonsai. Select any small or dwarf lilac for growing in containers. Some of the lilacs that are most suited for growing in containers include S. oblata subsp. dilatata, S. meyeri, S. pubescens, S. patula as well as the dwarf

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Organic Garden Guide: Pests And Diseases Of Lilacs

Diseases are always harmful. When lilacs or Syringa shrubs are affected by diseases, it may cause the plants to stop blooming or reduce their number of flowers. In many cases, diseases occurring in the previous year may result in the destruction of the flower buds. In some instances, growers may take preventive or even curative measures. It has often been

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