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Bountiful Harvest from Your Patio

At National Garden Bureau, we like to encourage even the brown thumbs out there to attempt gardening, even if on a small scale. And what better way to start than with produce grown on your own patio? Container growing offers many benefits, not the least of which is that you can put a “garden” just about anywhere. Cement balconies on a highrise […]

Preserving Cut Flowers

There’s nothing like fresh flowers around the house whether they come straight from your garden or from a florist. But when you take the time to put together an arrangement, you’d like it to last forever or at least for more than a few days! Here are some step-by-step tips for extending the vase life […]

Techniques for a healthy productive organic garden

Not only will you grow delicious, fresh, healthy foods; you will also contribute to the health of the environment and community by not using harmful chemicals. But organic gardening doesn’t just mean not using chemicals. It is a method that encourages life and diversity in the soil, plants, and insects that live in the garden. […]

Fatsia japonica, a Shady-Loving, Evergreen Shrub

Cultural PreferencesImage Fatsia flourishes in slightly acid, rich, moist but well-drained soil in full to partial shade. Fertilize if leaves turn pale or yellow or otherwise indicate a nutritional deficiency. Although Fatsia is tolerant of heat, humidity, pollution, deer, and rabbits, it should be protected from harsh, drying wind and from burning sun. Even though […]

Marketing Panache, Plant Lore Invigorate Garden Center’s Sales

A purple petunia at the Wal-Mart store in Mohegan Lake, N.Y., sells for 26 cents. A short drive away, Matterhorn Nursery in Spring Valley, N.Y., sells the same purple petunia for more than triple Wal-Mart’s price — 83 cents. Yet on Mother’s Day, the unofficial kickoff to gardening season in the area, long lines of […]

What are Seed Tapes and How Can I Use Them?

They are a pre-sown product of single or multiple species of seeds that are already spaced between tissue layers at the correct distance for growing. As well as the simple, linear tape, there is a wide range of other shapes and sizes, such as discs, mats and carpets. Many flower, vegetable or herb seeds can […]

Resolutions for Gardeners

A new year typically brings about resolutions right? Be they for losing weight, being more organized or simply an overall “being better” wish, resolutions are good goals to have. Gardeners are no exception to wishing for the better; better gardens, better planning, better record-keeping, etc. Following are five resolutions that we wish every gardener, no […]

Spectacular Desert Plants

Noah Webster was wrong. In his dictionary, he defined desert as “a desolate or forbidding area.” Clearly, the famed lexicographer had never traveled through this country’s Southwest. If he had, he’d have been amazed by the vast palette of colorful, vibrant perennials, shrubs and trees that are native to our Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave deserts–plants […]

Corn History and Lore

Evidence shows that maize (corn) was domesticated and cultivated in central Mexico, in what is now the Tehuacan Valley. Scientists theorize that it is the product of crossing two types of grain or grasses. One ancestor, teosinte is a grass-like plant that resembles a type of wheat. The kernels are spaced along the stems much […]

Designing a Shade Garden

At my house, I have a small shady area, which I have been piecing together for a few years. I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but it has always been sort of a dump for perennials that I don’t know where else to plant, but no longer. This year I have resolved to design an […]