S: A Gardening Journal
2: Habit: Mat-forming Soil moisture: average Bloom time: summer Flower Color: Lavender Foilage Color: Dark-green Foilage size: 25 inches | Plant Type: Perennial, Herb, ground cover Zones: 6-9 Light: Full sun to part shade Height: up to 2 inches
13: Although camellias are not generally used in flower arrangements, you will want to cut them and bring them inside when a biting frost threatens. Instead of turning brown outside, the tender buds and flowers will shine and bring their particular elegance into your home.
14: Tree Pruning Trim crab apple trees late in February, when the coldest weather has passed. Pruning-thinning the branches; cutting away dead, damaged, or diseased wood; and shaping-will encourage vigorous growth in spring and yield more beautiful and productive trees. | Good To Know Keeping windows clean helps plants get plenty of sunshine. To promote uniform growth, rotate pots a quarter turn every day. If the air is dry, create humidity by setting pots on saucers filled with pebbles and water.
15: Bulb Basics When growing an amaryllis, or any other tender bulb indoors, make sure to keep it in a bright, indirect light. This will ensure steady growth and help extend the flower's bloom period. To keep your flowering plants happier and healthier, lower your thermostat. Dry winter heat isn't good for plants (or people), and cooler temperatures will result in greener, more even development. | The good-to-the-earth garden Keep bugs away responsibly. Instead of using a chemical pesticide, try an all-natural one of your own: Puree 15 garlic cloves in a blender with one pint of water. Strain the liquid, then spray directly on plants. Switch to sustainable supplies. When it's time to replace hand tools, gloves, and more, opt for ones made from renewable or organic materials. Create a rainwater barrel. Instead of wasting six gallons of water per minute using a hose, collect rainwater, which is rich in minerals and free of chlorine, to fortify your garden. Use organic plant food. Help plants flourish without and contaminating runoff into streams and groundwater. Try Espoma Garden-Tone 3-4-4 (espoma.com for stores). | July
16: In July