Potting Bench Review: Merry Garden Potting Bench

Recently my brother and I purchased a gift for my mom for her birthday. Her old potting bench was rusting out at the feet and in several other locations and it was time for a new one. As so many of us do these days I went to Amazon and searched through the potting benches that were available. I found one that I thought looked sturdy, functional, and attractive: The Merry Garden Potting Bench (Amazon Aff). The Merry Garden Potting Bench was made from cedar and has a shelf under the main potting area as well as a small shelf on top of the bench. The main surface area of the potting bench has a grate area where you pot the plants and a spot to put a container for catching the excess soil underneath. There's a little room for storage under the right side of the main potting area.…

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Crossing Daylilies

Daylilies are one of the easiest plants to learn how to hybridize. The large flowers with easy to get to pollen make it a simple matter to transfer pollen from one flower to another.  There are a couple simple things you need to know before you start hybridizing daylilies. The first is where the pollen is and the second is where to place it!Important Daylily Parts for HybridizingThe two parts of the daylily flower you need to pay attention to are the stigma and the stamen. The stamens are 6 stalk like parts that emerge from the flower. On the end of each stamen is the anther which is where you can find the pollen. It's easy to see if you are doing this in the morning. In the afternoon I have noticed they tend to close and make the pollen harder to get to so the morning is the…

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Elderberry Bush – Transplanting and Propagating

Over the years the side garden area of our yard has gradually grown into a small forest area. My kids call the area "the thicket." They play in the pathways I've cut through. Over time the sassafras trees have grown tall changing the hillside from just a grassy field to a small forest. Among the plants naturally growing in "the thicket" is a stand of elderberry bushes (Sambucus canadensis). I love the look of elderberries in the fall when they are loaded with berries and in the springtime when they bloom. Elderberries are easy plants to grow if put in the right place. Growing Elderberry Elderberry bushes like to grow in a full sun to part shade location. In our yard the elderberries function as an understory plant and are doing quite well on the edges of taller trees in forest areas. They like soil that gets moist but is…

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Images of the Spring Garden – March 2018

Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons in the garden. Fall because I love the changing leaves, the cool crisp air, and the feeling of closure that comes with shutting down the garden. Spring is my other favorite because of the rebirth. All the spring flowers and foliage are emerging and everything is brand new again. It's a really fun time to be out in the spring garden. When I walk from garden to garden I rediscover plants I had forgotten about. I see hostas emerging, buds swelling with the promise of blooms to come, birds darting to and fro as they begin making their nests, and so much more! Weeds emerge too but that doesn't bother me so much. Weeds have their place and often provide nutrition for number of mysterious denizens of the garden.     Spring is the best of times in the garden. The garden is…

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2018 Garden Projects List

I haven't made a list of gardening projects in a while. I think it's time to start getting organized and planning out my 2018 for some great things! Years ago I decided rather than post about resolutions that I would focus on projects I wanted to accomplish like building a shed, building raised beds, or other similar garden projects. My 2018 project list this time doesn't stick strictly to the garden. I have a some major goals that I'm looking forward to tackling! On to the 2018 Garden Projects List!  2018 Garden Projects List Transplant about 8 blueberry bushes to our new property. They are small blueberry bushes so it won't be that difficult. The challenge will be protecting them from deer and other animals while we aren't on the land. I will probably have to install some sort of fencing/screen structure. Right now I'm considering 4x4 fence posts with…

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Plants to Propagate in Winter

Winter is officially here! If you're reading this post you are probably thinking what I can do in the garden in winter? Well if you're a fan of plant propagation you should try some winter plant propagation! What plants you can propagate and at what time of the year largely depends on the type of wood you select for the cuttings. At this time of year we are looking at hardwood cuttings which can be taken from a number of different types of plants. Below is a list of a few plants to propagate in winter. Plants to Propagate in Winter Arborvitae Caryopteris Crape Myrtle Dogwood (Cornus) Forsythia Fruit Trees (Peaches, Plums, and many others) Grape Vines Roses Russian Sage (Perennial/sub-shrub) Viburnum Willow Yew This list is not extensive! In general try hardwood cuttings from deciduous plants in the winter. My thought is if you are intending to prune something,…

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Video Update: Bradford Pear Tree Broken

Video UPDATE: Bradford Pear Tree As I expected we now have a second Bradford Pear Tree boken. In fact it's a rather dangerous situation due to heavy branch still attached to the tree. I've been working to get this tree cut down since this happened but take a look at why you shouldn't plant one of these problem trees. In fact avoid ANY Callery Pear tree as they are all similar in composition. Let's review why you shouldn't plant a Bradford Pear Tree: Weak Wood - They break often due to the "V" shaped branching pattern. They Smell Bad when in Bloom - think rotten meat! They are invasive!

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Gardeners 2017

The holiday season is in full swing and the good news is that gardeners are very easy to shop for! Whether your gardener likes gardening with vegetables, herbs, or ornamental plants there is something for everyone. Today here are some Christmas gift ideas for gardeners to help you find just the right thing! (Disclaimer: The links in this post are affiliate links that help support this website. Thank you for reading!) Gift Ideas For Vegetable and Herb Gardeners Raised Beds Gardening in raised beds is an awesome way to grow your vegetables and herbs. Raised beds have a number of advantages. Raised beds are simple to build but if you don't have the time or the materials you can find some options for purchase available.   Elevated Raised Beds Elevated raised beds are great for those with space or mobility issues. They bring the garden to a more accessible height.…

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Fall Color 2017 from Growing The Home Garden

I'm a big fan of foliage! There is no better time of the year than autumn for those who love foliage, and naturally fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I thought I would share with you some photos I have taken over the last month of the foliage from my garden. Tennessee often has amazing fall color and this year was no exception. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the fall color from my garden! Fall Color 2017 While its surroundings are lacking in appeal blueberry bushes always have some beautiful fall foliage. They are worth planting for ornamental value in addition to the edible berries. Fothergilla is an amazing plant for fall color! This Japanese Maple is 'Germaine's Gyration'. I missed the peak color by a day! There are few trees that can rival the fall color of a maple! This self sown maple…

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How to Buy Mums (Hardy Chrysanthemum)

OK, you might be thinking to yourself that this headline "How to Buy Mums" is about a topic we don't even need to discuss. Really, how hard can it be? You go to the nursery, pick out a full bushy plant full of blooms. You walk to the check out counter buy it and go home to plant it. If that's what you think then let me add one more thing to the purchase of your mums, don't buy the plants when in bloom! The Secret of How to Buy Mums The secret to long lasting chrysanthemum blooms in the fall is to buy your plants from the nursery when they are still in tight buds. If you look around at all the other mums on sale you can identify the colors you like then purchase plants that have little to no blooming. That way when you get them home…

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