Planting Azaleas from Monrovia

Today was a fantastic day to be outdoors, and of course for most of the time being outdoors means I'm planting something! Today I planted three azaleas into one of my gardens courtesy of Monrovia. Monrovia gave me an opportunity to try out these 'Savannah Sunset' azaleas in my garden. 'Savannah Sunset' is a part of Monrovia's Bloom N' Again collection of repeat blooming azaleas. They will bloom in the spring then produce more blooms in the fall! When planting any plant the location is very important. Azaleas generally prefer a part sun location with an acidic soil. If your soil isn't acidic you can amend with a soil acidifier for hydrangeas or blueberries. As you can see I situated my azaleas in the back yard near my blue shed. The soil here is very rich and the shade produce by the trees nearby should create the right location for…

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Spring IS Coming

Despite what the weather may lead us to believe Spring will arrive soon. Maybe it will help us believe it if we repeat that phrase: Spring will arrive soon! (Repeat as needed) It's March and during March we can expect a number of tumultuous and turbulent weather systems that will toy with our psyche. Have faith gardeners because spring and the gardening season will be here soon, but before Spring arrives there are a number of things that gardeners can to to prepare for the busiest time of the year! Yoshino Cherry in Bloom Pre-spring is a GREAT time to mulch. A GREAT time! Why? Because it is cool and easy to work without getting overheated. Mulch will hold weeds seeds back from germinating and keep moisture in the soil. I know I have mentioned mulch many times over the years but it is a GREAT thing to do! Choose a biodegradable…

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Nashville Lawn & Garden Show 2015: Wine Festival

26th Annual Nashville Lawn & Garden Show 2015 Nashville Lawn & Garden Show Announces Wine Festival Wine Festival occurs on Saturday, March 7 during the 4-day Show  Nashville, TN – The Nashville Lawn and Garden Show will partner with the Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Alliance to present a one-day-only Wine Festival during its traditional four-day Show at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.  The Show will incorporate locally produced wine from more than a dozen of the state’s most celebrated wineries on Saturday, March 7.   Wine Festival wrist bands will be available inside the Nashville Lawn & Garden Show.  Each wrist band will allow the purchaser to enjoy wine tastings, a complimentary wine glass, and have the opportunity to purchase wine produced in the Volunteer State. Wine Festival Details: WHAT:  Wine Festival at the Nashville Lawn & Garden Show WHEN:  Saturday, March 7  - 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. WHERE: Tennessee State…

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Layering a Viburnum, The Results!

It's not a secret that I'm a fan of plant propagation. Who wouldn't be? You get free plants! One of the easiest ways to propagate a plant is through a technique called layering. With layering you essentially pin down a branch of a shrub or tree to the soil and encourage it to form roots. The roots usually appear at a node (the spot on the branch where leaves form). Recently I transplanted a rooted viburnum that I was able to turn into 5 additional plants just by pinning down a couple low hanging branches with rocks. Often you will see people recommend making a small wound on the branch below the node where you then apply rooting hormone. I haven't found that to be necessary but it might speed up the rooting process. Here in this video you can see the results of my layered viburnums that I did…

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An Update from Dave

Good morning gardeners! I wanted to write a post to update you on a few events going on in my life. I don't write much personal information on this blog. I always like to keep my writing very close to gardening, but I felt it was time to share an update with you. For the last 8 years I have been a stay at home dad. For 7 of those years I've been writing about gardening here in Growing The Home Garden. It's been a lot of fun to be able to be at home with my 4 children and explore gardening through their eyes. I love talking about vegetable gardening, plant propagation, and all the projects I've been able to do. I was even able to start a small business (Blue Shed Gardens) growing and selling vegetable and herb plants locally through a farmers market. That will all continue…

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The New Southern Living Garden Book – Review!

Great garden books are an awesome resource for any gardener. They become a reference that gardeners can go back to over and a over again to fill in the blanks or come up with new ideas. The New Southern Living Garden Book is just that, a great resource book for southern gardeners. I was sent a copy for review recently and was very impressed with it. Aff. Link to Amazon The New Southern Living Garden Book touts 2,000 full color photos, 500 garden ideas, and 8,000 flowers, vegetables, trees, and other plants. That is a lot of gardening to fit inside one manual! The photographs are beautiful. After years of the magazine I'm sure they had lots of great pictures to choose from! What is most useful about this book is the encyclopedia of plants. In fact this section takes up most of the space in the book. Southern native…

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Building a Garden Gate

There are few structures in the garden more prominent than a gate. A good garden gate can invite a person into the garden, protect the garden from intruders, and becomes a feature to draw the eye. This weekend I put together a gate for my vegetable garden fence (which is still under construction). I managed to complete the majority of work on the gate over the weekend but I still have some odds and ends before I would call it a finished project. All materials for this project were supplied by Lowe's and the Creative Ideas Network of Bloggers! The material list: Deck Screws: 1 1/4" and 2" 4 - PT 2"x 4"s 2 - PT 1"x 4"s 2 - Garden Trellises 4 gate hinges 1 gate latch Wood Glue To begin building my garden gate I came up with the idea to build two rectangular boxes and insert trellises…

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Timing Is The Root of a Good Garden

January 2015 is almost here and with it will come time to plan out your 2015 garden. We all know that for a plant to grow well it needs a strong root system. The same can be said for the garden as a whole. A garden's roots are stronger with a good plan and the root of a good garden plan is timing. Timing a garden is probably the most important factor in a garden plan that determines success. To time things correctly there area two things you need to know: The last frost date in spring for your area.  How long seeds take before they can be set outside to grow. The last frost date is THE date to base everything else around. The last frost date is the usual date of the last frost as averaged over time. It isn't impossible for a frost to happen after that…

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Seeds and Where to Find Them

By now you may have received your first seed catalog(s) in the mail. It's a fun time of the year for gardeners. We get to sift through the pages, read the descriptions designed to entice us, and dream of what we will plant next year. When the weather is cold and dreary the catalogs give us something bright and hopeful to look forward to! Which seed catalog is the best one? That really depends on the gardener and what they are looking to grow. Seed companies exist with many different combinations of products from vegetables and herbs to flowering and ornamental plants. Most companies offer a wide assortment of seeds but there are a few that specialize in only a couple types of seeds like tomatoes or peppers. There is a seed catalog out there for everyone! When choosing which company to order your seeds from look for non-GMO seeds.…

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