TWO CLASS SESSIONS FULL OF YOU visited yesterday to talk about container gardening, but for those who didn’t take the workshop in person, a recap seemed in order since it’s that time: everything into the pots! [read more…]
My houseplants, from Clivia and fancy-leaf begonias to bromeliads and more, are true 365-day garden plants, keeping me company all winter, then joining me outdoors in the garden to add color and texture each spring-into-fall.
TO A VEGETABLE PLANT, my apartment has to be about as foreign as outer space,” says Britta Riley, who nevertheless gardens it with a vengeance—in a vertical hydroponic system she conceived called a Windowfarm. How to get your own system—and help kickstart the success of this dynamic startup project. [read more…]
IT WILL SOON BE LAST CALL around here, though an Indian summer has lulled me into inattention to some about-to-be-urgent chores. My houseplants have been indoors since an early scare last month, but there are miles to go before the garden’s tender things sleep. A two-part podcast and some links to help you on your way to overwintering tender plants–in case you, like me, didn’t get ready last month when we sounded the first call. [read more…]
AREADER REMINDED ME THE OTHER DAY THAT SOME PLANTS (like their owners) enjoy a little post-holiday cheer. Similar to the tipsy (and therefore less tippy) paperwhites we’ve discussed before, amaryllis apparently also respond well to being grown in a dilute alcohol:water solution. [read more…]
I REMEMBER THE PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID I GAVE my sister at Thanksgiving a few years ago, one of two of the same variety, keeping one for myself. Mine never rebloomed, and as for my sister’s–well, hers never stopped. And she never stopped gratefully telling me, month after month, “The orchid you gave me is blooming again. It sent up another spike.” That embarrassed me into conscientiously following some simple rules for how to rebloom an orchid–the steps I’d told her to follow, and she had–and lately I’ve been having multiple successes. Three or four on deck right now (above)!