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Old 03-06-2019, 05:26 PM   #141
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The Chicago Flower & Garden Show which takes place at Navy Pier March 20 - 24th. This event has been going since 1847 when the Chicago Horticultural Society hosted its first exhibition of Fruits and Flowers. It boasts a total of 170,000 square footage filled with vendors, landscapers, etc etc

There are also events such as a photography class showing how to use your smartphone to take and share flower pics and a "potting party" class where you can create your own container garden filled with colorful blooms.

Weather permitting, I'll be in Chicago around this time and can't wait to attend this..
Someone informs me also that Macy's has a flower show around this time in March! I'll post when I either research this or obtain more info~
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Yippie it's finally spring! So excited I wet my plants.......
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Default Helpful tips from Sunset Magazine's April issue..

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When plotting vegetable bed group plants with similar irrigation needs:you'll save water and keep crops healthy.

Basil, cucumbers, and tomatoes all need consistent water. Herbs such as rosemary, sage, and thyme need only occasional water once they're established.
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Default 5 Essential Spring Gardening Tips from HuffingtonPost...

Clean out the garden.

It's time to clean your garden and remove all the debris (leaves, leftover snow, etc.) Get rid of weeds, making sure that you get the roots so they won't grow back.

Revitalize the soil.

Because your soil is likely dried out and packed after winter, it's time to add moisture. Add organic material like compost or manure.

Trim old plants.

Plants that survived the winter will need to be pruned so they'll grow anew in the spring. Make sure to wait until mid-April or May in case there's an unexpected freeze. Blooming plants should be pruned right after they bloom to avoid cutting off future flowers.

Add mulch.

In addition to fertilizers and organic materials, you should think about adding mulch to your flower beds and garden. One to three inches of mulch helps to prevent weeds and diseases. It also keeps the moisture in the garden and maintains the temperature.

Plant new flowers and shrubs.

Once you've gotten the garden in shape and handled all of the old plants, it's time to turn your attention to new plants. Some recommendations for good spring plants include:

Pansies
Snapdragons
Vegetables like lettuce, peas and arugula
Redbuds
Transplanting tomato plants from indoor pots to outside
Lilacs
Tulips
You should lean towards planting more perennials rather than annuals, because annuals have to be replaced every year. This means you're making an investment in plants that will die every year and require replacement. Perennials, on the other hand, last for two to three years.
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Several items we planted are growing like weeds, others not so much.....
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I just added a bunch of mulch to the front flower bed. I went with the traditional red much and then saw a house with black mulch! Damn! It looks so cooler... more striking! Any pluses or minuses to black mulch?





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Default I would like a night blooming garden!



A lot of people donít realize you can grow plants and flowers that bloom at night. Cultivating a magical moon garden is a great way to get in touch with nature, and it provides a beautiful and fragrant backdrop for your moonlight rituals in the summer. If you plant these lovelies close to your house, you can open the windows and take advantage of their aromas as you sleep.

Many night-blooming plants are white and give a luminous appearance in the moonlight.

If you plant them in a circle or a crescent shape, when they bloom, youíll have the moon herself right there ďas above, so below.Ē

NIGHT BLOOMING PLANTS

Moonflower: Yes, it should be painfully obvious, but the Moonflower does bloom at night. It releases a slightly lemony scent when it opens up, and during the day the white flowers are tightly shut. Some species of this climbing plant, a cousin of the Morning Glory, can get up to eight feet long*. The flowers, when open, are around 5 Ė 6″ in diameter.

Evening Primrose: This perennial spreads rapidly, and can cover a lot of ground for you. The pale pinkish-white flowers open at dusk and release a sweet aroma.

Night Phlox: these pretties open up at dusk, and have a fragrance reminiscent of honey or vanilla.

Evening Stock: the tiny purple and pink flowers arenít very fancy, but they smell divine when they open at night.

Angelís Trumpet: Another vine, this annual spreads like crazy. It is trumpet-shaped, white flowers have a bell-like appearance when open.
Night Gladiolus: this plant isnít nocturnal, but thatís when the creamy yellow flowers smell the strongest ó itís a very spicy scent thatís a glorious addition to any night garden.

Moonflowers only bloom at night, and the bloom is wilted by morning. They have a really sweet, heavenly smellÖ


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Default Tip about keeping plants nutrient rich during heat.......



Compost teas help! Companies such as Malibu Compost sell packets that make up to 20 gallons.


We had success using Bu's Brew Biodynamic last year during our unusally hot summer.
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See the difference between blackberry plants, intro to plants that can be eaten.

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I just added a bunch of mulch to the front flower bed. I went with the traditional red much and then saw a house with black mulch! Damn! It looks so cooler... more striking! Any pluses or minuses to black mulch?
Lyte, my knowledge is theoretical from the degree I'm taking rather than from experience, but yes. Apparently darker mulches will help absorb heat and warm the ground (so good in cooler climates), whilst lighter ones will cool the ground (better in warmer climates; some plants' roots do not like too much warmth) - and reflect light back up to plants helping their photosynthesis. At night, black mulches will allow heat to escape faster, whilst lighter mulches will retain heat better. Its horses for courses as to what is best for your particular situation.
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Thank you! Well, it's hot as hell in Texas during the summer time, the time one usually refreshes the layer of mulch. Fortunately, I've got nothing but ornamental grasses growing in that bed so they can stand the heat. Next year... black mulch it is!!

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