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Gardening and using weeds in CompostingGardening and Using Weeds in Composting

Gardening is one of those things that requires a lot of patience and effort, but it all ends up being worth it in the end. A well-kept garden will bring aesthetic or practical joy to any gardener who spent enough time doing garden maintenance. You just need to find the time, the desire, and the strength... (more)

Feeding the Blue Tit by Tambako The JaguarHow to Get the Right Amount of Life Into Your Garden This Summer

Are you hoping to attract wildlife into your garden this summer? Birds and insects can be fantastically helpful for our gardens, as well as a joy to behold. (more)

Frog in Elephant Ear Bloom

Elephant Ear

Colocasia as well as its close relative, Alocacia, is a tuberous bulb plant growing from 3 - 5 feet. Generally they are grown outside in semi-tropical and tropical areas. They can be grown in northern areas but must be dug up for the winter months. This is a very showy, back border plant. They perform best in shade and must have good drainage. (more)

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

There is nothing inherently toxic about poison ivy, or its very close relatives poison oak and poison sumac. Birds eat the berries of the poison ivy. Wildlife and livestock can easily eat the leaves of the plant. It is the human race that cannot tolerate its oil. Once in contact with the skin, urushiol will get into the sublayers of our skin and our misery begins. (more)

Teaching Children to GardenHow to Teach Children to Garden

If you happen to have children and you really love gardening, this may be the perfect opportunity to teach them how. While there may be a million ways to get them interested in it, you can simply start with a few basic ideas and suggestions to get you going. (more)

Kalanchoe bloomsEmily: Is a Kalanchoe a houseplant or an outside plant?

A: That depends on where you live. There is no such thing as a 'real' houseplant. Every plant lives naturally and normally somewhere on this planet. A Kalanchoe is native to subtropical and tropical Africa and Madagascar, and scattering species in Asia. So in these parts of the world they do grow outdoors as a perennial succulent., climbers and sometimes shrubs. However, in cooler zones one can grow this plant as a houseplant and summer outside 'til just about frost.

Kalanchoes requires good bright light if not full sun and not the best of soil nor fertilizing.

Growing them in clay pots and simulating their native habitat makes for a nice 'houseplant'.