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July 3, 2009

Self-Watering Probes - Vacation Plant Waterers

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Do you have an aversion to electronic gismos but need your plants watered while you are gone? These Self Watering Probes are a simple and effective way of watering while you are on vacation. Just soak them in water for a couple of minutes to prepare the tips, then insert the probes into the soil of your potted plants and place the hose ends in a water reservoir nearby. The water will be slowly emitted through the ceramic cones, automatically watering your plants without the need to set timers or worry about electronic devices being turned on. Very cool.

At Self-Watering Probes - Vacation Plant Waterers - 5 Pack

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June 26, 2009

PATCH PERFECT GRASS

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If you are going crazy trying to get grass to grow in that high traffic area or the place where the dog dug up, try Patch PerfectTM. This grass grows in the harshest conditions. Fast-growing fertilizer surrounds each seed to soak up and retain water. Even sprouts in extreme cold or heat. Quickly cover bare spots in shady sections. Each 2 lb. bag covers 100 sq. ft.

At PATCH PERFECT GRASS

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June 16, 2009

Fox Farm Soil Nutrient Trio All Season Fertilizer


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You will appreciate denser vegetative growth, bigger blooms, and tastier fruits and vegetables with Fox Farm's Big Bloom, Grow Big, and Tiger Bloom in one convenient package. This trio of fast-acting fertilizers will provide balanced, high quality nutrition for plants in soil gardens from the start to the finish. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Hydro for Hunger initiative.

At Fox Farm Soil Nutrient Trio - Quarts

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June 10, 2009

Espoma Organic Bio-Tone Plant Starter - 10 oz Liquid #BTS10

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If you have some plants that aren't flourishing and like to stay organic, you should try a soil amendment like Bio-tone Starter. It is a liquid concentrate containing thousands of living microbes to help promote faster plant establishment, deeper roots, and a superior soil structure. No genetic engineering is involved in making Bio-tone┬┐ Starter. It is easy to use and goes a long way as you mix a couple of tablespoons to a gallon of water and gently pour around the languishing plants.

At Espoma Organic Bio-Tone Plant Starter - 10 oz Liquid #BTS10

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June 1, 2009

Picotee Ranunculus - 10 Bulbs - Size 7+cm

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Ranunculus are easy to grow provide lovely color for your flower bed. Early summer is not to late to plant them and if your winters are reasonably mild, they will come back year after year. You can also use them in flower pots and window boxes.

  • Full flowered Tecolote ranunculus are bred for brilliant silky petals and extra large blooms.
  • Grow 18" tall, ideal for containers and borders.
  • Vibrant, long lasting cut flowers. Easy to grow, not fussy.
  • Grown at the Carlsbad Flowers Fields, these bulbs are the largest size commercially available.
  • Performs best in full sun. Hardy in growing zones 8-11, elsewhere grow as an annual.

At Picotee Ranunculus - 10 Bulbs - Size 7+cm

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May 28, 2009

Wildflower Seeds 1000+ Low Growing - Great idea for an easy border planting

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These wildflower mixes are specially formulated to provide waves of beautiful color and low-maintenance beauty. For best results, sow directly into garden after all danger of frost. I plant these packets and let whatever does well reseed. The ones that grow are tenacious and will return year after year.

  • Grows 14 to 18 inches high
  • Specially formulated to provide waves of beautiful color and low-maintenance beauty
  • Annuals, biennials, and perennials
  • Full sun

At Wildflower Seeds 1000+ Low Growing

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February 13, 2009

Summer Icicle Snow on the Mountains 25 Seeds - Annual

If we can't beat 'em, join 'em. The winter, that is.

Here's another snow-themed plant that you can start from seed. How about putting this and all other white flowers (and vegetables) in a white garden this summer? I've seen beautiful "white gardens" and I've seen pathetic ones. I guess you have to keep trying until you get it right. Of course, everything looks good in the moonlight, which is really when you want to be in these gardens.

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One farm I worked on put stems of Snow On The Mountain in their mixed bouquets. They looked great and added fullness and that lime-green yellow color which looks so good with orange and blue. When cut, the stems ooze this milky liquid that is a little sticky but otherwise, they are quite a good cut flower. This is an easy annual to start from seed!

Available from Amazon for $2.99.

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February 10, 2009

Organic White Icicle Garden Radish - 100 Seeds

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I know it's time to think about seeds but it's freezing out and there's snow everywhere. The Organic White Icicle Garden Radish is the best I could come up with! Since I'm not a fan of radishes anyway, these look especially yucky. White vegetables give me the willies in general because they have that same eerie white color as cutworms.

White eggplant, white radishes, endive - do they have any nutritional value at all? I don't want to waste my time growing something that doesn't. Oh well, here it is for what it's worth. I guess these radishes would look good in a green salad. Available at Amazon for $2.89.

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February 4, 2009

Hollyhock 'Chater's Double Icicle' Flower Seeds

It might be hard to believe, but we will all be pouring over our seed packets and soil mixes in a week or two. Maybe you've already started a few seeds in a greenhouse or sunny window.

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Here's a beautiful perennial, the hollyhock named Chater's Double Icicle. The flowers are pure white puff balls and will remind you of all the snowballs you threw (or wanted to throw) this winter. It grows to 6', needs full sun and blooms from mid-summer through fall. Available from Amazon for $2.95.

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January 8, 2009

It's time to order your seeds for spring!

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GardenSnob is busy pouring through seed catalogs, taking inventory of last year's seeds and checking germination rates for seeds we saved ourselves. You can review the catalog offerings online or ask them to mail a catalog to you. Here are a few of our favorites:

High Mowing Seeds

Fedco Seeds

Johnny's Seeds

Heirloom Seeds

Seed Savers Exchange

Amishland Heirloom Seeds

Native Seeds

Unless you are a farm or very experienced gardener, I suggest limiting your variety of each type of vegetable/flower to one or two. That way, you can grow more kinds of vegetables and probably won't mix up the 10 different types of tomatoes in the tray because the labels fell out. Yes, this happened to GardenSnob last year.

This year, we're planting two outstanding types of paste tomatoes from seeds that we saved and we'll also go with a slicer and a cherry. That's it - 4 varieties. We'll do several peppers - hot, medium hot and bell, and one kind of everything else. It just gets too confusing unless you are a full time gardener or farmer and have help.

I usually choose all the typical vegetables that we eat and flowers that I'm familiar with and then one unfamiliar veggie and one unfamiliar flower. It may be a keeper or it may not, but it's good to try different things and experiment.

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