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The Greener View: Plant Survival

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

This is the third article in a series of five helping millennials take care of houseplants.

The tropics have wet, humid jungles and dry deserts. Both areas have many kinds of plants that will easily grow indoors. They also have many plants that will grow in homes but require a little extra care by an experienced gardener.

The best thing a ...Read more

The Greener View: Plant Lighting

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Last week, I mentioned the recent OnePoll that found millennials want to grow houseplants, but are often apprehensive about taking care of them. In fact, 20% would rather have a root canal than take care of a plant because of the pressure of keeping it alive.

Before buying a plant, it is important to take a look at the environmental conditions ...Read more

The Greener View: Indoor Plants

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

In the midst of all the political turmoil and worries about the spread of the coronavirus, you may have missed some good news. Recently, it was reported that a survey conducted by OnePoll found that 7 in 10 millennials consider themselves to be plant parents. There is hope for the future of the world after all.

The odd thing about the survey ...Read more

The Greener View: Backyard Bird Count

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

We can get seven-day weather forecasts with minute-by-minute updates on practically every electronic device we own. Now imagine being a bird. One day, the weather is warm and you are thinking spring is almost here, and then the next day, it's freezing cold. It is tough to be a bird. You won't know whether to fly north or south.

February is ...Read more

The Greener View: Gardening Catalogs

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

As you become an experienced gardener, you will want plants that you have a hard time finding locally. This new plant situation is a "Catch-22" problem. If people don't buy new plants, then stores won't stock them, and if they are not in stock, people can't buy them.

Big box stores often have very little variety in most plants. They just stock ...Read more

The Greener View: Aloe Vera

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Q: I want to grow aloe vera plants to use in making some lotions. My friend has an aloe plant in her house that is doing so well that it has flowers. Mine is just sitting there doing nothing. The only difference I can see is that hers has white spots on the leaves, and mine doesn't. What can I do to get it to grow better?

A: If your friend will...Read more

The Greener View: 2020 AAS Award Winners

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Last week, three of the four flower winners of the All-America Selections had red flowers. This week, seven of the 10 vegetable winners are tomatoes.

Cucumber Green Light may be one of the best ever grown for making into pickles. Each plant can produce 40 spineless, pickle-sized (3- to 4-inch) fruits. This variety only produces female flowers ...Read more

The Greener View: 2020 AAS Award Winners

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

My garden seed catalogs are arriving. I am always happy to find the All-America Selections, or AAS, logo in a plant's description. I know these plants have been tested in the AAS testing program. It is an independent, nonprofit organization that tests new plants. They have more than 40 test gardens, from Alaska and Canada to California and ...Read more

The Greener View: Garden Resolutions

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Wow, we made it to the year that people with bad vision dream about: 2020. New Year's is the time that we look to the future and try to create a new vision of ourselves. In our mind's eye, we see ourselves healthier, happier and leading more productive lives. The pursuit of gardening can help with all of those visions.

There are many ways that ...Read more

The Greener View: Evergreens

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Q: While looking for our Christmas tree, my daughter asked why some trees have needles and some don't. She also wondered why the needles don't fall off. I don't think she thought my answer was very good, so I am asking you.

A: Your daughter is brilliant. Thinking about how plants work is an excellent start to investigating the natural world. I ...Read more

The Greener View: Gardening Books

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Last minute shopping for gifts sometimes comes down to just grabbing some books that sound like they might be interesting. Here are some new ones that came out this year that the gardener on your list might not have heard about.

One of the easiest groups of plants to grow is the grasses. They supply much of the food we eat. Corn, rice, wheat, ...Read more

The Greener View: Holiday Gift Ideas

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

One of the ways that I like to give gifts to a gardener is to create a basket of items they can use. For instance, if you know a gardener who likes to grow tomatoes (and who doesn't like growing tomatoes?), then a group of gifts that helps grow tomatoes is a good idea.

Start with a Seeds 'N Such seed catalog that has over 200 varieties of ...Read more

The Greener View: Christmas Gift Ideas

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Let's continue with our gardener gift ideas that we started last week. During the winter, gardeners dream about next year's garden by browsing garden catalogs and by reading gardening books.

The first book on our list is perfect for wintertime indoor gardening. "Gardening Under Lights" by Leslie F. Halleck is a highly detailed, accessible guide...Read more


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