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The Greener View: Easter Lilies

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Obviously, everyone knows about the economic hardships that the current virus situation has inflicted on many retail businesses. It is hard to have an entire store of shelves filled with inventory that can't be sold. I would like to remind everyone of the worst kind of inventory to have in this situation: live plants and animals.

Pet stores ...Read more

The Greener View: Algae

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Hi, my name is Al G. Greene. We need to talk. I would like to set the record straight about some things you have been saying about me and my cousins, the Browns and the Bluegreens.

First, let us clear up who we are not. We are not duckweed, which is a tiny (by your standards) flowering plant. It takes five or 10 of them to reach 1 inch long. We...Read more

The Greener View: 2020 Green Thumb Awards

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Last week, we talked about 3 of the 4 new plant varieties that have won the 2020 Green Thumb Awards presented by the Direct Gardening Association (formerly called the Mail-Order Gardening Association). This week, we look at one more plant winner and the tools category winners. The winning products are judged on their uniqueness, technological ...Read more

The Greener View: 2020 Green Thumb Awards

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Four new plant varieties and two new gardening products have won the 2020 Green Thumb Awards presented by the Direct Gardening Association (formerly called the Mail-Order Gardening Association). This is the 22nd year of the Green Thumb Awards. This year, I was not on the judging panel. This week, we look at the some of the plants, and next week,...Read more

The Greener View: Plant Selection

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

This is the final article in a five-part series on houseplants for millennials.

The best place for new gardeners to buy plants is a local garden center or greenhouse. It won't take long before you will be able to recognize which plants will grow well in your house. If you have sunny windows that produce warm to hot temperatures, you will want ...Read more

The Greener View: Transplanting

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Today's article is the fourth in a five-part series on houseplants.

As outdoor plants break dormancy and start to grow in response to the longer days and warmer spring temperatures, houseplants usually put on a spurt of growth as well. Eventually, these indoor plants outgrow their containers and need to be repotted. To check if your plants are ...Read more

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


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