Mycorrhizae

Extreme Plant Food Tomato Blend

Symbiosis, defined as a cooperative relationship, can be applied to many aspects of life. It also plays a vital role in plant life, maintenance of your garden, and with all agriculture. One of the most well known examples of symbiosis is that of beneficial insects; however, have you heard of one of the best kept secrets of symbiosis in gardening…mycorrhizae? Mycorrhizae, meaning fungus-root, refer to the symbiotic relationship between fungi … Read More →

Houseplants

house plants

As the hot weather settles in, we find ourselves cocooning in our homes with the doors and windows tightly closed. When we do this, we trap poisonous gasses from building materials and furnishings inside our homes. This leads to indoor air pollution, which can cause respiratory problems, headaches, eye, nose and throat irritations, fatigue and more. Along with changing air filters every month, providing good ventilation and letting certain types … Read More →

Suggested Plants for Poolside Landscapes

poolside landscape

TREES Acacia abyssinica, Abyssinian acacia Acacia aneura, Mulga Acacia pendula, Weeping acacia Acacia salicina, Willow acacia Acacia stenophylla, Shoestring acacia Brahea armata, Mexican blue palm Butia capitata, Pindo Palm Caesalpinia cacalaco, Cascalote Chamaerops humilis, Mediterranean fan palm Chorisia speciosa, Silk floss tree Eucalyptus erythrocorys, Red-cap gum/Illyarri Eucalyptus formanii, Forman’s Eucalyptus Eucalyptus leucoxylon, ‘Rosea’, White Ironbark Eucalyptus spathulata, Swamp mallee Eucalyptus torquata, Coral Flowered Gum Eucalyptus woodwardii, Lemon Flowered Gum Geijera … Read More →

Insect-Repelling Herbs

basil

Stop. Don’t reach for those pesticides. Many times, insects end up controlling themselves, but did you know that some plants have insect-repelling qualities? I have picked out a few that will grow here in the Valley and can be planted along with other plants as companion plantings. Thyme works great with cabbage and likes to be grown in an area that receives afternoon shade. It repels cabbage worms and takes … Read More →

Herbs That Heal

aloe vera

Planting an herb garden is going to do a lot for you besides add tasty ingredients to your food. Herbs can help heal many of the problems that ail you. For centuries, farmers, gardeners, herbalists and scientists have grown and developed herbs to help people feel better. They are a source of vitamins and are still used to a great extent in Europe and Asia. Even now, pharmaceutical companies study … Read More →


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