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  1. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center How do you grow orchids?

    All you need to grow about orchids can take an entire book. There is a vast selection of different types to choose from, and each type has its own special needs. But keeping these tips in mind will he…
  2. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center What is the best way to compost in South Florida?

    You can still compost your food waste. All you need are carbon rich materials such as dried leaves, plant and garden trimmings, newspapers (no glossy paper), used paper towels or toilet paper rolls, s…
  3. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center I asked Kris earlier about tips for what to do with my wonderful abundance of grapes this year. My problem (which I know I'm not alone LOL) is while I wait for the perfect time to pick the grapes at their peak of flavor, the birds, bees, wasps and hornets are waiting also. If I pick early I can do pretty well. But if I miss a day or two some of the bunches of grapes are half eaten or I have to fight the hornets for them! LOL Any tips for how to get my harvest before the birds and bees? I don't mind sharing, but they seem to! LOL

    We have the same issues with our grapes. I've found that if I harvest grapes at early dawn I can usually beat any wasps or hornets before they "wake up" and start dining on the grapes. But wear gloves…
  4. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center Dividing Perennials - Ways to Rejuvenate Prized Perennials

    Thanks, Kris. Although I know how to divide perennials already, it was nice to get the reminder that now is the time to do it. Always look forward to your blog posts.
  5. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center I have a few containers that I've been growing tomatoes in, but would love to continue growing something once the frost has taken the tomatoes as I really love these containers. Any suggestions on plants or herbs that I can grow in winter outdoors? I'm in zone 7b. Thanks!

    There are many winter-hardy perennials and evergreens that you can grow in containers, such as heather, yucca, boxwood, heuchera, juniper, and cotoneaster. Keep in mind that if you want to grow season…
  6. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center I am blessed with an abundance of grapes this year. That's the good news!! :) We have plenty for us, family, friends, Church, etc. Do you have any suggestions on how to use the rest? Thank you!

    There are so many tasty ways to preserve your grape harvest. For starters, they will easily keep up to a month or more when stored in a cool cellar. I like to freeze extra for use in muffins or smooth…
  7. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center I am blessed with an abundance of grapes this year. That's the good news!! :) We have plenty for us, family, friends, Church, etc. Do you have any suggestions on how to use the rest? Thank you!

    A beautiful dilemma indeed (kinda)!!! Perhaps someone near you online makes wine (small batches) ? I'm sure folks might come pick them up if you found a local community posting board online... Good…
  8. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center The Glamorous Garden Gear-Up - Garden Clogs & Apparel

    Those clogs are the perfect gift for my sister-in-law! Practical and super cute. There are lots of great present ideas for the many gardeners in my family!
  9. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center Do noise generating animal repelants work?

    The answer to your question is--it all depends on who you ask. Naturally if you ask the manufacturers they will say yes, however many gardeners and previous owners of these devices might likely disagr…
  10. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center The Glamorous Garden Gear-Up - Garden Clogs & Apparel

    Great tips for gardening. I too have learned to gear up for the garden and it is more enjoyable than it already is. I need to get some of those gloves for my wife. Do they come for men also? Thanks …
  11. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center What should I plant with my tomatoes to reduce my issues with aphids and whitefly?

    Ahh, a cute slip ! It certainly looks like the corporation has hired a truly knowledgeable expert named Kris !!! Thanks for all of your expansive garden help :):) !
  12. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center What should I plant with my tomatoes to reduce my issues with aphids and whitefly?

    Opps -- looks like I had aphids and whiteflies on my brain. The following sentence from above should say: "These are plants whose flowers provide the nectar that certain beneficials--like lady beetles…
  13. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center What should I plant with my tomatoes to reduce my issues with aphids and whitefly?

    Gardeners have been pairing flower and herbs with vegetables in order to deter pest insects for centuries. This gardening technique known as "companion planting" is just beginning to blossom as far as…
  14. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center I usually have great grape harvests, but toward the end of the season I get caterpillar and their adult moths that arrive and skeletonize the leaves. Sometimes they seem to arrive earlier and when the leaves are eaten the grapes get too much sun. The moths are about 1 inch and seem to be all black. The caterpillar stage are about 1/2 inch and kind of looks like zebra stripes. I have used BT with fairly good success but it is difficult for me to get out often enough to keep up with those darn caterpillars. I'm hoping to cut them off at the pass, so to speak, and stop them from coming back every year. I'm also wondering if my BT mixture is strong enough. I follow the bottle directions...I think! LOL Thanks!

    You may not know it but you wrote the name of the moth that's feeding on your grape leaves when you described what the moth was doing; the moth in question is called the grapeleaf skeletonizer--no kid…
  15. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center At the end of apple season my apples have many holes bored in them by insects. Can you give me some tips on how to handle this problem?

    You may have coddling moths, or it may be apple maggots. Organic controls for both include daily removal of fallen fruit until harvest. However it's important that you boil the fallen fruit before com…
  16. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center My tomato plants have big ugly worms on them. What are they and how can I get rid of them?

    These big ugly worms are the infamous tomato hornworm, which develops into a giant, alien-like caterpillar. While they may be quite destructive and shocking to look at, they are quite stunning in thei…
  17. Liked this: Garden Solutions Center I want to try and experiment with companion planting in my vegetable garden this year. What companion plants do you recommend to grow near tomatoes?

    Companion planting creates a beneficial diversity in the garden that encourages healthy and productive plants. Favorite companions for tomatoes are basil, carrots, or marigolds. Chamomile provides cal…
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