Stephanie's Garden Blog

Have you ever watched your neighbors in their garden and wondered what are they doing? And why are they doing that!? You might not be my literal neighbor, but I invite you to peek into my garden and see what I’m doing. In my blog I will answer those questions!

I consider myself a plant collector. My son calls me a “plant hoarder” but I think that’s a bit extreme! He might be right when I consider these symptoms:

  1. I sometimes sneak plants home from the nursery and hide them in my work area until I have time to plant them.
  2. I’ve been known to put a stem trimming from a public garden in my pocket and then try to root it myself at home. (You should keep an eye on me if I’m visiting your garden!)
  3. I’ve never passed up a packet of free seeds.
  4. When my perennials need dividing, I have a very hard time parting with any of the divisions. I usually find someone who will take them (Iris rhizomes, Daffodil bulbs, pieces of Salvia or Catmint) but I’m not sure I trust they’ll take care of my plants.
  5. I have literally cried and cursed when a plant died.
  6. Each year in mid- to late-summer, I realize that I have more yard work than my aching back can handle and that some of my plants are truly neglected.

Whether I’m collecting plants or hoarding them, I spend a lot of time in my yard and garden. Follow my blog and decide for yourself! I’ll tell you what I’m doing and why and I’ll also honestly tell you what I should be doing and try to come up with good excuses for not getting those tasks done!

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5 Methods to Fertilize

Annual plants in container gardens are “heavy feeders.” They’ll need fertilizer now (mid-July). Landscape plants, on the other hand, should not be fertilized unless you’re sure they need it. Over fertilizing in the landscape can pollute the ground water – even if what you’re using is organic. Don’t fertilize landscape plants unless they look stressed…
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Handling the Heat

The thermometer reached up above 90 degrees for 11 days of the past 2 weeks and looks to be in that same range for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, we’ve received only 1/2 an inch of precipitation over the past month (according to the weather station at CSU). Bottom line: it’s HOT and DRY but then,…
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5 Great Things Plants Do For You

Trees, flowers and grass are more than just pretty. Plants do great things for our well-being – both personally and on a global scale. According to a study published by CSU, here are 5 benefits of landscaping. Improved air quality. This includes carbon sequestration, reduced airborne pollution and oxygen creation. Lower surface temperatures. It’s obviously cooler…
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It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green

When those leaves fall from the trees, though, they will need to be raked up and removed. Perennial and annual debris from beds and container gardens will also need to be cleaned up either in the next few weeks or in the early spring. So what’s the “green” thing to do with all that waste?

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In May of 2018 the business was renamed and rebranded. Previously the business name was Patio Plants Unlimited, which you will see as the header for the newsletters prior to the change.

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