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February 15, 2012

Tidbits of Information

  • Geranium Fun Fact: Discovered in South Africa, the first geranium plants, Pelargonium triste, quickly gained acceptance in England in the 17th century. A slew of discoveries followed but it wasn’t until 1786 when Thomas Jefferson shipped the plant from France to noted Philadelphia horticulturist, John Bartram, that the geranium finally grabbed the attention of gardeners in America.

  • It's never too early to plan what you're going to plant in your containers this year. Why not try an all-foliage look--no deadheading to worry about! Choose a dramatic tall ornamental grass or canna lily with striped foliage for the specimen plant and fill in around it with burgundy and lime coleus—many of the newer varieties are sun tolerant (check the plant label). Add a few trailing plants such as golden creeping Jenny or a black sweet potato vine. Make sure you pack in lots of plants for a full, lush look and use a lightweight potting mix. Many of the new plants being introduced this year are foliage stars—hostas, heucheras, grasses and coleus—but there are plenty of new colour developments with the dependable petunias, begonias and impatiens, too.

    Garden Making's garden at this year's Canada Blooms will highlight recently developed plants for containers and the home garden. Check out the garden to learn about 15 new plants, along with growing information and observations about what makes them unique and special.

  • According to researchers, eating veggies makes a man more attractive to a woman. Could this be the next big marketing ploy? Before you roll your eyes, you’ll be interested to know that this research was recently published in Evolution and Human Behavior, a peer-reviewed academic journal.

    Researchers in the School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus found that having a healthy skin tone is more important in determining how attractive a man is to a woman than how manly they look. The researchers found that in both African and Caucasian populations of men, the attractiveness ratings given by women were closely related to the amount of “golden” color in the skin, while a mathematical measure of the men’s facial masculinity had no effect on the attractiveness of the face.

    Dr. Ian Stephen, who led the research, explains: “The attractive color in our face is affected by our health—especially by the amount of colorful antioxidant carotenoid pigments we get from fruit and vegetables in our diet. These carotenoids are also thought to be good for our immune and reproductive system, making us healthy and increasing our fertility.”

  • "Young Farmers" Land and Sea documentary

    "Young Farmers" documentary- In a time when our appetite for mass produced, imported foods seems to have no limits - we'll meet a small group of young farmers who are choosing new ways to work their land and sell their goods."

  • Starting Seeds and Other March Gardening Tips

  • Pruning Fruit Trees

  • Repotting Houseplants

  • Winter Offers a Perfect Time for Gardeners to Properly Inventory, Store and Dispose of Home Pesticides

  • Houseplant Care During Winter...
    or why I have fungus gnats!

  • Awakening Spring

  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row