June 29, 2017

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Get Nature’s Free Plow – Worms!

Worms are nature's free plow and a free soil test.  If you don't have them, you absolutely need them in your soil.  They add moisture and air to the soil as well as nutrients from their "castings" (a nice way of saying poop).  Worms burrow which makes it easier for roots to grow; they break down leaf matter and other organic trash and turn it into soil.  Water filtration is improved and soil ph is normalized.  Worms are virtual miracles…

Daylilies are So Cool!

Daylilies (Hemerocallis) are great bangs for the buck.  There is no way any southern garden should be without them!  The genus is hemerocallis - and daylilies come in all sizes, shapes and colors.  You cannot beat them for easy growing.  They tolerate any type of soil, will sit all day in the full sun or not.  They'll grow in clay, sand, wet soil or dry soil.  Daylilies will survive and bloom even in the worst dry, rocky soil. USDA indcates…

Roses! Yes, they will grow here!

Doesn't everyone love roses?  They make spectacular cut flowers, smell heavenly, and come in all shapes and sizes.  Unfortunately, the south is not a hospitable place for most roses.  Tea Roses, the ones that bloom so well and make such great bouquets, require nearly constant spraying for molds, mildews and pests here in the south.  For me, this means finding an alternative so I don't feel cheated that I do not garden in California. Roses can be complex.  There are Old…