How to keep your plants watered while you’re on vacation
We all have our routines when it comes to traveling away from home for a few days. Maybe you stop the mail and newspaper delivery, have the neighbors keep an eye on your place and arrange to have your pets looked after. But what about your container plants?
Got cordylines at home? Here’s how to keep them in top shape
Cordylines, or Ti plants, are colorful, hardy plants from the tropics and subtropics. No worries, though, as these hearty tropical plants are tough. To keep your cordylines in shape, be ruthless like the queen and chop the tops! Water well, but don’t overdo it because cordylines do not like saturated soil for long periods. Like most tropical foliage plants, cordylines benefit most from light watering or regular misting.
Will Cuban tree frogs kill your pets?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Many of you have been asking questions on social media about what to do about Cuban tree frogs. “The Cuban tree frogs originally come from Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Bahamas, they’re a Caribbean frog, but they were introduced into Florida in the 1920s,” Magill explained. These large and aggressive frogs can be a nuisance when they take over your backyard, but, Magill said, despite popular belief, they do not pose a danger to pets. “You don’t hit them with a baseball bat, you don’t just throw them in the freezer, that’s what people think you do with amphibians, you just throw them in the freezer, that’s not what you do,” he clarified. Again, it’s gonna be an uphill battle because we have a lot of frogs.”While these Cuban tree frogs aren’t native to Florida, they are definitely here to stay.
Time to put those seeds to bed, a raised garden bed that is
Besides taking some of the aches out of gardening, raised beds offer other benefits too:Better nutrients to the roots. Since you don’t walk in raised beds, soil compaction is also reduced. Planting closer than a traditional garden, the plants can shade out much of the weed growth. Pest control is also easier with raised beds. It’s worth mentioning that you will be want to be careful building raised beds.
Now’s the time to prepare your lawn & garden for spring
Preparing your plants and lawn now will not only help the curb appeal but will also help the fight against pests and disease. While the grass is dormant, a rake can help remove some of the thatch. This can help remove thatch while allowing water and nutrients to reach root level. These first steps can help cultivate and maintain a healthy soil environment for rapid trimming decomposition. Between cold snaps and showers or between beers and sun breaks, small steps now will bring big results this spring.
Should you prune your dead leaves now or wait?
Another freeze/frost event is on the way and if plants are not protected, you could see leaf damage with areas of brown and wilted leaves. Instead, pick up the leaves on the ground and wait until our temperatures begin to warm. But what if your plants aren’t looking their best, what with the dead and brown leaves? But trimming those poor cordylines with wilted leaves and drooping stems now could cause bigger problems as the next cold front moves in. AdJust wait out a couple more weeks of cold fronts before you start pruning and trimming.
Spring’s around the corner, so it’s time to think about your garden
At Casa de Loco, that means more time to knock out the honey-do list. During the winter months we have been working inside, but with spring around the corner it’s time to get outside. It’s the last month to plant a second crop of your fall/winter vegetables or to plant cool-weather vegetables that have time to fruit before it gets too hot. If you are looking for some curb appeal or to add a pop of color, think about planting or potting pansies and violas as they look beautiful growing together. I’ll keep you posted with the progress and maybe a picture of our first true, “Casa Garden Ensalada.”
As warm weather arrives in January, here are some gardening tips
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It’s only the second week of January and we’re preparing for a stretch of warm weather to thaw us out. With the arrival of warm weather, you may have noticed a few of your plants blooming around the garden. “This warm weather has triggered those blooms to set,” Hertz said. “The first thing and most important thing is that everyone’s getting a little over-anxious because we’re hitting a little warm spell," Hertz said. “You can plan out your cool weather vegetables, a lot of cool weather flowers,” Hertz said.