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Soil with an Acid pH

Technically, any soil that has a pH below 7.0 is considered an acid soil. Most plants grow best in a slightly acid soil with a pH in the 6.0 to 7.0 range. A few such as Rhododendrons, blueberries, boxwood, heaths, heathers, pin oak and others do best in...
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Dealing With Garden Soil Problems

Unfortunately, not everyone (actually hardly anyone) has the ideal soil for growing ornamental plants in the landscape. Such a soil would be light and airy with great drainage and enough organic matter to support a thriving population of soil organisms. It would hold water and nutrients in the...
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Plant Nutritions & Fertilizers

We don’t FEED plants. We provide nutrients so that the plants can make their own food in a process called photosynthesis. This is the key thing that separates plants from animals. Plants need 17 nutrients (elements) in order to grow properly. They need ten of them at high...
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Wisteria are vigorous, twining vines that bloom in spring with huge, cascading flower clusters. About This Plant Wisteria is notable not only for its attractive, fragrant flowers, but also for its vigorous growth. The vine may grow 10 feet or more in one year, and can easily overwhelm...
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Maintaining Container Gardens

These simple maintenance tasks keep your patio planters and window boxes looking their best throughout the growing season and help cold-climate gardeners prepare for winter. Tools and Materials Planted containers Water source, hose or watering can Slow-release and water-soluble fertilizers Scissors or hand pruners Seasonal flowering and foliage...
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Bleeding Heart

Bleeding heart has attractive mounded foliage with arching stems of delicate, heart-shaped flowers in spring. It thrives in moist woodland gardens along with ferns and other shade-lovers. About This Plant Bleeding heart grows best in cool, moist conditions. Flower colors include yellow, pink, red, and white. It blooms...
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