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  • What Is Lithodora – Learn About The Care Of Lithodora In Gardens
    By Mary H. Dyer - Saturday Jun 10, 2017

    By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener What is Lithodora? Botanically known as Lithodora diffusa, this plant is a hardy ground cover that produces masses of tiny, intensely blue, star-shaped flowers from late spring throughout most of summer. What to know more about growing Lithodora ground cover? Read on to find out. Lithodora Plant Information Lithodora planted in gardens reaches heights of only 6 to 10 inches (15-25 cm.), but a single plant can eventually spread 24 to 36 inches (61-91 cm.). You can easily grow Lithodora in gardens in USDA plant hardiness zones 6 through 10. In the more southern ranges, the dense covering of narrow, dark-green leaves remain green year round. Lithodora ground cover is a great choice for rock gardens. It also works well in window boxes or containers. Lithodora is relatively easy to find in garden centers. Otherwise, plant Lithodora seeds directly in the

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  • Digging Fork Functions: What Is A Digging Fork Used For In Gardens
    By Darcy Larum - Wednesday Jun 7, 2017

    By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer As you become a more seasoned gardener, your gardening tool collection tends to grow. Generally, we all start out with the basics: a spade for big jobs, a trowel for small jobs and, of course, pruners. While, you could probably get by with just these three tools, they’re not always the most efficient for every gardening job. For example, have you ever tried to dig into rocky or extremely compacted, clay soil with a garden spade? It can be back breaking work. Using a digging fork for a job like this can reduce much of the strain on your body and tools. Continue reading to learn when to use digging forks in garden projects. Digging Fork Functions There are a few different types of garden forks. Each type is made for specific purposes. The basic garden fork, or compost fork, is a large fork with

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  • Zone 7 Rose Varieties – Tips On Growing Roses In Zone 7 Gardens
    By Darcy Larum - Monday Jun 5, 2017

    By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer U.S. hardiness zone 7 runs through the center of the United States in a little strip. In these zone 7 areas, winter temperatures can reach 0 degrees F. (-18 C.), while summer temperatures may reach 100 F. (38 C.). This can make plant selections difficult, as plants that love the hot summers can struggle to make it through the cold winters, and vice versa. In regards to finding hardy roses for zone 7, it’s better to select roses based on their cold hardiness and provide them with some dappled shade during hot summer afternoons. Read on for more information on zone 7 rose varieties and tips on growing roses in zone 7. Growing Roses in Zone 7 I often suggest growing roses to my landscape customers. This suggestion is sometimes met with great protest because roses sometimes have a reputation of being high maintenance. Not

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  • LA Home to Equality Seekers
    Wednesday Dec 12, 2012

    Top 10 DMAs in which adults say equality for all is extremely important to them.

    1. Los Angeles, CA
    2. New York, NY
    3. Miami – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    4. Detroit, MI
    5. El Paso (Las Cruces), TX-NM
    6. Davenport – Rock Island – Moline, IA-IL
    7. Monterey – Salinas, CA
    8. Tampa – St. Petersburg(Sarasota), FL
    9. San Francisco – Oakland – San Jose, CA

    10. Tucson (Sierra Vista), AZ

    Source: GfK MRI’s 2011 Market-by-Market Study

    This brief initially appeared in MarketingDaily on December 7.

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  • Knock Out Rose Varieties: Can You Grow Knock Out Roses In Zone 8
    By Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez - Tuesday Jun 13, 2017

    By Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, Plant Scientist & Writer Knock Out® roses are an extremely popular group of rose varieties. These easy-to-care-for shrub roses are known for their disease resistance, including good resistance to black spot and powdery mildew, and they require much less attention than most other garden rose varieties. They also produce abundant blossoms from spring to fall. With all these good qualities, many gardeners have wondered whether it’s possible to grow Knock Out roses in zone 8. Can You Grow Knock Out Roses in Zone 8? Yes, you can. Knock Out roses grow in zones 5b to 9, and they certainly do well in zone 8. Knock Out roses were first developed by breeder Bill Radler and released to the market in 2000. Since the introduction of the original variety, eight additional Knock Out rose varieties have been made available. Types of Knock Out roses include specimens suitable

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  • Growing A Beer Garden: Planting Beer Ingredients In The Garden
    By Bonnie L. Grant - Friday Jun 16, 2017

    By Bonnie L. Grant If you are a beer lover, brewing your own batch may be a dream that can be achieved in your own garden. Hops are a key ingredient to that perfect glass of suds, and they may an attractive addition to the landscape too. Knowing what plants are in beer and how to create a signature brew is the first step. Beer garden plants may be the perfect complement to an existing garden or to a completely new landscape concept. We’ll offer some tips on how to grow a beer garden and integrate the necessary ingredients into your outdoor living space. Growing a Beer Garden Home beer brewing has taken off as a personal hobby and enthusiasts everywhere have developed their own take on this classic alcoholic beverage. Producing your own beer ingredients in the garden gives easy access and allows you to control your personal blend.

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  • Cold Hardy Banana Trees: Growing A Banana Tree In Zone 8
    By Amy Grant - Saturday Jun 17, 2017

    By Amy Grant Yearning to replicate the tropical setting found on your last visit to Hawaii but you live in USDA zone 8, a less than tropical region? Palm trees and banana plants aren’t exactly the first thing that pops into a zone 8 gardener’s mind when choosing plants. But is it possible; can you grow bananas in zone 8? Can You Grow Bananas in Zone 8? Amazingly enough, there are actually cold hardy banana trees! The most cold hardy banana is called the Japanese Fiber banana (Musa basjoo) and is said to be able to tolerate temperatures down to 18 degree F. (-8 C.), a perfect banana tree for zone 8. Information on Banana Trees for Zone 8 As mentioned, the most cold hardy banana tree is Musa basjoo, the largest of the bananas which may attain heights of up to 20 feet (6 meters). Bananas need 10-12 months

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  • Zone 8 Onions: Information On Growing Onions In Zone 8
    By Amy Grant - Monday Jun 19, 2017

    By Amy Grant Onions have been cultivated all the way back to at least 4,000 BC and remain a major staple in almost all cuisines. They are one of the most widely adapted crops, growing from tropical to sub-arctic climates. That means that those of us in USDA zone 8 have plenty of zone 8 onion options. If you’re interested in learning about growing onions in zone 8, read on for more information about onions for zone 8 and when to plant onions in zone 8. About Onions for Zone 8 The reason that onions are so adaptable to many different climates is due to differing responses to day length. With onions, day length directly influences bulbing rather than flowering. Onions fall into three basic categories based on their bulbing related to the number of daylight hours. Short day bulb onions grow with day lengths of 11-12 hours. Intermediate onion

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