Your All Things Plants newsletter for January 23, 2012

Some numbers from last week:There were 3 new articles published last week:

Article for Team Annual, or Team Perennial?
By Trish Whitinger on January 22, 2012

It's ordering season- let's talk about which you will have more of in your garden. Are you Team Annual or Team Perennial? (20 comments)

Article for How to turn an aquarium into a terrarium
By Lee Anne Stark on January 20, 2012

There seems to be a lot of mystery involving terrariums. Mention one and people run away in fear. I don't know why, it's really quite simple. Let me show you. (6 comments)

Article for What's blooming in January
By Larry Rettig on January 17, 2012

In a more normal winter, our gardens here in Iowa would be nestled under a blanket of snow. Catching sight of even a flake or two has been a rare event so far this winter. As I write this, I'm itching to get outside, because it is sunny and 61 degrees! The average high in January for our state is... (14 comments)

Daily Gardening Tips from this week:

Gardening tip for January 23, 2012 January 23, 2012:
Use the long winter months and the Picasa editor tool to plan your color combinations for your containers.

Tip and photo by ge1836 - (3 comments)

Gardening tip for January 22, 2012 January 22, 2012:
When I toast a bagel for me I eat the top half and donate the bottom to my backyard feathered friends. I toast that half too, smother it in Plain Crunchy Peanut Butter and then sprinkle bird seed over the top and gently pat it into the peanut butter with my finger, then hang it on a tree branch. The birds love it! I sometimes add raisins to the seed and peanut butter mixture too.

Tip and photo by plantladylin - (26 comments)

Gardening tip for January 21, 2012 January 21, 2012:
Inexpensive weed block I use newspapers as an free source of material to blocking weeds once my tomato plants are in the ground. Over the growing season the newspaper is converted by a combination of water, soil contact and worms to wonderful compost.

Tip and photo by valleylynn - (24 comments)

Gardening tip for January 20, 2012 January 20, 2012:
Nighttime fragrance! The absolutely best vine for your deck, porch, or near an open window is the Moonvine (Ipomea alba), not to be confused with Moonflower. Grown on a trellis or deck railing its night blooming 6” pure white flowers offer a fragrance to behold. Pull up a chair in the evening and watch the flowers unfold before your very eyes!

Tip by Horseshoe
Photo by gingin - (25 comments)

Gardening tip for January 19, 2012 January 19, 2012:
Twine is a good thing to keep handy in the garden or on the potting bench. A terracotta pot turned upside down will hold the twine and a pair of scissors or knife.

Tip and photo by gardengus - (6 comments)

Gardening tip for January 18, 2012 January 18, 2012:
Charcoal bins with handles make great hoppers to keep soil amendments handy.

Tip and photo by Sheila_FW - (11 comments)

Gardening tip for January 17, 2012 January 17, 2012:
When planting in a pot, always make sure to cover the drain hole loosely with gravel or (my favorite) pot shards. This stops the drain hole from becoming clogged.

Tip by Dutchlady1
Photo by gardengus - (7 comments)