Your National Gardening Association weekly news for March 4, 2017


Recently popular question and answer from our Q&A Archive: Annual Growth Rate Of Privet Hedge
"We are planning on planting hedges as a border between our property and our neighbors'. What can we expect for a growth rate per year, and are there any hedges with a faster growth rate than privet? We want the hedges to reach a height of 4-6 feet." - Click to read the answer

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The Good Bugs

"Insects are the most successful living organisms on the Earth. That's just one reason it makes good sense to balance one against the other, rather than trying to kill pests with poisons. It is also true that in nature there are no good or bad bugs. All are trying to make a living in the way nature programmed them. But from a gardener's perspective, some insects help and some don't. It's smart to learn about and exploit insect behaviors. In this article you'll learn how to wisely purchase and use beneficial insects."

Herbal Teas

"Once I began blending and testing herb teas to sell under my Garden Party label, I knew what I didn't want. An herb tea should never be flat and flavorless. Whether it's fruity or spicy, soothing or lively, simple or sophisticated, it needs taste and personality."

Growing Edible Flowers

"While gardeners love flowers for their beauty outdoors in the garden and indoors in a vase, few raise them to eat. That's a shame because many flowers are edible and bring lively flavors, colors and textures to salads, soups, casseroles and other dishes. Eating flowers is not as exotic as it sounds. The use of flowers as food dates back to the Stone Age with archeological evidence that early man ate flowers such as roses."

Growing Roses and Clematis Together

"Companions in Life - be they spouses, partners, or even pets and their masters - should be compatible to thrive in each other's company. Ideal companion plants are the same way, and two of the best are clematis and roses. Both relish large doses of water, flourish in the same location and soil, and benefit from similar fertilizing schedules. Yet for all their similarities, they complement each other perfectly."

Growing Hibiscus

"Hibiscus are large shrubs or small trees that produce huge, colorful, trumpet-shaped flowers over a long season. They are generally divided into four groups: Hardy Hibiscus, Rose of Sharon, Tropical Hibiscus, and all the various species of Hibiscus."

Should you use Epsom Salt?

"After working with home gardeners for more than 10 years, I know that they love to use home remedies on their plants. From setting out beer traps for slugs to hanging bars of soap to repel deer, if the household product seems to work, gardeners try it. That's why I was intrigued by the often-mentioned idea of using Epsom salts as a fertilizer."

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Cat's Eye')
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Photo of Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Big Blue Eyes')
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Photo of Orchid (Jackfowlieara Appleblossom 'Fantasy')
By drdawg:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Scottish Cream Treat')
By petalsnsepals:

Photo of Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus 'Party Pinafore')
By Fleur569:

Photo of Orchid (Cattleya Fire Magic 'Solar Flare')
By sugarcane:

Photo of Clematis 'Kardynal Wyszynski'
By PeggyC:

Photo of Giant Chalk Dudleya (Dudleya brittonii)
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Photo of Orbea (Orbea halipedicola)
By OldBlue:

Photo of Rose (Rosa 'Sexy Rexy')
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The most popular Landscape Photos from last week:

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Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:

4 people gave for post #1379219 in "Share Your Photos" by cliftoncat

3 people gave for post #1381081 in "Your Favorite Ideas" by Yardenman

3 people gave for post #1381341 in "Mindless chatter" by tveguy3

2 people gave for post #1379248 in "Support for a Healthy Lifestyle - Happy New Year 2017" by AnnaZ

2 people gave for post #1378338 in "Your Favorite Ideas" by Yardenman

2 people gave for post #1379820 in "Grumpy thread - 2017" by drdawg

2 people gave for the idea "Building a Living Picture" by goldfinch4

2 people gave for post #1378097 in "Banner for February 26, 2017 by dirtdorphins" by dirtdorphins

2 people gave for a photo of Weeping Pussywillow (Salix caprea 'Pendula') by dirtdorphins

2 people gave for post #1379427 in "Fertilizing" by Seedfork

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
Yellow Peonies you currently are growing. Post your photos!Mieko2Peonies forum56
Iris Guessing Game Part 4IrisLilliIrises forum49
Bird Photos-- March 2017SarasotaPattyGardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum42
Hummingbird NestLizinElizabethPeonies forum30
March 2017 -- Photos and ChatsunnyvalleyRoses forum30
Difficult LandjosieskidDaylilies forum18
Greenhouses suck.Bumbly8eeCactus and Tender Succulents forum18
How Long Are the Roots of Bushes/Shrubs?Chi42Ask a Question forum17
Our Orchid blooms in March 2017UrsulaOrchids forum17

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