Growing Christmas Cactus and Amaryllis

Last updated : 17 August 2015
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Christmas in August?  Believe it or not, now is the time to work with your holiday plants such as poinsettias, amaryllis and Christmas cactus to prepare them to be in full bloom during the holidays. Christmas Cactus and Amaryllis are two of the more popular indoor plants in the United States. They both have excellent… Click here to read more…

What To Do in September in Your Garden

Last updated : 17 August 2015

Here in Ohio, the month of September is one of the most pleasant months of the year.  Warm days and cool evenings are perfect for getting work done around the yard.  You might think that the growing season has ended, but you’d be surprised at all the work there is to be done! Here are… Click here to read more…

This App Identifies Plants From Pictures

Last updated : 28 August 2015
Plant identification app that identifies plants from a photo

I don’t know how many times someone has sent me a picture and asked me to identify their “mystery plant”. Countless times! There’s now a solution… at least for anyone who owns a smartphone. (It was brought to my attention that this app was really made to identify plants from Western Europe. I didn’t realize… Click here to read more…

This Really Cool Flower Pot Grows With Your Plant

Last updated : 26 August 2015
Expanding Flower Pot

This invention, designed by these twin sisters, is absolutely brilliant! It uses an origami-based design that allows the pot to expand to fit the sized of the plant as it grows. Bike and Begum Ayaskan, the twin designer duo, call it Growth. You definitely need to check out their website and look at the other… Click here to read more…

Cold Frame Projects

Last updated : 19 August 2015

It has been such a mild summer here, a bit rainy though. I dread thinking about the winter coming, but having lived in Ohio all of my life, it is just to be expected. While the weather is still nice, you should start working on your cold frames to overwinter your plants. If you already… Click here to read more…

How to Get Rid of Skunks

Last updated : 19 August 2015

Skunks tend to live as close to a food source as possible, so be careful to not inadvertently provide food sources for them.  Skunks eat insects, grubs, garbage, bird seed, fruit, vegetables and small mammals. In a residential area skunks usually make a home under  a garden shed, in a wood pile, a rock pile… Click here to read more…

Starting a Backyard Nursery in August

Last updated : 27 August 2015

If you are starting your backyard nursery in August, there are a number of things you should be concentrating on. In the next 8 to 12 weeks there will be some deals on rooted cuttings and liners on the Backyard Growers Business Center Buy/Sell board. If you buy them now and just plant them in… Click here to read more…

Tricolor Sedum aka Stonecrop

Last updated : 25 August 2015
Tri Color Sedum

I’ve been growing the perennial Tricolor Sedum for a couple years now. This plant makes a great border plant. It has green and white variegated leaves and a delicate pink flower that blooms in the summer. The white edges on the fleshy leaves can take on a pink-bluish color in cooler weather. It will grow… Click here to read more…

Why Do Tomatoes Split?

Last updated : 19 August 2015

It is very common for tomatoes to split, and there are a couple of reasons for these unsightly cracks.  Split tomatoes can be caused by either moisture or heat stress. You may find tomatoes with large cracks that form concentric circles around the stem.  This  splitting is caused by moisture stress, when the fruit becomes… Click here to read more…

What is a Liner Plant?

Last updated : 17 August 2015

Almost all people who want to start their own Backyard Nursery start out with liners they purchase from other growers.  Every day in the Backyard Growers Business Center, folks are buying and selling all sizes of plants; unrooted cuttings, rooted cuttings, liners, stock plants and even seeds! Liners will typically range in size from a… Click here to read more…