Saving Gardening Seeds with Charlie Nardozzi

Seed Storage with the VELCRO Brand

Late summer and fall are perfect times to collect and save seeds from your flower and vegetable gardens. Collecting seeds is a good way to replant the same variety next year and save some money. While most seeds can be saved for one year and germinate and grow well, some vegetables and flowers, if stored […]

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Plant Protection with Charlie Nardozzi

No matter how healthy your soil and vigorous your plants, sometimes they need protection from pests and the weather. Whether you’re protecting tender spring or fall seedlings after transplanting from insects and animals or helping your shrub make it through a harsh winter, plant protection is one way a gardener can make a difference. Plant […]

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Flower Staking with Charlie Nardozzi

VELCRO Brand Flower Staking

By mid summer the flower garden is exploding with color. But if you’re growing tall, stalky perennials such as delphiniums, hollyhocks, and lilies, or even annuals such as gladiolus and snapdragons, to look their best they may need some support to stay upright. There’s nothing worse than your prized flowers flopping onto the ground after […]

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Indoor Gardening with Air Plants

Indoor gardening is hot. Whether you’re growing a few low maintenance houseplants in the living room, growing herbs on a window sill or microgreens under lights, more and more people are gardening right inside their home.

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Cool Container Plants, Water and Seeds

In most gardens, February is a time of planning and getting ready for the growing season. Each year I speak on behalf of the VELCRO® Brand at Flower Shows across the USA. These shows are great because they offer new, creative ideas for gardening. One big trend in gardening is growing in containers and small spaces. There are some cool, new containers out there, not only for growing plants, but for catching rainwater and storing seeds. Let me share a few ideas with you from my travels.

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Growing Amaryllis with Charlie Nardozzi

Holidays are often about visiting friends and family and gift giving. One of the most popular holiday gift plants is the amaryllis. This southern hemisphere bulb blooms in December and January in gardens in places such as South Africa. For northern, cold weather gardeners, we can have some winter color, too, by growing it indoors. Luckily, amaryllis are easy bulbs to grow. So, if you got an amaryllis for the holidays or just crave some fresh flowers in winter, try growing this exotic beauty. Here’s how.

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Wrapping Up The Flower Garden

Sooner or later the flower gardening season has to wind down. But instead of just kicking back and watching football games, there are still a few chores that would be good to do before winter. By cleaning up the perennial flower garden now, you’ll make for lesswork for yourself in spring. Here’s the chorelist.

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Mix and Match Fall Florals and Gourds for a Halloween Garden

Halloween has become a huge holiday in the USA with many families going all out decorating their yards. It’s a great opportunity to mix and match traditional Halloween plants and scary decorations with seasonal vegetables and flowers.

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Beautifying Your Garden Wall with VELCRO® Brand

Gardeners have lots of examples of how to beautify a fence, arbor or pergola. You can grow a variety of climbing plants that will grab the wire or wood and create an attractive wall in your garden room. But what if you have a more solid object like a concrete or brick wall or even a building? These solid structures give a hard impression and look much better if they are softened with plants.

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How to Elevate your Tomatoes with VELCRO® Brand

Now that your tomatoes are planted and growing strong, before they get too big, now is the time to think vertical. Tomatoes will naturally sprawl on the ground if left on their own. This leads to more disease on the leaves and fruits and lower production over all. The best solution is to elevate your tomatoes by keeping them growing vertical all summer long. Not only will your plants be happier, you’ll be able to save space, too!

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Enhance your Pergola with Climbing Plants

Many home owners are building structures in their yards to use as gathering places in summer and beautiful additions to their deck and patio. Pergolas, trellises and arbors are structures that not only add beauty to your home, but allow you to grow vines up and over the structure providing shade, flowers and maybe even fruits.

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Adding to Your Garden with Ornamental Grass

Gardeners are always looking for good looking, low maintenance perennials. While perennial flowers add color, ornamental grasses add much more. Ornamental grasses are the darlings of the garden world for many reasons. They provide interest to a garden in all four seasons with their unique leaf blades and flower shapes and textures. Ornamental grasses are low maintenance, drought tolerant, make great cut flowers and can grow in most areas of the country.

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