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Taking the Garden to School

Plant Selection Key to Reducing Allergies

Team Players

ZZ Plant and Other Tough Houseplants

 

 

 

 
Ohio Gardener

Taking the Garden to School
by Cathy Jean Maloney - February 2015

Often dismissed as awkward, unplantable spaces, courtyard gardens enjoy an illustrious history and offer today’s gardeners a world of possibilities. This urban high school landscape offers practical lessons on courtyard gardening.

If you’ve got two or three walls that form an L-shape or U-shape, you’ve got yourself a gardening goldmine. They’re everywhere: tiny city backyards flanked on all sides by tall buildings, suburban condo developments with far-flung wings, or any home remodel with an addition angled away from the main house. These are courtyard gardens just waiting for an inspired design ...   >> read article

Plant Selection Key to Reducing Allergies
by Diana M. Rankin - February 2015

Do you or does someone you know suffer from seasonal allergies, hay fever or asthma triggered by pollen? Are you tired of watery itchy eyes, a scratchy throat, a runny nose, sneezing and a stuffy head whenever you venture into your backyard? No, this isn’t a commercial for the newest antihistamine or decongestant miracle drug. Instead, it’s about how to have a garden that is virtually allergy-free.

In 2013, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology estimated 16.9 million adults and 6.7 million children were diagnosed with allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever. Seasonal allergic rhinitis is usually caused by sensitivity to tree, grass, weed or other plant pollens ...   >> read article

Team Players
by Patrice Peltier - February 2015

Can you blend bulbs and perennials? Absolutely. But not all bulbs are created equal. Our expert explains why.

Have you ever planted showy bulbs like ‘King Alfred’ daffodil or statuesque hybrid tulips in fall, spent the winter anticipating those gorgeous, colorful blossoms, only to be disappointed by the results next spring? Author, plantsman, landscape consultant and Know Maintenance™ guru Roy Diblik has two recommendations for you: “plant selection” and “scale” ...   >> read article

ZZ Plant and Other Tough Houseplants
by Barbara Rothenberger, Ph.D. - February 2015

Some gardeners are ashamed that they don’t have a green thumb when it comes to houseplants. These are a few ridiculously easy-to-grow indoor plants that will make you look good.

I’m often asked, “What are some of the easiest houseplants to grow?” These are a few of my favorites – and the ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia/i>) would have to be at the top of the list.

A friend had a ZZ plant for years, and she told me that she only watered it once or twice a month! She did have a sun room, and even though there were lots of trees in her backyard, evidentially she had enough light for her ZZ plant – it certainly was a healthy specimen ...   >> read article

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