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Bugs & Insects

Milkweed and Aphids: Nature takes its course

Milkweed and aphids, they just go hand in hand. If you've brought milkweed into your gardens to help support the Monarch population, chances are, you've had to put up with aphids. And having to put up with them is really all you can do sometimes. These little, yellow...

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Attracting Beneficial Insects To Your Gardens

Inviting beneficial insects into your landscape is a great way to help you naturally fight off pest problems we face while gardening here in San Antonio. How does helping out our pollinators by providing them a safe and organic environment to feed and energize...

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Butterfly Field Trip

October was an amazing month for butterflies! Whether it was the hordes of Snout Nose butterflies we tried in vain to avoid greeting with our windshields, or the masses of Queens visiting before the Monarchs flew in, there really wasn't a day that didn't provide some...

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Move over ladybugs, there’s another aphid eater in town!

Awhile back, I had been struggling with a crazy aphid infestation on my milkweed plants that I had potted up with intentions of luring the Monarchs to my patio. In all honesty, I'd seen a few of the pests hanging around and knew I should jump on them before it got out...

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Vermicompost part one: Opening up my own can of worms.

I went to the Worm Composting seminar featuring Kyle Harrell from Texas Red Worms a few weeks ago to take some pictures for our website. I didn't know what to expect at a seminar about worm composting and I had no idea I would become hooked on this method in a matter...

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It’s no cinch getting rid of the Chinch!

Do you have St. Augustine? Have you felt an impending sense of doom because your St. Augustine is yellowed and browned along the edges of your lawn with discolored patches spreading into a sort of circular pattern? If you answered yes to the previous two questions,...

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Here’s to the red, white, and blue!

I absolutely love the fourth of July. It's such a fun, celebratory holiday. American flags are waving in the wind, kids are slurping the melted juice from bomb pops off of their arms, and nobody can seem to get enough of the colors red, white, and blue. It's no...

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The Chompers

I'll never forget the day I visited a children's museum in North Carolina. They had an exhibit set up that consisted of a plexiglass box, a huge magnifying glass and some headphones. Inside the box was a branch with a few green leaves. On that branch perched a single...

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Pests

4 Simple Hacks to Help Early Spring Vegetables

Spring vegetables are being bought and planted at a frenetic pace this spring, so we just wanted to give you a few tips and hacks that might be helpful to think about during the early stages growing your vegetables.Tips and Hacks for Vegetables  Sprinkling a...

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Choosing, Planting, Maintaining Annuals

If you haven’t already read our info on planning and prepping for annual beds, check out the link with info on that first, then come back and read this blog. Nothing good comes from buying a whole bunch of annuals at the nursery, only to have them sit, dry out, and...

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Planning and Prepping for Annual Beds

Planning and prepping for annual garden beds is best for success. If you don't plan and prep, you might find yourself at Rainbow Gardens having a hard time resisting our huge selection of colorful annuals, and that can get you in trouble if you don't have things...

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Basic Needs For Growing Vegetables

Vegetables require certain necessities in order to be grown successfully. If you offer vegetables what they need, you’ll be able to enjoy a great harvest of top quality harvest. Let’s take a look at what you need to provide in order to grow vegetables successfully. 6...

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Tomato Disease

Top 3 Disease Issues for Tomatoes in San Antonio Tomato disease can plague our vegetable gardens and turn our hard work into a shriveled or mushy mess. Today's blog is about three diseases that we commonly encounter here in San Antonio, and how to avoid and treat...

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Tomato Pests

Tomatoes are a definite favorite for San Antonio gardeners. They’re also a favorite for particular pests! With all the work that goes into growing tomatoes, it would be a shame to watch them get ravaged in a heartbeat. Knowing what pest issues to watch out for can be...

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Choosing the Right Tomatoes

In San Antonio, weather rules when and how tomatoes grow. These frost-sensitive fruits need to be well protected from cold snaps both in early spring and again in late fall. The ideal growing temperature for tomatoes is when the soil has warmed above 50 and the air is...

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Watering Lawns in San Antonio

The question of how often you should be watering your lawn comes up often at Rainbow Gardens. We’ll give you the best tips on this page, along with the reasons why you should follow them. There really is no true formula for watering your San Antonio lawn due to many...

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Soil Building and Amending

Most people here in San Antonio, aren’t all too thrilled with their soil. Most of us have alkaline soil. And to plant straight into alkaline soil without amending it is not the best option for most plants (most natives and some others excluded). So what’s a...

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