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Bugs & Insects

These Native Plants Need Not Be Restless: Plant Native!

The tales of my gardening successes (vegetables not included)can be chalked up to two time frames: "before learning about native plants" and "after learning about native plants". I can tell you right now, that the second time frame has been what's kept me in the...

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Milkweed and Aphids: Nature takes its course

 If you've ever brought milkweed into your gardens to help support the Monarch population, chances are, you've had to put up with aphids. These tiny, soft-bodies insects converge under the leaves of milkweed, line up the stems, and make your milkweed look like a super...

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4 Ways to Control Garden Pests Naturally

Pests and gardening go hand in hand. You are not the only one who is eager to get a taste of your spring or fall veggies, or looking forward to the blooms on your prized rose bush. The pests want in on your gardening too! Pest control in the garden can be a daunting...

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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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Seed Bombs: A Wildflower Party

It's fall in San Antonio but if you were new to the city and had to spend any time outside recently, you just might call me a liar. The sun still blazes, but every now and then a cool morning greets us, and we just may dip below 85 for the highest temp of the day. We...

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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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Pests

A Few Common “Chewing” Pests and Solutions

We are taking on a few of the most common “chewing” pests in today’s blog. These pests can strip the foliage, create unsightly holes or tear and shred the leaves of your plants. With consistent observation many of these “chewers” can be removed manually, lessening the...

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These Native Plants Need Not Be Restless: Plant Native!

The tales of my gardening successes (vegetables not included)can be chalked up to two time frames: "before learning about native plants" and "after learning about native plants". I can tell you right now, that the second time frame has been what's kept me in the...

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Harvesting Spring Vegetables

Spring vegetables should be well on their way by now. Hopefully you've learned throughout the years that growing vegetables takes a little more than tossing seeds in the air and hoping they land in the dirt and start growing. We've guided you through all the basics...

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6 Ways to Avoid Disease/Fungus Issues on your Plants

Fungus and disease can wreak havoc on your gardens by developing on one plant and quickly spreading to others. At Rainbow Gardens we strive to make every effort to offer you the healthiest plants possible, but sometimes weather conditions and other variables you can't...

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4 Dog-Friendly Herbs for Both You and Spike to Enjoy

We’re howling about the dog-friendly herbs parsley, oregano, peppermint and rosemary today. Dog owners who are avid gardeners are always hunting for great, dog-friendly plants to add to their landscapes. Today we’re celebrating four of our favorite herbs that are not...

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Powdery Mildew and Cloudy, Rainy Weather Go Hand in Hand.

Normally in Texas we welcome the rain with open arms; but when cloudy, rainy weather is prolonged and brings with it the increased possibility of powdery mildew and other garden issues, most of us say, "Rain, rain, go away!" Today's blog gives you info on one of the...

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Herbs Listed by Season Plus Harvesting Tips

When you walk through our herb sections at our two Rainbow Gardens locations and you see the huge variety of selections we carry, it’ll be easy to see why we think everyone should incorporate herbs somewhere in their landscape. Herbs can be used for culinary,...

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Milkweed and Aphids: Nature takes its course

 If you've ever brought milkweed into your gardens to help support the Monarch population, chances are, you've had to put up with aphids. These tiny, soft-bodies insects converge under the leaves of milkweed, line up the stems, and make your milkweed look like a super...

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