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Gardening Basics

Raised Bed Gardens: Time to Grow Up, San Antonio!

Raised bed gardens are not only aesthetically pleasing in the landscape, they also combat some common gardening problems that many face when grwoing straight into the ground (Shovel hit limestone much?). Check out today's blog for some of our reasons we think raised...

Basic Watering Tips

One of the biggest questions customers have when are purchasing plants is, “How do I water them?” The answer is complicatedly simple. You water plants when they need it. No more and no less. See? Simple but complicated. The thing is, there is no true formula for...

Planning and Preparing Perennial Gardens

Taking time to plan your perennial gardens, and doing research on perennials you are interested in (learning mature size, sun requirements, etc..), will allow you to purchase your plants with confidence. You’ll be able to plant your perennial gardens knowing that your...

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...

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...

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...

Soil Building and Amending

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

Basic Care for Houseplants

When it comes down to the basic care of houseplants, what they need is light, water, well-draining container, potting soil, and the right temperature.   Light for houseplants High light plants need to placed directly in east to west facing, windows. Medium light...

How to Start A Compost Pile

Compost Basics Composting is a natural, biological process in which decaying material is broken down by microorganisms and returned to the earth where it can be used again as nutrients for future plants. Compost is one of the most beneficial materials you can add to...

Growing Succulents 101

Succulents are one of the easiest plants to grow, propagate, and decorate with; but some people feel a little intimidated by them. We think the intimidation comes from fear of the unknown. By providing you with the basic supplies and care needed for growing...

Fireworks Gomphrena lives up to its name.

You know how sometimes there is just that one plant that you fall in love with? It seems to have everything you look for, AND it grows perfectly for you? Everyone has that specific plant that is just meant to be, and I am positive that I have found mine in Fireworks...

Climb Aboard The Sprouting Train!

Have you jumped on board the sprouting train? It seems like every page you turn in a health magazine these days features a recipe or photo including these tiny seeds or legumes waving their little "tails" at you. Sprouting is the process of soaking seeds, legumes,...

Vegetable Harvesting: How Long Do I Gotta Wait?

How Long Do I Gotta Wait? It doesn't really matter which growing season it is, it seems to happen in both. We add our compost, till our soil, buy our seeds and veggies, plant them up and then.......wait. We water faithfully, check to make sure our veggies are getting...

Getting Back To The Roots!

Well, well, well. Here I am following up about a month later on the status of those cuttings I decided to try and root a few different ways. If you haven't had the chance to read about how I tried root cuttings and air layering to create new plants, you can go to the...

A Cut Above The Rest: Propagating Your Plants

Looks like spring is deciding to be a bit wet this year, isn't it? There is both good and bad that comes along with this type of weather. The good is that we are getting free water for our newly planted vegetables, flowers and turfs. The bad news is that when we have...

Perennials and annuals: A revolving door of color.

Well, it is officially here. This past Sunday, on March 20th, 2016, the first official day of spring arrived. I know, we all felt it well before Sunday, but with the passing of the official date we begin to slowly let out our breath in relief that it is likely we have...

Try something new: Garden pieces for the light-hearted

Maybe it's the two back-to-back days of 73 degree weather we recently had, or perhaps it's the 80 degree forecast for the weekend, but something is making me feel dizzy with excitement. I've got the shivers and the shakes and I'm looking for my shovels and my rakes...

Let the sunshine in….doors! Container plants for inside.

Well, there is no doubt that the season has definitely changed on us. I find myself trying to shove dinner down my children's throats only a few minutes after they have walked in from school. It takes me awhile to understand their protests as I herd them upstairs for...

We’re all choked up over artichokes.

If you’ve never tried growing an artichoke, I think you have been missing out. Not only is the plant a beautiful specimen in the garden, it is also an exciting, more exotic, vegetable choice. The Green Globe artichoke is such a beautiful plant that sometimes it is...

A Volunteer Garden? Don’t Mind If I Do!

I don't know about you, but the temperatures have dipped just enough for me to want to get out and do some major gardening. The cooler fall weather is creeping in, albeit at a pretty slow pace, but it is definitely on its way. I have to admit that the past few months...

Raised Bed Gardens: Time to Grow Up, San Antonio!

Raised bed gardens are not only aesthetically pleasing in the landscape, they also combat some common gardening problems that many face when grwoing straight into the ground (Shovel hit limestone much?). Check out today's blog for some of our reasons we think raised...

read more

Basic Watering Tips

One of the biggest questions customers have when are purchasing plants is, “How do I water them?” The answer is complicatedly simple. You water plants when they need it. No more and no less. See? Simple but complicated. The thing is, there is no true formula for...

read more

Planning and Preparing Perennial Gardens

Taking time to plan your perennial gardens, and doing research on perennials you are interested in (learning mature size, sun requirements, etc..), will allow you to purchase your plants with confidence. You’ll be able to plant your perennial gardens knowing that your...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

Soil Building and Amending

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

read more

Basic Care for Houseplants

When it comes down to the basic care of houseplants, what they need is light, water, well-draining container, potting soil, and the right temperature.   Light for houseplants High light plants need to placed directly in east to west facing, windows. Medium light...

read more

How to Start A Compost Pile

Compost Basics Composting is a natural, biological process in which decaying material is broken down by microorganisms and returned to the earth where it can be used again as nutrients for future plants. Compost is one of the most beneficial materials you can add to...

read more

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