Gardening Basics

Tips for Growing Tomatoes in San Antonio, Texas

When February rolls around in San Antonio, the tomato-crazed gardeners come out of the woodwork, and we're right there with them! As a matter of fact, many of us here at Rainbow Gardens have already started our tomatoes indoors to get a jump on the season. Today,...

Starting Seeds Part 3: Hardening Off Transplants and Garden Prep

The third blog in our Starting Seeds series focuses on what you should be doing when your indoor seeded transplants have grown big enough and are ready for the garden. If you've followed the tips in Part 1 and Part 2 of our Starting Seeds blog series, it's just a...

Starting Seeds Part 2: Prepping and Maintaining Through Germination

Welcome to the second installment in our Seed Starting blog series. Today we’ll be discussing how to put those seed starting supplies to use. If you need a list of the supplies, see Part 1: Seed Starting blog here. Starting seeds indoors is a fun and rewarding...

Starting Seeds Part 1: Supplies for Indoor Seed Starts

Today’s blog is the first of 3 in our Starting Seeds series and is all about the supplies you need to start seeds germinating inside. By starting seeds indoors now, you create transplants that will be sturdy enough to plant in your garden once the danger of frost is...

Gardening Resolutions for Successful Spring Gardens

Our New Year’s gardening resolutions just might help to make your 2020 spring gardens the most successful yet. While gardening slows down somewhat during the winter months, it in no way stops. There is plenty to do to keep up with your plants and even more to do to...

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...
Tips for Growing Tomatoes in San Antonio, Texas

Tips for Growing Tomatoes in San Antonio, Texas

When February rolls around in San Antonio, the tomato-crazed gardeners come out of the woodwork, and we're right there with them! As a matter of fact, many of us here at Rainbow Gardens have already started our tomatoes indoors to get a jump on the season. Today,...

read more
Starting Seeds Part 1: Supplies for Indoor Seed Starts

Starting Seeds Part 1: Supplies for Indoor Seed Starts

Today’s blog is the first of 3 in our Starting Seeds series and is all about the supplies you need to start seeds germinating inside. By starting seeds indoors now, you create transplants that will be sturdy enough to plant in your garden once the danger of frost is...

read more
Gardening Resolutions for Successful Spring Gardens

Gardening Resolutions for Successful Spring Gardens

Our New Year’s gardening resolutions just might help to make your 2020 spring gardens the most successful yet. While gardening slows down somewhat during the winter months, it in no way stops. There is plenty to do to keep up with your plants and even more to do to...

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

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

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

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

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

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