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Gardening Basics

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Propagating Plants By Root Cuttings

Propagating plants by root cuttings is a fairly simple way to create “baby” plants from a favorite “parent” plant. If you’ve never tried propagating plants, we encourage you to try one of our suggested methods. Propagating by root cuttings or by air layering tends to...

Propagating Plants

Propagating plants is basically the process of creating new plants from existing ones. That’s propagating plants in the simplest of terms. Mid spring is a great time for propagating plants. If you’ve never attempted this, we assure you it is a very rewarding gardening...

Air Layering to Propagate Plants

Air layering is a way to propagate your favorite plants, especially those “hard to root” plants with woodier stems. Instead of removing a stem/limb from a parent plant, you actually make small cuts to the stem/limb while it is still attached. It’s only after roots are...

Propagating Plants in Water

Propagating plants is a great way to give you more of what you love. When all you need is a container, water, and a few pieces of a favorite plant, why wouldn’t you want to give *propagating plants directly in water a try? Supplies Needed for Propagating Plants...

Natural products help build a beautiful garden

I’ve done it. I’m all in. It’s taken me about 6 out of the 7 years I’ve worked at Rainbow Gardens to take the final plunge, but I’ve finally done it! I’ve gone completely organic. I really don’t know why it’s taken me this long to get there, I can only blame it on a...

The Natives Are Restless! Plant Native!

The Natives Are Restless! When I first started working at Rainbow Gardens, I was pretty limited in my knowledge about plants. I mean, I could tell you the difference between a petunia and a pansy, I knew that tomatoes needed to be staked and vines needed to be...

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,...

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...

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...

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

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...

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. 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...

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

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

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...

read more

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