The Happy Gardener

Starting 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 your landscape and gardens. It can be used as a fertilizer and soil conditioner. You can use compost as a mulch to help regulate soil …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 succulents, Rainbow Gardens believes we can eliminate intimidation and replace it with confidence so you can begin your love affair with succulent gardening. Check out our …Read More

Attracting Beneficial Insects To Your Gardens

How does helping out our pollinators by providing them a safe and organic environment to feed and energize themselves sound to you? You can do it by adopting a true organic gardening regime. Beneficial insects are one way to help you naturally fight off the pest problems we face while gardening here in San Antonio. These are the insects that practically make their living off of devouring your garden pests, …Read More

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 insects converge under the leaves and line themselves up the stems, making your milkweed look like a super highway crammed with little …Read More

Rainbow Gardens and Garden-Ville Fall Planting Give-away!

A fall sale is the perfect thing to help you understand that in San Antonio, fall is the absolute best time to plant trees, shrubs, and woody perennials. With this in mind, and to spread the word, Rainbow Gardens and Garden-Ville have partnered up to bring you a special deal on select Garden-Ville mulches, a chance to win our amazing in-store give away and other fun gardening goodies, and invaluable …Read More

Protecting Early Fall Tomato Transplants

So you’ve taken the (not so subtle) hints that we’ve been shoving down your throat about the need to prep your gardens to be ready for fall veggie planting. You’ve prepped your gardens (Fall Garden Prep), you’ve browsed the tomato and pepper aisles and are ready to get them in your gardens to take advantage of the short window we have for planting another round of warm weather veggies. Planting …Read More

Fall Garden Prep: Your best bet for success

It’s time to think fall. Say what? Yes, it’s time to think fall. I know, I know, it’s hard to think about anything fall when as soon as you step outside your deodorant immediately starts melting off. But if you love vegetable gardening, and love seeing your perennials, shrubs, and trees thriving throughout the year, it is definitely time to start thinking fall. Have your spring plantings been struggling this …Read More

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 gomphrena. I believe it is my soul plant. I happen to love ALL varieties of gomphrena with their …Read More

Tomato maintenance: bring the cheeseburgers!

Hey there sunshine! I’ve been waiting for you for quite some time now. You know my tomatoes don’t want to do much until your shining face appears. Anyone else happy to see the sun showing up more? If you started early, like I did, with planting your tomatoes, you should be seeing some inkling of a promise of the juicy fruit to come. The tiny yellow flowers full of pollen, …Read More

SAWS WaterSaver Coupons Step by Step

  San Antonio Water Systems rolls out their SAWS WaterSaver Landscape coupons in both spring and fall to help us beautify our landscapes while saving water and money! We are blessed to live in such an awesome city like San Antonio where we have money-saving city programs offered each season. If you’ve been a part of their programs in the past, you will notice that they’ve changed a few things …Read More

Roses, Soil, Mulch, and BBQ, say what?

Garden-Ville and Roses, a Match Made in Heaven! March 31st is going to be one fabulous day at Rainbow Gardens! We’ve got some amazing events lined up for you. We’ll start the day at both of our locations at 10AM with an informative and free seminar, “How to Grow Roses.” Certified rosarians with the San Antonio Rose Society, will be enlightening us on the ins and outs of growing these …Read More

Rose Give Away for Facebook Followers

If the possibility of winning a free rose shrub sounds amazing to you, then you will want to keep on reading. Starting tonight, March 1st, and through March 31st, if you leave a comment on any of our Rose Give Away Facebook post (throughout the month)  telling us what you love about roses, we can enter you into our drawing for one of the 3 rose bushes we are giving …Read More

Early soil preparation ensures great results

It’s been a cold one this year hasn’t it? Hopefully you did your duty and protected your plants accordingly and they look to have survived the several cold snaps (Surprise! Snow!). Yes, we’re still having drizzly and cloudy days, but there are plenty of days in between that you can take advantage of to get a jump start on some gardening tasks. (A little extra effort now will ease the …Read More

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 stubborn streak that runs deep within and me and perhaps a strong desire for instant …Read More

Bonus Bucks and a Great Big Thanks!

The time has arrived for our doors to be thrown open in wild abandon by eager friends hustling in to get a well-earned discount on practically anything in the store. That’s right, it’s Bonus Bucks Redemption Days once again! It’s our way of giving thanks back to you for loving our nursery, plants, products, and staff. Because of you, we get to continue to offer you the best selection of …Read More

Pet safety through the dog days of summer.

I glanced at the 10 day forecast for this week and regretted it instantly. 96, 98, 97, and so on. I think you get the drift. It’s only June and I’ve had to peel my leg from a hot car seat a handful of times already! I’ve been trying to get up early to do gardening chores to avoid the sun’s heat. It’s best to water in the morning anyway, …Read More

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 trellised, but it wasn’t until I was immersed in the nursery culture that I really began to learn about plants. Fast forward …Read More

Tips and Tricks: Growing Vegetables

Spring vegetable season is well on its way but you still have time to start a garden. We hope you were able to join us for some of the amazing seminars we have had so far but if you haven’t had a chance yet, take heart, we’ve got a lot more on the way. I’m also taking the time today to do my best mash up of the great tips …Read More

Raising caterpillars and butterflies: A newbies experience!

I’ve embarked on a new adventure and frankly, it is taking over my life. I went to one seminar, Monarch Tagging and Releasing with Drake White (The Nectar Bar), and took one trip to visit Laura Jarvis’s (our event coordinator) backyard butterfly oasis back in October and I was hooked. I wanted to have caterpillars crawling all over my hands! I wanted to see the magical transformation from caterpillar to …Read More

Success Is In Site: Get the most out of your raised garden.

I feel it. Do you feel it? Although there may be a smattering of cold days here and there, the sun is making itself known. I’ve already seen new growth pushing up from the ground on many of my perennials. The birds have an extra little peep in their chirps, and a few butterflies have already come sniffing around believing their nectar sources should be in bloom already. Spring wants …Read More