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4 Simple Hacks to Help Early Spring Vegetables

Spring vegetables are being bought and planted at a frenetic pace this spring, so we just wanted to give you a few tips and hacks that might be helpful to think about during the early stages growing your vegetables.Tips and Hacks for Vegetables  Sprinkling a...

Tomato Disease

Top 3 Disease Issues for Tomatoes in San Antonio Tomato disease can plague our vegetable gardens and turn our hard work into a shriveled or mushy mess. Today's blog is about three diseases that we commonly encounter here in San Antonio, and how to avoid and treat...

Tomato Pests

Tomatoes are a definite favorite for San Antonio gardeners. They’re also a favorite for particular pests! With all the work that goes into growing tomatoes, it would be a shame to watch them get ravaged in a heartbeat. Knowing what pest issues to watch out for can be...

Watering Lawns in San Antonio

The question of how often you should be watering your lawn comes up often at Rainbow Gardens. We’ll give you the best tips on this page, along with the reasons why you should follow them. There really is no true formula for watering your San Antonio lawn due to many...

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...

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...

Preventing Garden Pests Naturally

You’ll most likely encounter pests at some point during your gardening endeavors in Texas. We share our worlds with these living creatures, and like all living creatures pests have needs to eat and find shelter, and they do so in our gardens if they can. However, you...

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...

 Using Scare Tactics to Deter Deer

Deer don’t care for new experiences. Rotating your deer-deterrent tactics can help prevent deer from catching on to how you are trying to keep them away. Rainbow Gardens has found that what appears to work best is to first only buy plants from deer resistant...

Gardening With Deer

We hear, “Point me to the deer-proof section”, almost everyday at Rainbow Gardens. When we point, we’ll be pointing you to the “deer-resistant” section instead because the truth is, there’s no such thing as a truly “deer-proof” plant. But Rainbow Gardens can help you...

Deer Resistant Plants

Deer resistant plants are your best choices for gardening in areas that deer either live in or pass through. Read the title of the blog, and then reread it again. See that word resistant? That is key to remember when it comes to deer. We've said it before and will...

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...

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...

Whatcha waitin’ for? It’s getting cold outside.

As I sat here writing this blog today, I was sure thankful for a warm and cozy spot. It was the first day this season that I  actually felt a slight chill in my bones when I drove my daughter to school. Our winter season has been so incredibly mild so far that I...

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...

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...

Vermicompost part one: Opening up my own can of worms.

I went to the Worm Composting seminar featuring Kyle Harrell from Texas Red Worms a few weeks ago to take some pictures for our website. I didn't know what to expect at a seminar about worm composting and I had no idea I would become hooked on this method in a matter...

It’s raining, it’s pouring, my peppers look so boring!

This spring has sure been a wet one! Last spring I tried to battle growing tomatoes against the cloudy, wet weather and failed miserably. The sun didn't come out long enough in between to help me to avoid the fatal blight disease...

Oh Deer, what can the matter be?

If there was one complaint we heard plenty this summer, it was about plants being munched up left and right by deer. Some folks said they would plant up some brilliantly blooming specimens when it seemed that the word got out that their yard was the new delectable...

It’s no cinch getting rid of the Chinch!

Do you have St. Augustine? Have you felt an impending sense of doom because your St. Augustine is yellowed and browned along the edges of your lawn with discolored patches spreading into a sort of circular pattern? If you answered yes to the previous two questions,...

4 Simple Hacks to Help Early Spring Vegetables

Spring vegetables are being bought and planted at a frenetic pace this spring, so we just wanted to give you a few tips and hacks that might be helpful to think about during the early stages growing your vegetables.Tips and Hacks for Vegetables  Sprinkling a...

read more

Tomato Disease

Top 3 Disease Issues for Tomatoes in San Antonio Tomato disease can plague our vegetable gardens and turn our hard work into a shriveled or mushy mess. Today's blog is about three diseases that we commonly encounter here in San Antonio, and how to avoid and treat...

read more

Tomato Pests

Tomatoes are a definite favorite for San Antonio gardeners. They’re also a favorite for particular pests! With all the work that goes into growing tomatoes, it would be a shame to watch them get ravaged in a heartbeat. Knowing what pest issues to watch out for can be...

read more

Watering Lawns in San Antonio

The question of how often you should be watering your lawn comes up often at Rainbow Gardens. We’ll give you the best tips on this page, along with the reasons why you should follow them. There really is no true formula for watering your San Antonio lawn due to many...

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

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...

read more

Preventing Garden Pests Naturally

You’ll most likely encounter pests at some point during your gardening endeavors in Texas. We share our worlds with these living creatures, and like all living creatures pests have needs to eat and find shelter, and they do so in our gardens if they can. However, you...

read more

 Using Scare Tactics to Deter Deer

Deer don’t care for new experiences. Rotating your deer-deterrent tactics can help prevent deer from catching on to how you are trying to keep them away. Rainbow Gardens has found that what appears to work best is to first only buy plants from deer resistant...

read more

Gardening With Deer

We hear, “Point me to the deer-proof section”, almost everyday at Rainbow Gardens. When we point, we’ll be pointing you to the “deer-resistant” section instead because the truth is, there’s no such thing as a truly “deer-proof” plant. But Rainbow Gardens can help you...

read more

Pests & Diseases

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

Vermicompost part one: Opening up my own can of worms.

I went to the Worm Composting seminar featuring Kyle Harrell from Texas Red Worms a few weeks ago to take some pictures for our website. I didn't know what to expect at a seminar about worm composting and I had no idea I would become hooked on this method in a matter...

read more

It’s no cinch getting rid of the Chinch!

Do you have St. Augustine? Have you felt an impending sense of doom because your St. Augustine is yellowed and browned along the edges of your lawn with discolored patches spreading into a sort of circular pattern? If you answered yes to the previous two questions,...

read more

Here’s to the red, white, and blue!

I absolutely love the fourth of July. It's such a fun, celebratory holiday. American flags are waving in the wind, kids are slurping the melted juice from bomb pops off of their arms, and nobody can seem to get enough of the colors red, white, and blue. It's no...

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The Chompers

I'll never forget the day I visited a children's museum in North Carolina. They had an exhibit set up that consisted of a plexiglass box, a huge magnifying glass and some headphones. Inside the box was a branch with a few green leaves. On that branch perched a single...

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Sayonara, Suckers!

You've got 'em, and they would like to stay. The increase of wet weather has plumped up our plants to a state of irresistible juiciness, and the sucking insects that have been lying in wait have launched their attack. Once they get their suck on, they could rival the...

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