You Can Grow That! Archives

You Can Grow That - August 2014

What do onions, orchids and naked ladies have in common?  Find out as you read what garden bloggers suggest that you might grow…

Dahlia’s Darling- You Can Grow That!
One of my favorite blooms in the mid summer garden!

Miltonia Orchids: You Can Grow That!
I was seduced by another orchid a couple weeks ago. Hence, the new You Can Grow That post.

Naked Ladies: You Can Grow That!
Plants get naked too, and you can grow that!

Organic Onions 75 Cents per Pound – You Can Grow That!
The freshness and flavor of homegrown food goes without saying. Here, Gardening Jones looks at the real dollars and cents of growing your own… In this case, it’s organic onions.

The Fragrance of Summer
Sit down on a summer evening and take a deep breath…

The Ultimate Edible Garden Solution
Sometimes you can’t grow the fruits and vegetables you want because the pests get all the goodies first. Here’s my final and fun solution so “You can grow that”

Tomato Environmental Disorders 2014
Unfortunately, tomatoes are prone to several environmental disorders.

White Lobularia, such as this Snow Princess, is fragrant on summer evenings. What plants and environments do you want in your life? Chances are, you CAN grow that!

White Lobularia, such as this Snow Princess, is fragrant on summer evenings. What plants and environments do you want in your life?  You CAN grow that!

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You Can Grow That Blog Posts July 2014

$100 Worth of Food in a Small Space: You Can Grow That!
Gardening Jones looks at a few easy ways to grow more food in the space you have.

A Low Alternative for Thyme: You Can Grow That!
Looking for a weed smothering, low-growing plant that looks like moss or thyme?

How to Buy Healthy Houseplants – You Can Grow That!
Learn the signs of houseplant health and how to spot a sick plant.

Gardeners take chances – I took a chance on this beauty
While shopping, if I happen upon something quite striking or unusual for the garden, I often buy it.  I may not know where it will end up being planted.

Gorgeous Gerbera Daisies Come in New Sizes, Shapes and Colors
Gerbera Daisies add fireworks of color to the garden at any time. Here are some of the new varieties worth looking for at your local garden center

Growing Basil – You Can Grow That!
Basil is one of the most popular herbs grown by home gardeners. This blog post will explain the steps from starting seeds to harvesting and storage.

Hydrangea, Queen of the Summer Garden – You Can Grow That!
Hydrangeas are one of the delights of the summer garden.  I like to think of them as the Queen of the garden because they seem to reign over other summer shrubs with their blooms.

Trumpet Honeysuckle – You Can Grow That!
“Attract hummingbirds with this native vine!

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You Can Grow That Bloggers for June 2014

Garden bloggers are here to help you grow!

Garden bloggers are here to help you grow!

Artistic, structural screening – You Can Grow That
I knew I’d have to remove, eventually, a large evergreen…

Barbeque Flavor Butternut Squash
A meal with more than one vegetable side dish? You can grow that and cook that daily!

Broccoli Raab – You Can Grow That!
Gardening Jones takes a look at an easy to grow veggie that’s new to many gardens.

Front Porch Pumpkin – You Can Grow That
Last fall, we had about 10 pumpkins on the front porch for a fall stoop-scape. As usual, they stayed more or less in place until they started rotting.

Garden in a Box – You Can Grow That
Why not a preplanned garden? Save water, save money…you can grow that.

Growing Sweet Corn/ You Can Grow That
How you can grow sweet corn.

Guide to Low-Maintenance House Plants – You Can Grow That!
Really durable houseplants that provide great architectural interest!

Improved Soil, AND a Mess of Peas: You Can Grow That!
Southern peas, aka black-eyed, zipper, cream, crowder, field peas.

Plan Peony Plantings to Put Off Disappointment
Grow variety to avoid disappointment.

You Can Grow That! May 2014

Click on the links to see what's touching these Garden Bloggers' hearts in May.

Click on the links to see what’s touching these Garden Bloggers’ hearts in May.

A Diverse, Natural, Beautiful Lawn? You Can Grow That!
A chaotic, beautiful, low-maintenance lawn. YCGT!

A Touch of the Tropics? You Can Grow That!
Here in Texas, it’s finally warm enough to think tropical — and for me, that means shrimp plants! Old-fashioned yet exotic, shrimp plants of all sorts thrive in our humid zone 9A gardens.

A Tower of Flowers? You Can Grow That!
Cute stacks of annuals add color and structure to your porch.

Basil Bonsai – You Can Grow That!
Gardening Jones looks at an unusual but flavorful plant combination.

Color That Pops: You Can Grow That!
Wondering what flowering annuals to plant this summer? Leaning toward pastel colors? We have to talk.

Enough Peas to Preserve:  You Can Grow That
Wouldn’t it be grand to have enough garden-fresh peas to last all year?

Exuberance: You Can Grow That!
What I learned on the Houston Heights Home and Garden Tour: More Joy

Foolproof Cucumber Seedlings: You Can Grow That!
You have plenty of time to do this method of starting cucumbers…it’s easy, and I dare say it’s fun!

How to Grow Rhubarb
Rhubarb comes in red, pink and green varieties. The red variety is highest in vitamin A. The redder the stalk, the sweeter it tastes.

Iris cristata: You Can Grow That!
This dwarf iris is beardless and it faces right up at you, unlike so many other woodland and native flowers that require you to peer at them from a snail’s vantage point. You Can Grow That!

Lily of the Valley: You Can Grow That!
Grown in a container by the door, Lilly of the Valley will provide a sweet fragrance that is easily carried by gentle breezes and are perfect cut flowers for bringing indoors or for sharing with a neighbor.

Planting a Butterfly Buffet: You Can Grow That!
Do you want to grow a love of gardening and nature in kids? Plant a Butterfly Buffet

Should I Repot My Houseplant?
Signs that an indoor plant is ready to be potted up to a larger container. You can grow that!

Springtime Partners: You Can Grow That!
Pretty pairings make springtime even more interesting. Here are some shady vignettes that make you even happier it’s finally May.

Try Some Native Plants: You Can Grow That!
I suggest trying some new plants this year. Here are a few you may not be growing that I grow in my yard. They are native plants and are becoming readily available in garden centers and online.

What’s New In The Garden: Instant Mix And Match Color
Announcing a soon-to-be-released way to get the maximum color into your garden for a minimal cost with Fusables®.

Wow – You Can Grow That – learning about neat stuff
While working in a new client’s garden today, I came across a very unusual plant.  I believe it is from a bulb.  The prior owner of this property was a plant enthusiast.

Zinnias: You Can Grow That!
We love zinnias. The Wonder Kids always like to have flowers to give away. Picking a handful of zinnia blooms and sharing them with friends and family always bring smiles.
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You Can Grow That! April 2014

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A Crocus Lawn – You Can Grow That!
You too can have an enchanting lawn filled with crocus blooms!

Curry – You Can Grow That!
When it comes to growing food, Gardening Jones doesn’t take ‘No’ for an answer.

Garden Advice Even the Experts Get Wrong
Enjoy experimenting and playing with your garden. That’s the best way to learn — and it’s fun. Even the top experts get things wrong so don’t think everyone knows more than you! Here are just some of the mistaken beliefs even the experts get wrong.

Grow an Avocado Tree From a Pit? Now What?
If you’ve grown avocado trees in water and let them languish like I have, spring is the perfect time to pot them up.

Heaths and Heathers for color when you need it most
Think heaths and heathers for sustainable joy for many years to come. Mix them up in a jumble…

Hens and Chicks – You Can Grow That!
Succulent love for April- Hens and Chicks!

Provence Lavender: You Can Grow That!
Want homegrown bunches of lavender? YCGT!

Spring Shopping List: You Can Grow That!
Soon garden center benches will be full of plants. Having worked in one I know that the employees are just as if not more excited than their customers to see the first load of plants come off the truck.

Start Your Own Seedlings
You don’t have to spend a fortune to create your own seed-starting setup. A shop light, inexpensive full-spectrum fluorescent tubes, and free planters come in under $20.

Starting Plants From Seed
One of the things I love best is to go into my seed-starting shed with a cup of coffee in the morning, or tea in the afternoon, and see what’s germinated.

You Can Grow That! March 2014

We’re planning and preparing for the growing season…

 5 Wonderful Grains for Your Home Garden
Gardening Jones looks at another way you can grow freedom from dependence on others.

Age Appropriate Gardening Activities – You Can Grow That!
First, a couple of pet peeves of mine. One: if it’s in the garden, please don’t call it a chore.

Colorful Flowers All Summer? You Can Grow That!
Take your mind off of the end of winter. Here are ten colorful flowering annuals you should know about.

Early Spring Stars of the Garden – You Can Grow That!
It did not take long to conjure up some color. Here is my post. Early Spring Stars of the Garden: You Can Grow That!

Feed The Monarchs! You Can Grow That
Can gardeners save a species from extinction? Yes. You Can Grow That.

Feed Those Birds: You Can Grow That
Feeding the birds is one of those things that can bring such joy at a time of year when Winter’s dreariness can start to get the better of you.

Getting the most from plant Tags
That little piece of plastic gives you invaluable information that will help ensure success in your garden.

How to grow Sycamore trees from seed
Have you every wondered if you can grow your own Sycamore trees from seed? If so, here’s how.

Poppies From Seed: You Can Grow That!
As much as our choices in everything from paper towel to hand sanitizers have increased over the years, there are still more that we might not even know about. For instance, there are some plants you will rarely see at your local garden center or even as a mail-order plant.

Snowbird Gardener Inspiration – Vacation to Sunny Florida
Many of the tropical plants grown at this garden inspire my gardens in Maine in the summer time. Here are a few of the plants that got my attention this year.

Sowing Snow Peas in the Fried-Chickenarium
At the end of the meal, we had full bellies and a fried chickenarium to show for our efforts.

Summer Color in Dry Places? You Can Grow That!
Yes, even in places that only get watered periodically you can have summer color. There are a number of drought-tolerant annuals, perennials and shrubs that provide colorful flowers and foliage. Here are two that do particularly well on Cape Cod.

YCGT- The joys of travel; the joy of coming home
You can grow that – the love of nature wherever you find it.

February 2014 You Can Grow That!

A More Beautiful Community – You Can Grow That

I live in District Heights, Maryland and my little community has such potential to make a difference in it’s beautification efforts, I decided to create a homegrown coalition to get the garden party started.

A More Beautiful Neighborhood? You Can Grow That!
People like to be a part of something good, so start planting! Beautifying a landscape becomes contagious.

A More Beautiful Sugar Land: You Can Grow That!
It’s okay to take out a tree you don’t like and replace it with one you love! These flowering trees are well-suited for most of the Gulf Coast region.

A More Beautiful Washington? You Can Grow That!
Washington, DC, IS a beautiful city, but it is far from what it could be potentially. There are many missed opportunities for color and life. With just a few simple steps this city could be a gardener’s paradise. I’d like to propose the following pledge for every citizen of the District and its surrounding suburbs.

A More Beautiful (YourTownNameHere)? You Can Grow That!
Gardening Jones looks at some different ways you can beautify your neighborhood through gardening.

An Appreciation for Natural Landscapes – You Can Grow That!
Beautify your town/region by working with land trusts and conservation groups to preserve natural spaces.

Friends of the Garden: You Can Grow That!
In my community there are two lovely parks that I frequent often. They serve as a beautiful spots to relax, enjoy the beauty of lovingly planted flowers and trees and appreciate the hard work and devotion of kindred spirits.

Growing and Preserving Cilantro – You Can Grow That!
I have grown large crops of Cilantro every year…successfully!! This is what I do and how I preserve it.

Pachysandra or Spurge for Shade: You Can Grow That!
Pachysandra is a semi-evergreen ground cover that is native to the eastern US from PA to LA and is cold hardy to zone 5. It is an ideal choice for shady areas in the garden where a slow growing ground cover would be ideal.

Save Your Garden in the California Drought!
How to grow a spectacular garden despite the California drought. Yes, you CAN grow that!

Sweet Woodruff – You Can Grow That!
This old-fashioned perennial is a great problem-solver plant for any gardener looking for a flowering ground cover for a shady spot.

The Benefit of Snow – You Can Grow That!
It’s been a particularly snowy winter in Maine. Skiers and snowmobilers have been ecstatic with the accumulation of the white stuff… but gardeners only measure how much snow has to melt before we see the ground.

When Leaching is Good – You Can Grow That!
If leaching makes you think of that annoying friend who always “forgets” his wallet, or that relative who overstays her welcome, readjust your thinking. For the purposes of this article, leaching refers to rinsing the soil of your houseplants.

You Can Grow That! February 2014: Sketch your plant desires
You Can Grow That! But sketch out your plant desires first.

You Can Grow That – fruit for the birds to enjoy/winter entertainment
Choosing plantings gets easier when one considers the birds in winter.

You Can Grow That: Iowa
The state of Iowa made me a garden designer and writer and gave my kids a great place to grow up…

You Can Grow That! January 2014

Yes, it’s deep winter. There are early sunsets and cold weather, depending on where you are. But growth is possible! See what the YCGT bloggers are cultivating…

A Gardening Library – You Can Grow That!
Use gardening down-time to grow gardening knowledge.

A Plant Based Diet? You Can Grow That!
A plant based diet is as close as your garden gate. Go ahead and try it, after all- what have you got to lose?

5 Reasons to Plant And Grow A Garden
With the holidays over, it’s time to think about the coming year and making it better than ever. For those who have yet to seriously commit to gardening, here are 5 good ways it can improve your life. Start your 2014 garden now. You can grow that and enjoy every moment of it!

New Life for Overgrown Dish Gardens
Think of a dish garden as a college apartment where several students are crammed into a small space; being so crowded is doable for awhile, but it’s not a situation that can go on forever.

Pansies in Winter – You Can Grow That!
Blooms in winter?? Too cold to go outside? Planting pansies can invoke happiness even on the grayest of winter days.

You Can Grow That: Potted Ornithogalum
Ornithogalum in a pot brings the white indoors.

You Can Grow That! Vegetables!
On a frigid winter’s day thinking of fresh vegetables (and recalling the warm summer sun on my back as I pick those tomatoes and eggplants) made the weather bearable.

You Can Grow That! December 2013

A Glass Gem Corn: the colorful harvest
It’s the hottest news in edibles and the seeds are available NOW. Check out the outrageously colored Glass Gem Corn.

A Low Evergreen? You Can Grow That!
Tired of fighting a shrub’s size? You can grow a low-maintenance foundation planting.

Color to Lift Hearts in Winter? You Can Grow That!
When the days are super-short we all need a dose of color and growth. Thankfully, it’s easy with winter flowering bulbs.

Healthy Seed Sprouts – You Can Grow That!
A healthier 2014? Yes, you can grow that!

Horseradish-You Can Grow That!
You’ll shed tears when processing horseradish, but home grown is the best.

Indoor Bulbs: You Can Grow That!
Didn’t get all your bulbs planted before the ground froze? Don’t discard them! Pot them up for indoor forcing…

One Hundred Pounds of Squash
Fairytale squash is no fairy tale….it’s better than fiction.

Paperwhites! You Can Grow That
I love paperwhite narcissus. Here are tips on how to grow them and how to keep them from getting too tall and flopping over.

Rosemary: You Can Grow That!
Whew! I had to take pictures in the snow, but here’s my post about living on the edge, trying to get Rosemary to live through the winter.

Seat-of-the-Pants Deer-Proofing: You Can Grow That!
It’s a good thing that plants don’t get embarrassed…

Self-Determination? You Can Grow That!
For whom are you building this garden?

Yes, you can grow these lovely, fresh flowers in the winter. Paperwhite narcissus: YCGT!

You Can Grow That! November 2013

This Month Bloggers are Sharing the Many Possibilities That Might Be Grown…and Given Away

A Bouquet To Make Someone’s Day – You Can Grow That!
Snip here. Snip there and voila! A bouquet to give away.

A Cutting Garden – You Can Grow That!
“When you grow a cutting garden, you’ll have plenty to gather for yourself and to share.”

A Little Heart’s Ease? You Can Grow That!
There’s more growing in my heart than in my garden this morning. A little Balm of Gilead? You can grow that!

Color in November: You Can Grow That!
Don’t shut the door on autumn. Extend the colorful season by including these plants. You Can Grow That!

Extending the Season
I have been ‘gently coaxing’ (“forcing them” seems so brutal! ) indoors to extend the season.

Extra Goodies To Share – You Can Grow That!
Mary Palmer writes how in the garden what goes around comes around.

How to Create a Shadow or Silhouette Garden
Cheer up dull walls with an artistic shadow garden!

Growing Autumn Bouquets
Once upon a time, when I nervously signed the mortgage for my first house, I didn’t rush to Pottery Barn or Crate and Barrel.  Instead, I spent every bit of disposable income supporting local nurseries.

Random Smiles – You Can Grow That!
Think of give away bouquets as the antidote to impatience and road rage…and you can grow that!

Saffron – you can grow that. No, Really!
Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world, but you can grow that.

Thankfulness and Giving – You Can Grow That!
Gardening Jones has learned that giving of yourself is the greatest gift of all, and gardeners get to do that in abundance.

The Gift of Home Grown Flowers: You Can Grow That!
The Nuts and Bolts for this month are pretty simple.  Plant some floriferous annuals this Spring in a sunny spot.

When you grow flowers for cutting you can sprinkle bouquets – or single blooms – throughout your community.