You Can Grow That! Archives

You Can Grow That! Say Garden Bloggers in May

5 Great Reasons to Grow a Pixie Grape
All you need is a small container and a sunny window to have fresh grapes all year ’round!

Book Publicity? You Can Grow That!
I steal a method of planting and germination from mother nature…

Coleus: Tropical Beauty Decorates Your Indoors
Coleus and I go way back…

Lilacs: You Can Grow That!
Lilac (Syringa) is a large shrub whose flowers emit one of the most beautiful scents found in nature. On a sunny, breezey day like today, I can smell my lilacs in the side yard all the way down my block…

You Can Grow That – Desert Zinnia
Want a cute, low growing perennial plant that flowers for months on end and attracts butterflies to the garden?  Furthermore this plant is a native plant that survives well in an arid environment.

You Can Grow That: Dill!
Dill is easy to grow from seed; I just throw a few seed in a large plastic container on my deck in late March.

Desert zinnia shot from Gardening With Soule blog

Desert zinnia shot from Gardening With Soule blog

Garden Bloggers Know What YOU Can Grow...April 2015

From memorials to walking onions, and plants or projects in between, find out what you can grow…

Walk this way....

Walk this way….

A Memorial. You can grow that!
Thinking about how to remember the people we love, by planting the flowers they love.

A Salad Bowl? You Can Grow That!
A spring weekend project for kids and adults: plant a salad bowl!

Clivia nobilis: You Can Grow That!
The description said it was more prone to rot than the more commonly available Clivia. And that it would bloom in two to three years. Neither scared me.

Grow Pineapples Indoors!
Pineapples are surprisingly easy to grow indoors. Here’s how.

Hens and Chicks? You Can Grow That! 
You don’t have to grow Hens and Chicks… they grow themselves.

How to Grow Carrots – You Can Grow That!
Carrots come in many colors, not just orange.

Plan T for Peppers: You Can Grow That!
Some gardening seasons, I run through all my back-up plans for various plants. This year, it’s the peppers that are making me resort to Plan T, as Sweet Hubby calls it.

Radishes: You Can Grow That!
Radish — easy and quick! The best choice for beginning kitchen gardeners of all ages.

Sanity and the Sustainable Garden – You Can Grow That!
Sustainable gardening can make a difference to your life — and life all around you. You can grow that!

Stevia – You Can Grow That!
A hard to grow plant? Challenge accepted!

You Can Grow That: Walking Onions
You can grow walking onions, also called Egyptian walking onions, tree onions, winter onions, and perennial onions.

 

You Can Grow That - March 2015

From Aloe to Sugar Snap Peas, there is so much that you can grow… learn from the YCGT Garden Bloggers!

Aloe From Seed – You Can Grow That!
Gardening Jones shares how they (she) grew aloe, somewhat by accident.

 A Taste of Summer in the Middle Of Winter? You Can Grow That!
Freeze your extra blueberries and blackberries this summer and use them in this fantastic Blueberry Buckle recipe from Martha Stewart.

Best Vegetable Row Orientation
Have you every wondered if it was better to plant your garden rows in a north-south or an east-west orientation?

DC Gardens…You Can Grow That!
Cultivating interest in gardens in a grassroots way…DC Gardens…YOU CAN GROW THAT!

Grow Strawberries Indoors: You Can Grow That!
If you want to grow fruit indoors, strawberries are your best bet. They’re easy to plant bareroot, take up very little space, and since they are small fruits, they grow quickly to maturity indoors.

How to Select a Tomato – You Can Grow That!
Choosing a tomato can be a very overwhelming task. We’re here to help

Living or Artificial Lawn…which is better? 
Lawns are making headlines in landscaping today. If you want one, what’s best to use; synthetic or live? Here’s what you can grow — and why.

March Came in Like a LION!
The month of March underscores one of the great things about our wonderful region – we are living in a place where the plants from radically different climates can be grown.

Milkweed: You Can Grow That! 
We planted milkweed and so can you.

Plants for Gardening for the Birds in the Desert
Native means that the native birds know them and are used to them.

You Can Grow That! Sugar Snap Peas
March is the time to grow peas here in Northern Virginia. In our family we prefer the sugar snap peas wher eyou can eat the peas and pod together…

In winter, spring, summer and fall, never forget how much you can grow!

In winter, spring, summer and fall, never forget how much you can grow!

Be In The Know...What Can You Grow? February 2015

Early Sunflowers – You Can Grow That!
Because sunflowers and Wonder Kids won’t wait…

Fresh Food Year Round – You Can Grow That! 
Growing food year round doesn’t have to mean going out into the freezing cold, or in some cases, the blistering heat

Garden Sheds: Making the ordinary extraordinary
Make sheds into settings for growing plants — and creating a focal point for the whole garden.

Love Pineapple?… Think Bromeliads… You Can Grow That!
Tropical thoughts on an easy care plant…

Southwestern Flavor Kale & Winter Squash Casserole
Grow Tuscan kale, winter squash and tomatoes this season…eat this delicious casserole next winter! You can grow YUM.

There’s Still Time for Winter Veggies & Herbs
California gardeners! Did you know you can plant Parsley now and harvest it this spring? Yes you can!

You Can Grow Mache! 
Mache is simply a lettuce that likes cold weather. Easily grown from seed, mache is started in the autumn and allowed to grow during the winter until it gets to…

Frozen kale, winter squash and tomatoes make for a yummy "world beat" dish.

Frozen kale, winter squash and tomatoes make for a yummy “world beat” dish.

Get to Know What YOU Can Grow - January 2015

Amaryllis Obsession
Amaryllis – they’re not just for Christmas!

Anthuriums…You Can Grow That!!
Months of bloom, prettier than a poinsettia (a great holiday alternative) and beauty shiny green heart shaped leaves – who would not want to grow an Anthurium??

A Rain Garden? You Can Grow That!
Why build a rain garden? These landscape features that catch an excess of storm runoff are both functional and beautiful.

Camellia ‘Yuletide’ – You Can Grow That!
Camellias can provide months of bloom in an otherwise gloomy landscape. ‘Yuletide’ is a favorite selection of many for its big brilliant blooms and hardy nature

How to Grow Dried Beans and Peas
Grow something that you can eat throughout the year.

How to Grow – Fenugreek – Gardening Jones
An intercultural experience in your backyard garden? Yep, You Can Grow That!

New Plant Introductions for Your Spring Garden
Add excitement to the cold winter season by planning to try some of these new plant introductions in your spring garden:

Snowdrops – You Can Grow That!
Snowdrops, small, winter/spring blooming bulbs, are easy to grow. After planting the bulbs in the fall, in masses or drifts for the best effect, you will be rewarded with small, white bells in the midst of winter.

Three Sisters (and Some Cousins) Garden
We’re attempting to share words of wisdom from our early gardening attempts. And trying again an old favorite.

It may be winter, but we've still got Garden Fever!

It may be winter, but we’ve still got Garden Fever!

December 2014 – You Can Grow That!

You can grow so much that is life-affirming...

You can grow so much that is life-affirming…

How To Grow Cabbage
Cabbage is an easy to grow cool season vegetable.

Leeks- You Can Grow That!
Leeks, an easy to grow long-term edible.

Polynesian Vines – You Can Grow That!
Here’s an easy to grow houseplant you’ll want to try.

Real Life Gardening
Gardening is filled with surprises. There are guidelines, but few guarantees. If you want to get the most fun out of your garden, here’s how:

Schlumbergera…Or Christmas Cactus…You Can Grow That!
They are everywhere and even YOU can grow that!

You Can Grow That: Alpine Strawberries!
Sweet Alpine strawberries…yes, you can grow them from seed.

You Can Grow That - November 2014

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Amazing Aglaonemas
You can grow these houseplants!

Basil for Yew: You Can Grow That!
The fog has lifted and the basil is growing.

Best evergreen broadleaf trees for the Los Angeles area
This is the perfect time to start tree planting in warm-winter climates. Select carefully. Here are some suggestions for good evergreen trees you can grow in the Los Angeles area.

Celebrating National Indoor Plant Week and the Benefits of Houseplants
During National Indoor Plant Week, Garden Media Group did a tour of college campuses in Pennsylvania and gave away more than 700 houseplants from Costa Farm’s Plants of Steel Collection.

Fall Femininity…Camellias Bloom With Total Abandon
Do you have a touch of feminity in your fall garden? If not Camellia Sasanqua is the answer….

Forever Food: You Can Grow That!
What edibles can you plant once and enjoy forever? Probably more than you realize.

Herbaceous Peonies: You Can Grow That!
Herbaceous Peonies are easy to grow and will reward you with armfuls of luscious blooms every May-June.

How to Grow Cauliflower – You Can Grow That!
Cauliflower is low in calories and an excellent source of vitamin C.

The Love of Gardening – You Can Grow That
A regional festival, organized around private garden tours and plants, might be a win-win for your area too.

With a little patience, You Can Grow That
A seedling tree is a good lesson in patience.

You Can Grow That: Little Henry Sweetspire
Itea virginica ‘Little Henry’ has fantastic fall color.

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You Can Grow That: October 2014

Red Beans and Beyond! Read what garden bloggers are growing...and what YOU can grow too.

Red Beans and Beyond! Read what garden bloggers are growing…and what YOU can grow too.

A Red Bean That Stays Red? You Can Grow That!
Most purple or red beans turn green when cooked, but not the red noodle bean!

Beauty Berry…and WOW…You Can Grow That!
For something different in the Fall….try Beautyberry…….YOU CAN GROW THAT!!!

Dwarf Iris: You Can Grow That!
Grow dwarf irises for early spring color! These irises are only 4-5 inches tall and bloom solitary flowers in early March in my zone 7 Virginia garden.

For More Color, Plant a Diverse Landscape
A yard filled with flower and foliage color? You can grow that with a mix of all types of plants.

Harvesting my Prickly Pear… You Can Grow That!
This week, I harvested the fruit from my prickly pear (with the help of some salad tongs!), following the instructions on this page (which has a nice recipe).

Horseradish!
Horseradish has attitude. It’s hard to kill, it wants to take over your garden, and it adds drama to your cooking. You can grow that!

How to Grow Aronia for Both Health and Landscape Appeal
If you are looking for a win-win in an edible landscape, check out Aronia. It’s got it going on.

How to Grow Butternut Squash – You Can Grow That!
Butternut squash is easy to grow and store for that fresh from your garden taste in the winter.

Not an African Violet
These aren’t African violets but petrocosmea. You can grow them!

Plant a Splash of Color Today
YCGT on the 4th of each month is a blog for gardeners who want to share and inspire.

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Garden Bloggers Tell What You Can Grow - September 2014

Read about the exciting things YOU can grow!

Celebrating Garden Life

Celebrating Garden Life

Cheery Porch Pots for Fall? You Can Grow That!
Fall porch pots for warm climates, plus instructions on coloring and water-sealing the bushel baskets!

How to Grow Flax for Beauty and Seeds
Go ahead and tuck some nutrition in amongst the daisies, you’ll get the best of both worlds.

How to Grow Radishes
Radishes are one of the easiest and quickest cool season vegetables to grow.

Japanese Anemones? You Can Grow That!
Not only are Japanese anemones good looking, they are also easy to grow and care for. Give them a spot in partial sun with bit of moisture and they will reward you with masses of flowers for years.

My Favorite Drought Tolerant Plants: Tecoma stans
Add color to your drought-tolerant garden with Tecoma stans!

Organic Life? You Can Grow That!
Looking for the most life-affirming place to decompress in the evening? Look to your vegetable garden.

Sedum – Silent Princess of the Fall Garden – You Can Grow That!
Silently in the garden there is a perennial that requires minimal attention, drought tolerant, full to partial sun (depending on the cultivar) and is rather dependable – Sedum sits and politely waits it’s turn to be the Princess of the Fall garden.

This is a perennial that grows on and on!
Persicaria ‘Firetail’ is a shade-tolerant perennial that I adore! Wispy spikes of dark pink, especially in a large clump such as this, are remarkable for many reasons.

Variegated Sage – You Can Grow That!
Most people know about sage, it’s that dry, gray, crumbly herb you use when you make stuffing for Thanksgiving stuffing. True enough, the plant is an herb but it also adds beauty in the garden.

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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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