Gardening Goodies & Much More

by on January 12, 2011

Finally, Gardening Tools That Fit Women’s Bodies

Green Heron ToolsHave you ever picked up a shovel and thought it was needlessly heavy? Or tried to wrap your hand around a handle that seemed huge and uncomfortable? We have, too!

That’s why we’re excited about Green Heron Tools. Longtime gardeners Ann Adams and Liz Brensinger founded the company after starting a small farm. They quickly became frustrated with tools made for men that didn’t fit their bodies.

Tested by gardeners and farmers, Green Heron’s equipment and tools offer women the lightweight, adjustable options they need for comfort and safety.

You can buy tools, gloves, hoof trimmers (hey, some gardeners raise goats and sheep, too!), safety gear, and more. Or choose from several fun holiday gift collections—we especially love the “For Women Who Play in the Dirt” collection.

Learn to Rebloom Your Poinsettia

Poinsettias‘Tis the season when gardeners focus our attention on the bright blooms of poinsettias.

A little work can go a long way with this holiday favorite. Keeping it healthy and happy right now means you may be able to rebloom it next year. Here’s how:

  • When you buy your poinsettia, make sure it’s wrapped properly before you bring it outside to your car. Exposure to low temperatures, even for a few minutes, can damage the bracts and leaves.
  • Place in indirect light. Six hours of light daily is ideal.
  • Keep it away from warm or cold drafts from radiators, registers, doors, and windows.
  • Poinsettias prefer daytime temperatures of 60°F to 70°F and night temperatures around 55°F. High temperatures will shorten the plant’s life.

Follow our tips and enjoy your poinsettia next holiday season.

After the holidays: Place the poinsettia in a very sunny indoor spot and keep soil barely moist. Fertilize as package recommends.

March: Trim to 6 to 8 inches tall after its leaves fall. Continue to water and fertilize.

May: When poinsettia shows strong new growth, repot and bring outdoors. Give plant six to eight hours of sunlight daily. Protect from harsh afternoon sun. Fertilize weekly.

Mid-July: Trim one-fourth of growing tips to encourage branching. Leave at least 2 to 3 large leaves on each stem. Continue watering and fertilizing.

Early autumn: Bring indoors when nights fall below 60°F.

October 1 to December 15: Place your poinsettia in complete darkness from 5 p.m. until 8 a.m. in temperatures around 65°F. Any light—even for a moment—will ruin your efforts. Place in a sunny location during the day.

Mid-December: After bracts start to color, a long night is not as necessary, but keep giving poinsettia six to eight hours of bright sunlight until completely colored. Then stop fertilizing and place the plant in its holiday  location. Your poinsettia may not be quite as lush or bright as those in the nurseries, but it will still be beautiful.

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