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by on September 16, 2011

An Heirloom Zinnia to Keep the Color Going All Summer

Little Lion When the heat is on in midsummer it’s hard enough keeping everything alive, let alone bright and perky.

‘Little Lion’ zinnia, an heirloom variety appropriately named for its shaggy mane look, loves the heat. The bright orange-red double blooms are butterfly magnets and will keep your garden alive with intense color. Give this beauty a try: here’s how.

Common name: ‘Little Lion’ zinnia
Botanical name: Zinnia elegans ‘Little Lion’
Plant type: Annual
Zones: Annual
Height: 36 to 42 inches tall Family: Asteraceae

Growing conditions
Sun: Full sun
Soil: Average, well-drained
Moisture: Average

Care
Mulch: Mulch will help preserve moisture in the soil.
Pruning: Pinch to encourage bushy growth.
Fertilizer: In containers, use quick-release plant food every two or three weeks.

Help Save the Bees—Here’s How

Bee If you’re wondering where all the bees in your garden went, you’re not alone. Researchers have been studying the disappearance of bees for years—and now you can help by becoming a citizen scientist.

Launched in 2008, The Great Sunflower Project has been gathering information on bees in urban, suburban, and rural areas across the United States and Canada. Now, Your Garden Show has teamed up with them to make it easy for anyone to help.

As a citizen scientist, you’ll add specific “bee magnet” plants to your garden and then spend a few minutes each week watching and reporting on visiting bees. It’s a fun project for families, groups, and individual gardeners—and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping scientists learn about and protect these helpful backyard pollinators.

Visit This website for all the information: http://www.greatsunflower.org/

No More Wrestling With the Garden Hose

Hoze Around
Watering the garden can be a relaxing experience—that is, until you have to wrestle with the hose because it’s tripping you or snapping beautiful blooms right off their stems.Stay upright with HozeAround, a smart, simple idea that will leave you wondering why you didn’t think of it first. HozeAround is exactly what it sounds like: an easy-to-use system for guiding a hose around the garden. No more tripping, knots to untangle, or crushed flowers and shrubs.Made of powder-coated steel with a glossy black finish, HozeAround guides are 28 inches tall and can be pushed into place around the garden in minutes. When it’s time to water, just pull your hose through the guides and take in the view while your plants get a drink.
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