Fertilizer Numbers: What Are They and How Do I Use Them to Grow Better Plants?

Fertilizer Numbers

Most plants I grow need fertilizer. However, there are thousands of different fertilizers available, and finding the right one for my plants can be confusing. Reading the labels, I wondered, “What do these numbers on the fertilizer label mean?” Buying fertilizer is confusing enough when you are trying to find something to make your plants … Read more

Can Mandevilla Grow In Pots? 

Can Mandevilla Grow in Pots?

Wild Mandevilla is a genus of gorgeous vines with dark green heart-shaped leaves and large showy flowers. Newer varieties grow as small, mounded plants. Variegated varieties are also available. Mandevilla is very popular but only grows outside in USDA zones 10-11. You may be wondering, “Can Mandevilla grow in pots?”  Living in a cold region … Read more

When Do I Harvest Elephant Garlic? 

When Do I Harvest Elephant Garlic?

Elephant garlic (Allium ampeloprasum) is more closely related to leeks than garlic. Elephant garlic produces huge bulbs and is very tasty. But, you may wonder, “When do I harvest elephant garlic?”  Elephant garlic is more like hard-necked garlic than soft-necked garlic. This is because the stalks are cut off after curing instead of being used to … Read more