Barbara Schuchart

Grow For It! Brrrrrr, it’s cold outside

Some plants can tolerate colder temperatures more than others. These plants can go into the ground as soon as the soil can be worked. They can take air temperatures in the 35 to 55 degree range. Many can put down roots early in the cooler conditions so they can be ready for the hot summer. […]

Grow For It!: Much loved flower

Petunias are one of the most popular flowering annuals. They come in a wide range of varieties, colors and shades. Petunias are nonstop bloomers, from early summer to frost and are very reliable performers. They are easy to grow, both in the garden and in containers. I have grown petunias for quite a few years […]

Grow For It! But I don’t have a green thumb

Wish you could have a green thumb? Here are five of the most easy-to-grow houseplants — enjoy yourself and give them a try. Pothos (Epepremnum aureum) is a vine with long trailing stems that can grow to eight feet or more. The leaves are oval, pointed and 2-to-4-inches long; they are dark green, spotted with […]

Grow For It! Flower of Easter

What a perfect flower for the Easter season. The most common variety of Easter lilies (Lillium longiflorum) has large, white, trumpet-shaped flowers with a wonderful fragrance. They have become a cherished tradition for many families and they make a perfect gift or decoration for a home. The Easter lily is actually a native plant of […]

Grow For It! Succulents

What is a succulent? Technically, it is any plant with thick, fleshy (succulent) water-storing organs. Succulents can store water in their leaves, their stems or their roots. They have adapted to survive in arid conditions throughout the world. This has resulted in an incredible variety of interesting leaf forms and plant shapes, including paddle leaves, […]

Grow For It!: Favorite Christmas plants

Everyone loves Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima). They are the best selling potted plant in the United States and Canada. California is the top producing state of Poinsettias. There are more than 100 varieties, with red being the most popular. Other colors are white, pink, purple, yellow, salmon and multicolor. It was introduced into the United States […]

Grow For It! Becoming a Master Gardener

When I retired four years ago, I wondered what path to take next. A short time later I saw that training classes to become a Master Gardener were being held and I had my answer. I loved flowers, plants and growing them. Now I had a chance to learn more about them, plus help others […]

Grow For It! Peanut butter and jelly

Children and gardening go together like peanut butter and jelly. Why, you might ask? There are many reasons. It’s precious time that you and your child can spend together and it can be so much fun. It helps children to develop a life-long hobby. It is a healthy activity, because everyone is outside getting exercise. […]

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