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Biologicals: “Good” Bugs for the Greenhouse and Garden!

Biological control is the release of natural predators to manage plant-harming insects. Biologicals help greenhouses and gardeners avoid the need to use pesticide sprays and dusts! Many beneficial insects are already in your garden, patrolling for (and munching on) unwanted pests like aphids and borers.

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houseplant care

Waking Up Indoor Plants for Spring!

If houseplants could yawn, stretch their limbs, and look sleepily around like a bear coming out of hibernation, the end of February would be the time! Days are getting longer, which is noticeable to indoor plants, letting them know it’s time to come out of dormancy. Because you love your plants and are responsible for their little ecosystems, here are some helpful things you can do for them this spring…

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Mistletoe Cactus Mount

Did you know that a Mistletoe Cactus can be mounted on a wall plaque? Just like a staghorn fern or any other epiphyte, the mistletoe cactus doesn’t need to be in soil to survive. We’ll be nesting ours in a pocket of sphagnum moss and attaching it to a 7″x7″ cedar plank. You’ll have a variety of Rhipsalis (mistletoe cactus) plugs to choose from, we like to put several kinds on one board! *Morning and afternoon class available, please take note of the one you register for!*

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Starting Seeds indoors

Starting Seeds Indoors

There are many reasons to start seeds indoors, not least of which is a way to cure spring fever! As well as an economical way to garden, you will get to witness the miracle of seed germination and it is a great teaching tool for kids. Our advice is to start with a few types of seeds; going overboard can overwhelm both your energy and your indoor space.

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Vanilla Bean Orchid

The Vanilla Bean Orchid

Everyone knows the scent and taste of vanilla… at the very least we smell it in perfumes and enjoy it in ice cream! But did you know that all vanilla comes from the fruit of an orchid? Of the tens of thousands of orchids known to the world, Vanilla planifolia is the only orchid to produce an edible fruit and what an amazing fruit that has turned out to be…

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