General Gardening

How to Start Seeds Indoors

Zinnia sprouts indoorsFebruary and March is usually the time when people start their spring seedlings indoors. This way the plant seeds can sprout in warmer conditions and get a good start on life before being planted outside in the balcony container garden. About a month after starting your container plant seeds, they will be ready for planting.


3 Techniques for Overwintering Your Plants

Plant cuttingsIf you live in a cold area, many of your container plants will either die or need to be overwintered indoors. With balcony gardens, the easiest thing to do is plant annuals every spring and not worry about a winter garden. Several containers of hardy evergreens can make a winter balcony green, and the rest of the plants can be replanted next year. But if you do need to overwinter plants, there are three techniques you can use to do so.


What's My Hardiness Zone?

Hardiness MapYou may have heard a lot about Hardiness Zones when it comes to plants that will survive in your climate, but Hardiness Zone maps can be a little difficult to read. Here are the Zones of the 20 most populated cities in the United States. (Click on the Hardiness Map to the right to see a larger version and to learn how to use it.)


7 Steps to Grafting Cactus

Blue candle cactus graftGrafting, which can be done with many plants, is a propagation technique in which a gardener will take two separate plant species, cut them and grow them together as one plant. The plants, if they are compatible, will bond and grow as one. Moon cactus is one of the most popular grafted cactus that gardeners keep.


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