General Gardening

10 Great Gifts for Garden Lovers

If you need help creating a gift list this holiday season, either for yourself or a fellow garden-lover, check out these 10 hot container gardening products that balcony gardeners would love to open on Christmas day. To learn more about each plant care product, click the link or photo to go to Amazon.com.

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How to Repot Plants

Repot root-bound plantsWhen a plant outgrows its plant container, it is "pot-bound" or "root-bound." It no longer grows, and its roots begin to come up out of the dirt, as well as emerge from the drainage holes on the bottom of the plant container. The roots have become cramped and packed tightly into the container, like the roots of the bush lily in the picture on the right.

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English Ivy and Other Invasive Plants

Ivy desert WashingtonIn the Pacific Northwest of the United States, there is a problem with invasive English ivy taking over local wildlife (it is native to Europe and western Asia). It's gotten so bad that the plant is actually banned in Oregon. In order to combat the ivy plant that has taken over local parks, volunteers rip it out. If you have a problem with ivy in your area, or any other invasive plant for that matter, you can volunteer to remove and destroy non-native plant species.

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Aquarium Fish and Plants in Apartments

Betta fishSmall fish aquariums are great for apartment-dwellers – while we may love dogs and cats, pet deposits and pet rent can add up. Usually apartment managers will allow small aquariums in apartments with no deposit or monthly rent. For apartment-dwellers on a budget who still want a pet and want to grow plants, a small aquarium really does the trick!

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