How to Tell if Citrus is Ripe


Unlike some fruits, citrus does not continue to ripen after being harvested. Here are three tips to help determine if your citrus is ready to be picked. Taste test – This is considered the best test. Pick a piece of fruit from two different parts of the tree. Cut them open and sample the fruit. 

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Bees are crucial to the health of trees, flowers, and different plants in the food chain. There are over one trillion individual Bees in our world; but Bees are declining quickly due to the high dosage of pesticides on plants. Since bee’s are our number one pollinator in the world, we need to help


The Underground


The underground- home of numerous different types of soils. In fact, we use the soil to house seeds, which will then grow to maturity and bear leaves, flowers, and even fruit! But every soil caters to a certain type of plant. When gardening, the first thing to do after picking out your plant, is

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What’s eating my Bougainvillea?


Bougainvilleas are fairly hardy ornamental plants that do very well in climates such as the Coachella Valley.  Even though Bougainvilleas are resistant to many bugs, some insects still find this plant very attractive. Pests and Damage Aphids – feeds off tender new leaves.  Its secretion can attract ants and promotes mold gowth Spider mites –

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Sun vs shade


As you’ve probably noticed, not all leaves are the same size. The size of the leaf depends on how many hours of sun they get. If a plant is full sun, that means it gets at least six hours of sun per day. If a plant is partial shade, that means it can get

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Tip: How to lighten those heavy pots


No need to strain your back lifting those heavy pots.  Try filling the bottom third of the pot with foam packing peanuts.  On top of the packing peanuts, put a layer of landscape fabric. Then, add lightweight potting mix that has lots of vermiculite and peat moss.  You will be surprised how much lighter

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Drought tolerant plants


For all the environmentalist out there, have you ever thought about purchasing a drought tolerant plant? There are many benefits to having drought tolerant plants. Having a drought tolerant plant will lower your water bills and reduce the amount of water in droughts. These plants also attract other plants with less maintenance, have deeper

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Do’s & Don’ts


Dealing with plants does not require a wealth of knowledge, but there are major “do’s and don’ts” that people looking to get into planting should keep in mind.  Though some may be under the false impression that planting is as easy as tossing some seeds into soil and adding water; they are sadly mistaken.

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How to Start a Garden


Wondering how to start a garden?  No problem.  Here are a few simple steps to get you started.   Place your garden somewhere that you can see it regularly. Out of site, out of mind. Just like in real estate, it is all about location. Follow the sun – Make sure you know how much

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The Good and Bad of Bugs


When we garden, we try our best to keep bugs away. Although most bugs are harmful, some are actually beneficial to our garden. Some of the good bugs include, ladybugs, praying mantis, and spiders. But the bad bugs are, Aphids, snails, and slugs. There are obviously a lot more good and bad bugs out

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