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Around Our Town...April Gardening Calendar

Bringing The Outdoors In With The Houseplants

04/01/2006 - Imagine the excitement when window glass became increasingly available and made it possible to bring the outdoors in by bringing plants into our homes and workplaces. Today scientific studies have been done showing that plants don't just look good, they earn their keep in many ways. Since we breathe in oxygen and give off carbon dioxide and plants take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen, we are a good team. Houseplants clean the air for us by removing indoor air pollutants: chemicals found in paint, carpets, draperies, furniture, etc. Our leafy friends also have a soothing effect on the body and mind, lifting our spirits. The challenge, however, is how to keep them thriving. To improve the success rate, consider the following:

1. Light is the most important factor in healthy plants, so choose the right plant for the right spot.

2. Each plant has different watering needs, so water accordingly.

3. Before buying a plant, know what it is and what it needs. Do your research; some plants are easier to maintain than others.

4 .Learn to recognize plant problems. For example, yellowing leaves are a symptom of various issues such as over watering, under watering, insufficient light, too much light or pests. Brown edges on the leaves can be a symptom of lack of water, uneven watering, or salt damage from too much fertilizer or chemicals in the water supply.


Plant bare-root trees.

-Fertilize woody plants

if tests or plant health indicate need.

-Leave foliage on early blooming bulbs until they are brown.

-Pull back winter mulching from plant crowns of perennials, strawberries, etc.

"I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature's rebirth?" -

Edward Giobbi

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