The Ficus lyrata, commonly called the fiddle-leaf fig, is a perfect indoor specimen plant. The plant features very large, heavily veined, and violin-shaped leaves that grow upright on a tall plant. These plants are native to the tropics, where they thrive in very warm and wet conditions. This makes them somewhat more challenging for the home grower, who is likely to have trouble duplicating these steamy conditions, but they are fortunately relatively tough plants also that can withstand less-than-perfect conditions…
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Posted by Sarah on May 22nd 2018 in
Residential Rain Garden-Lesson & Design Become a water hunter! Run off from homes and patios often runs straight into city drain systems, this could be captured and used to feed life in your garden. Find where water runs in your yard and dig in to capture it! Study the design below and make your weekend project come alive with your newly learned rain water conservation program. Residential Rain Garden Design -PDF
Posted by Sarah on May 15th 2018 in
What do you need to grow vegetables– and actually have something to show for it? Think prep early, and reap the reward later. For starters you need a sunny location, a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight for veg plants. Tomatoes and peppers need 8+ hours of sunlight. Fill your soil with lots and lots of nutrients that your plants can thrive on. Making flowers and fruit takes energy. The…
Posted by Sarah on May 8th 2018 in
One of my fondest childhood memories is spending countless hours out in the garden with my mom. I remember planting marigolds in the vegetable garden and my mom telling me that they helped to deter pests from all our delicious veggies. Nothing is better than eating fresh veggies from the garden. As a kid, I loved eating cucumbers and remember training them up a trellis to conserve space in the…
Posted by Sarah on May 1st 2018 in
Gardening for life! Growing plants that produce fruit is delightful for your spirit and your dish of ice cream. Strawberries are probably one of the most enjoyable fruits you can buy in the grocery store and they are easy to grow as well. Make strawberry jam, freeze your crop so they last longer, or just eat them whole. What do you need to know about strawberries? One plant can produce…
Posted by Sarah on April 15th 2018 in
Spring is arriving with her later than usual April showers this week. The challenging weather can make it hard to get out and enjoy your garden, but here at Sunnyside we kick off the early season with plants and gardening that you can do in any weather. Early season plants and planters are an essential part of bringing the happiness of spring to your front door or garden. Pansies and…
Posted by Sarah on April 11th 2018 in
Chinese Money Plant The sometimes hard to find, Chinese money plant, or Pilea has become a hit in the gardening and home decor world. Considered to be a type of succulent, it would love to live in a warm bright room in your home. Direct sun probably isn’t the best option for the Pilea, so that makes it more of an option for homeowners who can’t do full sun succulent…