Gardening tips: How to create a window box container garden

Whether they’re filled to the brim with English ivy, geraniums, dianthus or pansies, nothing brightens a home’s facade quite like a colorful window box. Best of all, they are easy to create by hand. Just follow these simple steps and you will soon have a gorgeous window box garden just in time for spring.

Window Box Garden

Step One: Find the right box to use. Wood works best, as it can be painted to match your house seamlessly. You can also use metal or other materials. Make sure that the box is the right size for your window. Typically, window boxes run the length of the window. Make sure the boxes are deep enough to hold enough soil for the plants to stay healthy and allow room for the roots. A good rule of thumb is to make the boxes at least 8 inches wide, as well as deep. Continue reading Gardening tips: How to create a window box container garden

Gardening tips: How to prune roses

Want your roses to be in top shape come springtime? Experts say that the best time to prune roses is in late winter—that is, in late January or early to mid-February. So get those tools ready, and don’t be nervous. Pruning roses is a cinch as long as you know how. Here are some simple, easy gardening tips for pruning roses that will leave your plants healthy and ready to bloom.

Pruning Roses

Step One: In order to prune roses effectively, you need good, sharp tools and leather gloves to protect your hands. Believe us when we say that this is step is absolutely necessary. Dull cutters will leave you haggling with the plant and lack of gloves will leave your hands a mangled mess. You should also clear any debris away from the base of the rose bush before beginning to prune.

Step Two: Your first plan of attack should be to get rid of all dead, damaged and diseased wood. Don’t worry about stems—cut dead wood out at the base. If you cut and the “wound” of the plant is brown, you need to keep cutting. If it is green, then you have cut far enough. Don’t worry about hurting the plant by cutting too much away. Don’t bother with green canes if they are coming off of dead wood. If in doubt, cut it out. If you are removing an entire cane, make a flush cut. Continue reading Gardening tips: How to prune roses