Entries from January 2009

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

How To Help Pollinators

Every reader of TheGardenLady knows the importance of pollinators to pollinate (pol·li·nate- definition of the verb; To transfer pollen from an anther to the stigma of (a flower)  flowers, vegetables and other plants, shrubs and trees.) All agriculture depends on pollinators.  “Pollinators are essential to Life.”  We’ve read numerous articles about the problem called bee […]

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Flowering Plants Speed Post-Surgery Recovery

TheGardenLady had recently written a column about some of the benefits of plants. She recently read, in Science Daily, the results of a study done at Kansas State University published in the October 2008 HortTechnology that  showed that hospital ” patients with plants in their rooms had significantly fewer intakes of pain medication, more positive […]

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Taking Care of Your Mother-In-Law’s Tongue Plant

TheGardenLady received this question from Donna: I have a  that is turning yellow. I have had it for over ten years and it’s been in the same pot since. It has always done well, but here recently it is becoming sick. There hasn’t been any change to it to cause it. Any suggestions? Since you […]

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Tea Plants (part II)

The strongest flavored tea made from the Camellia sinenses leaves is called black tea or red tea.  Black tea is the tea which was most commonly sold over the years in the US by brand names like Tetley, Lipton or “Good Morning” organic. Black teas are made from “fermented” tea leaves. What is called fermentation […]

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Tea (part I)

It is cold outside, especially if you live in an area where it is frigid or snowing or raining. This is the time of year for drinking lots of hot tea, the world’s second most popular beverage after water. And now that there are so many articles about the health benefits of drinking tea, such […]

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Watching Plants Do Their Thing

As the winter wears on, many of us dream of spring and the return of flowering plants.  Some of us are lucky enough to have flowers open or opening indoors.  My amaryllis bud is opening and I eagerly await the brilliant red flower.  But if you don’t have flower buds and dream of your outdoor […]

Friday, January 9th, 2009

The EasyBloom Plant Sensor

Today on televsion, TheGardenLady saw a new product that the company that invented it thinks might revolutionize gardening. It is called The EasyBloom Plant Sensor. The company claims that this device that looks like a plastic flower on a stick which is selling for approximately $56 to $60 will: 1     Determine which plants will […]

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Building a Greenhouse

One of the things TheGardenLady always wished for was to have a Greenhouse. Perhaps TheGardenLady‘s readers have also had that wish for themselves. I have a friend who built one for her orchids. Where to start seemed to be one problem and cost seemed to be another.  But with the computer as your library, there […]

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

A Plant that Blogs!

Check out this unbelievable video of a plant that blogs. I imagine that its posts aren’t that interesting. But, then again, have you ever read anything on Twitter?

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Gardening to Cope with Tough Times

TheGardenLady wants to wish all her readers a Happy, Healthy New Year. These are trying times – especially because of the economy. Remember that gardening can reduce stress. Many articles point this out. Going outdoors to garden you will be working in the sun so that you are getting extra Vitamin D for free while […]