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The Art of Kokedama

Kokedama (literal translation: moss ball) are sometimes called ‘Japanese string gardens’ or ‘kokedama hanging gardens’.  Most often they are hung, but they can also be displayed on decorative plates or pedestals.  They are easy to care for, but as in choosing any plant, selection of the best variety for you is based on the amount […]

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Plant Something Today!

Of course, shrubs and trees add beauty to your yard, but there are other benefits as well. When yards and their neighborhoods are beautified with shrubs and trees, property values can increase by 15 percent or more. Trees and larger shrubs help you save energy in the summer. Shade from these plants reduces cooling costs; strategically located plants can […]

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Houseplants for Clean Air

In the late 1980s, a study by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) resulted in excellent news for homeowners and office workers everywhere. The study concluded that common houseplants such as bamboo palms and spider plants not only make indoor spaces more attractive, they also help to purify the air! The study […]

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Edibles to grow near black walnut trees

Many nut trees produce a substance called juglone that is toxic to other plants. Black walnuts and English walnuts grafted onto black walnut rootstock produce enough juglone to be toxic. Other walnuts, butternuts, hickories and pecans do not produce toxic amounts. Tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, petunias and other members of the nightshade family seem to […]

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Hybrid? Open-Pollinated? Grafted? Genetically Engineered? What’s the difference?

  Gardeners often come across the word “hybrid” to describe seeds in catalogs and on packets. If a seed isn’t specifically described as hybrid you can assume it’s a non-hybrid, more commonly called “open-pollinated” (abbreviated OP). Which type of seed is better for home gardeners? As is so often the case, the answer is, “It […]

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Impatiens Downy Mildew

Impatiens Downy Mildew                                                 Impatiens Downy Mildew is caused by a ‘water mold’, plasmopara obducens. This is a very specialized pathogen in that it only affects certain types of impatiens: common garden impatiens (impatiens walleriana), garden balsam (impatiens balsamina) and native jewelweed (impatiens capensis). New Guinea impatiens, ‘Bounce’ Interspecific impatiens and ‘Sunpatiens’ are not affected by the […]

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Vegetable Gardening Tips

1. Get an idea. Will you plant just annual vegetables like tomatoes, beans, peppers? Or perennial ones like asparagus and rhubarb? How about herbs? Edible flowers? 2. Pick a place. Almost all vegetables and herbs and most flowers need about six hours of full sun each day. Spend a day in your chosen spot and watch how the sun […]

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Nursery Stock & Perennial Guarantee

Hickory Grove offers a one-time 100% credit (of the original purchase price) on any Nursery Stock or Perennial* that fails to survive 6 months from the date of purchase. * Shrubs and perennials planted in containers are not guaranteed. Roses and perennials are not guaranteed through the winter season. Conditions of Guarantee: 1. Shrubs/ Perennials […]

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Nursery Stock Planting Instructions

Bringing the Plant Home: If your plants cannot be planted immediately, place in a shady location and keep well watered. Preparing the Soil for Planting: This very important first step can make the difference between a plant that flourishes and one that languishes. Dig hole at least twice the width and slightly deeper than the […]

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Indoor Plant Care

What we grow as house plants are tropical plants in other areas of the world where the weather is warm enough for them to grow outside all year. Since we are forcing these plants to adapt to our dry heat in the winter and unnatural air conditioning in the summer, many of these plants actually appreciate being […]

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