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Did you know that growing blueberries in containers is one of the easiest ways to expand your edible garden without using valuable backyard real estate? That’s right! With a little preparation and patience, you can be enjoying delicious, farm-fresh, berries straight from the bush, no matter how much space you have!
Blueberries are notorious for their vitamin C and E packed fruit and have become a widely popular addition to backyards everywhere! However, you absolutely must make sure you’re setting yourself up for success and picking bushes that are best for your area.
The wrong kind of blueberry bush can leave you wondering why you aren’t getting much fruit, or why it doesn’t fare as well in the colder months.
Just getting started? Read our Selection Guide for the best Citrus varieties for container culture.
Let's get started early to prepare for the arrival of your new tree.
Finding a Suitable Pot or Fabric Grow Bag
Making good choices about containers doesn't have to be expensive. People are getting really creative in their Victory Garden designs. Go fancy if you can, or "cheap out" if you need to.
Join the Victory Garden movement! It seems like everyone is adding fruiting trees and plants to their landscape, no matter how large or small. After all, one of the best things in life to enjoy the taste, fragrance and health benefits of homegrown fruit.
There is also something very satisfying about the feeling of being prepared. People all across the country are realizing how fulfilling it is to grow food for themselves, family and friends.
Beyond sowing the seeds of a vegetable garden, why not add Citrus trees in your Victory Garden design? Growing your own lemons, limes, oranges and other Citrus varieties save you a lot of money over the long haul.
The demand for locally grown fruit is red hot these days. It seems like everyone wants to enjoy the incredible taste, health benefits and experience of growing their favorite varieties. After all, there is nothing so satisfying as eating a piece of homegrown fruit, still warm from the sun.
Modern plant hybridizers have been inspired to create new varieties. Growers are likewise searching to revisit older varieties that might be more widely adaptable.
Here is a rundown of some of the best varieties. But first, let’s talk about what “Low Chill Hours” is and what they mean for your garden.
Chill Requirements Definition
In simple terms, chill requirements are the approximant number of cold hours (below 40 degrees and above 32) that accumulate between the start of fall and late January. There are a numbe
Some plants need plenty of good air circulation for health. Fresh air will help prevent the growth of certain fungus, bacteria and molds.
Planting sites with poor air circulation can introduce disease issues and stress your plants. Stressed plants can attract insect problems, as well. Growing conditions make a big difference in the health of your plants.
Never fear! Read on for #ProPlantTips on how to improve air circulation for plants from the Nature Hills horticulturist team.
How To Site Your Plant Correctly
Please, don’t slam your plants right up against the house, other structures, or next to other plants.
Study the mature size when selecting your plants. Get out there and measure to determine the right number of plants for the area you are planting.
Install plants far enough apart to accommodate the size of the plant a
Happy Pollinator Week!
It’s Pollinator Week, so we have put together a special plant collection of wonderful pollinator-friendly natives and nativars for you. Our horticultural team is always on the hunt for plants that provide food and shelter for these critical insects and animals.
If you’ve heard the buzz about declining bee populations, you probably want more information on easy ways you can help. At Nature Hills, we love plants of all shapes and sizes, but flowering and fruiting plants hold a very special place in our hearts.
To help celebrate National Pollinator Week, we’ve also put this informative article together for you. In it, you’ll find some easy ways you can improve habitat by creating gardens and landscapes that in
Tips to Prune and Train Espalier Fruit Trees
It's fun to grow healthy homegrown fruit on a sturdy trellis. The ancient technique called Espalier allows for a full harvest in a small space planting.
Espalier is now being done on Apples, Apricots, Citrus, Cherries, Figs, Nectarines Pears, Peaches, Persimmons, Pomegranate and Plums. There are few varieties of fruit that cannot be trained to grow flat. Citrus is ideal for espalier.
Watch as our High Density Backyard Orchard Culture Expert, Ed Laivo, walks you through the steps to prune and train a young pear tree growing as an espalier on a sturdy trellis.
You'll learn how far to trim back, how to tie down limbs to direct growth. You'll also see what kind of tools are required
Nature Hills Horticultural Staff is always happy to assist you with your gardening questions and challenges. But sometimes, customers pose location-specific questions to us that we are unable to answer. We don't always have knowledge of the regional climate and soil conditions. We do not want to pass on incorrect information to you. In situations such as these, we always recommend the customer contact their local cooperative extension office.
The cooperative extension offices
These days, every region is becoming more aware of precious water resources. And, gardeners are busy people, so time is also something to carefully safeguard. Watch the video below to get the pros and cons of different techniques, and learn how to adjust automatic water systems as you need to.
Water-Wise landscaping is here, and we don't think that philosophy is going away. This is true all across the country as people realize how expensive water bills are getting. Learn the finer details of using timer for watering plants and automatic watering system for plants. That means automatic sprinkler systems, too.
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Nature Hills sells all kinds of plants, including trees, shrubs, fruiting trees & plants, perennials, roses, vines, grasses - you name it! And every one of our beautiful and useful plants loves a layer of mulch to keep the weeds down and provide cover for their roots.
New and Existing Plants Benefit Greatly From a Layer of Mulch Over the Roots
Watch as Ed Laivo, one of our resident horticulturalists, breaks it down for you. See what kind of mulch is right for several applications around your landscape. Learn about the proper depth for new plantings and as an annual topping.
During the video, you'll understand the different types of mulch, and when to use them. You'll see when to use compost as a mulch. You'll get tips on how to apply (and re-apply) mulch as a top