Gardening Partners

of Dickson County


Planting and Growing Directions for Monarch Host and Nectar Plants — Backyard Blooms Farm

Milkweed (Asclepias) Perennial host plant Seed source is AS02 Milkweed Seed Collection: a collection of various Milkweed seeds – Showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa), Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), Pink Swamp milkweed (Asclepia incarnata), Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) , Autumn Blaze milkweed (Asclepias mixture), Bloodflower (Asclepias curassavica) Stratification – A period of cold is required to increase […]

Planting and Growing Directions for Monarch Host and Nectar Plants — Backyard Blooms Farm


The Neighborhood Gardener – December 2019 — Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Happy holidays from the staff of the Florida Master Gardener Volunteer and Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ programs! This month in The Neighborhood Gardener: Five Facts About the Poinsettia — The poinsettia is native to Mexico and Guatemala, where it is referred to as flor de nochebuena (Christmas Eve flower). It is the most popular holiday plant in […]

The Neighborhood Gardener – December 2019 — Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Program


Holly — Acreage Life – Nebraska

In December, we have a lot of great plants that are used for holiday decorations. We have the Christmas tree, wreaths, poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly. Holly is a fun plant we can grow in our landscapes for winter interest from the berries and evergreen foliage. Holly, Ilex x meserveae, is a broadleaf evergreen also called […]

Holly — Acreage Life – Nebraska


Yacon — Not a Horticulturist

Short version: A perennial root vegetable that has juicy tubers that look like sweet potatoes, felty leaves and small daisy like, yellow flowers. They are harvested in December and have the texture of water chestnuts and the taste of the inner sweet core of carrots (according to a friend). They grow from the rhizomes rather […]

Yacon — Not a Horticulturist


Garden Gifts for the Perpetual Gardener — amgardenclub

Gardening Gifts for the Perpetual Gardener Do you open your presents to surprises, or re-gifting possibilities? This year, put these items on your list and reap the joy….something to really use and love! Portable Bluetooth Speaker: While I like the natural peace outside gardening, the atmosphere might be enhanced with some calming music. It’s water-resistant, […]

Garden Gifts for the Perpetual Gardener — amgardenclub


The Rugose Virus Threat – Will it Affect Your Spring Crops? — onfloriculture

By now, you may of heard of the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV), referred to more simply as “Rugose”. It is a viral disease that predominately impacts tomato plants, but also peppers, leaving fruit damaged and unmarketable. It was first detected in Israel in 2014 but has now been found in parts of North America. […]

The Rugose Virus Threat – Will it Affect Your Spring Crops? — onfloriculture


Science 101: Photoperiodism — Iowa Agriculture Literacy

Saturday is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Since June 21, the Summer Solstice, the days have been getting shorter. As a parent, I look forward shorter days and longer nights for one reason. My kids go to bed easier. They are cranky and do not function well […]

Science 101: Photoperiodism — Iowa Agriculture Literacy


A Cold Hardy Christmas Plant — Laidback Gardener

Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens ‘Big Berry’). Photo: Manuela Popesc, pinterest.ca Traditionally, potted Christmas plants, such as poinsettias, Christmas cactus, and Christmas kalanchoes, have always been tropical or subtropical plants. In recent years, however, a plant from the Far North has taken its place in the Christmas displays: wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens). In nature, wintergreen, an eastern North American […]

A Cold Hardy Christmas Plant — Laidback Gardener