Archive for March, 2014

Helena City News: Volunteers help clean up library

Helena City News: Volunteers help clean up library.

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Start Zinnia Seeds Indoors For Early Blooms

Helena Beautification Board Chairman offers seed starting tips on his blog today. Growing zinnias from seed is an easy way to brighten up your garden space.

The Redneck Rosarian

Zinnias complement our roses with beautiful blooms Zinnias complement our roses with beautiful blooms

If there is one flower I must have in the garden other than roses, it is zinnias. One of the easiest flowers to grow, Zinnias provide a multitude of blooms all season long.  To get a jump start on the season, I typically sow seeds indoors in early March and by the time April comes round, i’m ready to plant them in the ground or in containers.

I start with Jiffy seed pellets. Very inexpensive (less than $3) at local stores.

I start with Jiffy soil pelletts I start with Jiffy soil pelletts

Place the seed pellets them in a tray or other container. I have one seed starting tray that I bought several years ago for this purpose, and I reuse it every year, but any container will do. I also use pie pans, butter bowls or the proverbial dixie cup…..

Add warm water to expand the pelletsadd warm water to cover the pellets…

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Crepe Murder 2014 — Oh, the Humanity!

Great info on caring for Crepe Myrtles

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