Learn2Grow Newsletter Archive
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Welcome to the archive of Learn2Grow weekly Newsletters. Browse through the issues below, or follow the link located at the bottom of this page to subscribe.

Midsummer Gardening (Jul 2017)
With temperatures on the rise and plants growing weary, you may find yourself desperate to get back to the colors and beauty your garden knew back in June. Although the chances of the garden fashion police knocking at your arbor gate are slim to none, there’s nothing wrong with trying to keep your yard up with the seasonal times. Just play it smart and try to follow the midsummer gardening tips this week’s newsletter has to offer. Not sure your midsummer garden has what it takes to keep blooming through the rest of the season? Keep hope alive with our featured plant: Hope coneflower!

Have a Cool Summer! (Jul 2017)
If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the garden – unless you’re a home gardener trying to enjoy your great outdoors. If you simply have to be among the flowers, just be smart when you head into the sun! This week we take a look at ways to stay cool and have fun outside. While you’re out there, enjoy a little ‘Raspberry Ice’! (It’s our plant of the week.)

Regional Gardening Tips for July (Jul 2017)
You just can’t beat the fresh convenience of homegrown herbs. Spicing up your garden and home-cooked meals with a few tasty favorites is a beautiful way to save money! If you like the idea of growing your own food but worry that you don’t have the space, time or a green-enough thumb to do it, start with growing herbs. In addition to our July regional tips, this week’s newsletter shares how these fragrant plants can help you savor the flavor of a different kind of growing success! For a particularly good garden thyme, try our plant of the week: Thymus x citriodorus.

To Honor Our American Gardens… (Jun 2017)
Home gardeners can always find something to do in their growing space, whether it’s pulling a few weeds, rearranging containers or adding instant color to any bare spot. We know how rewarding gardening is, but do you know what’s even better? Enjoying the beauty your green thumb has helped grow! For this year’s 4th of July celebration, drop the gardening tools, pull up a patio chair, relax with a cool beverage and explore some simple ways to enjoy your summer garden. If you find working and planning in the garden just as relaxing as sitting in it, consider adding some of this week’s patriotic-ish plants to your growing space someday, including this week’s featured plant: Liberty apple.

Butterfly Garden Basics (Jun 2017)
Pollinators like butterflies keeping life growing! Bonus: Their stunning colors and whimsical fluttering bring joyful interest to the garden, delighting everyone lucky enough to be around when they stop by for a visit. The thing is, butterflies have very particular tastes and preferences. This week we take a look at how to lure these beautiful creatures into your outdoor living area. One way to help your garden grow all aflutter is to include our plant of the week in your growing space: Red Butterfly milkweed.

Regional Gardening Tips for June (Jun 2017)
Whether they’re welcoming visitors to your front porch, lining a walkway, or decorating a deck or arbor, container gardens make big impact! Here’s the best part: They’re surprisingly simple to make, easy on the wallet and, when they’re planted and cared for properly, they can provide continuous beauty throughout spring and summer. This week, in addition to our monthly regional to-dos, we look at some container garden basics, including how to plant a giant hanging basket and what kinds of plants work well in planters. Our plant of the week is a great one to try: ivy-leaved geranium.

Annual Planting and Care (May 2017)
You have to replant them every year, so why choose annuals? For starters, they’re easy, inexpensive and offer an awesome colorful bang for your buck! This week we take a look at how to plant, care for and use these instant beauties in the garden. Although our plant of the week isn’t an annual, given the time of year, we felt this one was more appropriate: Mother’s Day azalea. (Thanks, moms, for all that you do!)

Regional Gardening Tips for May (May 2017)
Vines are great additions to most landscapes because they’ll grow on almost any surface, lead the eye upward and take garden beauty to a whole new level. In addition to our May regional To-Dos, this week’s newsletter shares tips on vine growing, from selection and support to keeping ivy from invading your growing space. Our plant of the week is a beautiful bloomer that can show your garden a vine time: purple morning glory.

Arbor Day the Tree-mendous Way! (Apr 2017)
National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April. What better way to commemorate than by planting a tree? Because large boxed trees are expensive, most budget-savvy home gardeners turn to small trees in the 1- to 5-gallon range. These little specimens are simple to plant and easy on the wallet, but they do come with challenges. This week we take a look at issues to consider before buying a tree for your yard, as well as tips on how to care for the established mighty ones already growing on your property. Looking for a tree that offers year-round interest? Consider our North American native plant of the week: Allegheny serviceberry.

It’s Blooming Spring! (Apr 2017)
The fragrant, trumpet-shaped, white blooms of Easter lilies will soon adorn homes and churches everywhere. But that’s not the only flower you’ll notice this spring. This week we take a look at various spring bloomers found all over growing spaces, from high in the trees to those growing as weeds. This week’s plant of the week: Perfumed passionflower.

Regional Gardening Tips for April (Apr 2017)
Although all the different types, terms and numbers used to describe fertilizers may seem intimidating, they’re really not that difficult to decipher once you understand what they mean. This week we take a look at a few fertilizer basics before the planting season officially takes off, as well as provide your regional To-Dos for the month. (Can you believe it’s April already?!) This week’s featured plant brings a galaxy of starry flowers to shady, woodland gardens: Golden star.

Prepare for Spring! (Mar 2017)
We’ve all seen gorgeous spring flower beds bursting with color and have thought, “Wow, I wish my garden looked like that.” If you prepare your growing space properly at the start of the season, it can! This week we take a look at simple steps to preparing garden beds for spring, as well as tasks to consider while you wait for your weather to cooperate and/or the ground to finally thaw. Before you know it, you may just have the best flower bed on your block – the kind that makes neighbors think, “Wow, I wish my garden looked like that!” One way to make your garden shine is to add our plant of the week: spring starflower.

Spring Back Into Gardening! (Mar 2017)
It’s official: Spring has arrived, and home gardeners everywhere are eager to hit the dirt! Unfortunately, early frosts can turn spring fever into a terrible cold that can knock newly planted gardens down for the count. While we each wait for our specific region’s last-frost date to pass, now is the perfect time to review (and later apply) a few basic gardening principles that can do our plants – and ourselves – a world of good this growing season! This week we look at how to avoid “garden frostbite,” as well as ways to beautify our growing spaces with accessories and spring-loving plants. One pretty bloomer is even our plant of the week: Spring Symphony foamflower.

Last Call for Fall! (Nov 2016)
As the saying goes, “You snooze, you lose.” Well, winter will be here before we know it, and there’ll be plenty of time to snooze then. So let’s enjoy what’s left of fall and get out in the garden while we still can! This week we take a look at late-fall garden tasks across the nation. But before we completely turn our backs on our beloved planting beds and focus on the fast-approaching holiday season, let’s give a shout-out to a delightful autumn with our plant of the week: ‘Bravo’ decorative chrysanthemum. (Insert clapping and cheers here.)

Regional Gardening Tips for November (Nov 2016)
It’s not unusual for green thumbs in cool-temp regions to abandon the gardening ship come November. But before you officially throw in the trowel for the season, remember to make your bed once more: Winterizing planting beds before garden hibernation can help reduce potential problems next spring. And if you’re fortunate to live where you can grow outside year-round, don’t pass up this chance to veg out! There are many vegetables that perform their best in winter. Our November regional to-dos can help keep you on task as well, while our plant of the week – ornamental gourd – can help your home look festively beautiful.

Decorating With Mother Nature (Oct 2016)
Happy (almost) Halloween! Did you know that plants are more historically linked to Halloween than a bag of candy? This week we take a look at some spook-tacular facts about Halloween plants and lore, as well as a cute sweetgum pod craft to do with the kids. But don’t carve all of your pumpkins this year – keep some untouched for natural fall enjoyment leading up to Thanksgiving. We’ve got lots of tips for easy, cost-friendly autumn décor in this issue, too. One popular decoration is even represented as our plant of the week: Indian corn!

What Autumn “Leaves” You With… (Oct 2016)
Have you ever wondered why some autumns are more vibrant than others? How can a tree look absolutely spectacular one fall, then seem slightly less impressive the next? There are lots of factors that weigh into the colorfulness of fall, and they change every year. No matter what shade of scarlet your oak tree may turn this year, one thing remains the same: the usefulness of fallen leaves! This week, in addition to investigating why leaves change color in the first place, we rake in the many ways to use fallen leaves to your garden’s advantage, as well look at a few classic trees sure to make your fall shine. Our plant of the week is a perfect example: Autumn Blaze® red maple.

Hip to be Healthy! (Oct 2016)
Nothing fills us up in fall (and winter) like a bowl of delicious comfort food on a chilly day. And when most of the ingredients come from your garden, you’ll find your meals are even tastier! This week we take a look at a few recipes sure to warm the hearts of everyone in your family. Some are old-fashioned goodies, like chicken soup. Others are more of a surprise, like rose hip jam. Whatever you’ve got cookin’, enjoy the tastes of homegrown goodness. You can start with this week’s yummy and classic plant of the week: garden lettuce.

Regional Gardening Tips for October (Oct 2016)
Even if temperatures in your region have yet to fully cool along with the official change of season, pumpkins instantly bring on the great colors, feelings and flavors of fall. But when it comes to culinary charisma or decorative charm, not all pumpkins are created equal. Heirloom pumpkins, for example, break the “traditional” mold by offering different shapes, textures and unlikely colors, including blue-gray and green. This week, in addition to our October regional to-dos, we look at different ways to enjoy pumpkins of all kinds – starting with our pumpkin of the week, ‘Cotton Candy’.

Plant Bulbs Now, Turn on the Beauty Later (Sep 2016)
Now that fall is officially here, let’s blow off decorating for autumn, skip ahead two seasons and plan for spring! Sure, some summer annuals are still in bloom and countless pumpkins have yet to be picked for their jack-o’-lantern destiny. But if you ever dream of having a magnificent garden after a long and ugly winter, the time to plan (and plant) for greatness is now! Planting spring-blooming bulbs is one of the easiest gardening tasks a home gardener can do in fall. Get started with the tips in this week’s newsletter now, then get set to enjoy an instant show of rewarding color later! If you grow our bulb of the week, Purple Sensation hyacinth, your garden will even smell as amazing as it looks!

“A” is for Apples! (Sep 2016)
Aside from being productive, properly cared-for apple trees can flourish into beautiful landscape accents, enhancing the appearance of your yard and then becoming the apple of your pie! Growing apples at home is a great way to have delicious, nutritious snacks at your fingertips throughout the season. (Bonus: Apples grow on pretty trees.) But if you don’t have the space to grow your own, that’s okay. Even if you pick your apples at an orchard or buy them at the store, this week’s newsletter offers many ways to enjoy this classic fall treat. Our plant of the week: the mighty ‘Empire’ apple!

Garden Work You “Autumn” Be Doing (Sep 2016)
Fall’s just around the corner…and so are the mums, pumpkins and other traditional autumn décor that typically pop up come September. Before we make that official switch to corn husks and scarecrows, let’s take one more look at our August gardens and harvests and see if there’s anything we can do help make our current growing season last a few weeks longer. For a burst of brilliant late summer color that can last to early fall, try our plant of the week: Purple Dome New England aster.

Fall for Great Plants This Autumn! (Sep 2016)
It’s easy to fall for autumn décor. Colorful leaves, gourds, miniature bales of hay – these simple decorations are as traditional as they are affordable. This year, take decorating beyond the pumpkin on your doorstep and fall for some autumn-loving shrubs, ornamental grasses and native species that offer fantastic fall fruit, foliage and color to the entire landscape! You can start with our plant of the week, Waterlily autumn crocus. (We’ll give you a topic: Waterlily autumn crocus is neither a waterlily nor a crocus. Discuss!)

Regional Gardening Tips for September (Sep 2016)
Do you keep your lawn green and weed-free with a steady diet of synthetic chemical fertilizers and toxic herbicides? If so, consider making the switch to a more natural way of taking care of your yard – one that’s healthier for the environment, as well as for you and your family. When we use fewer chemicals in our gardens and take an organic approach to lawn care, we grow one step closer to making the world a little greener. This week, in addition to our monthly regional to-dos, we take a look at ways to keep our lawns lush and healthy. Not a turf fan? Give our featured plant a try: Variegated orange stonecrop is a great groundcover!

Create a Moving Garden – Plant Ornamental Grasses! (Aug 2016)
Don’t let your garden just sit there – get it moving with ornamental grasses! These beautiful plants bring height, sound and graceful movement to still, lifeless spaces. Even better: You only need a few of these remarkable plants to completely change the look and feel of your growing space. Before you start shopping around for new plants to add to your garden this fall, check out this week’s newsletter and learn about some showstopping ornamental grasses that can add a touch of grass to your great outdoors. You can start with our plant of the week: Calamagrostis brachytricha.

Get the Most From Your Late Summer Garden (Aug 2016)
Fall’s just around the corner…and so are the mums, pumpkins and other traditional autumn décor that typically pop up come September. Before we make that official switch to corn husks and scarecrows, let’s take one more look at our August gardens and harvests and see if there’s anything we can do help make our current growing season last a few weeks longer. For a burst of brilliant late summer color that can last to early fall, try our plant of the week: Purple Dome New England aster.

Plan to Eat Your Fall Garden (Aug 2016)
We still have many weeks (if not months) before we must bid official farewell to our tasty summer harvests. But while you savor the flavor of your current harvest, take action now and start planning a fall food garden! If you’ve ever longed for fresh greens in the middle of a crisp autumn and winter or wished your vegetable-growing season could last nearly year-round, get excited – because now you can have your arugula and eat it, too! Our plant of the week: the fast-growing radish!

Regional Gardening Tips for August (Aug 2016)
Raise your hand if you’re feeling as weary as your summer garden looks. (Our hands are raised, too.) Perhaps your container plants aren’t as full as they were earlier in the season. Maybe you’ve skipped giving your annuals their usual fertilizer boost. You probably lost the will to weed back in July. And that’s okay. You’ve been working hard, and summer gardens can’t last forever. So instead of sighing when you gaze upon your thinning petunias, remember to appreciate the blooms that are still shining this month and enjoy your summer garden…as you check off your regional to-dos for the month. This week’s featured plant: ‘August Beauty’!

Good, Bad & Ugly Garden Issues (Jul 2016)
It’s hot, you’re tired, and it’s time to get away from it all. You stop the mail and you put timers on the lamps. But what do you do for your garden? Remember that even when you’re away, your garden keeps growing…or at least it tries to. You never know what good, bad and ugly garden situations might pop up this time of year. This week we take a look at a few possibilities, to help you prepare. But good luck finding anything bad or ugly about our plant of the week – it’s the good luck tree!


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