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Archive: Apr 2019

  1. Purple Vegetables for Color and Nutrition

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    At various times and places, purple has been the color of royalty, rock stars, and rebellion. It has represented bravery, as well as overwrought prose. A shade of purple—mauve—was even used to describe the 1890’s, a time when the invention and widespread use of aniline dyes made purple fabrics and clothes widely available.

  2. Beautiful Flowers for Rain Gardens

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    This summer rain garden shows a mix of flower favorites. (Image by David Steakly)

    Any low, wet area in the yard where rainwater runoff collects after a storm has the potential to be a spectacular, flower-filled rain garden. Maintaining these landscape reservoirs as beneficial gardens rather than stressed turf will save time and headaches and improve your yard’s looks—as long as you plant the right plants and create a design for all-season bloom.



    Sun Gro® Horticulture is proud to introduce Fafard® RESiLIENCE® mixes enhanced with silicon. RESiLIENCE® is Sun Gro’s brand name for growing mixes enriched with beneficial silicon—a patented technology developed by the company’s own research horticulturists.

    These enhanced potting mixes offer gardeners big benefits! In numerous trials, plants grown in RESiLIENCE® mixes show increased stem diameter, improved root growth, increased drought tolerance, and even earlier flowering — saving you time and worry while providing more resilient garden plants. Container- and garden-grown plants even recover better from less-than-perfect watering, which gives your plants a longer shelf life.

    “This is a major horticultural breakthrough,” says Chris Bednar, Sun Gro’s COO. “Gardeners can now have stronger, more vigorous, longer-lasting plants–from the greenhouse to retail to consumer gardens.” 

    What are the benefits of RESiLIENCE®-enhanced mixes?

    Time and time again, research at Universities, in commercial grower trials and at the Sun Gro Discovery Center, supports significant and dramatic positive results with RESiLIENCE®.

    The results are impressive! RESiLIENCE® brings dramatic increases in plant growth and vigor in addition to better roots and stems, earlier flowering and delayed wilt.

    Do RESiLIENCE®-enhanced mixes benefit all garden plants?

    Research included the collection of week-by-week growth data of over 40 popular annuals, perennials, and vegetables in a controlled greenhouse setting. Tests were conducted using Sun Gro’s Sunshine®, Fafard® and Metro Mix® professional lines of peat-based and bark-based growing and propagation mixes as well as Black Gold, Fafard, and Sunshine Advanced retail mixes.

    According to Janet Rippy, Ph.D., lead researcher of the RESiLIENCE®program at the Sun Gro Discovery Center, “results may vary by species, growing conditions, and growing practices; but after extensive research and trialing, we are confident that Resilience®mixes benefit plant growth in numerous important horticultural plants.”

    The research is ongoing, but as we learn more, the benefits become increasingly clear. Silicon enriched RESiLIENCE® mixes can and should become an integral part of indoor and container gardening to allow plants to grow more naturally and resiliently in any contained growing environment.

    How do RESiLIENCE®-enhanced mixes work?

    Plants absorb the easy-to-access RESiLIENCE® silicon where it becomes part of the roots, shoots, and leaves to improve organic strength. It essentially provides reinforcement to make plants tougher and more resilient, which helps them cope better with environmental stresses. Stronger stems mean plants are more durable and wind resistant, and silicon-fortified foliage helps plants resist drought.

    See the Resilience difference!

    The results have been so impressive, we believe RESiLIENCE® silicon-enriched growing mixes will become the new standard for gardeners. Why? Because you will see the results! When you use Fafard® RESiLIENCE® quality potting mixes enriched with silicon your plants will be stronger, last longer and recover more quickly from infrequent or inconsistent watering.  Try these mixes and see the difference!

    Where can I find Fafard Resilience mixes? 

    Selected Fafard products contain RESiLIENCE® patented technology. To find a retailer near you, please visit our Store Finder.

  4. Bald Cypress for the Landscape

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    Bald cypress “knees” are an interesting characteristic of mature specimens planted in moist soils.

    Even if you’ve never been to the Southeast U.S., you’re probably familiar with one of its signature plant communities: the bald cypress swamp. Nothing looks more “Deep South” than a flooded grove of buttress-trunked Taxodium distichum draped with Spanish moss. It might surprise you then to learn that bald cypress makes an excellent (and hardy) subject for all sorts of garden situations in regions as cold as USDA Hardiness Zone (minus 10 to minus 20 F).

  5. Wishbone Flowers for Shade Garden Color

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    The flowers of Torenia Summer Wave® Large Blue look spectacular close up.

    Gardeners the world over have long suffered from a common ailment—we covet plants, climate conditions, and time that we don’t have. This is especially true of gardeners with shady landscapes. Our gardens may support all kinds of ferns, but we want roses. Hostas the size of small houses sprout without any help at all while we pine for sunflowers. The list of “wants” versus realities goes on and on.

  6. Lessons from Wartime Victory Gardens

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    Victory Gardens inspired millions of Americans that had never gardened to grow food to feed their families. Everyday people learned to garden on a homesteading scale. And, my family was no exception. My maternal grandparent’s Victory Garden taught them to fend for themselves and eat well when wartime rations were most limited.

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