Celebrate – National Plant A Flower Day!

Hori Hori Garden Knife Planting Impatiens

March 12, 2016 is National Plant A Flower Day. It is a perfect excuse to break out your hori hori and get a head start on spring. Whether you decide to plant flowers that will attract bees, birds, butterflies or flowers for your own pleasure, get a little dirty and join in the celebration!

If it is still too cold in your area to plant outside, you can go ahead and start some seeds indoors. Before you know it, they will be ready to transplant when the weather cooperates.

Be sure to take a look at MB HANA's standard hori hori garden knife with a custom leather sheath. This traditional digging tools will make your spring planting a breeze.

Touch-Me-Not Plant’s Strange Behavior

The Mimosa Pudica has a physical reaction to touch, which makes it especially interesting to children. The rapid wilting reaction has inspired other nicknames such as shy plant, sensitive plant, or sleepy plant. Within minutes the plant will return to its former condition.

Watch the video to see the Touch-me-not plant's reactions to being touched, bumped, hit, as well as time lapse videography of the plant standing back up.

This annual plant grows quickly from seed. It has fern-like leaves and pink flowers. It is an invasive plant, so it is best grown in a container. If you would like to grow one of your own, seeds are available at Amazon.com

You can see six more of the world's strangest flowers, in the Sierra Club blog post: Rafflesia arnoldii, Eastern Skunk Cabbage, Hydnora africana, Amorphophallus titanum, Tacca chantrieri and Dracunculus vulgaris.

Isolate This Invader – Mint

Whatever you do, do not plant mint directly in your garden bed. It sends out runners (stolons) just under the surface of the ground to spread and it will take over your garden.

It is delightful to pick your own fresh mint from the garden, just plant it in a pot to isolate it. You can keep mint from overrunning your garden by sinking a bottomless pot (at least 15 inches deep) in the ground. The top of the pot should extend two inches above the soil. You can also grow your mint in containers above the ground.

MB HANA's Garden Scissors are perfect for harvesting fresh mint and our Mini Hori Hori is just right for container gardening.

Oleander (Nerium oleander): Look but Don’t Eat

Oleander is one of the most poisonous commonly grown garden plants. It is toxic for mammals, so don’t eat any parts of the plant and don’t let your pets or farm animals eat it.

Oleander was selected as the official flower of Hiroshima, Japan because it was the first to bloom after the atomic bombing in 1945.

This evergreen shrub will tolerate drought, poor soil and light frost. It is native to Mediterranean climates around the world. Oleander can grow to a height of 12 feet and is used extensively in freeway medians in California and Texas. The fragrant flowers bloom from summer through fall and are suitable for lei making. Colors seen most frequently for wild plants are white and shades from pink to red.

If you are looking for a large, low maintenance shrub for your water-wise landscape, consider planting oleander.

Go Ahead And Talk To Your Plants – It Helps!

It doesn’t seem to matter whether you praise or curse plants or just play music.

Studies show that plant growth is affected by sound vibrations. While the studies are not scientifically conclusive, numerous experiments cited in this DenGarden article confirm that plants do respond to sound.

So go ahead and talk to your plants, or play music for them. Both you and your plants will benefit. If the plants start talking back to you, then you may have a problem.

Successful Division

Japanese hori hori garden knife dividing plant

Do your plants seem to have fewer flowers? Are they rootbound or outgrowing their pots? Do you just want more of them?

Use your hori hori to divide those plants! The Japanese gardening knife is an excellent choice to dig them up, pry or cut them apart, dig new holes and replant them.

Spring is the best time to divide plants that bloom in the summer and fall. For spring-blooming plants, it is better to wait to divide them until the fall or after they have bloomed.

In her article for "The World" Kym Pokorny at Oregon State University provides an excellent overview about dividing plants.

Gardens To Go

Hori Hori great for truck farmingDon’t have a yard? Don’t let that keep you from gardening.

Curt Ellis (pictured) and Ian Cheney were thinking outside the garden box when they created their Truck Farm project. The two friends have driven their Truck Farm from neighborhood to neighborhood, giving urban kids a chance to get their hands dirty, and see how food looks on the (moving) ground.

They produced a film on the project in 2011, Truck Farm, and they’ve enlisted such singer/songwriters as Jack Johnson and Charlie Sutton to attract the crowds.

Their project proves that with a little imagination, container gardening can take unusual forms. You don’t need a yard to use your hori hori knife, even a truck farm will do. To see the movie and other mobile garden ideas visit Truck Farm.

Source: National Geographic

How To Grow Your Own Food In Any Size Garden

Whether you have a big yard or just a balcony, you can grow some of your own food.

Raised garden beds are great and so are large pots. Growing herbs doesn't take much space, they can thrive in a garden window, within easy reach. If you are thinking about container gardening, read more about the Mini Hori Hori, a useful, multipurpose digging tool that is perfect for small spaces.

Read tips from 3 gardeners who share their design secrets in this Sunset article. Learn how to get the most from your garden space, no matter how small.

Insanely Clever Gardening Tips

Even if you have been gardening for years, there is probably an insanely clever
gardening tip in this list of 20 that you can use. Read the article at Listotic.com
to pick up a few new ideas for your garden.

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