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Pike Nurseries Playing in the Dirt Blog

Timely tips and ideas throughout the year to inspire you and help you succeed while Playing in the Dirt!
  • Summer Garden Care Tips

    Summertime, and the livin’ is easy with these tips and tricks for a beautiful summer garden.   Water  Water Deeply Once a Week: It’s critically important to keep your garden deeply watered during these hot dry days.  Watering deeply also permits you to water less often while your plants develop a healthy deep [...] Read Full Article
  • Hydrangea paniculata

    No garden should be without Hydrangeas, don't you think? But, you might say, I have no shade, so I can't grow hydrangeas. While, it's true that the traditional blue mophead Hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla) require shade, there are some types of Hydrangeas that grow best in a sunnier spot. The Hydrangea [...] Read Full Article
  • Attracting Hummingbirds

    Hummingbirds add life and color to your landscape while giving the hummingbirds a habitat. You can help them access food, shelter, water and sunlight with hummingbird gardening. Brightly colored plants often attract "Hummers."  What Hummingbirds Need:  Food: Hummingbirds feed off of nectar, small insects and spiders. Because they are so active, they [...] Read Full Article
  • Top 10 Terrarium Plants

    Growing a terrarium is fun for kids and adults alike! You'll want to choose plants that are best suited for growing in these conditions. If your terrarium is completely closed with a lid it will hold in moisture, so the plants you plant in it will need to be tolerant [...] Read Full Article
  • 5 Fun and Easy Succulents

    Succulents are fun and easy! They add texture and color to your garden or pots without requiring much maintenance or water. Succulents can be grown anywhere that has sunlight (preferably 6 or more hours a day) and good drainage.   Echeveria  have fleshly, succulent leaves that form rosette shapes. They can be found in [...] Read Full Article
  • Blueberry Month

    Blueberry Month July is National Blueberry Month. It's a great time to celebrate this super fruit! Plant blueberries in your garden and you can pick fresh blueberries for all your summer entertaining.   Benefits of Growing Blueberries Blueberries have many benefits. They are a wonderful landscape plant. They have bell-shaped white flowers in the [...] Read Full Article
  • Tomatoes for Specific Uses

    Tomatoes for Specific Uses Whether you crave tomato sandwiches, fresh tomatoes on your salad, or love to make your own homemade tomato sauce, home-grown tomatoes make all your favorite dishes taste better. And, choosing the best tomato for your favorite recipes is made easy with our chart showing the best tomato [...] Read Full Article
  • Hot Stuff

    Hot Stuff Peppers - How Hot are They? The Scoville Scale, named for it's creator Wilbur Scoville, measures the heat of peppers and other spicy foods. Some peppers such as bell peppers are quite mild with nearly no heat, while others like the Banana pepper have a mild amount of heat. Want [...] Read Full Article
  • Blueberries in the Garden

    Blueberries in the Garden Four Seasons of Beauty   There are many reasons to grow blueberries. The berries are delicious whether eaten fresh from the garden or used in tasty recipes. Blueberries also have many great health benefits. In fact researchers at the USDA Human Nutrition Center have ranked blueberries number one in [...] Read Full Article
  • Connecting the Dots: Ladybug Fun Facts

    Connecting the Dots: Ladybug Fun Facts These little bugs have a big reputation in the gardening world!   Beneficial Bugs: Because Ladybugs are natural enemies of aphids and other pesr insects, many gardeners and farmers use them for organic pest control instead of chemicals. Little Bug, .Big Appetite: A single ladybug may eat as [...] Read Full Article
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  • Birds & Butterflies

    Ideas for attracting birds & butterflies to your garden.

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  • Garden Care

    Read tips and advice for general garden care.

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  • Trees & Shrubs

    Learn more about the best trees and shrubs for your yard and the best practices for caring for specific trees and shrubs.

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  • Container Gardening

    Learn about container gardening with articles on making your own container garden, caring for container gardens and more!    

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  • Holidays

    Ideas for holiday decor and gifts!

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  • Annuals & Perennials

    Read about the best annuals and perennials for your garden and how to keep them looking beautiful.

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  • Indoor Gardens

    Ideas for enjoying an indoor garden.

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  • Edible Gardening

    Click to read more about different types of edible gardens and how to start your own!

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  • Shade Gardening

    Learn the best tips for shade gardening!

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  • Outdoor Living

    Tips and ideas for enjoying some outdoor living.

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