Debbie Odom

How To Protect The Pollinators

PDF – Printer Friendly ~ Pollinator Awareness & Protection Think About This: Pollinators provide 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat. More than 1,000 of all pollinators are vertebrates such as birds, bats, and small mammals. Most (more than 200,000 species) are beneficial insects such as flies, beetles, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths,…

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Native Milkweed vs Tropical Milkweed

The popularity of tropical milkweed, also known as Mexican Milkweed or Scarlet Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica), a non-native species of milkweed, has skyrocketed due to its ease of propagation and attractive flowers and foliage. However, when planted in areas with temperate climates, it doesn’t die back in the winter, which can lead to problems with monarch…

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Planting Tips for Success

Planting Tips For Success Nothing gives us more satisfaction than growing our own plants.  Whether it’s for beauty, food, shade, or other functional purposes, growing plants can be rewarding and cost-saving.   Your plant’s success is directly linked to its planting.  You want to make sure that you are giving it the best start possible. We’ve…

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March In The Garden

With March coming in, you can expect spring to follow if it hasn’t already in the south.  It’s common in the south for our spring to come in February Camellias Camellia blooms still last through March and even though some varieties have finished, some are just getting started.  You can safely plant Camellias through May…

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Swamp Milkweed

Swamp milkweed, Asclepias incarnata (Pink) and Asclepias perennis (White) is an herbaceous perennial in the Apocynaceae (dogbane) family. Apocynum is the Greek term for “dog-away”. It is native to the central and eastern United States and tends to grow in wet sites along streams, ponds, or bogs. Native (Swamp)  vs Tropical Milkweed Tropical milkweed is nonnative to…

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