Resources to Protect Plants and Gardens from Winter Damage

First the age old question: Should I remove snow from my plants? Most of the time it is not necessary.  Sometimes, not advisable. If temps are below 20ºF you will break branches easily. If you just can’t take it, use a broom and gently knock off snow while it is fresh.  But this may cause […]

Understanding the Economic Impact of Garden Tourism

In 2014 we were introduced to Richard Benfield, author of Garden Tourism. We spent a fascinating hour on the phone with him discussing the important local economic impact of public gardens. Did you know that more people in the U.S. visit gardens each year than visit Disneyland and Disney World combined? Benfield teaches geography and tourism at Central […]

How to Scan QR Codes on Plant Tags and Signs

Updated January 18, 2018 While many phones now come with a built-in QR code reader, you may still want to download a QR code reader app for your smartphone or tablet to scan the tags. In this journal we cover several options for scanning QR codes. Know that the age of your device has something […]

Plants Map Journal: July Update

Is it July already? It seems like summer goes by so fast and there has been so much to do in the garden and at Plants Map! It’s been a great growing season! What’s new on Plants Map? We have a new beautiful website redesign and can now make website changes easier and faster. Coming […]

Lawn Care Tips & Resources

“What are we going to do about the lawn?” Do you often find yourself asking this same question? A common question when your lawn doesn’t look nearly as beautiful as a PGA golf course. But should it? Many people find lawns aesthetically pleasing and they also provide a play area for children and pets and other […]

The Secret is in the Soil: Growing Healthy Plants

“Consider what each soil will bear, and what each refuses.”- Virgil Your soil is an underlying important aspect to growing healthy and happy plants and gardens. Soil is basically composed of organic matter, various minerals, nutrients, living organisms, liquids, and gases.  Soil is the top layer result of a deeper parent material that has developed over time […]

How to Grow a Garden from Seed

“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” – William Blake Thinking about starting some plants from seed? It’s that time of year again. Everywhere you go there are seed starting supplies from independent garden centers to your grocery store. Someone said the other night in a chat that growing seeds made them feel […]

Choosing plant safe ice melt products

[Reviewed and updated January 2018] You may not think much about choosing ice melt products. Many homeowners and gardeners are unaware of the potential harm some products can cause to plants and the environment as well. While safety is the main concern for using these products, especially on roadways, most folks are unaware of the […]

Best Websites to Help Create a Bird Friendly Garden

For me, a garden is not a garden without a few feathered friends. The more time I spent in my garden, the more I started watching birds and learning to identify them. A few years ago I heard about the Great Backyard Bird Count and I have been participating ever since. Bird watching is probably my favorite winter […]

What is Plants Map?

[The following post was originally an email sent to family and friends on January 15, 2014]  We’re Planting A Seed To Connect People With Plants Discover Plants and Gardens, Be a Plant Explorer; Be a Plant Collector Social Gardening: Bringing people and plants together Interactive, custom plant tags that use smartphone technology to connect people with […]