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At Spray-N-Grow, we divide the gardening season into three parts: dream, plant and love. I am starting the dream phase. As gardeners, we often spend as much time dreaming about … (read article)

1/9/2019    Garden Journals

Vacation Inspiration for My Garden

I just returned from a cruise of the Baltic Sea.  My daughter is a musical theater actress and was performing on a cruise ship touring the sea.  The trip was … (read article)

10/11/2018    Garden Journals

How Does My Garden Grow?

Gardeners always ask me, “what products do you use in your garden?”  We try to test every product we sell in a staff member’s garden. Of the more than 80 … (read article)

6/19/2018    Garden Journals

Oh My Vincas!

I am in love with my bed of vincas. They are planted in an elevated bed on my upstairs deck. I can see them from my bedroom and living room … (read article)

6/14/2018    Garden Journals

Recharging Potting Soil

Soil in pots, containers, and raised or elevated beds is more quickly depleted of nutrients than garden soil. Both are depleted by plants using nutrients but potting soil does not … (read article)

6/7/2018    Garden Journals

Hybrid versus Heirloom

This year I spent more time reading about plants and not just shopping for them. As I shared in my most recent blog, I purchased my tomato, pepper and herb … (read article)

3/15/2018    Garden Journals

My New Way of Buying Plants

I always have loved shopping for plants.  It’s usually an all day trip to various stores and garden centers in Rockport and neighboring towns.  Almost like a scavenger hunt, searching … (read article)

3/1/2018    Garden Journals

New Year, New Gardens

I have always felt that good things come from situations in my life that are not good.  Like a Hurricane. Category 4.  Direct hit on my town, my home, the … (read article)

1/19/2018    Garden Journals

Why I Garden

It’s so hot in Rockport, Texas that both the people and the plants are wilting. Because my plants are all in containers, watering is always a daily task. Now, it’s … (read article)

7/10/2017    Garden Design, Garden Journals

Knee High By the Fourth of July

The fourth of July always reminds me of my grandfather, Bill Stewart. He was a farmer in Marissa, Illinois. He raised a few cows and grew soybeans and corn. The … (read article)

7/5/2017    Garden Journals