Giordano's Gift & Garden

SAFE HOUSEPLANTS FOR KIDS’ ROOMS

Houseplants purify the air, absorb harmful particles, and just make you feel better for having them around. But not all plants are equal, and it’s important to know where they should and sometimes should not be placed .

7 INDOOR PLANTS THAT DON’T NEED MUCH SUNLIGHT TO GROW

Now that the weather is turning cooler, many are starting to think more about their indoor plants than their outdoor ones. While all indoor plants are technically tropical, our indoor environments aren’t the best for growing them. Most homes and offices have limited light, which gets even worse in the winter time. So, what are

TIPS FOR PRUNING HYDRANGEAS

There are various types of hydrangea bushes, the mophead hydrangea being the most common. Hydrangea pruning instructions may vary slightly with other types. Although hydrangea pruning care may differ, all hydrangeas can benefit from the removal of dead stems and spent blooms each year.

MAINTAINING A BETTER BIRDBATH

Why Have a Birdbath? If you like watching birds  at your backyard feeder, you’ll have even more fun watching them splash around in a birdbath there.  A good source of water is every bit as important to birds as a good source of food. And in the drought days of summer, water can be hard

PLANTS THAT SHOO PESTS FROM YOUR GARDEN

Are you a magnet for insects? If you are, you know it. As soon as you walk outdoors it seems, annoying insects are attracted to you. Or perhaps you have a neighbor who can only visit you indoors during the summer months because of the outdoor pests they are bothered by. But it might help

GROWING YOUR OWN SPUDS

Growing potatoes in your garden can be lots of fun. With the variety of types and colors available, planting potatoes can add interest to your garden. Learn how to grow potatoes and when to plant potatoes in your yard with these simple steps. When to Plant Potatoes When growing potato plants (Solanum tuberosum), it is

GARDENING TO ‘CULTIVATE’ BETTER SLEEP

INSOMNIA? ALLERGIES? STRESS? Many people know that houseplants provide beneficial oxygen to the home environment. But do you know they can do more for you than that?  Studies show plants can actually do more, removing toxins from our personal atmosphere, and also helping to promote drowsiness. And who doesn’t want to sleep better? Given that

WHO KNEW? GARDENING IS A HEALTHY HABIT!

Weed, Baby, Weed! (Or Plant, for That Matter) Gardening is a healthy habit! It burns calories, it works your muscles, and it increases your harvest. And while it’s good to dig in the dirt, the aftereffects can be a pain. That’s why it’s important to condition your core, and position yourself correctly so the right

RANDOM THOUGHTS ON GARDENING

You probably know someone (maybe even yourself) who has said, “Gardening is too hard. There is so much to learn. I just know if I plant something, I’ll kill it.” Well, of course you will. Everyone who has ever gardened since Adam and Eve has killed a plant. This is called learning. It’s how we

YOU CAN’T FORCE SPRING, BUT YOU CAN FORCE FLOWERING BRANCHES!

As we wait for Puxatawney Phil to tell us whether we’ll have 6 more weeks of winter, we know spring will be a bit of a wait, regardless of what he says. But why wait for it to happen outside when we can bring spring indoors now! How? Basically, you’re going to be tricking your

Getting Your Garden Ready For Winter

Cleaning The Garden In Autumn – Fall cleanup can make spring gardening a treat instead of a chore. Garden clean up can also prevent pests, weed seeds and diseases from overwintering and causing problems when temperatures warm. Cleaning out the garden for winter also allows you to spend more time on the fun aspects of