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Plants of the Week:

TRIED & TRUE LEMONS FOR HAMPTON ROADS

We love lemon so much, we couldn't select just one "plant of the week" this week... so you get TWO amazing plants! Tuck lemon plants around your house in containers this winter and enjoy their evergreen beauty, sweet fragrance and mouthwatering fruit! Once warm weather sets in, move your lemon plants outside and enjoy them all summer long. Most citrus is hardy to 38°F, but we recommend keeping them indoors until late sprint. Here's a couple of our faves for Hampton Roads:

Meyer Lemon
A cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange, the Meyer lemon has a smooth golden, edible skin, and a high volume of juice but none of the bitterness of a regular lemon. This fruit adds a burst of lemon flavor without the sour bite. With a smooth, golden skin and lush, glossy leaves, this plant pulls double duty by yielding fruit and looking great. It produces small, fragrant flowers year round.

Ponderosa Lemon
A real conversation piece, the Ponderosa is a cross between lemon and citron. Sometimes called the Five Pound Lemon, the Ponderosa produces a gigantic, bumpy skinned lemon usually weighing 2-4 pounds! The flowers are intensely fragrant producing loads of huge lemons. Tasting sour like a typical lemon, the juice from one Ponderosa is enough for several pies.

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DO-IT-YOURSELF MOSQUITO REPELLING CONTAINER

Container gardening is a trend that continues to grow. Nearly half of American households report trying some form of container gardening. Creativity, flexibility and portability are a few of the top reasons why people have fallen in love with this form of gardening. Why not make a container that not only looks great, but deters mosquitos naturally. Try this recipe and help beat the bugs AND have a great looking planter for your deck and patio.

Here's what you need:

  • A large container
  • McDonald Natural & Organic Potting Soil
  • McDonald Greenleaf Fertilizer
  • Two 6-inch marigolds
  • One 4-inch mint
  • One 4-inch rosemary
  • One citronella geranium
  • One Quart Lemon Grass

Instructions:

  • To get started, fill your container with McDonald Natural & Organic Potting Soil.
  • Sprinkle a handful of McDonald Greenleaf Fertilizer over the soil.
  • Loosen plant roots slightly and gently place in the fertilized soil mix.
  • Place the lemon grass center stage and add the smaller plants around it.

McDonald TIP: Dead head the marigolds to encourage optimal blooming all summer long.

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DO-IT-YOURSELF CONTAINER GARDENS

From succulents to blooms, create container combinations with a blend of the season's hottest plants. The secret to a great container is start with the right soil mix. We recommend using our Premium All-Purpose Potting Soil - specifically formulated for Hampton Roads. After choosing your container and soil mix, you'll need to choose a showy thriller plant to be center-stage. It should be taller than the rest and stand out. Next, tuck in filler plants around to add sparkle and depth. Finish off your planter with a spiller, a plant that will cascade along the pot’s edge. For optimum results, we always recommend our Greenleaf All-Purpose Plant Food. Like our soil, this slow-release fertilizer is also formulated specifically for this area. Try these container recipes for sun or shade:

Here's what you need:

Shade

  • Spikemoss
  • Solenia Begonias
  • Rita's Gold Fern

Sun

  • Dusty Miller
  • Crimson Star Spike
  • Geraniums
  • Bacopa

Drought-Tolerant (Sun)

  • Ascot Rainbow Euphorbia
  • Stonecrop
  • Sedum
  • Ice Plant
  • Hens & Chicks

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