Carol Chung

Carol is a journalist, teacher, and plant lover. Over the past 20+ years, she has nurtured countless potted plants and orchids in small indoor spaces. Her expertise also extends to growing natural, organic vegetables in farms in South America. Passionate about sharing her knowledge, she writes to help others to create their beautiful gardens. Discover more about Carol.

Which Succulents Have Shallow and Deep Roots? (Explained)

succulent roots length

Understanding the root system of succulents is crucial for their optimal growth and survival. Contrary to many plants, succulents exhibit a unique, predominantly shallow root system. Stem succulents tend to have shallow but long fibrous roots that grow horizontally to quickly absorb water from intermittent rainfall in hot, dry climates. Those with tap roots are […]

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9 Bad Companions for Eggplants (Compatibility Alert)

eggplant companion planting

Imagine stepping into your garden, only to find your eggplants struggling while their neighboring plants flourish. This is a consequence of mismatched companion planting. Eggplants struggle when planted together with nightshades (e.g. tomatoes, potatoes), brassicas (e.g. broccoli, cabbage), squash, cucumbers, asparagus, fennel, and corn due to incompatible soil requirements, nutrient competition, shared pests, and chemical

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