If you have allergies, watch what plants you use in your garden. Some are bigger pollen producers than others. The high-pollen plants include chrysanthemum, privet, palm and mulberry trees, juniper and cypress. Also, Bermuda, fescue and perennial rye grasses.
Plants with less pollen are hydrangea, viburnum, begonia; bulbs like tulip and iris; dogwood trees, azaleas, boxwood; daisies, geraniums, pansies, petunias, sunflowers, zinnias.
Remember to garden in the evening, and on low-pollen-count and damp, rainy days. Eliminate all weeds from your yard. Remove clothes before entering your bedroom; dust off shoes and wash your glasses.
The Easy Bloom plant sensor is a fairly new product on the market. Expensive? Yes. Necessary? Not really. Nifty? Absolutely.
Available at Amazon.com for $59.95, this little gadget is touted to "help you grow a perfect garden without all of the guesswork." Stick the little doohickey into the ground, and it will read and analyze growing conditions in specific spots around your home and garden. It measures sunlight, temperature, humidity, soil moisture and drainage. It even uses the same technology used on NASA's Mars Phoenix mission to measure the soil. After 24 hours, plug the thing into your computer's USB port and watch as it turns readings into recommendations, listing plants that will flourish in that environment.
I said it's expensive, but now that I think about it, if I had had an easy way to test out spots before I planted, I might not have lost as many plants as I have over the years!
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.