Take two aspirin……

April 3, 2016

I’m always so hopeful when I plant my new tomatoes, but dread seeing first signs of leaf fungus on the bottom leaves.  I’ve been blasting the plants with my hose in the morning so they can dry during the day, but I’m going to try an aspirin treatment this year. Aspirin for tomatoes; hmmm, interesting […]

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Botanical Nomenclature

April 2, 2016

BOTANICAL NOMENCLATURE IN A STANDARD FLOWER SHOW – If you are going to enter plants into Flower Shows or other competitions, it is important to understand the botanical nomenclature so your plants are labeled correctly.  Here’s a basic example: Genus: Sedum Species: rupestre Variety/Cultivar: ‘Lemon Coral’ (Variety occurs in nature Cultivar is cultivated by someone) […]

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Don’t Let the Fancy Talk Scare you

April 2, 2016

With all the discussion about “Sustainable Gardening”, “Going Green”, and “Organic Gardening”, it can be overwhelming for the gardener. I say, let’s stop all this fancy talk and get back to basics. Which is really what the fancy talk is all about. First, let’s read the gardeners definition of “Sustainable Gardening”: Capable of being continued […]

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April in the Garden 2016

April 1, 2016

April is National Gardening Month. There are lots of flower shows and garden tours this month to inspire you and get those creative juices flowing.  In our gardens, this month’s focus should be fertilizing and weeding.  We’ve had a decent amount of rain so the weeds are thriving.  Stay ahead of that job or you’ll […]

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Fertilizing Your Plants

March 29, 2016

As promised in yesterday’s post, here is a primer on Fertilizer.  Not really complicated, but it can seem that way when you are faced with a wall of choices at your local nursery.  Take a deep breath and let’s get through this! A Guide to Fertilizing Plant fertilizer comes in liquid and powdered forms. Liquid […]

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Fertilizer and soil amendments

March 28, 2016

Now that we’re starting to spend more time in our gardens, it would be good to review the difference between fertilizer and soil amendments! Fertilizer improves plant growth directly by providing one or more necessary plant nutrients. Soil amendments are a material that improves the chemical and/or physical condition of the soil. Organic amendments and […]

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Fungus Among Us Friday

March 25, 2016

Fungus Among Us Friday!  My succulent shutters apparently are getting too much water because I’ve got fungus issues!  This is a tricky spot in my garden because in the winter this wall doesn’t get nearly as much sun as it will see in the next couple of months.  These succulent shutters are on a drip […]

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Making Lemonade!

March 24, 2016

There are two clues that Lassie, the puppy, has been here.  Can you see them?   Besides the obvious tennis ball, the other clue would be chewed and dug up succulents.  Lassie is not helping in the garden, but I’m learning to roll with the digging and chewing and getting better at puppy proofing! So, I […]

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Succulent Trolls

March 19, 2016

NERD ALERT!   Succulent Trolls – My collection of trolls has been languishing in a drawer and it was time to give them another succulent makeover.  I’ve got a nice collection of my little friends that I found in a basket at an estate sale and most of them had their hair chopped or had no […]

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It’s Time For Sunflowers!

March 14, 2016

It’s Time for Sunflowers!  If you start seedlings in mid-March you should have blooms around the 4th of July. It is preferable to start seeds in a flat with seed starter soil and let them grow until they are about 5 – 6 inches tall before planting them in the ground.  Snails and slugs LOVE […]

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Kalanchoe beharensis aka Felt Plant

March 10, 2016

I love my Felt Plants.  They add such a beautiful color and texture to my garden, in addition to being a show-stopper plant. In the Crassulaceae Family, the Kalanchoe beharensis aka Felt Plant is rather slow growing.  I got my first starts from my gardening friends, Greg and Val, who have a gigantic specimen growing […]

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