Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: GMOs vs hybrids
Hybridizing, genetically modified and genetically engineered. Hmm, is there a difference? Hooo, boy, this is a big topic and it won’t be answered here but there are distinctions on HOW plants are modified.
Modifications aka genetic mutations take place in every living thing naturally. When 2 people have a baby, there’s some mutation going on. Not sure that’s real romantic but, I hope, you catch my drift.
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Veggies in part shade? Yes
Most people believe you must have full sun (about 8 hours) to plant all veggies. And while I agree that full sun is optimal, it’s not necessary. So says Jeff Gillman (former U of M Hort Professor and currently Director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens in Charlotte North Carolina) in his book ‘Decoding Gardening Advice’.
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Prepare to Prune
Gardeners! Prepare your pruners!
Cold temperatures provide the best time to prune because the plants are dormant, their sap flowing less freely and the insects are not a bother. With this warm up, that changes things. Never prune spring flowering shrubs now or you’ll lose any flowers. What you CAN prune are dead or diseased branches.
This is also a good time to really look over your plants for any pests.
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Self-watering systems
Asking family and friends to take care of your place when you’re on vacation is always one of those tasks you sort of dread.
Pick up the mail, stop by to see the cat, make sure it hasn’t shredded the curtains, flip the lights on and off and water the plants. Some of this can now be don remotely, but not so much the plants. Remember all those “As Seen On TV” ads for Aqua … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Friday this&that
Today’s Garden Bite I named “this&that”. I’ve been giving you lots of ideas for new plantings, it’s fun and there are always pretty pictures. The one thing I’ve tried to refrain from is the dreaded journaling discussion. As soon as I say journaling, I see eye rolls!
So, this is about “this&that”… not journaling! 😉
Here’s the thing, with all those new plantings, you’re really going to want to have records of what they are, … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Foliage plants that sparkle
Have you ever looked out at your garden in the waning days between Spring and Summer, Summer and Fall and thought, man, my garden looks pooped? Sparkle it up with foliage plants.
Not every plant we plant has to center around the flower! These foliage plants are workhorses of a sort, not only adding sparkle and texture but keep our gardens beautiful as those flowers fade. One of my favorite silver foliage plants … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Re re re Repot!
reDuce, reUse, reCycle,….. NOW rePOT
Now’s a good time of year to repot those houseplants that have outgrown themselves. If their roots are coming out the bottom, or have circled around so many times they’ve formed their OWN pot, it’s time!
As you can see from the above picture some of those roots have circled around themselves and are of no benefit … [Continue reading]