Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Enabling Gardens
For me, there’s no better stress reliever than to go outside and play in the dirt. (see yesterday’s GB!)
I love watching every moment of life in my yard. From my plants poking up through the cold Spring ground to the last hard frost of the season that takes them into winter slumber.
I take for granted being able to take care of a garden. Then, several years ago, I was asked to give a talk … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Vegetable garden cost comparison
I’ve talked about this many times before and continue to get the question…
Do you really save money planting your own vegetable garden? That depends. Things to consider:
- how much effort will you put into creating your garden
- how much you spend on seeds and/or plants
- are you buying soil? amendments? fertilizer?
- your time spent watering, weeding and harvesting
- will you be building a raised bed
- do you need to buy equipment
Your first … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: A habanero that won’t set your lips on fire and a tomato called ‘Get Stuffed’
I’ve been talking about the All America Selection Winners but there are also plenty of new offerings that, while not winning a title, are part of the National Garden Bureaus 2019 list! There’s a new habanero out there and it may be more palatable to those of us who don’t like our mouths and lips on fire! Habanero ‘Primero Red’ is one of … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Stretching your zone with a gorgeous grass for shade
Stretching your zone
As I was wandering through the perennials of the year, there’s a grass I just love but have been a little leery about planting it since i live in zone 4b and it’s a zone 5 rated plant. Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’.
This lovely grass is great for shade. It’s often used in Japanese gardens, where it originated. Variegated but nearly all yellow, the leaf blades … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: 2019 Perennial Plant of the Year
Since 1990, the Perennial Plant Association has chosen a “perennial of the year”.
Perennials chosen are suitable for a wide range of growing climates, require low maintenance, have multiple-season interest, and are relatively pest/disease-free. In other words, great for low maintenance gardeners!
Drum roll please………. the 2019 Perennial Plant of the Year or PPY is…… a Stachys named ‘Hummelo’!
Hummel means bumblebee in German, so that should give you an indication … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: 2019 AAS winners – including a Viking!
You know I love sharing the new year All America Selection Winners! Well, after the lousy season the Minnesota Vikings had, I’m especially happy to share a this Viking winner. It’s Begonia Viking™ XL Red on Chocolate
The AAS Judges were impressed with how the deep bronze/brown color stayed sharp and intense throughout the season, no matter where it grew; north, south, east or west. The compact plant is covered with … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Where in the www to find reliable plant info
Aside from right here at Garden Bite…. the Missouri Botanical Garden plant finder is one IMPRESSIVE website!
When your mouth is watering from all the plant catalog offerings and your eyes are wide with wonder at the new flora… it’s not a bad idea to do a little research on those plants. Such as prunus persica ‘Contender’ from yesterday’s GB! I looked it up and this link takes you … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Beets and peaches
As I lingered over catalogs of plants cozied up in my chair with jammies, cold medicine (as you can hear from my voice!) and a cup of coffee I rediscovered a beet and a peach that I think are worth trying.
‘Forono’ is an intrigue. It is a smooth, oblong variety of beet that is described as sugar sweet and easy to slice.
‘Forono’ resists bolting and won’t go corky or soft if harvest is … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: New meaning to Winter blues
Lift the blues with these blues! There are plenty of hardy blue perennials for our cool climate! Some lovely choices include a native called Amsonia. The cultivar is ‘Storm Cloud’.
It’s a low-maintenance shrub-like delight that grows to about 36 inches tall and about 40 inches wide. The leaves are a sort of olive green while the perwinkle flowers sit atop making it look like a cloud of blue. Plant in sun … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Scale – it’s a living thing
Yesterday I talked about the new threat… EHS, Elongate Hemlock Scale. Today I’m talking about Scale too, but these insects are natives. Still, we don’t really appreciate them…
That word “Scale” seems odd to me for a living creature but there it is sucking the life right out of your houseplants. Scale-damaged plants look withered and sickly. Leaves turn yellow and may drop from the plant.
If left, they will kill it … [Continue reading]