Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Year of the Calibrachoa
Holy Calibrachoa! I can’t think of a prettier little annual to add to every container, well, most every container, than the calibrachoa, the little sister of the Petunia.
The National Garden Bureau has designated 2018, the Year of the Calibrachoa! Over the course of the last 20-30 years, Calibrachoa came from Brazil to Japan, to Europe and America, and then into your garden.
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Diagnosing plant decline
I think the toughest part of gardening is trying to figure out why a plant isn’t thriving!
Is it an insect, is it a disease, are my plants getting the nutrients they need. Enough water, too much water? Maybe this particular plant doesn’t like afternoon sun or one day you’re looking down on something that makes you go “eeewww, what’s that?”
Click below to listen to my 2 min Garden Bite radio show: Strawberry fields forever
Oh boy berry picking! The season is upon us. Hello Wisconsin! (yes, a That ’70’s Show reference) also Minnesota and the Dakotas. Hang on northern Minnesota, you might be a week behind but soon it’s Strawberry Fields forever… or until July.
The typical strawberry season is two-three weeks long but the length of harvest varies from farm to farm depending on varieties planted, weather, and soil type.
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Plant sale mania
It’s plant sale time at many area garden centers. Oh, those glorious buys you can get! Just remember, they’re only a deal if they grow. Make sure you’re getting healthy stock. If possible, loosen the plant and hold it by the stem very close to the soil line, pull it out of the pot and look at the roots. Check that they’re not yellow or mushy. The last thing you want is root … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Controlling late blight on tomatoes
Last year many folks lost much of their homegrown tomatoes due to a nasty disease called Late Blight. Will last year’s disease affect this year? Not likely, the pathogen doesn’t survive our winter. It’s generally brought in from elsewhere. It can only survive on potato culls or tomato fruit that are sheltered in soil or a warm compost pile.