GMOs vs hybrids


Fri. Feb. 23, 2018

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.

This tomato ‘Sungold’ was bred  … [Continue reading]

Small space garden plants


Thu. Feb. 22, 2018

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A small space doesn’t mean you can’t have a garden!  I have a raised bed for my vegetables but I also plant in pots.

‘Cherry Bomb’ peppers – these were hot little fellas!
Tomato 'Power pops' in container
Tomato ‘Power pops’ in container

I like cucumbers but I don’t like the space they take up in my raised bed.

Cucumber ‘Patio Snacker’ is the perfect size to plant in a 15 inch pot with a trellis for the  … [Continue reading]

Veggies in part shade? Yes


Wed. Feb. 21, 2018

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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’.

I highly recommend this book!

Gillman says these vegetables/herbs need as little as 2 hours  … [Continue reading]

Prepare to Prune


Tue. Feb. 20, 2018

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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.

Forsythia

This is also a good time to really look over your plants for any pests.

To prepare  … [Continue reading]

Self-watering systems


Mon. Feb. 19, 2018

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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]

Friday this&that


Fri. Feb. 16, 2018

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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]

Foliage plants that sparkle


Thu. Feb. 15, 2018

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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]

It’s always a good day for flowers


Wed. Feb. 14, 2018

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The most romantic day of the year this year, is also the First day of Lent…  so if you’re beloved is giving up chocolate, it’s a good day for flowers!  But then it’s always a good day for flowers!

The most purchased flower on Valentines day is the rose.  No surprise there.  But what meaning is attached to certain colors of roses?

  • Red, the most popular, means love.
  • Pink,  the
 … [Continue reading]

To soil or not to soil


Tue. Feb. 13, 2018

Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show:  To soil or not to soil

There are so many soils and soilless mixes on the market, which do you choose for repotting or potting your new plants?

soil, perlite, fish emulsion

What’s the function of soil aka potting media?

  • to anchor the roots
  • provide nutrients to your plant
  • offer good drainage

Ideally your mix will be part pasteurized soil, organic matter like compost or peat moss and drainage material like perlite or coarse sand.  This mix  … [Continue reading]

Re re re Repot!


Mon. Feb. 12, 2018

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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!

This is a spider plant I bought a few months ago

As you can see from the above picture some of those roots have circled around themselves and are of no benefit  … [Continue reading]