How to Grow a Rainbow

Bearded iris

Bearded Iris – How Did They Get That Name? Bearded irises are perennial, and they are both bulbous types and rhizomes. All iris are native to the Northern Hemisphere from Europe to Asia. Iris flowers consist of three upright petals called standards and three drooping petals called sepals. Bearded Iris earned that name because of … Read more

Fall Equinox

Fall equinox is here

This past Saturday, the 23rd, was the Fall Equinox—the first official autumn day—in the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, they’re just starting spring! The word “equinox” comes from the Greek word aequus meaning equal, and nox, meaning night. On the equinox, the days and nights are approximately the same length. On the equinox, the … Read more

Wildlife Friendly Yards

Birdbaths are a great way to make a wildlife friendly yard

So we try to feed the caterpillars AND the butterflies. What else can we do to make our yards a wildlife-friendly place? Creating a Wildlife Friendly Yard Whenever possible, we can incorporate native plants into our landscape. After all, these are the plants that wildlife expects to be here. Our ecosystem is based on what … Read more

It’s Labor Day! What’s Next For Your Garden

Labor Day is the best time to begin your fall garden, or plan for your spring one.

Did you know that Labor Day is considered the NFL’s unofficial kick-off? Over 94% of the time, the first NFL game of the season is the Thursday after Labor Day. In September of 1882, the Unions of New York decided to hold a parade to celebrate their members. Over 20,000 workers showed up, sacrificing a … Read more

National Peach Month

August is National Peach Month

August is National Peach Month, so here are a few interesting facts about them: Some Interesting Facts The botanical name is Prunus persica, which translates to Persian Plum. Ancient Romans called them Persian Apples. The French translated this to peche, leading to the English peach version. Peaches are native to China, considered a symbol of … Read more

Bonsai

Bonsai

Want to Grow Something Fun and Different? How About Bonsai Are you thinking about growing something fun and different? Bonsai is a great option to consider. Let’s Look at the Ancient Oriental Art of Bonsai Bonsai is from the Japanese word bon, meaning container, and sai, meaning planting, so a planting in a container. The … Read more

How To Prepare Your Veggie Garden For Fall

Prepping your veggie garden for fall

Now is the perfect time to begin thinking about what you will do with your vegetable garden this fall and winter. Will you let your summer veggies go until the frost gets them? If so, then keep a couple of things in mind. Be sure you pull up those veggies when they’re done. Debris left … Read more

What To Do With That Extra Zucchini

Zucchini are a great summer vegetable, but what to do with your extra zucchini?

Tomorrow, August 8th, is National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day. Yes, really. What to Do With All That Zucchini Zucchini seems to be the one vegetable I often do have an overabundance of. So what can I do with it? While I don’t sneak it onto my neighbor’s porch, I offer them … Read more

Time To Think Fall Veggies

Fall veggies are a perfect way to extend your gardens past the summer

July has been a challenge. On the one hand, with the excess rain and humidity, I kept a close eye out for fungal problems. I sprayed my squash plants with a half-strength neem oil solution once as a preventative for powdery mildew, figuring it was only a matter of time before it showed up. So … Read more

Tomato Fruit Problems?

There are a wide variety of tomato fruit problems

Ever gone to pick a tomato and found it’s not what you expected? Well, the tomatoes are ripening, so here’s what to look for: Tomato Problems Blossom End Rot These are black lesions at the bottom of the fruit. A calcium deficiency causes it—but it might not be due to a lack of calcium in … Read more

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