It's 2009, and time to get to work on your New Year’s resolutions. If one of your goals is to become involved with a local community garden, here are some pointers for getting started and what to expect.
Gardeners, have you ever returned from vacation to find your plants in a state of disaster? After a recent two week trip to Belize, I found a lot of work waiting for me in the garden...but it wasn't as bad as I initially thought, thanks to careful examination and diagnosis.
You can’t keep your kids in a bubble. At some point, they have to go out into the world without you. And when they reach school age, they spend a good deal of time out of the house. Wouldn’t you feel a little better knowing that while at school, they’re not being exposed to pests…OR harmful pesticides?
So I was sitting out on the patio one evening enjoying a lovely glass of Cabernet when my husband appeared in the back doorway. “What are you doing?” he asked, looking a tad perplexed. “I thought you were out here gardening.” “I am,” I replied. “I’m currently honing my Integrated Pest Management techniques.”
As the “Go Green” trend continues to pick up speed, gardeners will be hearing more and more about something called Integrated Pest Management. In the first part of this series, we’ll define IPM and learn about the basics of using this pest control method in your garden. It’s easy, really!
Life in the United States certainly has changed since I was a pup…and I’m only 45. The climate is in a state of flux, the price of gas has soared, and the amount of food being imported into our country will soon outweigh the exported. There’s never been a better time to start growing your own vegetables and fruits. Why? Let’s examine the situation a little further.
Ok everyone, hold up a trowel if you know what USDA Hardiness Zone you're in. As a gardener, knowing your zone is one of the most basic and important pieces of information you can possess. Your hardiness zone helps to tell you what plants grow well in your area.
Early spring is the time of year to grow cool season crops of the brassica family, such as cabbage and cauliflower. Soon after doing so, you will almost hear the ringing of the dinner bell at the party of the imported cabbageworm, aka Pieris rapae.
With warm weather just around the corner, but temperatures still in the cool range, it's a great time to start some lettuce seeds in your garden. Lettuce is easy to grow, matures quickly, doesn’t take up much space, and offers a "cut-and-come-again" growth habit that can give you several salads from the same plant.
Early spring is a great time to start beets. They are a cool season crop and will withstand a surprise freeze or two, but should generally be planted when you know temperatures will remain in the 50-60 degree range. (The soil temperature should be at least 40 in order for seeds to sprout.)
As the year 2006 came to a close, the Perennial Plant Association bestowed ‘Walker’s Low’ catmint with the 2007 Plant of the Year award...and gardeners looking for an easy alternative to lavender rejoiced.