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Peter the Personal Farmer's End of Summer Top Ten

Posted Wednesday, August 11th 2010 at 2:54pm

As we approach the end of the summer season and prepare for fall, there is a seemingly endless list of garden chores to do.  The following list provides a much-needed alternative to our usual approach and hectic schedule.
1. Enjoy time in the garden doing nothing, even if only for a few minutes.
2. Harvest something and give it someone unexpected.
3. Enter the garden at a time you usually would not, notice the different light.
4. Enter the garden in the full moon light (August 24th is the next one)*.

Extending Container Creations

Posted Thursday, July 29th 2010 at 9:16am

1.  Watering should occur in the mornings on the days the soil begins to show signs of drying, either by touch or sight.  For most sunny containers in the summer, this is everyday.  Gardeners who wait for plant wilting before water is applied run the risk of stunting plant growth and creating a weak plant, more susceptible to disease and insects.  For those needing a little help keeping plants watered, consider using a product called 'Soilmoist'.  These water holding polymers can be added at time of planting or to established containers.

Keep it Growing

Posted Wednesday, July 21st 2010 at 5:00pm

Farmer Talk - "Green Manure"  In gardener's lingo, green manure is a type of cover crop grown primarily to add nutrients to the soil.  A green manure crop is typically grown for a specific period and then plowed under and worked into the soil.  As a cover crop, green manure keeps moisture levels up and weeds down.  After being worked into the soil, green manure adds nutrient-rich organic matter and also improves water retention.

Essential Tools for the Shed

Posted Wednesday, June 30th 2010 at 3:33pm

Are you like me?  Do you want what you want when you want it?  I think we all have the need for immediacy, especially when it comes to chores.  Cleaning up in the garden is no exception.

Is your yard a blank canvas?

Posted Wednesday, June 16th 2010 at 6:35pm

Have you moved into new construction or just need a fresh start on an abandoned yard?  Start with a design.  When designing a garden, the first thing you should think of is yourself.  Really, it's okay to be selfish.  I want you to consider what you like, what you don't like, your style, your preference, how you like to spend your time, what you like to think about, what you like to talk about, what you think is pretty, avant-garde, classy, tacky & silly.  All of this, and so much more, is the essence of you.

Keeping it Healthy

Posted Thursday, June 3rd 2010 at 8:23pm

This month in Her Garden, learn about proper planting methods.  And once you have recovered from digging those holes, continue caring for your plants and your soil.  For a strong, healthy garden, supplement nature with regular watering.  One heavy rain replaces only one scheduled watering.  In the heat of the summer, plants need water several times a week.

After the Rain Stops

Posted Saturday, May 15th 2010 at 2:33pm
Stella D'Oro Daylily


Posted Thursday, April 29th 2010 at 1:25pm


What's Ready?
Greens, greens, greens! Cool season crops are finishing out now. Lettuces and leafy greens are ready or close to ready to harvest. Over-planted rows should be thinned, finished rows should be pulled, and soil should be readied for the next rotation. However, if your greens are still viable and you want to leave them, it's ok.

Mixed Containers

Posted Monday, April 19th 2010 at 2:49pm

Use mixed containers for color and excitement anywhere!

For some ladies, gardening is not always an option.  Many of us live in apartments or in condos.  Sometimes, we find ourselves too busy, too tired, or too stressed to think about yard work.  Keep in mind though, even during your busiest weeks, getting down in the dirt is one of the best stress relievers of all time.  You can always add life to your space by using containers. 

Spring has Sprung

Posted Wednesday, April 7th 2010 at 3:07pm

Old Man Winter is gone and with the arrival of warmer temperatures, large quantities of fresh annuals, perennials, tropicals, shrubs, and trees begin arriving at your local nursery. If you happen to be looking for any particular varieties, be sure to call first.


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