Don't forget to water. This is a critical time for ripening veggies so don't let them dry out if the rain slows down. Water deeply and thoroughly.
Keep harvesting. Get out into the garden every day if you can to keep everything picked clean at the peak of ripeness. Beans, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, and so on will keep producing if you keep picking. Share extra with neighbors and loved ones, or preserve for the long winter ahead.
Plant some quick crops. All kinds of greens will pop up and be ready to eat before first frost if you plant them now. No open space left in the g...
Eleven Reasons Everyone Should Have a Garden Fountain
Why should you include a fountain in your garden landscape design? Here are 11 reasons to get your creative juices flowing.
Flowing fountains cover background noise, turning your yard into a soothing oasis from the hustle and bustle of ordinary life. Don't forget a strategically placed bench to complete your meditation spot.
The water attracts birds and butterflies, bringing these little friends into your life all summer long.
Space-saving wall fountains are perfect for garden nooks or apartment dwellers. Set up a small grouping of potted plants underneath for a picture perf...
What's up with this long list of plants people claim will repel mosquitoes? A little investigative reporting delves into this question. One thing is for sure: organic bug repellent researchers and users say that natural sprays don't last as long as DEET or other poisons, and not everyone gets the same benefit from every type of repellent. For those who want to go the organic route, you'll need to reapply more frequently and try out different herbs and plants. Luckily, there are plenty!
Some people swear by citronella candles, and they contain botanical ingredients that do repel mosquitoes. These work when you're sitting right beside them on...
Do You Know What's In Your Dirt? - William Bryant Logan (Previously published in Organic Gardening, Volume 38 Issue 2, February 1991)
Should you test your soil yourself or give the task to a state or private laboratory? If you choose to do it yourself, you should be aware of a few facts.
"Every soil test kit is a compromise," says Robert Miller, Ph.D., analytical lab director at the University of California at Davis. "For the person who wants to learn what's going on in the soil, it will perform well. But you can't buy a kit and expect indisputable accuracy."
Kits are an aid to the gardener's art, not a scientific substitute for hard work and...
If you have ever thought about making your own compost, you've probably been turned off by the expensive, time consuming gadgets and methods the "compost gurus" encourage. A compost heap is simple and cheap to make, and your garden will be so much happier for having a little extra nutrition!
Building an Enclosure
There are plans all over the Internet for composting enclosures, and you can invest hundreds of dollars in contraptions that supposedly make it easier for you.
Please save your money. You can build a bottomless enclosure yourself with a few scrap 2x4s and a little hardware cloth. If you're really inno...
Using herbs and flowers in this way can keep your garden "green" and prevent tears when you find your prized tomato plant cut off at the root by some nasty bug!
Petunias, marigolds and geraniums can be planted in a border around the garden or trees. If you want the benefit of catnip without digging it out of your garden for years to come, put in a large clay pot and place nearby. For other pest preventers, thoughtful interplanting of vegetables can help with the process.
Underlined items can be found at Beier's Greenhouse.
Ants:Pennyroyal, spearmint, southernwood, tansy
Aphids: Garlic, chives and other onions, coriander, anise, nasturtium a...
With a great big 'Thank you!" to our friends at Gerten's Landscape design in Inver Grove Heights (www.gertens.com), we reprint these 10 general tips to help you make the most of the landscape you have available.
Track patterns of sun and shade in your garden and choose plant materials that are appropriate for your light conditions. Add golds & white to brighten dark areas and use strong colors for "pop" in sun areas. Don't forget to develop shady areas for gathering on hot and sunny days.
Sandy to clay. Dry to moist. let your garden's soil guide your plant selection. Do you need a clay busting cone flower or a drought tolerant...
Many gardeners start seeds too early, causing problems in growth and development of a plant that would otherwise be healthy and beautiful! Growing indoors is fun and easy, once you know how to properly provide and care for your plants. Here is some great information on when to start seeds indoors for optimum growth and performance.
Sort your Seed Packets
Start by separating all your packets of seed into two piles: those that will be "direct-sown" (planted right in the garden) and those that will be started indoors. The outdoors pile will include most vegetables, such as peas, beans, corn, radishes, carrots, beets, lettuce, spinach, melons, c...