Are Pesticides Bad for Your Garden?

Traditional pesticides can be harmful. Exposure to toxic chemicals during application is common. Pets or kids who play in the yard risk unsafe chemical contact. And what’s more, beneficial garden insects often die along with the bad ones. If traditional pesticides are bad for your garden, what options do homeowners have to prevent pests? Here are a few alternative methods […]

Harvesting Produce and other July Gardening Tips

Growing butterfly milkweed, harvesting garden produce often, and keeping container plantings watered are some of the gardening activities for this month. Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is not a weed at all (a plant out of place that you don’t want in your garden). Better common names are butterfly or orange milkweed, as it is in the milkweed family, has orange […]

How to Select Plants for Outside Your Home

Your home is one of the biggest investments you are ever likely to make, so you naturally want it to look nice. There are various ways in which you can achieve this goal, but you do need to ensure you focus on both the interior and exterior of the property. Whether you are looking to sell your home or whether […]

July Gardening To do list

Provided is a list of tasks you need to perform in your garden during July. Please understand your gardening zone which is identified in the menu above. Look for Hardiness Zones. Zone 1 Reap herbs for maximum flavor by harvesting them as the first flower buds appear Lanky annuals need your help! Pinch them back now to encourage bushy growth […]

Trees with yellow or golden leaves

Trees with yellow or golden leaves Included here are some trees which do not retain their exceptional color throughout the entire season, but are attractive during the early part of the summer. All are cultivars that must be propagated vegetatively since they rarely come true from seed. When suckers arise from ground level they should be watched, and, if they […]

Trees with outstanding inflorescences

AESCULUS CARNEA The red hybrid horse chestnut is very variable, the cultivar briotii should always be chosen. A. hippocastanum, the common horsechestnut, growing into a very large tree, is well known. The double-flowered baumannii is smaller and does not produce conkers. A. indica, the Indian horse chestnut, has the largest flower spikes of all, pink-flushed, in June and July; A. […]

Watering, Weeding, July Gardening Tips

With the arrival of July and hotter weather, many gardeners leave the garden to fend for itself. Unfortunately, this doesn’t help the harvest. Although your planting may be done, to ensure good yields you need to spend time in the garden to water, weed, and check for insect pests. Some crops will benefit from a modest side dressing of nitrogen […]

Tomato Basics: Ripeness, Storage Flavor – Heirloom Tomato

You’re in for a treat. Unlike those hard, uniform tomatoes you get at your grocery, your fruit will come in a wide range of shapes, and its flavors will be so much better. Let’s get started! Ripeness & Storage: You may love fried green tomatoes (we do), but in general, the key to great fruit is picking it when it’s […]

Nemotodes – Heirloom Tomato

Beware the Nematodes! Tomato season is finally here! You’ve picked your favorite varieties, planted them in a sunny spot, lavished them with love, organic fertilizer, and compost, but you notice that something just isn’t right. The plants are stunted or growing poorly, leaves and stems are yellow, the tomatoes just aren’t happy. The culprit could be something you can’t see: […]

Growing Sweet Potato Sweet Potato Vines

This favorite American vegetable is really a kind of Morning Glory, botanically Ipomoea Batatas, but in cultivation in the United States it rarely produces flowers. Its wild progenitor is a native of tropical America, which accounts for the fact that the Sweet Potato is a crop that thrives best where summers are warm and comparatively long. Sweet Potatoes may be […]