Papaver – Perennial Plant, How to grow a Poppy

How to Grow Papaver poppy An ancient Latin plant name of doubtful origin, but possibly derived from the sound made in chewing the seed (Papaveraceae). Poppy. A widespread genus of 100 species of colorful hardy annual and perennial plants. Poppies like full sun, although some will flower reasonably well in partial shade. The newly unfolded petals have the appearance of […]

Meconopsis – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to Grow Meconopsis Meconopsis (mek-on-op-sis) From the Greek mekon, a poppy, and opsis, like (Papaveraceae). This genus of poppy-like and very showy annual, biennial and perennial plants generally attracts much attention in those fortunate gardens which provide the necessary conditions for their cultivation. Most of the showy Chinese and Himalayan species need light woodland conditions and a moist soil […]

Houseplant care and other September gardening tips

Acclimatizing houseplants, dividing daylilies, and controlling slugs are some of the garden activities for this month. Gradually condition or “acclimatize” indoor plants that have spent the summer outdoors to lower light conditions. Move them to a shady spot outdoors for a week, then move them into the sunniest spot indoors for a couple of weeks before moving them to their […]

Storing Fruits and Vegetables

Storing your own fruits and vegetables at home at the end of the growing season, following a few simple guidelines, will enable you to have food of good nutrition and flavor into the fall and winter.  It is a good way to keep extra produce you can’t eat right away from the garden, and to save money later at the […]

Compost, Don’t Burn

You may like the smell of burning leaves, but did you know you were sending an excellent soil conditioner up in smoke? Instead of burning leaves or stuffing them in garbage bags for the trash haulers to take away, compost them. Compost improves the garden soil by increasing its organic matter. This, in turn, improves soil drainage. Organic matter is […]

Common Gardening Habits That May Attract Termites 

Are you one of the many people who have discovered how relaxing and soothing gardening can be? Horticultural hobbies are enjoyed not only in warmer months, but commonly throughout most of the year. However, while you are planning to create an amazing natural space for yourself and your family, you may be also unwittingly creating an ideal environment for termites. […]

Watering trees and shrubs

Trees and shrubs need moist, but not thoroughly wet, soil in order to grow well, resist insects and winter injury, and, in some cases, to produce flowers and fruit. If fruiting plants fail to fruit, or produce few fruit, it may be due to drought during flowering or fruit production. From early spring until about September 1, apply water adequately […]

Helping lawns deal with drought

With a changing climate, droughts seem to be getting more frequent and sometimes of a longer duration.  Proper mowing, watering, and fertilizing are some of the strategies you can use to help a lawn deal with droughts and to survive. During periods of intense heat or drought, lawns will go dormant.  They’re still alive, just not growing, so won’t need […]

Garden Strawberry Planting and Care

The Strawberry is our most widely cultivated small fruit. In suitable varieties it is grown in every state, much of Canada, except the coldest regions, and even in the milder parts of Alaska. It is grown extensively commercially in widely separated parts of the United States and Canada and is the most popular and easily grown garden fruit. The common […]