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 […]

September Gardening To do list

Provided is a list of tasks you need to perform in your garden during September. Please understand your gardening zone which is identified in the menu above. Look for Hardiness Zones. Zone 1 Sow wildflower seeds Water to winterize trees and shrubs Clean up vegetable and perennial gardens Plant spring-blooming bulbs Apply winterizing formula lawn fertilizer (with high potassium) Clean […]

EXTENDING THE SEASON AND OTHER SEPTEMBER GARDENING TIPS

Just because a frost is predicted that doesn’t mean you have to say good bye to your lettuce, peas, and other fall crops. You can extend the growing season with the use of cloches (individual plant coverings), cold frames, and other tools for retaining heat from the ground during a cold night. Season-extending tools are available commercially, or you can […]

Plant care for Cleome Spiderflower, Annual Flower Information

CLEOME Spiderflower Cleome spinosa (pungens) (gigantea), grows 3 to 6 feet tall and is a most interesting garden subject. The four-petaled flowers are pinkish-lavender and white and are given a peculiar, airy appearance by the long-stemmed stamens and pistils, which protrude from the flowers for several inches. The plants have a peculiar odor. The stems are more crowded with flowers […]

Gardening in August

EVERY gardener knows that Sweet Alyssum, variety Little Gem, is among, if not the best, plant to use to outline beds or borders. In this month it needs a good shearing or cutting back at least half way, so that new growth is encouraged and the blooming season is prolonged until frost. In August one begins to make new seedbeds […]

August Gardening Tips and Visting Perennial Gardens

VISITING PERENNIAL GARDENS AND OTHER AUGUST GARDENING TIPS August is generally a month to harvest, not plant, crops although it’s not too late to put in one last crop of lettuce, as well as spinach, chard, and kale for fall picking. It’s also a good time to plant perennials in pots to add late season color to the garden. Check […]

Fusarium Root Rot (on Beans)

Fusarium Root Rot (on Beans) Description: Slow growth and appearance of red spots or streaks on lower stem and roots. First true leaves prematurely yellow and drop off. Diseased plants often stay alive by producing new roots near the soil surface; however, yield is severely reduced or eliminated. Solution: Minimizing soil compaction is very helpful in reducing fusarium root rot. […]

Angular Leaf Spot (Cucurbits)

Angular Leaf Spot (Cucurbits) Description: Angular to irregular water-soaked spots form in the leaves. When moist, droplets of bacteria ooze from the underside of lesions and dry to a white residue. The lesions later turn gray to brown, dry, and tear away, leaving large irregular holes. The bacterium overwinters in diseased plant refuse and on the seed coat. Disease is […]

August Gardening To do list

Learn the August garden tasks for your gardening hardiness zone. Do you know what your hardiness zone? Once known, then find the required task. Zone 1 Sow seeds of wildflowers and fall veggies Aerate, dethatch and fertilize the lawn As first frosts threaten, pick mature green tomatoes to ripen in a dark, cool place indoors Purchase containerized trees and shrubs […]

Growing Tomato Plants

Manage Plant Growth: Your seedlings will grow best around 65F (18C) with gentle air circulation and lots of light. Research has proven that lowering seedlings’ night-time temperature (55-60 degrees) and occasionally brushing your hands gently across the tops of the seedlings a couple minutes a day will contribute to stronger plants. When your seedlings develop their first true leaves, they […]