Pumpkin dies off

  Pumpkin Disease Update – (Rick Latin) – Many growers have called expressing concern over an apparent lack of fruit set in their pumpkins. As you know, poor fruit set is not likely due to an infectious disease problem. High daytime and nighttime temperatures during most of July may be responsible for the production of fewer female blossoms. Also, high […]

Pumpkin Clipart – Big pumkin

It’s that time of the year again. This page will provide a nice selection of pumpkin clipart but you need to select the first orange link. You can select this “link” to see over 50 plus pumpkin cliparts or you can select this “link” to see a listing of the graphics. Some of the clip art is black and white, and […]

Growing Giant Pumpkins

GROWING GIANT PUMPKINS Basic Cultural Practices by Joel Holland SOIL PREPARATION: Minimum space is approx. 300 sq. ft. per plant. Doubling this space or even more would be an advantage, and will generally result in a larger pumpkin. Prepare the soil by cultivation. Rake out larger stones, clumps of sod, etc. Incorporate into the soil an inch or more of […]

History of the Jack of the Latern

Pumpkins are carved into Jack O’Lanterns for Halloween. We bake them into pumpkin pie.  Tales of terror have used pumpkins to create an eerie atmosphere. How did the pumpkin become associated with Halloween? Well, the answer is in the tale of an unfortunate soul named Jack According to Irish folklore, a man named Jack, well known for his drunkenness and […]

FAQ on Big Giant Pumpkins, Atlantic Giant Pumpkin

FAQ on Growing Atlantic Giant Pumpkins For many, conditions in the old pumpkin patch are not great yet. Don’t jump the gun as many beginners do. If conditions are sloppy…..wait. They will get better soon. It is about time for some to start seeds inside. Some of us must wait a little longer. By starting a plant 3 or 4 […]

Common Beneficial Insects

Although we focus on the insects that destroy our landscape plants and crops, these undesirable insects give a bad name to virtually all insect species, most of which are beneficial.  These either do no harm, provide food for desirable species such as birds, or attack and kill the pests we don’t want.  Here are ten common beneficial insects that we […]

Perennial Plant Feature: Milkweeds

Milkweeds have many benefits—they are hardy, low maintenance, good in rain gardens as well as in dry soils and during droughts, tolerate deer, the mid-summer flowers attract butterflies and the leaves feed monarch butterfly larvae. Milkweeds are not weeds at all (a plant out of place that you don’t want in your garden) unless, perhaps, you have a formal garden.  […]

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 […]

Setting Up a Vegetable Garden: What Should You Consider?

Just because you stay in a small area doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy the health benefits of fresh vegetables. A small garden space shouldn’t restrain you at all; instead, it should make you more creative. The small garden can still give you enough vegetables to feed your family. You can bring out your creative side by coming up with a […]

The pleasure of herbs should be in every garden

Herbs, in my opinion, should be grown in every garden. Not requiring a lot of space or care, the benefits are immense. Think about various dishes that are made and you will find at least one herb flavoring it; potatoes and chives or lovage, tomatoes and basil, spaghetti sauce and oregano, and many more. Herbs like other plants fall into […]