It’s Time for A Bit of Summer Garden Maintenance!

Originally appeared at National Gardening Bureau Summer Maintenance Tips for Your Victory Garden 2.0 “When the pandemic hit, I decided to plant a vegetable garden.” I’ve heard this from consultation clients and Plantrama listeners for the past three months, and my response is always the same. “Congratulations! You made a terrific choice.” I recognize that the […]

When it’s time to say goodbye to lawn, uproot it first

Grass lawns are the default for most yards, but some people want other options, like edible or ornamental landscaping, mulch or low-maintenance groundcover. “Maybe you have a lawn full of difficult-to-control weeds like annual bluegrass or rough bluegrass and you want to start over,” said Alec Kowalewski, turfgrass specialist with the Oregon State University Extension […]

7 essential summer tasks for a raised bed vegetable garden

Originally appeared at National Gardening Bureau and All-America Selections. The key to a high-yielding raised bed vegetable garden is to grow healthy plants. Vegetable plants that are provided with plenty of sun, consistent moisture, and a steady supply of nutrients are more likely to produce a heavy crop. The great thing about gardening in raised […]

Tomato lovers: Grow the best by recognizing and solving common problems

Knowing the hows and whys of tomato diseases gives gardeners a leg up for successfully growing the most-treasured of vegetables. Brooke Edmunds, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service, troubleshoots the following common problems that might afflict your tomatoes as the season goes on. Blossom drop: It’s usually caused by dry soil and dry […]

15 Growing Watermelon Questions Answered…

Originally appeared at National Gardening Bureau. Growing watermelon can be done successfully in all parts of the country. For those gardeners in northern or cooler climates, where hot days may not be long enough, choose an earlier-to-mature variety like AAS Winners ‘Shiny Boy’, ‘Golden Crown’, or ‘Yellow Baby’ that all mature in 70-75 days. For […]

8 New Plants Create A Pollinator-Friendly Garden

Originally appeared at National Gardening Bureau. Bee-friendly and Butterfly-friendly plants continue to pique the interest of gardeners… whether they’re edible growers hoping to lure pollinators to boost the veggie harvest, ornamental gardeners who adore the interest butterflies and bees provide to the landscape or naturalists who wish to help feed and protect bees and butterflies. Fortunately, […]

15 Growing Strawberries Questions Answered…

Originally appeared at National Gardening Bureau. 1. Do strawberries attract bees? Strawberries NEED bees and bumblebees! And the strawberry blossoms are a real treat for them. Planting a strawberry plant contributes greatly to biodiversity. 2. Can you explain the different types of strawberries like June bearing, ever-bearing, and which is better for the garden?? June […]

From pot to table, easy indoor herbs spice up cooking

Cooking and gardening have taken the country by storm and easy-to-grow herbs act as a bridge between the two, adding flavor to our food and confidence to our gardening. Growing them inside gives everyone the opportunity to spice up their homegrown food, said Brooke Edmunds, horticulturist for Oregon State University Extension Service. “People are entertaining […]

Help Pollinators! 15 Questions and Answers About Growing Wildflowers!

Originally appeared at National Gardening Bureau. Wildflowers are one of Mother Nature’s loveliest gifts and a perfect addition to your Victory Garden 2.0. Their changing panorama of colors, shapes, sizes, and heights provides delight throughout the seasons. Wildflowers can be used anywhere. In the home landscape, they are ideal for creating colorful beds and borders, […]

Use vigilance in controlling problems in the vegetable patch

Freshly planted and carefully tended, vegetable gardens can quickly become a magnet for trouble. Problems seem to spring up overnight. Weeds, for instance, can overtake a garden in days. Slugs munch on seedlings. Aphids suck the juices from any number of plants. And that white butterfly you see fluttering around? It’s a cabbage white butterfly […]

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