Archive for the 'Garden Tips' Category

A plant of the week – Impatiens

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Impatiens     (im-PAY-shuns) Most gardeners are familiar with ever-popular Impatiens, especially the common bedding flower types and the brightly-foliaged New Guinea impatiens. Impatiens is one of the few plants whose botanical name is also its common name, which alludes to the way the ripe seedpods shatter when touched, scattering seed up to several feet away. Most […]

What makes an organic fertilizer truly organic?

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Answer: A fertilizer can be labeled as all-organic when it is completely composed of naturally-occurring ingredients. While people place an organic label on manures–and products such as bone meal, blood meal and “hoof and horn” are considered organic–most blended organic fertilizers do not contain these products. Most organic fertilizers use only plant and fish by-products […]

When to harvest your Vegetables

Monday, March 17th, 2014

One of the most common mistakes made by beginning vegetable gardeners is harvesting the crop at the wrong time. Since ripeness varies according to planting time, the weather in any given year, the variety of the particular vegetable planted, and many other things, one can’t just say, “Harvest this vegetable on July 21st.” So we’ve […]