Gardening Tips

October To-Do List

October 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

Once houseplants are moved indoors, hold off fertilizing until after March 21st. Wipe the pots with damp paper towels, inspect for insects or webs, and bring the plants inside before the end of October. Pot up small parsley and basil plants and bring them inside. Place by a sunny window. They’ll grow very nicely [ ...click to read more ]

Gardening Tips

June 27, 2016 // 1 Comment

In the garden, don’t be concerned with having perfectly straight rows. To fill in empty areas in a row, consider planting bush beans, garlic, onions, or marigolds. Marigolds and garlic provide color and also deter pests and insects. Label all plants growing in containers or in the gardens. It’s easy to forget what [ ...click to read more ]

Your Best Garden Ever- Part 2

February 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Planting season for spring crops begin 6 weeks before the last spring frost, but tomatoes and peppers and other warm season vegetables are planted later. Usually May 10th is considered “frost free” by then. Wait until the days are warm, and night time temperatures are above 50 degrees. Potatoes: [ ...click to read more ]

Garden Tips

June 11, 2014 // 1 Comment

  If ants are a problem, try sprinkling a mixture of ground cinnamon and dried catnip around the  porch and outdoor areas. A good place to buy ground cinnamon and dried catnip is the Dollar Tree. Look for the cinnamon in the spice aisle and the catnip in the pet section. Moles dislike thorns and sticky objects. [ ...click to read more ]

February in the Herb Garden

February 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

February has 28 days this year. Mild, even warm days can be followed by spells of bone-chilling temperatures and heavy snow. Protect tender herb shoots that may emerge this month. A one or two inch layer of finished compost or well-rotted leaf mold can be applied to the herb beds. A favorite soil conditioner of mine [ ...click to read more ]

September in the Herb Garden

September 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

Softwood cuttings can be started this month. Before you take the cuttings, closely examine the plants. Some may be too woody or brittle. Take cuttings only from stems that are slightly flexible. Make sure the shoots are firm and green at the base, but soft and pliable at the top. Remove the cuttings with a sharp knife [ ...click to read more ]

July in the Herb Garden

July 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

Time to: Deadhead flowers of dill, cilantro, basil, thyme, and chives to keep them producing all summer. Snip off the flowers before they have fully bloomed. Use the flowers in salads, marinades, etc. Sow more seeds of cilantro to replace the plants that will soon set seed. Once cilantro has produced a small seed [ ...click to read more ]