Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Spring!

colorful crocus, harbinger of Spring
Spring is a new beginning — a great time to assess your current garden and consider some new ideas, too:

Add a New Dimension to Your Landscape
Welcome butterflies, bees and birds into your garden with these tips from the National Federation of Wildlife

It's All About the Tomatoes!
Get this new app from the American Phytopathological Society, TomatoMD, and keep your tomatoes healthy and happy.

Garden Clean Up
Cut back the dead stems and foliage from your ornamental grasses before the new growth gets too tall; once those pretty new tips are snipped they wont grow back, just look awkward all season.

Asses Freeze Damage
A result of the sudden and severe freeze we had November 10, 2014 is tissue damage to many of our landscape plants, but particularly non-native evergreens. Only time will tell if the result will be fatal to the plants or merely disfiguring.
Yew, Taxus spp
Arborvitae, Thuja spp.
An encouraging sign on this young Austrian pine is a green (live!) terminal bud.
Soft, flexible branches are another indicator that your plant is still viable.
Give your plants a chance to emerge from dormancy this Spring and begin actively growing before you commit to any radical pruning or plant removal.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 02, 2015

You Can't Beat Beets

Roasted, pickled, stewed, or raw; hot beets, cold beets, I love them all! The greens are also a tasty treat and super nutritious — high in vitamins A and C, iron and potassium (An heirloom variety, Early Wonder, is considered the best beet for greens).

Beets are a cool season vegetable that can be sewn and harvested early in the season. They're a great choice for garden spaces that don't get full sun, as they'll tolerate part shade. For growing tips check out this article.

For heirloom and /or organic seeds, check out Botanical Interests, and Seeds or Change.