Garden Newsletter: Hurricane Michael Came and Went

More Rain and Wind than Hurricane Florence We live in the north central Piedmont of North Carolina. Last Thursday, the remnants of Hurricane Michael remained strong enough to give us a lashing and drenching. Local forecasters had warned only of flash flooding. The storm track had shifted further north and west. Trees came down, low … Read more

Knockout Roses – Stand Out Fall Flowers

Those of us who live in temperate zones are indeed fortunate to have more time to enjoy the late bloomers of fall. Our garden blooms have certainly diminished but those that remain are all the more appreciated. One of those is our Knockout Roses. Knockout Roses These patented knock out roses are not strutting their … Read more

Garden News: Leaf Blowers, Fall Flowers, Birds and Winter Holly

Fall Color is not solely about the leaves turning.  We’ve tucked in our fall and winter crops for the season. The maintenance is now a minimal task and so it leaves a little extra time to admire the surroundings. Audio Article – Garden News: Cordless Leaf Blowers We just did a side-by-side review of two … Read more

Cordless Leaf Blower Comparison – Stihl versus Greenworks and More!

Blowing Through Our History of Leaf Blowers Preparing for this leaf blower comparison, I found myself reminiscing on the various leaf blowers we’ve owned over the years. Audio Article – Cordless Leaf Blower: Echo Jetpack During our landscape maintenance days, we used a 30 pound Echo backpack leaf blower. Resembling a jetpack, its two-stroke engine … Read more

Fall Gardening: Gynura Procumbens, Okra, and Feathered Friends

Newsletter Fall is definitely on! The dogwood trees are loaded with red berries and the birds (cardinals, goldfinches, brown thrushes, and gray catbirds) are all vying for a beak full. Other birds are visiting as well. We cover in this short garden newsletter, Gynura Procumbens, okra and birds. Audio Article – Fall Gardening: The monkey-like … Read more

Growing Longevity Spinach—Gynura Procumbens—a Medicinal Protein Vegetable

We’re really enjoying our longevity spinach! Related to but not the same as “Okinawa spinach”, longevity spinach (scientific name gynura procumbens, from the family Asteraceae), is a  low-growing, semi-succulent leaf vegetable very popular in Southeast Asia, its home turf. Audio Article – Growing Longevity Spinach:   Why is the Gynura Plant Called Longevity Spinach? Nicknamed “longevity spinach”, this amazing plant … Read more

Loving Marconi Peppers – Red and Green!

We Love Our Marconi Peppers! We’ve grown the Marconi Peppers (red variety), Capsicum annum, for three straight growing seasons. These Marconi sweet peppers come on a bit late with beautiful long green fruits that gradually redden as the season progresses. Audio Article – Marconi Peppers:   We procured the seed from Baker Creek/,  and though … Read more

To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow

Newsletter: Gardeners Believe in the Future One of the most popular quotes shared on gardening by gardeners is this quote by Audrey Hepburn: “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Whether it’s setting in fall transplants, sowing seeds, planting daffodil bulbs, or planting a sapling, Ms. Hepburn’s oft-quoted remark is spot on. By … Read more

American Persimmons – Fruit of the Gods

Wild American Persimmons

The American Persimmon Tree The native American persimmon tree (diospyros virginiana), grows wild from southern Connecticut to Florida, and as far west as Kansas and Iowa. We have wild American persimmons growing on our property, and are eagerly anticipating the fall harvest! Audio Article – American Persimmons:   Persimmons are a great edible landscape tree, that … Read more

Fall Garden Maintenance and Tips

Garden Newsletter With three weeks of summer remaining before the fall equinox—as of this writing—we’re proceeding with the changeover to our fall/winter crops. So fall garden maintenance and tips is the theme for today. Season transitions always have their challenges because you can still have temperature swings that leave crops vulnerable. In our zone 7a, … Read more