Garden Newsletter: Humble Gardener, Lessons, and Butterfly Plants

In the Garden I warned them. Told them straight up. If you guys don’t put on some pumpkins, you’re outta here! And after fighting off squash vine borers, squash bugs, and powdery mildew, they still refused to do anything but grow more vines. The little fruits would form but never mature. So, out they came, … Read more

Hummingbird Food Preferences and Recipe

Ruby throated hummingbird feeding

People love to put out hummingbird food to attract these little jewels, and for good reason. Not only are hummingbirds delightful to see in your garden, they also eat lots of bugs, so go ahead and give them some hummingbird food to attract them, and they’ll help out with mosquitoes and other insects while they’re … Read more

GARDEN NEWSLETTER: Rain, Sawfly Larvae, Cucumber Recipe and More

What a week! Our garden rain gauge showed 5 inches after 3 days of thunderstorms. Thursday, it began to dry out and we applied Serenade fungus spray to our tomatoes and Dipel to the kale, cabbage and broccoli.

We wanted rain and when it finally came, it poured… and poured… and poured some more! Then we saw the sawfly. What a week! Our garden rain gauge showed nearly 5 inches after 3 days of thunderstorms. Thursday, it began to dry out and we applied Serenade fungus spray to our tomatoes and Dipel to the … Read more

Garden Newsletter: Split Tomatoes and Green Tomatoes

Our backyard garden looks pretty wild these days. The timed drip irrigation has really helped. We had to increase the watering frequencies given the scant rainfall these past two weeks. What’s that joke…? “It was so dry we saw two trees fighting over a dog.” 😄 Audio Article With these dry spells comes the prospect … Read more

Garden Newsletter: Wabi Sabi – Flawed Beauty

The First Garden Was (Just) Good According to the Old Testament, when the Lord created the heavens and the earth which would include (we presume) the Garden of Eden, then the Lord looked upon it and “saw that it was good.”  Note, there’s nothing in there about being “perfect”. So, the very first garden created … Read more

Garden Newsletter: Pruning Squash Plants and Garden Delights

Successful Squash Gardening Requires the Right Conditions If conditions permit, squash vines can yield abundance. Winter squash, if cured and stored properly, can be consumed right through the winter. Summer squash, like zucchini, can get so out of hand that your neighbors might close the blinds and lock the door when they see you coming … Read more

Garden Communities Built Around Gardening and Growing Food

garden communities

Garden Communities are a Growing Thing! We are loving this concept of garden communities! Bet you will too! Imagine seeing a growing trend of neighborhoods built around gardening! If you love golf, that’s great. But for gardeners, the idea of an entire neighborhood built around gardening instead of golf… a garden community, is not just inspiring, it’s … Read more

Garden Newsletter July 1: Powdery Mildew Treatment and Squash Vine Borer Control

Playing Catch up with Squash Vine Borer Control Sometimes with gardening, there’s the relatively steady ebb and flow. Daily, we survey our patch and sometimes discover a minor pest problem, handle it, and continue on. No big deal, right? Other times, such as this past week, it seems like playing a catch-up game of  “Whack-a … Read more

Natural Pest Control for Garden Pests

Organic Pest Control for Garden Bugs While some of our fellow gardeners are still waiting for the growing season to come around, we here in Zone 7A are full on! Our plants are coming along. We got them out early and nurtured them through some cold snaps and their leaves were so beautifully unblemished–for a … Read more