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

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

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

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

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

Newsletter: Garden Design App, Harvest and Edible Landscaping

fall squash, winter squash

In the Garden Newsletter – Late Summer Report Card Hello friends! It’s that time of year now for our midseason garden report card. Thanks to our fantastic garden design app, we can render a crop by crop report. Audio Article – Garden Design App, Harvest and Edible Landscaping We can observe and remark how each crop … Read more

Garden Newsletter: Owl Bird Deterrent, Tomatoes, Seed Reviews

In The Garden This week is another short one due to travels. I serve as an investment coach once a month or so, usually in Atlanta, so away from the garden for a few. The them for us this week is back to basics. If you didn’t see our previous newsletter after much crop lost, … Read more

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

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