Night Blooming Cereus – Queen of the Night Flower

“Cereus-ly” Worth the Wait The Night Blooming Cereus is a wonderful, mysteriously elegant desert plant. Lady Cereus, also goes by the names of Queen of the Night, Christ in Manger, Dance of Night and Orchid Cactus. We haven’t yet grown this lovely lady-in-waiting ourselves yet, but several in our community are growing them and have … 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

Harvesting, Freezing and Storing Winter Squash

The most popular winter squash next to pumpkins, is butternut squash. But when it comes to winter squash, gardeners have a wealth of selections to choose from. The squash family is huge. Audio Article – Winter Squash:  All types of winter squash belong in the Cucurbitaceae family, the same family as cucumbers, watermelon and summer … 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/RareSeeds.com,  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

Fuyu Persimmons – the Best Tasting Persimmons to Grow

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But wait… persimmons Taste Awful, Right..? Yes and no. We’ll sort that out here. Bottom line? The fuyu persimmon is the best tasting persimmons to grow, and the most resilient! Not only is the fuyu persimmon tree a strong growing tree, but the fuyu persimmon fruit is large, very sturdy, long lasting and incredibly delicious. … Read more

Newsletter: Garden Design App, Harvest and Edible Landscaping

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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

Colored Tomatoes: Yellow, Red, Black and Orange…

Colored Tomatoes

We love them all! Our favorite summer crop is colored tomatoes. All colors sizes and shapes! And, in case you were wondering… Tomato Calories Low in calories and high in nutrition: 1 small tomato contains ~16 calories 1 medium tomato contains ~22 calories 1 large tomato contains ~33 calories So you can enjoy your tomatoes, … Read more