Nowadays, the circle trend is not only about enhancing the look of your garden, it's also about making it functional for your crops, such as vegetables, flowers, and other plants. Most gardeners will place the paths leading out at each cardinal point, so the area is divided into four sections for raised beds, vegetable plots, or anything else you want to include in the space.
by MorningChores
Sunday 14 August
Reading time: medium
So, consider bringing more wildlife garden ideas to your space to attract them - whether that's adding a pretty pond surrounded by plants, a bug hotel, or a bird bath. In fact, they'll also eat decomposing matter, such as leaf mold and mulch, and you may well spot them on your compost heap (although, of course, this is much more preferable than finding them on your plants).
by GardeningEtc
Sunday 14 August
Reading time: medium
You'll find out in my next garden column, which you can read in today's edition of The Spokesman-Review: Now's the time to jumpstart cool season crops. I've found that when ice crystals form on the inside surface of the plastic, those water droplets will melt during the day and rain down on the plants.
by Susan's in the Garden
Sunday 14 August
Reading time: medium
'A drought can be stressful enough for grass, so walking or playing on it should be discouraged too,' says Peter Chaloner, MD at lawn mower experts Cobra Garden (opens in new tab). 'Now more than ever we need to appreciate the benefits our lawn brings to our lives, such as producing oxygen to help us breathe, removing Co2 from the atmosphere, capturing dust and pollen, and cooling the air around us.'
by GardeningEtc
Sunday 14 August
Reading time: medium
Propagation While you can let zinnias pop up in areas of your garden annually, you can also collect seeds when you deadhead old flowers and remove those to be planted directly in early or late spring. Troubleshooting Zinnias are great plants that grow quickly, attract pollinators, and provide your garden with vibrant, cheery blooming petals for months.
by Epic Gardening
Sunday 14 August
Reading time: long
While wind can be drying, and does increase the chance of bolting, the higher humidity, and warmer temperatures provide a better environment for cilantro than growing it outdoors or on a windowsill. If you live in a frosty area, it's a good idea to plant it in outdoor containers that you can protect through the winter using a cover at night and ensuring it gets lots of morning and afternoon sunlight.
by SumoGardener
Sunday 14 August
Reading time: long
Last Updated on August 13, 2022 by Real Men Sow Before you start to plan your garden or buy seeds, there are some things you need to know. If you're living in a shaded area with temperatures that are slightly lower than your zone's average could mean you can grow plants that thrive in cooler, shadier places.
by Real Men Sow
Saturday 13 August
Reading time: short
- Snapdragon seeds or seedlings - Location with direct sunlight - Pot with drainage (optional) - High-quality potting media - Fertilizer - Pruning shears Seed vs Seedlings Snapdragons are short-lived perennials that act like annuals and many gardeners choose to replant them each season. Potting Media and Watering Snapdragons prefer a well-draining soil high in organic matter such as peat moss, coconut coir, wood chips, and compost.
by Backyard Boss
Saturday 13 August
Reading time: medium
In this episode, we talk with Heather Andrews, The Thoughtful Gardener, about dealing with the spotted lanternfly. The plant profile is on Blackberry Lily and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events.
by WashingtonGardener
Saturday 13 August
Reading time: short
The list of commonly grown aloes is long, and much like agave, their variety provides a broad palette of architectural options for landscape design. Unlike agaves, aloe plants typically flower once a year in spring or summer when grown in ideal conditions, like full sun.
by Gardener's Path
Saturday 13 August
Reading time: medium
The author of a new book called "The Ultimate Flower Gardener's Guide" is here to suggest which perennials can stand up to the test best--plus give us some lavender growing advice, speaking of plants adapted to hot and dry. Another name for them is naked ladies, which obviously is non-PC, though the life cycle of some of these bulbs is that their foliage comes up in spring, and it can look pretty ugly, to be honest, because it's large and lanky, and basically you want it somewhere that's not at the front of the border because otherwise that will be like dominating early scenes.
by A Way to Garden
Saturday 13 August
Reading time: long
The careful attention to detail I learn from my garden helps me focus on the tiny subjects that can swell into larger themes in fiction. It is probably no accident that one of the basic motifs in my creative writing is nature, how it reflects the emotions of characters, how it foreshadows future events, or suggests past joy or sorrow.
by Gardening Know How
Saturday 13 August
Reading time: short
He suggests using teal or pink to complement flower beds and amplify their natural beauty, or bright colors, such as zesty orange, to contrast against greenery and create a 70s retro theme. Or, for a relaxing space to sit and recenter, Tobie suggests using a subtle earthy tone alongside a wash of pale blue and painting the patio floor in a gentle pinky-peach.
by GardeningEtc
Saturday 13 August
Reading time: long
Starting from the bottom and moving up, the small violet-blue flowers pop open one after the other like popcorn, rarely more than six or seven blooms per spike at a time. It blends perfectly with other wild flowers such as swamp asters (Symphyotrichum puniceum), goldenrods (Solidago spp.
by Laidback Gardener
Saturday 13 August
Reading time: medium
Instead, organic matter such as compost, grass clippings, and other types are used to nourish and feed the soil and help vegetables and plants grow. This time of day is ideal for minimizing water loss through evaporation, and allows plants to be more resilient to the harsh sun rays.
by Real Men Sow
Saturday 13 August
Reading time: medium
If you have an array of potted balcony plants, you'll most likely opt for a bottle system, while someone with a large kitchen garden or vegetable patch to maintain might want a hosepipe or underground irrigation set up. Her small garden in South London is a constant work in progress as she gets to grips with snail prevention, DIY trellises and what to plant in shady spots overrun with ivy.
by GardeningEtc
Saturday 13 August
Reading time: medium
- Cover the base with mulch, it helps lock moisture in the ground in spring and summer: red hot poker doesn't like dry soil. Read also: - Propagate your poker plants through clump division Public Domain Pictures: Kecia O'Sullivan Pixabay: Beverly Buckley, psusmith, Elisabetta Daniele
by Nature & Garden
Saturday 13 August
Reading time: short
It's best to avoid transplanting and dividing perennials in the summer heat as it can affect the roots, which are crucial for directing water and nutrients to the plant. It features mycorrhizal fungi, which seek out extra water and nutrients in the soil that the roots aren't able to find on their own.
by Savvy Gardening
Saturday 13 August
Reading time: medium
Still, I plan to enter them in the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair tomorrow along with several other items we grew in our plot - tomatoes, peppers, zinnias, and garlic. About Fenton Friday: Every Friday during the growing season, I'll be giving you an update on my community garden plot at the Fenton Street Community Garden just across the street from my house in zone 7 Mid-Atlantic MD/DC border.
by WashingtonGardener
Saturday 13 August
Reading time: short
You will want to harvest your mint in late spring or mid-autumn before the plant dies back for the winter. Add them to iced tea, lemonade, or even just plain water for a refreshing way to stay hydrated.
by Backyard Boss
Friday 12 August
Reading time: medium
Since the early 1980s, the GardenComm Media Awards program has recognized outstanding writing, photography, graphic design and illustration for books, newspaper stories, magazine articles and other works focused on gardening. For more information about this award, contact Chris Sabbarese via email at info@gardencomm.org About GardenComm GardenComm, Garden Communicators International, is an organization of professional communicators in the green and garden industry including book authors, bloggers, staff editors, syndicated columnists, free-lance writers, photographers, speakers, landscape designers, television and radio personalities, consultants, publishers, extension service agents and more.
by WashingtonGardener
Friday 12 August
Reading time: short
Cultivated since ancient times for its culinary, ornamental, and medicinal value, rosemary is a versatile herb that makes an elegant addition to your garden or window display. Whether your rosemary is in the ground or a pot, make sure that it gets around six to eight hours of sun per day and that the soil is fast-draining, not too peaty, and incorporates plenty of compost.
by Backyard Boss
Friday 12 August
Reading time: medium
New, native additions to Stoneleigh's Hedges That sign lists American holly, Arrowwood viburnum, Leucothoe, Sweetgum, Easatern Wahoo (huh??? It was perfect for a gathering of America's geekiest plant people, including my Rant partners Marianne and Scott and what looked to be ALL the top names in horticulture.
by GardenRant
Friday 12 August
Reading time: short
The softer young growth has the strongest flavour, but you can harvest it at any time of year for added warmth and depth to all sorts of dishes. Trimming the evergreens We've allowed a bay tree to grow to a massive size, which is a bit outrageous, but it's because it protects our back terrace from the roaring Westerly winds we sometimes suffer here.
by the3growbags
Friday 12 August
Reading time: medium
It's good to consider whether a plant fits in the canopy, sub-canopy, herbaceous, ground-cover or vine layer portion of the system, as a Grocery Row Garden is just a series of planned-out food forest strips. If you are interested in Grocery Row Gardening, you can join the great experiment by getting a copy of the booklet I wrote explaining the system.
by The Survival Gardener
Friday 12 August
Reading time: medium
A greenhouse garden is a great way to extend the growing season and produce fresh vegetables all year long, even in cold winter climates. Greenhouse gardening is becoming increasingly popular as more and more people are looking for ways to eat healthily and save money by growing their own food.
by Backyard Boss
Friday 12 August
Reading time: medium
Beginner Tip for the New Gardener Just like summer crops, fall veggies need the right amount of light, great soil, consistent water, good drainage, and rich nutrients to thrive and produce a bountiful harvest. Whether you adore roasted Brussels sprouts with a balsamic vinegar glaze, snack on cauliflower with your favorite dip, or start your morning with a kale-loaded green smoothie, homegrown brassicas taste delicious and make the perfect addition to the fall veggie garden.
by Laidback Gardener
Friday 12 August
Reading time: long
- Seek by iNaturalist - an app to help identify plants, birds, animals, and insects - Reading about the history of seed saving: Look for books by William Woys Weaver and The Seed Detective published by Chelsea green - Tomatoes are a great start - here's how to do it - Can you pick up the seeds that fell on the ground? - Letting potatoes flower and go to seed - How many varieties needed to create a good grex - Show us some love at urbanfarm.org/donate www.urbanfarm.org/seeds22jul *Disclosure: Some of the links in our podcast show notes and blog posts are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase, we will earn a nominal commission at no cost to you.
by The Urban Farm
Friday 12 August
Reading time: medium
So next time you have a fire, don't dispose of the wood ash - put it to good use instead and you'll be rewarded with happier, healthier plants. The potassium in wood ash is quickly leached out by rain, so it's important to store it under cover so it stays completely dry until you wish to use it.
by GardeningEtc
Friday 12 August
Reading time: medium
This was his first Canadian project and was inspired by his New Wave Planting style using bold drifts of perennials and grasses, punctuated with shrubs and trees. The garden is planted in naturalistic waves and is not deadheaded for three years to allow for self-seeding and the formation of the "sophisticated meadow."
by FineGardening
Friday 12 August
Reading time: short
Outdoor cushions are a key accessory when it comes to relaxing in comfort in your backyard but they can take a drubbing over time, especially once you factor in the odd downpour, red wine spillages and barbecue mishaps, plus kids and pets. You will need: Vacuum cleaner with upholstery attachment Soft-bristled brush Mild soap such as Woolite or dish detergent Bleachto remove mold or mildew stains (but not if the care label says otherwise) Bucket of water Garden hose Absorbent towels 1.
by GardeningEtc
Friday 12 August
Reading time: long
The following may be marked as relevant: - Watercress, Nasturtium officinale: this tender and juicy leaf vegetable grows directly in water, and presents very tasty leaves when munched on raw. Their high ratio of insoluble fibers have led many experts to encourage adding them to our diets as ingredients: they would reduce vulnerability to developing chronic diseases.
by Nature & Garden
Friday 12 August
Reading time: medium
Also, the plants you find for sale in the fall are already typically in full bloom, which means they won't have a lot of energy left for growing healthy roots to get them through the winter. Help Your Mums to Live a Long, Happy Life Tossing out plants that haven't reached the end of their lifespan wastes money, environmental resources, and your precious time.
by Gardener's Path
Friday 12 August
Reading time: medium
As these thick roots spread (called rhizomes), they will shoot up leaves and stems that transform into more mint plants. Herbs such as those in the mint family (including thyme and oregano), yarrow, fennel, and catnip will take over your garden.
by Backyard Boss
Friday 12 August
Reading time: medium
Last Updated on August 12, 2022 by Real Men Sow Organic gardening is a great way to grow food and connect with nature. Mulch is a great weed control strategy for perennial plants and ornamental trees, as well as for fruits and vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers and eggplant.
by Real Men Sow
Thursday 11 August
Reading time: long
You don't grow tomatoes in Scotland because it makes economic sense, although they have a flavour that money can't buy. Surprisingly these are outdoor tomatoes, from our sheltered back garden: I still have high hopes of a good crop before summer is out, this year of all years.
by Mal's Edinburgh Allotment
Thursday 11 August
Reading time: short
Mums and pansies should be planted in late August for strong fall colour, and they'll replace finished summer annuals in containers nicely too. Apply a controlled release, high nitrogen fertilizer, like Scotts Lawn Food 32-0-4 around evergreens and shrubs to give them a final feed for the season.
by Minter Country Garden Blog
Thursday 11 August
Reading time: short
Depending on the species, foliage can be plain, spotted, or variegated, and comes in a stunning range of colors, including burgundy, copper, green, gold, gray, glaucous, pink, purple, scarlet, and silver. Providing instant beauty and appeal, growing ornamental grasses in pots and planters is a fast and easy way to transform balconies, decks, patios, and small spaces.
by Gardener's Path
Thursday 11 August
Reading time: long
Shade Greenhouses are typically made out of glass or clear plastic, which allows sunlight to enter while trapping heat inside. By taking a little bit of time to set up some shading, you can extend the growing season and protect your plants from extreme weather conditions.
by Backyard Boss
Thursday 11 August
Reading time: medium
Stephanie explains how to grow, for how long (depending on what you want) and how to plant crops into the area after you have completed the process. The Regenerative Garden by Stephanie Rose is published by Cool Springs Press part of the Quarto Group A History of Herbalism by Emma Kay A History of Herbalism by Emma Kay is published by Pen and Sword Books Take care and be kind.
by the blackberry garden
Thursday 11 August
Reading time: medium
As I was stirring my fetid swamp water and wondering if my root exudate would bring my husband out to the yard, I had a nice, hearty laugh and made up my mind to drop you guys a line saying "thank you". With Dave's Fetid Swamp Water, you can replace fertilizer AND avoid having to make a bunch of compost to feed a large garden.
by The Survival Gardener
Thursday 11 August
Reading time: short
Watering cans come in handy for jobs like drenching containers, refilling birdbaths and wetting down seeds and seedlings. A metal watering can looks charming and lasts longer than plastic types, which weaken when subjected to summer sun and winter cold.
by Gardening Blog - Horticulture
Thursday 11 August
Reading time: short
Resources Visit Royal Botanic Garden Sydney's website to learn more about their Community Greening program. Live vicariously through the Royal Botanic Garden's Instagram here Follow the personal Instagram account for Adina Oosterwijk here AND - if you happen to be in the Sydney area, check out this fantastic exhibit from Fleurs de Villes: Femmes happening August 19-28, 2022.
by Gardenerd
Thursday 11 August
Reading time: short
You will be amazed at the ways it can be reused in both your interior and exterior, and specially for garden decoration. You can turn it into a flower pot and place it both inside and outside the house.
by My desired home
Thursday 11 August
Reading time: short
Boronia has numerous flowers that depending on the species have the shape of a star or bell, and blooms from mid-spring to late summer. There are over 100 species of boronia with flowers in many colors with shades of pink, red, yellow-green, blue, brown and white.
by My desired home
Thursday 11 August
Reading time: short
. . A study by Rosemary Malfi, University of Virginia, and Neal Williams, UC Davis, showed that native bumblebees, which are among our most important pollinators, thrive in urban and suburban environments. Columbine, California poppies, sweet alyssum, larkspur, bachelor's buttons, clarkia, cerinthe, and cilantro will sustain bumblebees, miner bees, and other native pollinators until summer nectar and pollen sources become plentiful.
by Laidback Gardener
Thursday 11 August
Reading time: medium
They are inextricably linked with Monarch butterflies, whose famous migratory habits take them 2,800 miles, from Canada and the USA, to specific Mexican forests where trees come alive with their flutterings. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly milkweed): Expect masses of small brilliant orange flowers held in flat-topped clusters from high summer to the end, followed by 5in (13cm) long pods.
by GardeningEtc
Thursday 11 August
Reading time: long
Today's photos are from Priti Pant, who is sharing some beautiful images from her Michigan garden. This beautiful pink peony (Paeonia hybrid, Zones 3-8) is of a type called "anemone form."
by FineGardening
Thursday 11 August
Reading time: short
sueturner31 Gardening on the edge of a cliff I'm Leah, a freelance Photographer born and raised in Macon, GA, USA. I spent 8 years in the wild west and this is my photo journal on life, love, and the spirit of Wyoming.
by The Biking Gardener
Thursday 11 August
Reading time: short
An advantage of being sterile is the plant doesn't produce seeds, giving it the energy to continue making flowers. He has a bachelor's degree in horticulture from UW-River Falls and is a certified professional with the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association.
by Jung Seed’s Gardening Blog
Thursday 11 August
Reading time: medium
As the weather starts looking frosty, don't panic, just place a cold frame over your garden beds to trap heat from the sun, prevent the soil from freezing, and keep plants thriving longer. Whereas each USDA Hardiness Zone covers a broad area, even when these are further broken down in A and B groups, differences in elevation, coastal conditions, heat retention, and other factors that play a role in gardening may vary within that space.
by Gardener's Path
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: long
Key elements What: Skinny backyard on a tight city lot Size: 1,800 square feet Zone: 6 Conditions: Full sun (with a tiny spot of shade); dry, well-drained soil that was amended liberally Challenges: Lack of privacy from the neighboring homes; no year-round interest; no room for entertaining - Stone bridge - First patio - Shed - Dry streambed - Elevated planting area - Planters for edibles - Roof-deck - Second patio Don't scrimp on the hardscape The first step was to map out future circulation patterns through the space. Rely on bold colors for the focal points You can't pull up to this garden without immediately noticing the bright yellow front door.
by FineGardening
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: long
Its stubby sprouts emerge quickly in early autumn, bursting open to reveal brilliant double flowers with thin white petals and a slightly shredded, exotic appearance. Hardy Guernsey Lily Name: Nerine bowdenii Zones: 8-11 Size: 24 to 30 inches tall and 6 to 8 inches wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil Native range: South Africa I know it is autumn when the sinewy flowering stems of hardy Guernsey lily make their surprising emergence from the bare soil, seeming to pop up from nowhere.
by FineGardening
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: medium
It has abundant autumn flowers and large, fuzzy, highly ornamental leaves reminiscent of Turkish sage (Phlomis russelliana, Zones 5-9). Pollia Name: Pollia japonica Zones: 5-8 Size: 1 to 3 feet tall and wide Conditions: Partial to full shade; average to wet, well-drained soil Native Range: Eastern Asia Because I love tropical plants but do not want to dig the entire garden every fall, I will try any perennial with a tropical vibe.
by FineGardening
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: medium
Nuttall's Rayless Goldenrod Name: Bigelowia nuttallii Zones: 5-9 Size: 8 to 12 inches tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil Native Range: Southeastern United States Airy clusters of bright golden blooms top the stiff, upright stems of this plant from late September into October. False Sinningia Name: Hemiboea subcapitata Zones: 6-9 Size: 12 inches tall and wide Conditions: Full shade; evenly moist, fertile soil Native Range: China I first stumbled across this plant on an early fall day in a beautiful shady garden in southern New Hampshire.
by FineGardening
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: medium
Electric corded and battery-operated rototillers-often called cultivators-are a good choice for smaller gardens and lighter soils. - A deeper till depth can be helpful for breaking up dense soil or for preparing a fallow or neglected garden bed for planting.
by Harvest to Table
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: long
- Based on the size and shape of your fabric, choose the best places to put your stakes so that each corner or point of the material is supported. - Before adding mulch to your garden bed, you will want to remove any weeds and trim branches away from the base of shrubs and trees.
by Backyard Boss
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: medium
You can also buy live sphagnum moss for lining terrariums and as a growing medium for carnivorous plants. Coconut coir isn't acidic like peat moss, making it more versatile for a variety of plants.
by Backyard Boss
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: medium
Watch her video to see how she broad-sows winter spinach amongst her strawberry plants, scattering the seeds across a shallow trench of about six inches' width before lightly working them into the soil. As explained by the Suttons gardening team in this article on how to stop onions from bolting, a plant will set seed earlier if it feels stressed, for example due to extremes of temperature or a lack of water.
by Suttons
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: long
Over the years, I have been using more natural garden wreath decor, including willow bough frames that I make myself. As an added bonus, my DIY wreath projects cost me little money and are made using items at hand for the most part.
by Gardening Know How
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: medium
In this guide, you'll learn all the potential reasons your basil leaves are turning yellow so you can stop the issue before it takes over the plant. Aphids, caterpillars, and spider mites tend to find their way onto basil plants, causing yellow leaves and even issues such as holes.
by Backyard Boss
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: medium
If you have a good local farmers market nearby, then a big part of your vegetable garden plants should aim to fill in all the blanks for interesting things that you can't easily get elsewhere. The first time I encountered one was atop a creme brulee type treat prepared by my inventive chef friend Rachel back in my London days.
by PITH + VIGOR
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: medium
The Play List Here are a couple of useful links that I mentioned in other parts of Episode 75 My Garden as seen in the Smithsonian Archive of American Gardens Mary Wright Baylor's Monarch Waystation application site American Horticultural Society's Join Page -- you know, it's their 100th anniversary. John Moore's article on Gardening Alone in Garden Rant Marianne Willburn's article on Too Long Didn't Read (just humor her and read it, even though I only skimmed) Deep Dive: hour long Brad Herrick PBS talk on the biology of the icky things
by LH Gardens
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: short
We rely on bees to get strawberries, blueberries, apples, grapes, peaches, pumpkins, cucumbers, broccoli, onions, carrots, cashews, almonds, and so much more. For flowers, some favourites include hollyhock, phlox, lavender, false indigo, daylilies, catmint, butterfly bush, and black-eyed Susan.
by Garden Therapy
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: long
Thanks to this method, you will collect vegetable seeds from plants that have already thrived in your soil and climate with developed disease resistance. Below we listed the most essential equipment for this job: - A sharp knife - Latex or rubber gloves (for spicy plant varieties like hot peppers) - Glass jars - Water - An airtight container, such as a tightly sealed glass containers - silica gel desiccant packs or powdered milk - Labels and a marker Seeds Saving from Your Vegetable Garden Step One: Selecting Seeds To Save Certain vegetables lend themselves better to seed saving, with the best yields coming from tomato, pepper, peas, and bean plants.
by Backyard Boss
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: medium
In fact, I was so captivated by every detail, every plant choice and placement, that I stayed there long after sunset and kept shooting--which was made possible by the expertly placed landscape lighting that just enhanced the dreamy feel of the cozy space. It wasn't long after that photo shoot that I was scrolling through pictures of a similarly charming small garden on the West Coast, designed by Courtney Olander.
by FineGardening
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: short
One bird feeder, which hangs from a shepherd's hook, is very enticing, and the deer were devouring the feed every night. For the remaining seasons I use the same set of inserts, but I remove the summer annuals and stick in sprigs of ornamental grasses for fall and evergreen branches for winter.
by FineGardening
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: medium
It is the home garden of designer Bill Noble and his husband, Jim Tatum, built and tended over the past three decades with the assistance of horticulturist Susan Howard. sericea 'Silver Column', Zones 3-8) Late summer - New tints, tones, and textures emerge with each passing week Taken in mid-August, about a month later than the image on the facing page, this photo reveals the moment when the warm amber seed heads of queen of the prairie and -feather reed grass begin to hint at the late-season color progression still to come.
by FineGardening
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: medium
I spent hours, sitting on her deck enjoying her agastaches, calendulas, mulleins, roses, Greek foxgloves, valerians, lamb's-ears, prunellas, yarrows, and sunflowers. Molly has expanded my paltry knowledge of medicinal and edible plants in her workshop garden, surrounded by massive Douglas firs, western red cedars, hemlocks, the shimmering leaves of cottonwoods and an understory of ferns, Oregon grape hollies and seasprays I love being subdued.
by GardenRant
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: medium
You won't need a lot of supplies when making these fences, just the chicken wire, gloves to protect your hands, and poles to hold it into place. It doesn't need to just be old gardening tools, any leftover scrap metal or wood can easily be used to build a cheap but beautiful fence.
by Backyard Boss
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: medium
Curiously, most colchicums flower in the fall, emerging from the ground without foliage, thus creating a particularly stunning effect. You see, you need to plant colchicums almost as soon as they arrive in the store, either that, or keep them in cold storage, otherwise the start to bloom on the shelf.
by Laidback Gardener
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: short
Enjoy our green thumb garden-mom site. Everything you'll ever need from a garden blog in one location for Vegetable, Fruit, Herb, Flower, Butterfly, Hummingbird, Citrus Gardening and more.
by garden-mom.com
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: short
Nepeta 'Cat's Pajamas' (Zones 3-8) is drought tolerant once established (these are newly planted), with its husky, long-lasting blooms for full sun. Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (dwarf plumbago, Zones 5-9) is a carefree sun-loving ground cover laden with brilliant blue blooms in August into early fall.
by FineGardening
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: medium
It's true that if your flower bed ideas feature lots of low blooms then they won't cut it, but plant-packed cottage garden borders with tall perennials and shrubs at the back are one of our favorite creative ways to hide sprinkler valves. Use evergreens as part of the taller planting for year-long concealment and be mindful to keep them in shape with the required pruning for the species so that it is easy to reach the valves when you need to.
by GardeningEtc
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: medium
Autumn Crocus poisoning symptoms may include bloody vomiting or diarrhea, burning of the mouth or throat, seizures, heart arrhythmia, failure of kidneys or liver, or even sudden death. It's enough for your pup to chew on a branch to provoke symptoms which may include excessive salivation and drooling, dilated pupils, diarrhea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, tremors or seizures, or sudden variations in heartbeat and blood pressure.
by Jung Seed’s Gardening Blog
Wednesday 10 August
Reading time: medium
I remember in the early days of covid isolation worrying about the people stuck in small urban apartments with no place safe and calming to go. Several years with a wise and perceptive therapist helped her unwind the tangle of thoughts and ideas that held her frozen until she was able to realize that the core issue was false identity.
by Green Gardening With Ann Lovejoy
Tuesday 9 August
Reading time: medium
They are the first annuals to bloom in the spring, and their ability to withstand cold temperatures, thrive with minimal care, and produce abundantly for weeks from a single sowing make them an indispensable addition to the cut flower garden. Semihardy varieties (need winter protection below USDA zone 7) Bells of Ireland (pictured above) is a cutting garden staple and one of the finest annual foliage plants you can grow for mixed bouquets.
by Floret Flowers
Tuesday 9 August
Reading time: long
Building a windbreak or choosing a location near a fence or other structures can help shield your garden from strong gusts. Additionally, if your soil isn't well-draining, you may want to consider planting your garden in a raised bed or, in containers.
by Backyard Boss
Tuesday 9 August
Reading time: medium
Loam garden soil holds onto nutrients well and drains well, making it ideal for most plants. To avoid this potential disaster, take a few minutes to inspect the garden soil before you make your purchase.
by Backyard Boss
Tuesday 9 August
Reading time: medium
We have big plans for the next 15 years of Seattle Urban Farm Company, but our existing Seattle-based vegetable garden business isn't going anywhere. Our goal has always been, and remains, to run a sustainable business that supports our entire community: from our team here at SUFCo, to our clients, to our larger network of gardeners all around the world.
by Seattle Urban Farm Company
Tuesday 9 August
Reading time: short
It's great at digging holes for planting as well, and the fine point of the blade is handy for making shallow soil impressions for sowing seeds. Measurements in both inches and centimeters are clearly marked into the blades, making it a perfect tool for bulb planting or any other task where precision on a small scale is called for.
by FineGardening
Tuesday 9 August
Reading time: short
Grow Stella de Oro in a sun-filled garden with afternoon shade to produce flowers with intense, long-lasting color. If your garden is plagued by aphids, thrips, or whiteflies, these perennials attract beneficial insects such as pirate bugs and hoverflies that prey on those destructive pests.
by Backyard Boss
Tuesday 9 August
Reading time: medium
Pots that have been exposed to pests or diseases in the garden can be soaked for approximately an hour in a mixture of household bleach and water. Ways to Get Rid of Infestation of Pests in Container Gardens Homemade Remedy Combine all ingredients in a spray can.
by Real Men Sow
Tuesday 9 August
Reading time: medium
- Protective gloves - Protective goggles - Soapy water - A small stiff brush or scrubby sponge - Steel wool - Medium or coarse diamond hand file - General purpose oil - Clean rag - Rust remover (such as WD-40) - Fine grit sandpaper Why and When to Sharpen Your Garden Shears A sharper blade will make the pruning process easier, but it will also ensure your shears last longer. Protective eyewear or safety glasses are also essential for saving your eyes from any shards of metal that could fall off while you sharpen the shears.
by Backyard Boss
Tuesday 9 August
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Hornworms are desperately hungry and will quickly decimate tomatoes as well as peppers, potatoes, eggplant and other members of the nightshade family, so quick action and a thorough search is required when a gardener notices the telltale signs--branches stripped of leaves and large bits of frass (such a nice word for insect excrement). Although you should still remove afflicted hornworms from plants, allow them to live so more of the beneficial parasitic wasps hatch.
by The Impatient Gardener
Tuesday 9 August
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For example, they damage forests, because they excessively reduce the depth of leaf litter, leaving tree roots exposed that never evolved to face exposition. Europe has more than its share of harmful varieties, whereas many North American snails are detritivores: they consume vegetable waste and clean gardens while enriching the soil, to the great benefit of plants.
by Laidback Gardener
Tuesday 9 August
Reading time: long
When the clock broke and couldn't be repaired, I thought it was an opportunity for an upgrade, so I saved up for this beauty from a local specialty nursery! Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' needs no introduction, though I think this one is leggy due to the shade cast by the neighboring Acer palmatum 'Sangokaku' (Zones 5-9) I had to wait until after June 30 before pruning any of my Japanese maples, so that was a limiting factor.
by FineGardening
Tuesday 9 August
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For instance, for lengthy flowering, the experts at Peter Beales (opens in new tab) recommend 'Blush Noisette' (a compact climber with shell-pink blooms) and Rosa x odorata 'Mutabilis' (a wonderful amber and pink shrub rose). This thornless, healthy David Austin shrub rose has an almost continuous show of small, single white flowers with golden stamens that lure bees in summer and early fall, followed by hips that feed birds.
by GardeningEtc
Tuesday 9 August
Reading time: long
Feeding them fresh greens and trying to avoid prolonged droughts by saving rainwater in water butts can help maintain worm populations in garden soil even in dry periods. Chopping vegetable scraps, crushing egg shells, or tearing paper speeds up the breakdown process, and increases the surface area for worms and bacteria to begin decay.
by SumoGardener
Tuesday 9 August
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Washington Gardener Magazine is the award-wining publication for Mid-Atlantic gardeners. Today is Amazon Prime Day, so I thought I'd again share the garden products I use almost every day.
by WashingtonGardener
Tuesday 9 August
Reading time: short
Here's the lineup: Keep in mind, whether you're an advanced collector or a newbie succulent grower who wants to acquire an unusual-looking hens and chicks plant, the more colorful Sempervivum hybrids and cultivars can be more difficult to find for purchase. With blue-green foliage surrounding an almost burgundy center, Berry Blues(tm) reaches four inches tall and plants can produce offsets and spread as much as a foot before flowering.
by Gardener's Path
Tuesday 9 August
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Recently I had the pleasure of having hosts Andrew MacPhail and Karrie Kirchner of the 'Sacred Airspace' podcast visit my front garden. We talked about my journey of gradually removing the lawn and adding more and more plants to the front garden to create a habitat for all sorts of creatures - insects, birds and animals.
by Frau Zinnie
Monday 8 August
Reading time: short
Second, Garden Explorer is a link to that database, a tool that allows you, our visitors, the opportunity to interact with our living collections in an entirely new way. You can use this tool to look up all the peony cultivars we have on-site before arriving, then plan your day accordingly.
by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Monday 8 August
Reading time: short
Once you see roots, gently plant them in your pot filled with soil and compost for an extra boost. Some good options include pothos, yarrow, scented geraniums, chrysanthemums, hydrangea, and lavender.
by Backyard Boss
Monday 8 August
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In these challenging times, feeding ourselves nutritious healing foods and growing plants for medicine is vital for a strong immune system and to live more sustainably. Vertical structures are a great way to utilise space for climbing varieties like peas, beans, cucumbers and perennial spinach.
by The Micro Gardener
Monday 8 August
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Micro Food Gardening provides 30 do-it-yourself (DIY) garden projects for you to start growing your own food in small spaces. It features projects for cool or warm season plants, indoors and outdoors.
by Frau Zinnie
Monday 8 August
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Gardening in Extreme Heat, the Eco-Friendly Way Giving your plants gallons of water every day isn't exactly great for the environment--or your utility bill! Our gardening experts at Platt Hill Nursery in Bloomingdale and Carpentersville will be happy to offer some tips, plant recommendations, and products for managing extreme heat.
by Platt Hill Nursery
Monday 8 August
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Ivies are hardy, evergreen and will cling and climb creating a beautiful fresh green carpet on walls, fences and over tree stumps, or plant them in hanging baskets, window boxes or pots for year round interest. Mickfield Hostas is a previous RHS Gold Medal winner at Hampton Court for its educational exhibit of these fascinating plants.
by Richard Jackson Garden
Monday 8 August
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Using top quality compost designed for pots and containers is a great way to ensure your plants grow strong and healthy. Richard's Flower Power Premium Container Magic is a mix of highly tuned fertiliser and some water retaining gel, everything your container-grown plants need.
by Richard Jackson Garden
Monday 8 August
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It is physically gorgeous, a city of hills and water, with every peak looking out on either the San Francisco Bay or the Pacific Ocean. But unlike famed Mediterranean cities like Rome or Saint Tropez, it is rarely sunny enough in summer to be called hot.
by Gardening Know How
Monday 8 August
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Star Magnolia Maxing out at around 15 to 20 feet tall, this small tree produces sweet-smelling white flowers that bloom in late winter or early spring before giving way to lush green foliage. After blooming with pink, white, or red flowers in the spring, these small trees produce fruit that can potentially stay on the branch through winter, adding a much-needed hit of color to your garden during the colder seasons.
by Backyard Boss
Monday 8 August
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But the old pastureland left behind by the rugged souls who eventually traveled west in search of richer soils and gold is now a mixed forest of oak, maple, pine, and hemlock. This simulation of a natural grove encloses the property in a way that feels naturalistic and offers a range of textures, colors, and flowering times throughout the year (drawing, top).
by FineGardening
Monday 8 August
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Enter our competition to win a one-night stay for two people at Barnsley House, Rosemary Verey's former home in the Cotswolds, and explore its timeless garden. With manor homes, castles, woodland retreats, elegant lodges and city boltholes to choose from, every guest can experience some of the best places to eat, stay and unwind in the British Isles.
by The English Garden
Monday 8 August
Reading time: short
An easy (and affordable) way to rescue your outdoor space without having to invest in the best pressure washer, patio cleaners are super convenient with no hose connection required. Next, it could be a good idea to buy a garden sprayer (like this one from Amazon (opens in new tab)) if the space you need to cover is somewhat sizeable - or you are less able to bend over or carry a heavy bucket.
by GardeningEtc
Monday 8 August
Reading time: long
Marigold, Petunia, Coneflower, Moss Rose, Hibiscus, Stonecrop, Vinca, Lantana, and Zinnia are some of the most beautiful choices you have for a sunny environment. All you have to do is to install a frame or tie it around a plastic pole or bamboo stick in the garden to allow shade for the plants in the afternoon.
by Balcony Garden Web
Monday 8 August
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If you live in an area with hot summers, make sure to get pots or containers that won't crack in the heat. If you live in a hot climate, make sure to choose plants that can tolerate the heat and that won't wilt in the sun.
by Backyard Boss
Monday 8 August
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Touch-me-not or Balsam facts Name - Impatiens Family - Balsaminaceae Type - perennial or annual Height - 8 to 32 inches (20 to 80 cm) Exposure - part sun and shade Soil - ordinary Flowering - May to September. All there is to know about the touch-me-not Being very ornamental thanks to its bursting colors, this perennial or annual blooms remarkably in flower beds and garden boxes.
by Nature & Garden
Monday 8 August
Reading time: short
Regarding its positioning, the plant prefers to be placed in a space where it has direct sunlight. However, when we talk about pests, be sure to pay attention to aphids or plant lice.
by My desired home
Monday 8 August
Reading time: short
These include: - helping to detoxify the liver; - regulate high blood pressure, metabolism and weight; - maintain cholesterol levels; - improve memory and brain function; and - promote digestive health just to name a few. Many studies concluded that curcumin matches or surpasses the ability of drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen (NSAIDs) to combat health problems, but without the expense and side effects.
by The Micro Gardener
Monday 8 August
Reading time: long
It took hours of cutting down very thick foliage (weeds, vines, small trees), as well as removing very large roots, before we could get to the point of preparing the soil for planting. It's hard to beat daylilies (Hemerocallis hybrid, Zones 4-9) for durable, reliable beauty.
by FineGardening
Monday 8 August
Reading time: short
Indirect witnesses of any pollution contaminating our area, they help our ecosystems reach an equilibrium by control insect populations and spreading seeds and berries far and wide. Read also: A bird-attracting garden Some birds feed and nest high up in trees, whereas others forage for food on the ground and a simple, low shrub might be enough for them to start a family.
by Nature & Garden
Monday 8 August
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Potentilla x tonguei Type: Alpine Hardiness: USDA 5 (RHS H5) Height: 6in (15cm) Good for: The front of a sunny border, ground cover This valuable, clump-forming plant develops low spreading stems from its tight crown, each carrying bowl-shaped apricot pink flowers with dark red eyes all through the summer. The shrubby cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa) is native to many colder areas of the Northern Hemisphere including Russia, Britain and North America and is also even found as far south as California, Arizona and New Mexico.
by GardeningEtc
Monday 8 August
Reading time: long
Every day, with a few turns of the wheel, the compost is ventilated, heat is spread and bacteria can work at an accelerated pace. In a set of bins piled on one another, worms scuttle through kitchen waste and cartons to turn them into soil mix.
by Nature & Garden
Monday 8 August
Reading time: short
Before planting your Carex, take great care to add a layer of draining material at the bottom of the hole you dug out, especially if soil in the area tends to retain water too much. The bright color of its leafage will visually pair very well with darker-leaved plants, such as Ophiopogon planiscapsus 'Nigrescens', Heuchera micranta 'Palace purple', crimson-colored Imperata cylindrica 'Red baron', steel-blue Festuca glauca, etc.
by Nature & Garden
Monday 8 August
Reading time: medium
Use weeds to ID missing soil nutrientsA few years ago, I interviewed Diane St. John about organic lawn care. This is not only a fall chore that you are getting a jump on, but it removes the site where the iris borer moth wants to lay its eggs, which will feed on the rhizome and kill the plant.
by Frau Zinnie
Sunday 7 August
Reading time: medium