Let’s talk about raised bed gardening. Why? Because everyone is doing it. While there are some disadvantages to raised beds, many will agree that raised beds provide the perfect solution to several garden conundrums – such as lack of space, clay soil, etc. In addition, raised beds can extend your growing season, especially if you have a cover.
We want you to encourage your kids to play in the dirt! That’s right. Let them hang out in the dirt. Inspire them to gently feel the worms and squash the dirt in their hands. Raising the next generation of gardeners is important to society.
Resist the urge to plant in your garden too early. Not only do you have to worry about night-time frost, you also have to ensure the soil temperature is warm enough to enable your tender seedlings to survive. By the second week in May, however, it is usually safe to plant seedlings in the ground in your garden.
Did you know that pansies are edible? This whimsical springtime flower is not only a front-porch favorite, but it’s also a lovely food accent. Pansies are chock full of vital nutrients such as Vitamin C, Potassium, and Antioxidants. Their mild, fresh flavor has grassy notes and a minty, wintergreen aftertaste. These pretty little flowers serve as both décor and food – and they’re almost too pretty to eat.
Problems in the vegetable and flower garden can occur during summer’s hot weather. Not the least of which is blossom drop. It’s quite possibly one of the most heartbreaking events that can occur to the home gardener. The heat can cause stress to plants such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and squash. When the temperatures reach 90, plants will drop their blossoms and will not produce fruit. In addition, crops such as lettuce will bolt, meaning they will go to seed in hot weather. When plants bolt they become bitter and tough.
Everyone hates to see the end of summer but it can be especially tough for gardeners. Now is the time of the summer when your garden starts to wear down. It doesn’t rain as much. The heat can be overbearing. Your plants become weak and susceptible to pests. Although it may sound counterintuitive, now is the time to bring on the bugs! At least some bugs, that is…Having good bugs, beneficial insects, in your garden will keep pests like aphids at bay and extend the life of your garden.