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Planting this Summer

At this time of year, one of the questions that the Plant Desk staff hears most often is “What can I plant in the summer?” The answer is most anything, if you keep the very important issue of irrigation in mind. Whatever you’ve planted this season will...

Garden Salsa

Ingredients7 cups red tomatoes, chopped2 large onions, (I used 1 red and 1 white onion)1 red bell pepper, chopped1 green bell pepper, chopped4 jalapeno peppers, chopped (leave seeds in for more heat)¼ cup apple cider vinegar1 teaspoon ground coriander1...

Summer Checklist..Remember the Birds!

No one wants to be the first to say it, but here we go.  High summer was four weeks ago and our favorite season is waning. Of course, there are still plenty of things to do in the garden-weeding, watering new trees and shrubs, weeding, dividing perennials,...

Made in the Shade

Whenever I chance upon a shaded garden, it evokes such a feeling of calm and cool collectedness, even if the temperatures and humidity levels are soaring. Shade gardens, by their very nature, avoid the chaos and clutter experienced in sunny gardens. The...

Keep Your Yard Looking Good All Summer!

The brightest of the stars in the Big Dog constellation is Sirius, the Dog Star. In the mid-summer, it can be seen rising and setting with the sun. This conjunction caused the ancients to believe that Sirius’ heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a...

Summer Pond Care

Summer’s long days and sultry nights can mean more time to enjoy your pond or water feature. But the warmer water temperatures also create a perfect environment for an outbreak of every pond owner’s number one headache-algae. There are two types that are...

Grilled Fruit Salad

Ingredients1 watermelon - cut into cubes*1 cantaloupe - cut into cubes*1 pineapple - cut into cubes*2 peaches - cut into wedgesbalsamic vinegar - to drizzle over the top2 tbsp fresh basil - choppedsalt - to taste*You won't need the full watermelon,...

Tiny Flash Dancers

Are they fireflies, glowworms or lightning bugs? I don’t think it matters what you call them. One of my favorite sights of summer are those yellow-green orbs flashing against the backdrop of my garden at dusk.Fireflies are not flies. Nor are lightning...

Mid Summer Gardening

Mid-summer is an especially nice time to start a garden journal. Our to-do lists have shortened and everything is just so beautiful. It’s helpful to make notes of particular diseases or pests that may haunt your yard year after year. Phenology is the study...

Rain Gardening

No one can deny that it has been a wet spring. Official totals of rain and snow from April 1st through Monday add up to 29.58 inches! Compare that to last year’s 11.47-inches over during the same time frame. And that doesn’t take into account the areas...
Planting this Summer

Planting this Summer

At this time of year, one of the questions that the Plant Desk staff hears most often is “What can I plant in the summer?” The answer is most anything, if you keep the very important issue of irrigation in mind.

read more
Garden Salsa

Garden Salsa

Ingredients7 cups red tomatoes, chopped2 large onions, (I used 1 red and 1 white onion)1 red bell pepper, chopped1 green bell pepper, chopped4 jalapeno peppers, chopped (leave seeds in for more heat)¼ cup apple cider vinegar1 teaspoon ground coriander1...

read more
Summer Checklist..Remember the Birds!

Summer Checklist..Remember the Birds!

No one wants to be the first to say it, but here we go. High summer was four weeks ago and our favorite season is waning. Of course, there are still plenty of things to do in the garden-weeding, watering new trees and shrubs, weeding, dividing perennials, more weeding.

read more
Keep Your Yard Looking Good All Summer!

Keep Your Yard Looking Good All Summer!

These hot days often usher in drier weather, so please be sure to water! July rainstorms are notoriously fickle, so please pay attention to the conditions in your own yard. Take care of your yard this summer with these tips!

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Summer Pond Care

Summer Pond Care

Summer’s long days and sultry nights can mean more time to enjoy your pond or water feature. But the warmer water temperatures also create a perfect environment for an outbreak of every pond owner’s number one headache-algae.

read more
Grilled Fruit Salad

Grilled Fruit Salad

Turn it up another notch, and add all of your grilled fruit to a large serving bowl, drizzle with balsamic vinegar, and top with freshly chopped basil. You will look like a pro at your next cookout or gathering! Seriously, try it, and let us know how amazed your friends and family are!

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Tiny Flash Dancers

Tiny Flash Dancers

Whether you call them fireflies, lighting bugs or glowworms, more than 2000 species of these luminescent creatures sparkle and flicker in yards and forests all over the world.

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Mid Summer Gardening

Mid Summer Gardening

Mid-summer is an especially nice time to start a garden journal. Our to-do lists have shortened and everything is just so beautiful. It’s helpful to make notes of particular diseases or pests that may haunt your yard year after year.

read more
Rain Gardening

Rain Gardening

No one can deny that it has been a wet spring. Official totals of rain and snow from April 1st through Monday add up to 29.58 inches! Compare that to last year’s 11.47-inches over during the same time frame. And that doesn’t take into account the areas that were hit hard by the spottier thunderstorms. Some neighborhoods received over 5-inches last Friday night.

One thing to do is to divert the water from your roof and paved areas into a rain garden.

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