Friday, September 18, 2015
Autumn is the best time for planting and enjoying flowering perennials. Choose fall-flowering shrubs or smaller perennials and plant them with an ample amount of well-composted soil in October* to ensure that your plants thrive. The coming rains and cooler weather will help their root systems develop fully and enable your garden to become the spectacular showcase that you, and the birds, bees, butterflies, bats, and other local beneficial insects in your neighborhood, have been dreaming of. (*Consult your local planting zone guide)
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
|The Land of Fire and Ice|
Recently my wife, Nancy, and I had the good fortune to spend two weeks in Iceland, the incredible "Land of Fire and Ice". In stark contrast to the drought stricken western United States, where we live, Iceland almost appears to have more water than they can handle. We should all have such problems!
Monday, August 17, 2015
Although most of the country recently experienced a terrible heat spell, two months from now we'll be wishing we had planted some vegetable crops in late Summer. Crops do surprisingly well in the cool fall weather with fewer insects and weeds, and more rain. No, I'm not talking about tomatoes and peppers, but now is the perfect time to plant brassicas, beets, carrots, chard and other cool season vegetables. These crops tend to be loaded with nutrients and taste even sweeter when they are harvested under more temperate conditions. Take advantage of these factors and extend the time that you'll get the freshest veggies from your garden.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
|A Garden Sketch Becomes Reality|
We fear the unknown. It's not a failing. It's a human survival mechanism that warns us to be cautious whenever we encounter something new and potentially dangerous. Most of the time that fear is unsubstantiated and we discover the monster we imagined was much worse than the one we actually encounter. If we're lucky, we find a mentor, a guru, or guide that can lead us (often kicking and screaming) past the pitfalls in our path and around the obstacles that might trip us up along the way to enlightenment.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
As we pointed out in our previous blog, July is Smart Irrigation Month, a time set aside to bring awareness to the problems presented by worsening drought and a diminishing water supply. It's also an opportunity for homeowners, landscapers, and farmers to learn about the solutions (such as drip irrigation) that are readily available to provide relief. If you’re new to drip irrigation and wondering how to get started, you won't find a faster or easier way to get up and running than one of DripWorks' complete kits. Available in Economy, Standard, and Deluxe versions, each kit is designed for a specific purpose and everything required is included for you to quickly install a drip irrigation system.