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TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – Gardening Safely in the Heat

AVOIDING HEAT STRESS INJURIES IN JULY The dog days of summer have arrived.  As gardeners, we need to spend time outside tending to our landscape needs.  But, this past week was brutally hot and humid.  Thank goodness for this past weekend with us having much-needed rainfall and lower temperatures but more heat is on the…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Some Interesting Facts About Blueberries

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

July is National Blueberry Month.  Nice to have a whole month dedicated to one of my favorite things. So here are a few interesting tidbits about these delicious berries.  Blueberries belong to the family Ericales.  This makes them related to cranberries, Brazil nuts, persimmons, camellias, azaleas, and rhododendron! They are native to North American where…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – JULY GARDENING CHORES

HERE ARE SOME GARDEN CHORES TO DO IN JULY Before I get into the list of garden chores for July, here we are in the first few days of July and I want to talk about being too wet.  Go figure.  In the past, I would be writing and talking to customers about being water-wise…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Repelling Mosquitoes

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I’m getting so many people these days looking for plants that repel mosquitoes, that I thought it was time to repeat this blog. Swirling cloaks, spooky music, and a voice with a Hungarian accent saying “Good E-e-e-vening.” Or incredibly annoying little insects buzzing around your face and feasting on every square inch of exposed flesh….

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – JUNE IS PERENNIAL GARDENING MONTH

THE 2018 PERENNIAL PLANT OF THE YEAR. Each year the PPA (Perennial Plant Association) selects a perennial to highlight for the year.  This year the Association chose ALLIUM ‘MILLENIUM’ Allium ‘Millenium’ is referred to as the “butterfly magnet” perennial.  Other pollinators will flock to this plant.  Butterflies and bees will thank you for adding ‘Millenium’…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Outside for the Summer

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

My houseplants are all outside for the summer. Does this mean I can forget about them? Well—no! Here are somethings you should be doing for your houseplants now—either inside or out.  The days are longer and the sunlight stronger so our plants are actually growing—not just “maintaining” like they do all winter. A little fertilizer would…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – NATIONAL POLLINATOR WEEK

JUNE 18 – 24 HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS THE WEEK TO CELEBRATE OUR POLLINATORS. In my blog last week I mentioned that June is PERENNIAL PLANTING MONTH.  Now, let’s take June to a higher level and think about what perennials are blooming right now, what perennials are considered native plants, and what perennials are considered…

BONNIE’S GARDEN-Happy Summer

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

This coming Thursday is the Summer Solstice—the first official day of astronomical Summer. South of the equator, it is the first official day of Winter. On the other hand, meteorologists consider summer as beginning the first day of June and ending the last day of August. Solstice comes from the Greek words “sol” meaning “sun”…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – JUNE IS PERENNIAL GARDENING MONTH

PPA (PERENNIAL PLANT ASSOCIATION) HAS DESIGNATED JUNE AS PERENNIAL GARDENING MONTH AND FOR GOOD REASONS. June has been tagged as Perennial Gardening Month by PPA.  The main reason behind selecting June is that June is a great month for seeing so many beautiful perennials in bloom.  Secondly, June is a great month for planting perennials….

BONNIE’S GARDEN–National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

June—fresh local strawberries are here—in your own backyard—or at a local Farmers Market.  Fresh peas, spring onions, fresh beets, the first of the summer’s cucumbers and squash—they’re all in season!  Perfect timing for National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, isn’t it? I’m a huge fan of eating fresh—whether it’s from my garden, a generous neighbor…

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