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BONNIE’S GARDEN – Caterpillars to Butterflies

By Bonnie Pega
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Caterpillars to Butterflies – How to Make the Magic Happen in Your Garden I had a customer, with a packet of milkweed seeds in her hand, ask me how to get rid of the caterpillars that ate these every year. My first reaction was amusement—I was sure she was joking. She wasn’t. I then looked…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – How to Water the Right Way

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

This Friday, May 30th, is National Water a Flower Day. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Or maybe it isn’t. Improper watering is probably the number one killer of houseplants—and garden plants, too. We’re so concerned about keeping plants watered, that we often forget they also need air. Yes, plants do breathe! Let Your Plants Breathe…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – Tips For the First Time Vegetable Gardener

A common occurrence during the ongoing pandemic is the cancellation or postponement of events, interrupting common traditions and rituals for students and adults alike. BUT NOT GARDENING!! With all my years working in a retail gardening center, I have never spoken to so many families before who are wanting to try doing some vegetable gardening…

BONNIE’S GARDEN: Fresh Corn Ahead – How to Grow Your Own

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Is anything tastier or more essentially “summer” than fresh corn? Because the sugar in corn begins to convert to starch soon after picking, Grandma always said to get the water boiling then go pick the corn, but there are now sugar-enhanced varieties that hold their sweetness for a few days after picking. Still, fresher is…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – 4 Ways to Prevent Garden Problems

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Are you planting your first vegetable garden this year—or have you gardened in the past but always seem to wind up with one problem or another? Unfortunately, our commonly grown garden vegetables are prone to certain problems. Tomatoes can get Early Blight, Late Blight, Southern Blight, Gray Leaf Spot, Septoria Leaf Spot, Verticillium Wilt, Anthracnose,…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Move Your Indoor Plants Outside Safely

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Ah, May. All danger of frost is past—mostly. Although we have had a frost as late as May 10th here (it was a LONG time ago), we’re pretty safe in considering ourselves out of the woods now. And I’m proving it by moving my orchids, citrus, and other houseplants outside for the summer. Here’s How…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – May Gardening Chores

NOW ONTO MAY WITH NEEDED GARDENING TASKS First, let’s re-cap April. April ended with cool days with plenty of rainfall. This is a good thing. Sure, we had some night temperatures down into the thirties but very few of us experienced any damaging frost. April has really helped to create the ideal condition for May…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – How to Choose the Right Peppers

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Some Like It Hot!!! From meatloaf to spaghetti sauce to salsa to salads, we certainly use a lot of peppers. And, there are so many peppers to choose from that it can be overwhelming to pick one. So what are the differences? Sweet peppers have a mild earthy flavor but no heat. Traditionally called green…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – Good Watering Practices

WATERING ISN’T EASY Here we are in late April. A lot of planting has been done this month when it comes to all the beautiful perennials, annuals, shrubs, and trees. The number one challenge for all these newly planted plants is being cared for properly, especially when it comes to watering. In fact, being a…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – How to Keep Birds Out of Your Hanging Baskets

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Beautiful blooming hanging baskets are here. They’re perfect for porches, balconies, even a shepherd’s crook in the yard. And it’s about time for the birds to move in and make them their home for the summer. Every spring, I hang a beautiful hanging basket by my front door. And every year, I have little house…

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