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BONNIE’S GARDEN – Happiness Happens in the Garden

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Did you know August is National Happiness Happens Month? I didn’t either until a customer told me and I looked it up. There it is—in black and white—“August is National Happiness Happens Month.” It did start me thinking about what makes me happy in my garden—the first bloom on my rose; every single solitary fragrant…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – It’s Time to Think About Fall Veggies

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Right now I’m inundated with tomatoes and zucchini. I’m sure my neighbors want to run when they see me heading their way with a bag of veggies in hand. But I have no more room on the kitchen counter!  And how many loaves of zucchini bread can you eat anyway? And, yet, in the midst of…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – What Can Go Wrong With the Fruit on Your Tomatoes and How to Fix It

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I’ve had so many customers come in recently with tomatoes in their hands because they have a problem with the fruit. If you’re growing tomatoes, here is a list of what you may find, the cause, and how to mitigate the problem. Blossom End Rot Blossom end rot is water-soaked lesions at the bottom of…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Six Things You Can Do To Garden Sustainably

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

One of the big “catch-phrases” you hear a lot is “sustainable” gardening. What is sustainable gardening exactly? The goal of sustainable gardening is to leave the environment in the same or in better shape than it already was—and to try to use as few products as possible to keep it that way Remember water is…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Garden Terms You Need to Know

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Whether you’re a brand new gardener or you’ve gardened for many years, knowing the garden terms below will help you be a better gardener and get superior results. Why? Because knowing these terms helps you understand how to create the best growing conditions. Knowing these terms also helps you ask better questions when talking with…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – What Are Your Houseplants Telling You?

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

If you’re like me, you had your houseplants outside back in May. I know they love the fresh air circulation, better light, and great humidity—it reminds them of “home.” I love seeing all the bright green new growth and it’s nice not to have to pick up yellow leaves from the living room floor where…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – How to Get the Veggie Harvest You Want

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Okay, so you’ve got all your veggies planted. Now what? There are still some things to be done to ensure you get the harvest you want: Don’t Let Weeds Get Ahead of You With all the rain we’ve had recently, weeds have already begun to pop up even in my raised beds and pots. Get…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Why Ants Can Be Good for Your Yard

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

As I tiptoed through various gardening groups on Facebook these past few days, I saw several people asking how to kill ants in the yard. So I thought I’d remind us all to what they actually do. (Besides march across our kitchen counters, climb all over our deck furniture, and leave anthills in the middle…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – 6 Tips for a Weed Free Garden

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

This past Saturday, June 13th, was National Weed Your Garden Day. One of the most important things we can do as a gardener is to keep weeds out of our vegetable and flower beds. Too many weeds can crowd plant roots and force them to compete for water and nutrients. When a plant is “fighting”,…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Plants for a Butterfly Friendly Garden

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Last week, my blog was about feeding the butterfly babies (caterpillars). Now we want to attract the grown-ups. Good Butterfly Attracting Perennials The following is a list of good butterfly-attracting perennials, although there are lots of others. Note: Because butterflies prefer sunny areas, most of their preferred nectar flowers are also sun-lovers. Alliums Asters Bee…

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