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BONNIE’S GARDEN: Six Things You Should Do Now In Your Garden

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Okay, so I’ve got all my veggies planted.  I can put up my feet and relax now, right?  Not exactly. Here’s what I need to do now: Stay on top of weeds Right now, weed seedlings are already popping up in my freshly planted raised beds. If I slack off, they can quickly get out…

BONNIE’S GARDEN: Vampires? No, Just Mosquitoes

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Considering the number of customers I’ve had looking for plants to repel mosquitoes, I thought I’d repost this blog from a couple of years ago… 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…

BONNIE’S GARDEN: Peppers – From Mild and Sweet to Killer Heat

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

There are so many peppers to choose from that it can be overwhelming to pick one. What are the differences? Sweet peppers have a nice earthy flavor but no heat. Traditionally called green peppers or bell peppers, they usually mature to a totally different color. Green pepper is basically an unripe bell pepper.  If you…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Tomatoes

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Tis the season—to plant tomatoes Tomatoes are native to the Americas, like peppers, and were grown by the Aztecs who called the fruits “tomatl”—meaning “plump thing with navel.” Tomatoes are botanically berries, believe it or not! So which one is the best? Well, I can only tell you my favorites because there are tiny nuances…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Caladiums

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I have a raised bed at the front of my yard, just in front of a large maple tree. I used to grow impatiens there. They did great in the shade; however, they are thirsty little plants. By mid-summer I was having to water every single solitary day—and if it was a little on the…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Asparagus

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

What vegetable is low in calories, high in fiber, a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants—and tastes delicious? Asparagus, of course. And, since yesterday was April Fools Day—no fooling! Here are a few interesting facts about asparagus: Thomas Jefferson had asparagus beds at Monticello and often ate it marinated in oil, red wine vinegar,…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Peas Please

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

My granddad always planted his garden peas between the middle and end of March. That means that right now is a perfect time. The first thing you need to do is decide which kind of pea you want to plant. Do you want to plant English or “shelling” peas? These are the traditional green pea—sweet…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – How to Plant Edibles From Roots or Sets

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

What is tastier than asparagus straight from the garden—or strawberries still warm from the sun; spring onions so fresh that soil is still clinging to them? There are a number of edibles that are grown from packaged roots. They are easy, inexpensive, and fun to grow. Some are even perennial and will provide delicious vegetables…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Questions on Seed Starting Indoors

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Last week I wrote my blog about starting seeds indoors.  This week I’ll mention some of the most common questions I get about starting seeds indoors. Why are my seedlings so long and floppy? This is a condition called etiolation. This is caused by inadequate light. The only way to fix this is to give…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Starting Seeds

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Right now is a good time to start thinking about starting seeds for outdoor planting.  Seed packets will tell you to start a certain number of weeks before our average last frost date.  Some people will tell you mid-April is our last frost date.  I’ll remind you that last spring we had SNOW after mid-April…

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