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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…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – My Personal Perennial Pick for June

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

AGASTACHE – ALSO KNOWN AS “HUMMINGBIRD MINT” So much is going on with perennials in June. The Perennial Plant Association has designated June as Perennial Gardening Month. The main reason for June being selected as the perennial month is that June is a great month for seeing so many beautiful perennials in bloom. Secondly, June…

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”,…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – We Are A Garden’s Haven for Gifts Awaiting Dad for Father’s Day

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

FATHER’S DAY IS SUNDAY, JUNE 21st. HONORING ALL FATHERS AND FATHERHOOD Just a little history with Father’s Day: First observed in Spokane, Washington in 1910. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson wanted to make the 3rd Sunday of June a recognized federal holiday. In 1966, President LBJ issued the first presidential proclamation to make Father’s Day…

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…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – Salvage Summer Through Gardening

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

JUNE IS HERE WHICH MEANS SUMMER TO MANY PEOPLE BUT THERE ARE PLENTY OF GARDENING CHORES TO KEEP US BUSY OUTSIDE Gardening is the #1 hobby for Americans – now more than ever. I say this because many of us are conflicted about the months of lockdown that have mostly kept us in our homes…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Caterpillars to Butterflies

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

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…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Caring for Container Gardens and Hanging Baskets While Away on Vacation

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

SUMMER IS OFFICIALLY HERE AND SO IS VACATION SEASON Here we are in late June. School is out. We are now entering the “dog days of summer” where our weather can be scorching and dry. And, we have a planned vacation scheduled. What do I do with all the outdoor plants that I have made…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – The “Other” Pollinators

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

June is National Pollinators Month. To honor this special month, it’s a great time to highlight some of the other insects that pollinate flowers. Honeybees and butterflies seem to get all the press, but there are other pollinators also doing important work. These include: Flies Yep, the same insects that annoy us by flying around…

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