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

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…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – My Perennial Highlight for June

JUNE IS PERENNIAL GARDEN MONTH and ECHINACEA (CONEFLOWER) IS MY CHOSEN PERENNIAL TO HIGHLIGHT LET’S GO CONE CRAZY!!! Most people who come into the garden center will ask for coneflower and not use the botanical name, Echinacea. So, I will continue this pattern with this blog. Every perennial has its own personality and requires different…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Stop Garden Problems With 8 Simple Actions

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

There are a lot of pests and diseases—even nutrient deficiencies–just waiting to pounce on our vegetables/flowers/trees/shrubs. It can be overwhelming to know what to do. So here are some things to keep in mind. Identify the problem If you are not 100% sure what the problem is, bring a sample to a reputable garden center…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Celebrations in June

FLAG DAY / FATHER’S DAY/ FIRST DAY OF SUMMER – ALL WITHIN ONE WEEK TO ENJOY AND CELEBRATE!! June is here. In June, we celebrate Flag Day on Friday, June 14, Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16, and the start of summer on Friday, June 21. FLAG DAY Flag Day is this Friday, June 14….

BONNIE’S GARDEN – What’s Bugging You?

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

As much as I love my vegetable garden, there are nasty little pests who like it just as much. Here is a list of some of the more common vegetable pests and some suggestions as to what to do. Because I am an organic gardener, all of my suggestions will be organic. SQUASH BUGS Light…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – June Gardening Tasks

SUMMER OFFICIALLY STARTS THIS MONTH AND WE HAVE SOME VERY IMPORTANT GARDENING CHORES TO DO THIS MONTH. Before we get into June I want to do a little re-capping of the weather we had in May.  May was 6 degrees warmer than average.  I certainly believe this after the heatwave we had the last few…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Vegetable Garden Diseases: What To Do, How To Prevent

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I’ve already had several questions about how to avoid problems in vegetable gardens, so thought it seemed timely to repost this blog on preventing and/or treating problems. Our garden vegetables are prone to certain diseases.  Our best defense is knowledge and good cultural practices. Diseases are opportunistic—tending to attack stressed plants.  Starting with healthy organic-rich…


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…

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