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TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – How to Care for Your Beautiful Orchid Plants

I KNOW, YOU ARE THINKING “WHAT IS DOUG DOING BLOGGING ABOUT ORCHIDS”?! First, I have to somewhat agree with your thinking.  I am out of my comfort zone, just a little, with this article.  I grew up with house plants.  Both of my grandmothers loved plants.  So, it comes naturally.  I plan to do a…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Mind Your Peas–and Grow Them, Too

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Now is the time to plant peas for a fall harvest so I thought I’d share some interesting facts about these deliciously sweet veggies (well, scientifically speaking, they’re technically fruits.) Peas are one of the oldest cultivated crops. Fossil evidence shows that they were even eaten during the Bronze age! Green peas are actually unripe—that’s…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – Late Summer Color

LATE SUMMER CAN BE A TRICKY TIME FOR COLOR IN THE GARDEN Here we are in the last couple of weeks in August. Summer is slipping away quickly. Before we know it, fall will be here and the time to plant mums and pansies for color. But, until then you may be wanting to add more…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Bearded Iris: Plant a Rainbow

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I know fall is on the horizon when the bearded iris rhizomes arrive in the store.  We just got ours in so fall can’t be far behind (exactly one month from this coming Thursday, to be exact.) History Irises are a genus of over 250 flowering plants.  The word “iris” is from the Greek word…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – Lawn Care Chores To Be Done Now

AUGUST IS SLIPPING BY AND SUMMER IS WANING, FALL WILL BE HERE BEFORE WE KNOW IT!! Are you thinking about your lawn renovation and what needs to be done? Lawn renovation season starts in August with a couple important tasks to complete. SOIL TESTING Do yourself, and your wallet, a service and get a soil test…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Fall Gardening

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

This time of year is a perfect time to think about your fall garden.  What are you going to do when the tomatoes, squash and green beans finally give their last?  Do you let your garden lie fallow over the winter or do you want to grow broccoli, peas, kale, etc.? If you’re going to…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – August Plant Highlight of the Month

LITTLE BLUESTEM “STANDING OVATION” ORNAMENTAL GRASS Ornamental grasses are putting on quite a show here in August. Personally, there is one ornamental grass that is a standout above all other grasses. It is SCHIZACHYRIUM ‘STANDING OVATION’ or commonly called “Little Bluestem.” The name is very fitting for this grass because it does stand out amongst…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – National Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbor’s Porch Day

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

This Wednesday, August 8th, is National Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day. Yes, really. Zucchini does seem to be the one vegetable of which I often do have an over-abundance. So what can I do with it? While I don’t “sneak” it onto my neighbor’s porch, I do offer them bags of zucchini,…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – August Gardening Chores

THE MONTH OF AUGUST CAN BE VIEWED AS THE “GATEWAY TO FALL” AND TO THE FALL PLANTING SEASON. So, let’s recap July.  The only complaint I am hearing from homeowners and landscapers is with all the rainy days.  I can agree.  All this rain is leading to an increase in plants dying from root rot…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – National Avocado Day

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Today is National Avocado Day.  Have you ever thought about growing your own avocado?  It’s not hard. Yes, I’ve done it.  The up-side—they’re easy, fun, and make a beautiful dramatic houseplant.  The down-side—they get HUGE over time and the chances of them ever fruiting are slim to none. But for lush tropical foliage, they can’t…

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