It always seems that the last week of December is really cold. This year is not going to be the exception to the rule.
At about this time every year, we have people who come into the garden center, looking for inspiration. They usually have someone on their gift list that happens to be a gardener.
The roughly 6 inches of snow came as somewhat of a surprise. On the other hand, it is December and December usually means snow at some point in the month. Raise your hand if you didn’t get all the leaves raked up before the snow. My hand is in the air.
It’s hard to believe that we are now into the month of December. It seems like it was only yesterday that we were complaining about the heat and the humidity.
You may have noticed that there are some moths flying around your yard. You may think that it is a bit odd that moths would be flying around this late in the year.
It is almost Thanksgiving and each day people tell me that they can’t believe that November is almost over. Yet the leaves haven’t fallen off the oak trees and in many yards the leaves are still sitting on the lawn.
My guess is that we found out that it can be very cold in November. Not just cold temperatures, but record cold temperatures. The cold temperatures that we had killed off the rest of your annual flowers and any of your remaining vegetable plants.
It looks like we will be getting some cold weather come the end of the week. Hopefully, our minds and bodies will all be ready for this.
Nothing this week, due to the storm. We are open. I’ll talk to you again next week.
October is slowly rolling to a close. The temperatures have been abnormally warm so we all have been lulled into a sense of late summer. But we all know (or deny) that November can be a bear when it comes to weather.
I’m guessing that some of you had a frost at your home early on Tuesday morning. A frost will kill off your annual flowers and some of your vegetable plants. A frost would probably kill your tomato plants.
Many of the vegetable plants and many of the annual flowers that you planted in the spring are beginning to fade away. If you look closely you may find that some of the plants will be infected with some type of fungus disease. Leaves will have black or brown spots that may expand into leaves […]
Every spring, a few customers will come into the garden center looking for either tulip or daffodil bulbs. They have seen the nice display of blooms in someone’s yard and they would like to do the same thing. You can see the look of disappointment on their face when you tell them it is too […]
Well, we are half way through September. There are still chores to do outside before the weather gets cold.
I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting hot and humid weather in late September. I have a feeling that our plants weren’t expecting it either. Time to get the hose out and water the plants. A customer came into the store the other day and she was commenting that her hardy mums never seem […]
Sometimes in the winter, we get very little snow or the snow that we get can drift around the yard. When this happens, you can have bare ground in your vegetable garden.
One of the things that people forget to do at this time of the year is to continue to fertilize their outdoor plants. I am not talking about trees and shrubs.
Labor Day has come and gone. This doesn’t mean that summer is over but in our minds I guess it really does mean that summer is over.
With September right on our doorstep, there are things that you should be doing in the early fall. Here are a few of the things you should pencil in on your to do list.
The end of August is near and that means that you have some chores to do. Let’s get started on the Honey Do list. If you have the tall bearded iris in your garden, you will notice that the rhizomes are about half way above the surface of the ground.
The days of summer are slowly winding down. The sun is setting earlier each day and the days seem to be cooler. Time to begin thinking about fall.
The weather appears to be in favor of fungus diseases growing on many different plants. I have always been an advocate of walking around your yard at least once a week and looking for signs of trouble on your plants.
How does your garden grow? It is interesting to talk to customers in our store about how their gardens are doing this season. As we all know, last summer was very dry and many gardens did not do very well.
With a couple of days of rain, the soil has gotten moist again. With all the rain we had in early spring, you would never have thought that we would ever have to water our plants the rest of the summer.
People often ask me how I come up with ideas for this weekly column. I tell people that when you get 6 people who come into the store with the same question concerning a problem in the garden, then I know it must be a widespread problem for many people. With that being said, this […]
Someone asked me last week if I had seen any Japanese beetles. So far, I have not seen any of these beetles. It could just mean that they are late in emerging from the soil. I would guess that, like last year, some people will be inundated with the beetles and some people will have […]
Once the plants have all been planted, the questions begin to get asked at the garden center. Let me go over a few of the issues that have cropped up this past week.
So, how does your garden grow? I have had a chance to talk to a lot of customers this week and, in the process, to get some feedback on how their gardens are doing at this point in time. It would appear that some people are having good luck with their plants growing and other […]
The heat and humidity along with very strong sun has gotten many plants to grow at a rapid rate. This is the time where your plants are in need of being fertilized on a regular schedule.
OK, who left the heat on? In the past few years, we seem to have gone from late winter directly into the heat of summer. Heat and humidity has never been a favorite combination for me.
The extended cool and rainy weather looks to be followed by a heat wave early next week. This roller coaster weather will have some ramifications for our plants. Let’s try to figure out what can happen and see if there is anything you should be doing to protect your plants.
The month of May has come and gone. The weather hasn’t been exactly what I would consider to be spring-like.
There are all manners of things to talk about at this point in the month of May.
I guess the new season is winter, late winter then summer.
Well, at least you don’t have to water the lawn to get the lime and fertilizer to work properly! May has arrived and I would guess it is not how you pictured that the month of May would begin in our area.
The old saying is that April showers bring May flowers.
We are back to a few very warm days followed by a few cold days.
Well, there is nothing like temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s to melt away the last remnants of the snow.
Well, it’s finally April and spring is here! Well, it’s sorta spring.
As I was headed home from work, there was a news story on the radio concerning the potential for this spring and summer to be a time of tremendous tick populations.
The snow is slowly melting and soon the month of April will be upon us.
I don’t think that anyone is too happy with the recent snowstorm.
During the fall, the ladybugs, flies and box elder bugs looked for a refuge from the cold in your home.
Last week, I talked to you about problems with the soil in your gardens.
How did your garden grow this past year? Aside from the dry weather, did your perennials, annuals, vegetables give you the results that you had hoped for?
We seem to be in a snowy weather pattern.
We are into February and the extended forecast is for a snowy month.
As I write this column, the forecast is for some snow.
At this time of the year, gardeners get bored.
I hate to put a superstitious curse on the weather, but with the bare ground, it looks like you could be working out in the yard.
On a few of the nights riding home after work, I have seen deer crossing some of the neighborhood roads.
What is your gardening New Years’ resolution? You probably think about all the other things you can change in the New Year.