Every garden needs pollinators and you’ll attract more pollinators to your garden if you keep these things in mind. Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators are looking for three things when they visit your garden: food, water and shelter. Food for pollinators means nectar and pollen. The ideal plants for pollinators will produce flowers with high nectar and pollen content. Flower shape and color are important factors to pollinators. Hummingbirds like brightly colored, tube-shaped flowers. Among hummingbird favorites are Bee Balm, Cardinal Flower, Catmint and Butterfly bushes. Hummingbirds will hang around your garden longer if there are trees and shrubs nearby for them to hide in. Butterflies can’t hover like bees and hummingbirds. They need flowers they can land on in order to feed. Butterfly Bush, Phlox, Hyssop, Asters, Mums and Coneflowers are some butterfly favorites.
Monday, June 20, 2016
What's better than sitting in the garden with good friends and neighbors, enjoying a cup of coffee? The question often comes up about the benefits of using coffee grounds in the garden. The simple answer is coffee grounds are a great addition to your garden and to the compost pile. Coffee grounds can help improve your garden soil by adding micro-nutrients, improving soil structure and by encouraging earthworm and microbial activity. The common thought is that coffee grounds will help acidify your soil. Coffee grounds tend to be pH neutral, around 7 on the pH scale. The acid in coffee is water-soluble, so the acid is mainly in your coffee cup, not in the coffee grounds. It's still worth while to add coffee grounds to your soil because doing so will help move your soil towards neutral pH, which is good for most plants. Coffee grounds can also improve soil structure and drainage.
Monday, June 13, 2016
The hop is a hardy, perennial plant that you can easily grow at home. Hops (Humulus lupinus) are used primarily as bittering and aroma agents in beer, though their fast growth and height make them good candidates for privacy and shade, as well. The keys to growing hops at home include a sunny location, well prepared soil and space for the hop vines to climb. The ideal location in your garden would be full sun. Hops will grow in partial shade, but the quality of the plant will be reduced. Good soil is a must in order to grow the best hops. Plan to incorporate 5" to 6" of compost, peat moss and aged manure into your native soil. arbor.
Monday, June 6, 2016
This is the time of year when your geraniums and petunias can suddenly stop blooming. When you look closely, you’ll see what looks like black pepper on the leaves and you’ll see tiny holes in the geranium flower buds.
The problem is a tiny worm, called a budworm. You can help control budworm with biological insecticides containing BTi, such as Dipel and Thuricide. pply Fertilome’s Weed-Out Plus. This will feed your lawn and get rid of broadleaf weeds, including dandelions. ertilizing your flowering annuals with Fertilome water soluble 20-20-20. You should feed container plants, including hanging baskets every 7-10 days. Annuals planted in the ground can go a little longer between feedings. Plan to feed these plants every 14 days. Some other things to watch out for this time of year. You might see grass starting to grow amongst your iris and phlox. You can use Grass B Gon ready-to-use to get rid of the grass without harming your perennials. Powdery mildew looks like white, talcum powder on your roses, lilacs, phlox, etc. Powdery mildew can also affect vegetables.