Stopping to smell the flowers By Arlene Marturano SCGardenLearning on Facebook Although the winter garden gives the appearance of dormancy, the gardener’s tasks rarely diminish. Winter work in January and February is pivotal to the success of the spring and summer garden. By the time the checklist of chores is accomplished, the vernal equinox will have arrived. • Since soil is the foundation substrate of the garden, take a soil sample to the county extension office hgic.clemson.edu/factsheet/soil-testing/ • Dig deeper into the history of your home property soil from a soil scientist perspective at websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov/App/HomePage.html • Uncover the secrets of soil as Buz Kloot introduces basic principles of soil health www.youtube.com/watch? v=cGxr9N7FjkQ • Encourage soil microbe allies by composting, vermicomposting, and cover cropping. • Make a map of your garden for planning purposes. • Rake leaves … [Read more...] about Winter Work for the Gardener
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Carol Stocker - Globe Correspondent August 23, 2018 11:47 pm What to do this week: Sow fall vegetables such as kale, Swiss chard, radish, mustard greens, Chinese cabbage, parsnip, turnip, peas, radicchio, escarole, collards, beets, spinach, and lettuce. A layer of shade-netting garden fabric, preferably fastened over hoops, will improve germination and young plant growth in the summer heat. Mow natural meadows once now and again in late fall to discourage a takeover by invasive weeds, vines, and woodies. Lightly fertilize annuals and vegetables once a month just before you water or when rain is due. Stop fertilizing perennials and roses so they can start preparing for winter dormancy. Most trees, shrubs, and perennials do not require fertilizing, and lawns need to be fertilized only once a year, in the fall. Q. Should iris rhizomes (but not the roots) be exposed above the ground? C.W.O., Malden A. Yes. Bearded iris roots usually need dividing every four years to keep flowering … [Read more...] about Ask the Gardener: How often should you divide bearded iris?
AUGUST IS THE perfect time to grow cool-season vegetables for harvest in fall and early winter. I’m not talking about winter-hardy vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts (the most delicious of all vegetables), broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and carrots, which all are overwintered for harvest in spring. Those plants need to be planted by early July in order to grow sufficient roots and obtain enough size before the winter rain and cold are upon us. Instead, I’m referring to leafy greens that resent the hot temperatures of summer, but thrive in the cooler temperatures of late summer and fall. Leaf lettuce and mesclun blends, for instance, germinate and grow best when air temperatures range between 60 and 70 degrees, and most are hardy enough to withstand light freezes. Sow seed in mid-August; harvest individual leaves as needed; and, if temperatures remain moderate, you’ll be able to enjoy fresh salad greens right out of the garden well into winter. Mustard greens, corn … [Read more...] about Sow these seeds now, and you could be eating fresh homegrown salads by October
Georgann Yara Special for The Republic Published 1:54 p.m. UTC Jun 29, 2018 When it comes to holidays, few are as tailor-made for casual good-time eating and drinking as the Fourth of July. Whether you are hosting an Independence Day party or venturing out, these Phoenix restaurants aim to fill you up before the fireworks start with special dishes, deals and discounts. All offers and menu items are good only on July 4, except where noted. FIREWORKS IN PHOENIX: 23 places to watch FOURTH OF JULY IN AZ: Where you can go and where you can't FIREWORKS IN AZ: Best Fourth of July fireworks outside of Phoenix Phoenix restaurants: Chelsea’s Kitchen Buy one entree and get a second for $4. Choose from selections like the LGO reserve short rib tacos ($19), green chile burger ($15) and roasted jidori chicken with market vegetables or colcannon potato ($25). Wash it down with sangria ($6). Details: 5040 N. 40th St., Phoenix. 602-957-2555, chelseaskitchenaz.com. Buck & … [Read more...] about Happy birthday, America! 35 restaurants celebrating with Fourth of July food, drink deals
Carol Stocker - Globe Correspondent June 14, 2018 7:56 pm What to do this week: Finish buying annual and vegetable starts, sowing seeds, and planting woodies and perennials (until fall rains return). Move houseplants outdoors for a summer vacation. Start them off in a shady outdoor spot. Your highest priority should be to kill invasive plants before they go to seed. Bad actors include a purple-flowered creeping ground ivy called anthriscus sylvestris, which looks like Queen Anne’s Lace, and garlic mustard with its four-petaled white flowers. Roots pull out easier in deeply damp soil. Apply mulch after weeding. I use old Globes covered with cosmetic bark mulch. Let bulb foliage turn yellow before you remove it, but pull out any “blind’’ tulip leaves and bulbs that failed to bloom, otherwise they will sprout each spring, engendering false hopes. Think of tulips as expensive annuals. Lightly sprinkle bulb fertilizer around the yellowing foliage of other … [Read more...] about Ask the Gardener: Tips for caring for Korean stewardia