Fall Vegetables

Fall Vegetables Garden Clippings for September 22, 2018 Peppers were the absolute winner in our backyard veggie garden this year.  Never have I seen such a bumper crop.  We have been picking peppers for a month and the harvest is showing no signs of letting up anytime soon. For years we have struggled with peppers. …

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Chrysanthemums

Mums Garden clippings for September 15, 2018 Mums are the boss of the fall garden.  That’s a good thing, because despite all good efforts, some of my garden’s annual flowers are looking worse for ware.  I’ll add a few mums here and there to fill the weak spots and introduce a pop of new colour. …

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Stinkhorn

Stinkhorn Garden Clippings for Sept 8, 2018 Why would Iris have a carrot in her garden?  The upside-down carrot poked its head out of Iris’s patch of Ajuga groundcover.  It was bright orange, almost red, about 6 or 7 inches long with a black, slimy tip. Iris was not a vegetable gardener and it made…

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Hot August Nights

Hot August Nights Garden Clippings for September 1, 2018 The wonderful thing about hot August nights is that they really aren’t hot.  The region’s hottest nights happen in July, and as summer moves through August, night-time temperatures usually cool off quite comfortably.  Bedroom windows can often be opened up so we don’t need to rely…

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Twice a Week

Twice a Week Garden Clippings for August 25, 2018 Twice a week.  We’ve had to cut the lawn twice a week lately, and the grass shows no signs of slowing down.  That’s in sharp contrast to July when running the mower was a dusty, futile effort. After July’s dry spell when our lawn was dormant,…

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Photothermoperiodic

Photothermoperiodic Garden Clippings for August 18, 2018 Photothermoperiodic.  I learned a new word last week.  Actually, I learned it in Dutch and found the English translation for it at the time of writing this week’s Garden Clippings. My cousin, Henk DeGroot, recently retired from DeGroot en Slot BV gets credit for teaching me the definition…

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Peanuts

Peanuts Garden Clippings for August 11. Leroy, the friendly retired guy who lives at the end of Peony Lane loves the outdoors.  Every night, unless the weather is nasty, he’ll spend an hour or so in the backyard, slowly swinging on his settee that long ago he shared with his dear wife. Leroy loves peanuts. …

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Texture

Texture Garden Clippings for August 4 An 8 ft Lilac or Magnolia is much bigger than an 8 ft Japanese Red Maple.  That’s because a Lilac is dense with big, heavy foliage while a Japanese Maple is so finely textured that you can see right through it. Texture plays a far greater role in the…

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Delphiniums

Delphiniums Garden Clippings for July 28, 2018 Good gardeners aren’t good unless they have a good perennial garden.  And good perennial gardeners will plant a variety of perennials to guarantee there is always something blooming, from early spring to late fall. Every gardener has their favorite perennials, but the consensus is that the summer garden…

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Gypsy Moth

Gypsy Moth Garden clippings for July 21, 2018 As bugs go, Gypsy moth is one of the most unpredictable. Gypsy moth does not really care what it eats.  While most insects will target a specific host plant, Gypsy moth will eat Oaks, Maples, Birch, Beech, Willow, Poplar.  If it is a tree, Gypsy moth will…

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