April 24, 2024

Butterfly Garden

Short 6’’ to 15’’

Ajuga, Armeria, Aster, Ceratostigma, Chrysanthemum, Coreopsis, Dianthus, Gaillardia, Geranium, Heuchera, Iberis, Lavandula, Nepeta, Oenothera, Salvia, Scabiosa, Stokesia, Veronica, Viola

Medium 16’’ to 36’’

Achillea, Agastache, Aquilegia, Asclepias, Caryopteris, Centranthus, Chelone, Crocosmia, Dicentra, Digitalis, Hemerocallis, Leucanthemum, Liatris, Lilium, Lobelia, Lupine, Origanum, Rudbeckia, Sedum

Tall 36’’ and above

Aconitum, Aruncus, Baptisia, Buddleia, Echinacea, Eupatorium, Heliopsis, Helianthus, Hibiscus, Lonicera, Monarda, Phloax, Verbena

April 23, 2024

Vegetable gardening ideas

(Courtesy of Balet Flowers and Design)

Start-up garden

Seeds for planting from late April through mid-May: Spinach, carrots, radishes, beets

Other seed ideas as the soil warms up through May: Lettuce, beans, cucumbers, zucchini/summer squash, winter squash/pumpkins

Read the seed packets for planting depth. Generally cover the seeds with an amount of soil the same diameter of the seed; water just after seeding for optimum germination.

For plants, till or cultivate the garden area, and remove debris. If planting in a container, choose a container large enough for the crop, add compost or fertilizer to potting soil, plant and water as needed. Fertilize every 2-4 weeks.

Buy plants that are already started for quicker growing time. Plant in a sunny location for best production; water and fertilize as needed.

Plants worth buying: Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, or any plants you want to get a head start on

April 22, 2024

Growing/companion planting tips

(Courtesy of Balet Flowers and Design)

Companion planting favorites

  • Nasturtium
  • Marigold
  • Calendula
  • Basil
  • Borage
  • Mint
  • Summer savory
  • Sage
  • Chives
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender

Best practices for containers: Start with a good potting soil mix; fill the container 3/4 of the way up; dig a hole and place the plant in loose soil, then fill soil around the plants; leave a reservoir of a 1/2-inch for smaller pots and up to an inch for larger pots; fertilize, either mixing organic fertilizer into the soil or using a liquid feed.

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