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Have you ever thought it would be fun to have a color themed garden? Using annuals to enhance a specific color is a lot easier than you may think. One of the advantages is that you can change your color theme every year.
We wrap up annuals week with a discussion of the interesting articles posted to this site this week. We also talk about the usual things happening around the farm, Dave introduces us to his aquaponics efforts, and we have an impromptu discussion about some interesting crepe myrtle cultivars and species.
Zinnias, Old-Fashioned Annuals for the Modern Garden
By Newyorkrita, January 23, 2014
Zinnias are in constant bloom from late spring till frost. These vibrant colorful flowers come in a rainbow of colors and are attractive to butterflies and gardeners. Zinnias are so easy to grow and make wonderful cut flowers.
Did you know that you could sow your annual seeds in winter? I didn't, but now I'm hooked on winter sowing not only perennials and shrubs, but also many of my annuals. The following ideas can help to keep your garden chock-full of blooms all season long, too, and it's so easy to do!
If you have a hard-to-find or favorite variety that you want more of, here’s how to propagate it easily.
Common "easy" annual flowers produce lots of blooms and are very forgiving of soil, climate, and lack of experience.
Annuals for Color and Attracting Hummingbirds, Butterflies, and Bees
Ever wonder what the most popular annuals appear to be? We have run a report of the most photographed and discussed annuals in our database!
ATP Podcast #42: Seed Starting of Tomatoes and Peppers
By dave, January 17, 2014
For today's episode, in addition to our usual segments, Dave and Trish will share all their favorite tips and tricks for starting tomatoes and peppers from seed.
If you could grow only one vegetable, one that would provide the most nutrition for you and your family, what would it be?
If you have a favorite African Violet and it has grown too large, looks scruffy, or has a turkey neck (it has lost its lower leaves and the stem looks long and lanky), but you hate to throw it away because it has sentimental value, or because it's a favorite, you can renew it. Without the lengthy process of starting a new plant from leaves, you can have a rejuvenated blooming plant.
Bottom-Watering Seedling Trays with Cotton Flannel Prevents Water-Logging
By RickCorey, January 14, 2014
You can bottom-water seedlings right in their tray if you put a fuzzy capillary mat between the pots and the water-holding tray under them. Add only a little water at a time, and the mat will carry that water in equal amounts to every pot or cell.
Light requirements vary from species to species and they even vary within the species themselves. Lumens measure light intensity whereas light spectrum measures wavelength.
One important thing to remember about winter gardening is that plants don't grow very fast when the days are short and the weather's cold.
We kick off 2014 with a new raffle! Come in and check out our lineup of prizes.
My Favorite Snow Pea Pod and Snap Pea Pod Varieties
As we start planning our spring vegetable gardens, one of the first crops we plant may include members of the brassica family, such as cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli.
This winter garden staple has so many varieties that it's easy to get overwhelmed when you look at a seed catalog or well-stocked nursery. Here's a summary of a few varieties I've grown, and the pros and cons of each.
Whether you like to get outdoors a bit each day despite the weather, or you just don't care to brave icy roads searching for expensive fresh produce, growing your own crops on into winter definitely has its benefits.
Even in the coldest areas, there are usually some plants that will survive the winter and allow you to have garden-fresh produce despite the weather.
Today our podcast breaks dormancy as we begin a new year full of new podcasts. Come on in, listen and get caught up with what's been going on around our farm, and see ATP's top 5 most successful ideas from the past 2 months.
Sometimes your Brussels sprouts form loose, leafy heads instead of the tight ones you expect. Why does that happen, and how can you prevent it?
When I was young, the winter months were quite dreary. Food was minimal during the depression and was mostly dried beans and canned fruits, as well as vegetables and root crops stored in the ground. Fresh vegetables were rare and coveted. In Piedmont Virginia at that time, that meant kale, rape, parsnips and white mustard. I despised parsnips, and still do to this day. Dad would look me straight in the eye and say: “Better than snowballs when you are hungry."