|Attracting Wild Geese to the Garden|
By JuneOntario, October 1, 2013
When retirement time arrived, hubby and I decided we wanted to live out of town and be surrounded by nature. We moved to a small house on a big property that included a wooded valley, a wetland, and a large, stream-fed fish pond. My dear spouse insists on mowing large areas of grass, going right up to the pond’s edge in several places, and in doing so creates an ideal environment for Canada geese: short grass with lots of new growth, and excellent sight-lines for spotting predators a long way off.
|Get the Most out of Your Swiss Chard|
By wildflowers, September 30, 2013
Cut your Swiss chard back in late summer and it will resprout, growing new leaves for a fall harvest and well into the winter.
|Tracking Flowers for Seed Saving|
By abhege, September 29, 2013
As you prepare to save your seeds, make a numbered list that corresponds to plant tape for tagging.
|An Early Look at Plankets for Frost Protection|
By dave, September 28, 2013
Plankets are snazzy frost blankets that work well to protect potted plants as well as shrubs in the landscaping. The company sent us some to try out, so we made a video for everyone to see.
|Getting To Know Those Flying Stingers|
By Sharon, September 27, 2013
Uninvited, they join us at picnics. They race for the first bite of our apples. They pounce from beneath the blades of the lawnmower and crawl up the legs of our pants. Even our noses are at risk when we sniff our flowers. "What stung you?" she asked years ago. "I don't know, Ninna, but it had wings and a stinger!"
|ATP Podcast #36: Heading into Fall|
By dave, September 26, 2013
In this week's episode we cover the gamut of topics relevant to the transition from summer to fall, and we scratch the surface on the subject of seed saving and storing.
|Echinacea Clean Up|
By clintbrown, September 25, 2013
If you don't like the appearance of your Echinacea seedheads in late summer and early fall, you can still tidy up their appearance and feed the goldfinches and other birds as well. To clean up, I wait until the stalk just below the seedheads turns brown/black. Cut the stalks and bundle like a bouquet and tie to the base of a pole or small tree. I do this so the finches can have the seeds, and it looks neater. The base of a shepherd's hook that holds your birdfeeders is an excellent spot to tie your seed bouquet.
|Add Cracked Corn to Your Birdseed Mix and Feed the Squirrels|
By Newyorkrita, September 24, 2013
Adding cracked corn stretches your mixed-seed budget and satisfies the squirrels. You can buy cracked corn in any farm feed store in large 50-pound bags.
By RickCorey, September 23, 2013
Recording when you direct sowed or transplanted out, is the only way to learn what the ideal dates are for each variety in your micro-climate.
|Getting the Bugs out of Seeds|
By Xeramtheum, September 22, 2013
When I harvest my seeds, before they are catalogued and logged in, I always sprinkle some Diatomaceous Earth in a small container and add the seeds, then shake to distribute the DE among the seeds. This will take care of any bugs that were harvested along with the seeds, as well as any that may hatch out later.
|Emergency Seed Package|
By goldfinch4, September 21, 2013
I needed to mail some tiny seeds, but had no package to put them in. I began looking through my cupboards and came up with a great solution!
|Iris reticulata for Extremely Early Spring Bloom|
By Newyorkrita, September 20, 2013
Plant these charmingly diminutive bulb irises for an early flower show.
|ATP Podcast #35: Bulbs Week with Brent and Becky's|
By dave, September 19, 2013
In a special edition of the ATP podcast, we are joined by Jay Hutchins of Brent and Becky's Bulbs.
|Forcing Bulbs in the Winter|
By jmorth, September 18, 2013
Most daffodils are easy to force over winter. Let's discuss the best methods, and finish by giving some examples of some favorite cultivars from the various divisions.
|Cyclamineus Daffodils Add Charm to the Spring Garden|
By Newyorkrita, September 17, 2013
For a wind-blown look, plant daffodils of the Cyclamineus class. These early bloomers feature reflexed flower petals that have a wind-blown or bird-in-flight look.
|Gardening for Honey Bees: Bulbs for Honey Bees|
By Mindy03, September 16, 2013
Bulbs are a favorite of many gardeners because they are easy and showy. Who can resist the first snowdrops or crocuses? Honey bees like to visit the blossoms for nectar and pollen, so I'm busy adding more bulbs to my garden just for them and for me. .
|Double Your Spring Bulb Flowers with Tulips and Daffodils|
By Newyorkrita, September 15, 2013
To have more interest and blooms in the spring garden, plant early blooming daffodils behind later blooming Darwin Tulips. By the time the tulips begin blooming, the daffodils will have finished blooming, and the tulip blooms will help hide the daffodil foliage.
|The Bulbs Week Not-a-Raffle Raffle|
By dave, September 14, 2013
We kick off bulbs week with an extra special raffle, hosted by two very popular bulb companies! Get out your acorns and buy your tickets because you're guaranteed to really drool over this month's prizes. The contest starts today and ends Monday evening.
|How To Make Database Plant Tags|
By clintbrown, September 13, 2013
I was frustrated with my plant tags always fading or falling apart over time. If the ink doesn't fade, usually the plastic tag breaks to pieces over time. Therefore, I decided to create my own interactive, yet inexpensive tags that would last longer and be easily replaced.
|ATP Podcast #34: Flowers for the Fall, and Our Favorite Gardening Ideas|
By dave, September 12, 2013
In this week's episode Trish shares her favorite blooming plants for the fall, and Dave goes through his list of most interesting and innovative gardening ideas posted to ATP. We also introduce a new feature: "The Pinboard of Bad Ideas."
|Using Ammonia To Treat Stings|
By flaflwrgrl, September 11, 2013
When you get stung by a bee, hornet, wasp, yellow jacket, or stinging caterpillar, you can relieve the pain almost instantly and greatly lessen the effects of swelling by pouring ammonia on the sting. The ammonia breaks down the protein in the poison. You can pour ammonia into small containers, such as plastic lemon squeezers, and keep them handy in your gardening areas so that you can get to them quickly. The sooner you use the ammonia, the less pain, heat, and swelling you will experience.
|Get Rid of Bugs on Your Cut Flowers|
By Skiekitty, September 10, 2013
Sometimes the joy of bringing your flowers inside as cut flowers is ruined by pesky bugs. By eliminating them, you can have the full enjoyment of your outdoor flowers inside.
|Bag Seed Heads To Catch All the Seeds|
By RickCorey, September 9, 2013
Prevent seed pods from dropping their seeds to the ground by using organza bags.
|Simple Guide to Grafting Tree Peonies|
By magnolialover, September 8, 2013
Grafting tree peonies can be done from late August into September and is a great way to propagate this often rather expensive plant.
|Dried Fall Flowers|
By goldfinch4, September 7, 2013
Bouquets of dried wildflowers and weeds can make beautiful fall displays.