Gardening Calendar – October 2017

All summer, many of us have yearned for cooler weather.  Meteorologists are calling for frost this week.  Again.  And time, once again, marches us into the fall. There’s tons to do before the gardens are put to bed.  There are a couple of important things that you might want to think about before that, though,…

Turmeric: How to grow it & how to use it

I’m yakking about growing and using tumeric – one of the most versatile spices in the world!

Gardening Calendar for September … And Stuff.

It’s always … And Stuff. From time to time, various companies with natural products, or products that appeal to me (coffee makers, anyone?), invite me to test out their Stuff.  So I do, you know, because … Stuff. The folks at New York Biology have sent me a bunch of different things to try; essential…

You can still grow stuff before the snow flies!

These end-of-summer edibles delight in hot days and muggy nights and grow quickly enough to produce a harvest in two months or less. When the heat brings an end to the harvest of lettuce, peas, and many other cool-weather crops, it’s time to compost the sun-scorched remains of those spring edibles to open up garden…

Should you really prune your tomatoes?

It’s true – we’re actually screeching up on the end of the growing season for veggies in our home gardens.  I’ve heard from many of you that a veritable sea of tomatoes have covered your kitchen counters, and are populating the branches of your tomato plants that are still quite green.  Some of you have…

It is WAAAY too hot outside…

Southern Oregon has been hit with a heatwave. Seriously, it was cooler in Death Valley yesterday than it was here. DEATH VALLEY, people! That doesn’t mean, however, that gardening stops. Those plants won’t take care of themselves! So it’s all about go out and sweat for a while. It’s fogging my glasses. It’s in my…

Hummers and Flutterbys

  Whether the calendar says summer or fall, these flowers such as Russian Sage, Bee Balm, Yarrow, Borage and Sunflowers, will attract butterflies and hummingbirds until the first frost – and sometimes beyond. It’s important to keep flowers blooming as long as possible to help butterflies and hummingbirds later in the season. With tons of…

Beneficial Insects are Important, People!

Hey, folks.  Today, we’re going to look at beneficial insects – what they are, why they’re good, and how to attract them. But first, I want to talk about sleeping.  Does everybody get great sleep and good rest?  Ugh.  I don’t, usually.  Racing brain, thinking about all the stuff I didn’t get done, all the…

A gardening calendar for August … and Stuff …

So, the other day, I received this kitchen gadget in the mail.  That little drip coffee maker over there on the right side of the screen.  I used to have one similar to it in the 90’s, but it was porcelain and required disposable filters.  It was nice, but it broke in a move.  Anyway,…

Brighten up your summer garden with annuals

Bloom time in most Rogue Valley perennial gardens runs from late May through early July – a glorious but short 5 or 6 weeks. By now, most perennial gardens are past their prime and look pretty dull for the rest of the season. Fortunately, there are many perennials that bloom in late summer, including coneflower,…

Battling blossom end rot

I think just about every gardener in the world has battled with blossom end rot on their tomatoes at one time or another. It’s really irritating to find those water-soaked spots on the ends of the fruits that you’ve nurtured through frosts and heat and hornworm attacks. That spot at the blossom end of your…

Deer-proofing your garden

Sure, they’re cute with those big eyes and expressive ears, but when it comes to deer-proofing your garden, they sure can be infuriating pests. Short of building a fence high enough that they can’t jump it—at least 8-feet tall—there are no permanent solutions.  Although, if you’re feeding them – you might want to stop that….