Help! Why can’t I find Burning Bush?
One of the showiest fall plants is Burning Bush. Ask anyone on the street if they have ever heard of Burning Bush and they will probably know what you mean. They may know it as “Fire Bush.” But once you get past that, they will know what you mean. More than that, a lot of people would like to have one.
Chances are you have not heard of Rose slugs (also known as Rose worms or Sawflies) and chances are that you would not be interested to find out what they are unless you are having trouble with your roses. However, it is good to know what they are even if you do not. You do not know when you will need this information.
One of the newest trends is gardening in containers. This is not to be confused with container gardening but is growing vegetables and herbs in containers.
One of the main things that keep people from gardening is space. Compared to previous times people have far less yard area. Because of this, some have started to grow herbs and vegetables in containers and had good success. The only issue is when this first began, people would tend to do only one thing, like only one type of lettuce, etc. But as time has gone on, this practice has changed and people have started to get fancier with what they plant.
Not only are they using different types of greens, but they are also using different colors too. Now, not only do these containers not look plain, but they are worth growing even if you do not use the vegetables in them. Or if you do use them, you can grow them without missing the annuals that you would have planted there.
Here are 4 reasons why should consider growing vegetables in containers:
It is nice to have fresh vegetables and herbs:
Vegetables and herbs are a great addition to any meal, but you can’t beat fresh ones and you can’t beat homegrown. Not only are they tastier, they are also healthier.
They are easy to grow:
Growing herbs and vegetables in containers is really easy. All that needs to be done is watering, harvesting, and maybe a little trimming.
It adds interest to your patio:
Containers add interest to your patio or yard. They can be used to break up an area or fill an empty spot. Regardless of where you put them, they will brighten up your patio.
They look good:
Let’s face it, another good reason to grow herb and vegetables in containers is that they look good. A quick search will give you far more ideas than you need to create many different combinations.
Have you ever tried container gardening or can you think of another reason why you should garden in containers? Comment below.
This is the second post in a series covering things presently going on at the greenhouse and things that will be going on. It will also highlight plants that have just come in and plants that look good right now.
Though the weather has only started to feel like spring this weekend, spring has been in full swing for a few weeks here at the store. Trucks have come in and the shrub yard has been filled up. Seeds that were planted a few weeks ago have not only sprouted but have been growing and some have been even been repotted. Some have already bloomed. Basically anywhere that you stand at the store you can look around and see that spring is in full swing.
It will not be long before even the most tender of plants will be ready to plant. It will only be a few weeks till corn, basil, and tomatoes can be planted in the garden and begonias, angelonia, and impatients in the flower beds. Consider the following things.
If you have not already, consider what plants you may plant:
Now is the time to start planning your garden if you have not already. Decide how much and where you want to plant. This will make it a whole lot easier when you get to the greenhouse. This is not to say that your plans won’t change when you get to the greenhouse, but it is to hopefully make it easier.
Remember about containers:
Right now is a great time to consider what you are going to do as far as containers go. Perhaps start looking for ideas on Pinterest or through searching. If you have not grown planters in the past, consider whether you want to grow them this year.
If you have not got seeds yet, it is still a good time to get them. Starting seeds is a great and easy way to save money.
What are you planting this spring? Comment below!
The Issue at Hand:
Hydrangeas are one of those plants it is hard to remember how to grow. Do not misunderstand this, however. I do not mean that hydrangeas are hard to grow. They are among some of the easiest plants to grow, but we forget how to care for them. And unfortunately when we think we do, we generally get it wrong. But how do you prune hydrangeas?
But before we move on to the how to prune hydrangeas, we must note that there are different types of hydrangeas. This article covers primarily on the Big leaf (macrophylla) and Mountain hydrangeas (serrata). These are the 2 hydrangeas that people have the most problem with. They are the one which we prune because they look like they should be pruned.
These hydrangeas grow more like a perennial than a shrub. Beyond that, throughout the winter and into early spring, they look dead. But this is not the case. Not only are they alive, but they need this wood to bloom.
And this brings us to the question at hand: “how do I prune my hydrangea?”
How do I prune my hydrangea?:
Now that you have identified your hydrangea as one of the ones that bloom on old wood, how do you prune them?
The short answer is that you remove the old flowers, remove the old canes, and clip back the tips that do not grow back in the spring. Let us look at how to do each of these.
The Old Flowers:
When it comes to pruning off the old flowers, you have a few different options of when it can be done. Some people prune them when they are old and others prune them off later, some people even waiting till late winter to cut them off.
The Old Canes:
This is a thing that most people forget to do. Out of the 3 things that are on the list, this is the one that takes the longest, but it should not be forgotten. It helps make sure that hydrangea is revived. It rejuvenates the plant and makes it grow better.
The Dead Tips:
After the hydrangeas have started growing back, you may find that the winter has caused some branches to freeze back a few inches. If you see that this is the case, you can prune back those tips. In some cases, you might also do this to give your hydrangea a more uniform shape.
Have you ever made the mistake of pruning back your hydrangea or have any further thoughts? Comment below.
In the next few weeks, people will begin planting seeds indoors. Here on 6 thoughts on starting seeds indoor.
Perhaps you are one of the people who start seeds each year. Perhaps your parents had done it when you were growing up and now you want to follow in their steps or are thinking of trying to start seeds for the first time. Here are 6 thoughts about starting seeds indoors:
Make sure that you have enough light:
One thing that is often forgotten when starting or growing plants indoors is how important light is. What we must realize, however, is that just generic light is not enough. Regular light bulbs are not as efficient as specially designed grow lights. Grow lights are specially tailored to provide light that matches the spectrum of the sun or is on a spectrum that lends to photosynthesis.
Beware of diseases:
Disease is the seed starters scourge. One must remember that when starting seeds, there will be losses. Disease is one of the main cause of these losses. There are many reasons why disease is a concern when starting seeds indoors. One of the main reasons why this is an issue indoors is lack of air circulation. Another way to limit diseases is to make sure that containers and soil is sterile.
Make sure you start seeds at the right time:
One of the biggest struggles of starting seeds is starting them at the right time. Fortunately, there are many tools online that will help with this. Just search seed starting dates and you will find many tools.
Be careful not to overwater:
Overwatering can be a big problem when starting seeds. You don’t want to underwater, but seeds are so easy to over water. Overwatered seeds can rot and overwatered seedlings can spoil.
Warmer soil speeds seed germination and seedling growth:
As one might expect, warmer soil helps with seed starting. Consider purchasing a plant heating mat to provide seed trays with warmth.
Make sure that acclimate the plants when you take them outdoors:
Planting seeds is more complicated than just starting them and sticking them in the ground. Before they are planted out side, plants must be acclimated to the climate. This can be done, by carrying the established seedlings outside for a few hours in the days before transplanting and gradually increasing the time out side. Also, it is important that seedlings are covered if it is to be cold, so they do not freeze.
Are you starting seeds this year? Comment below with what you plan on starting!
On February 15, 2018 @ 7:00 P.M., Ken’s Gardens will be at the Country Gardener’s Club in New Holland offering a presentation on growing succulents in containers.
Succulents are all the rage today. Look in the gardening magazines. Look in the stores. Chances are that you will find succulents. A simple search on Google will turn up 54 million results.
Perhaps you have noticed this, and perhaps you want to get in on the action, but you are not sure where to start. This presentation is for you!
In the presentation, we will:
We will look at some examples of succulent containers.
In this section, we will see that there are endless types of succulent containers and designs.
We will go over how to creates a succulent container.
In this section, we will look at the different types of succulents, soils, and containers.
We will look at how to care for your succulent container.
In this section, we will at everything that you need to know to keep your succulent container looking nice!
We will look at a fun idea that you can do with succulents.
In this section, we will go over a way that you can have fun with gardening with people you know and those you don’t yet!
And lastly, we will open up for questions.
Want more information? Visit the Country Gardener’s website for more information.
Will you be there? Comment below.
2016 Vegetable Inventory:
Our 2016 vegetable inventory is here! This means that you can start to plan your garden and know what you will be able to get! Not sure what the marks on the chart mean?
Crossed out signifies vegetables we no longer carry. Yellow highlighted varieties are new for the 2016 year.
How do we choose what we grow?
We look for varieties that not only tolerant but thrive in our Lancaster County area. Beyond that, like you, we love vegetables with good yields and flavor. Our stock is chosen for the backyard and urban gardener. We also choose our vegetables with the canner in mind and we try your mother’s and grandmother’s favorites that you know and love.
What is available now?
March brings out the cold-tolerant vegetables, like lettuce and greens. The early summer vegetables will be available in April. Not sure what you want or where to begin? Ask our employees and they will recommend varieties suited to your garden’s needs. Perhaps you may want to try a new variety or a new method this year like square foot gardening (See an example here). You can ask our employees for more info and advice about both of these things.