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September Gardening Tips

September marks the transition from summer to fall in the garden. The long hot days of summer give way to cooler temperatures and the opportunity to prepare your landscape for Fall. Here are some important tips for residents of the Cedar Creek Lake area..

Fertilizing and preparing your lawn for Fall is critical. Grasses undergo heat stress during the hot summers and need extra care and attention. Use a slow-release fertilizer with a 16-4-12 formulation that is recommended for the turf and soil types in our area. Contact your local nursery to purchase the correct fertilizer for fall. For best results, remember to water deeply after applying.

If you want a weed-free lawn during Winter and Spring use a pre-emergent in September. Pre-emergents work by stopping weed seeds from germinating, so applying at the right time is important. If you are interested in organically treating your lawn, Corn Gluten can be used as an effective organic pre-emergent.

If your St. Augustine grass has dead patches due to lack of watering, chinch bugs or fungus, now is the time to replace with new sod. If you have Bermuda grass, it’s best to lay down new seed before mid-September.

Fall is the best time of year to plant, especially larger trees and shrubs. Planting now allows the root systems to get established during the winter months. When Spring arrives the plant is acclimatized to its new environment and is ready to put out strong leaves, new top growth and lots of flowers. Trees and shrubs planted during the fall have a higher chance of surviving our hot summers.

At the Lake, mid to late September is the best time to start planting fall color. As cooler type plants become available, look to plant snapdragons, kale, cabbage, chrysanthemums, hardy asters, dianthus, pansies, violas and dusty miller into your yard. Chrysanthemums are perennials and can add wonderful color to the garden, patio or porch blooming up to three times in a year.

Remember, vegetables are not just for spring and summer. Beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, mustard, collards, brussel sprouts, winter squash, peas, Swiss chard, lettuce, turnips, onions, and carrots are all crops that do well this time of year. Vegetables can be planted from seed or transplanted.


Happy Gardening.

Article source: http://www.cedarcreeklake.com/lake-life--September-Gardening-Tips/963

Smart gardening tips from the experts, so you can ‘Landscape Your Life’

As summer winds down and Autumn looms ahead, gardeners and landscape lovers want smart gardening tips for how to make the most of their home environments. And Michigan State University wants to give those tips to them–for free.

MSU says that smart gardening starts with the use of native plants in the landscape, and the August 27 report from the Lansing State Journal also states that native plant use has two obvious benefits: it’s wallet and earth-friendly.

Licensed Landscape Architect and author Mary Palmer Dargan says in Lifelong Landscape Design that creating environments that connect with nature in an earth-friendly way is essential when making plans for the home landscape. That’s why she uses native plants throughout her landscape designs for homeowner clients in the South.

Smart gardening tips include more than just choosing native plants, of course, which is why MSU has created a website titled migarden.msu.edu, so consumers looking for more information can find it for free.

Another smart gardening tip on the site involves mulching leaves and grass clippings to put on your lawn rather than buying and using fertilizer to provide the nutrients needed to help it grow and stay healthy. But smart watering practices is important too, which Dargan says should include the use of a rain barrel, to catch natural waterfall rather than using water from your faucet to hydrate plants.

But not everyone is comfortable creating their own landscape design or willing to do the research required to know which plants are native to their area–and which ones will benefit most from their property’s sunlight or rainfall levels. So those individuals will not care that MSU has created their helpful smart gardening website, as these folks will prefer hiring the Mary Palmer Dargans of the world, who can guide them through this process more easily and seamlessly.

Fortunately, those individuals can have a botany expert and a licensed home landscape designer all in one with Dargan, who has co-authored two books on the topic of gardening and landscape design with her husband Hugh, also a licensed landscape design architect. And the landscape expert couple offers their own free online advice and tools at Landscape Your Life.com, too, because “healing the earth one garden at a time,” is their mission in life.

Article source: http://www.examiner.com/article/smart-gardening-tips-from-the-experts-so-you-can-landscape-your-life

Tips for heirloom gardening in Tucson

Interested in trying your green thumb at heirloom herbs and produce, but not sure how to beat Tucson’s heat and succeed with your seedlings? It can be done—heirloom gardeners in your neighborhood are enjoying the fruits of their labors (literally) year-round. For starters, you can plant your winter vegetables—heirloom or others—in September to reap a good harvest. Our summer gardening season starts in March.


What is an “Heirloom”?

What makes an herb, fruit or vegetable an heirloom? To start with, it will be an older variety, dating back at least to 1945—some argue it should be at least 100 years old. All heirloom produce (and flowers) are “open-pollinated”; that is, future generations of the plant will retain most of the characteristics of the original, unlike hybrids.

Because they are not hybrids, many of which are raised for longer shelf life or large-scale production, heirloom vegetables come in a marvelous variety of flavors and shapes. They are typically more flavorful than what you’ll find in the supermarket, which is their main appeal to many heirloom fans.

And there are many devoted heirloom fans, making it relatively easy for interested gardeners to find and purchase heirloom seeds online or from specialty catalogs, as well as to find specific growing advice online.

Heirlooms and Hot Climates

Yes, it is possible to successfully raise heirloom produce here in Tucson. Heirloom strains are not necessarily less hardy than hybrids, and the advice here applies to any type of vegetable or herb gardening you want to try:

1. Use containers. Planting a container garden is the way to go; it allows you to move your pots into the shade when necessary—and it will be necessary. Plastic containers hold moisture better than clay, so you may prefer that. Use light-colored pots to help keep them (and the plants’ roots) cool. You can paint or cover dark containers if necessary. Also, make sure that your containers have drainage holes in the bottom. And if your pots are large, put it on wheels to make it easy to move.

2. Find or make some shade. Place your pots where they will be in the shade during the hottest hours of the day. If necessary, you can rig up “shade cloth” to cover your containers. Plants that require a lot of shade may stay under a shade cloth all day.

3. Be wise about watering. Your containers will dry out more quickly than an in-ground garden, so make sure you keep your plants’ roots cool with at least once-a-day watering. Not sure whether to water? Check the soil by poking your finger in; it if is dry from the top to about an inch down, it’s time to water. (Note that if a container does get too dry, the soil will shrink away from the pot’s edges, requiring more water than usual to soak it well.) If you use a mix of potting soil that drains well, you won’t need to worry about overwatering.

You should be able to grow just about any type of heirloom vegetable or herb in a container, as long as the container is large enough for the plant’s roots.

Savoring Splendido’s Heirloom Herbs

At Splendido, an all-inclusive community for adults 55 years and better in Tucson, the chef uses organic, heirloom produce from a local farm—which also supplies “starter plants” of heirloom herbs for Splendido’s year-round potted herb garden. The herbs, rotated seasonally, are planted in large pots with an irrigation system, and placed in an area where they get shade part of the day.

“We change them seasonally with what works best in our climate,” says Jeremy Imes, executive chef at Splendido. “But all are organic, heirloom strains of herbs, with a diversity of flavors. You can really distinguish the flavor of these from what you buy in the store.” Imes and his staff use the herbs—including varieties of basil and parsley, marjoram, thyme, chives, cilantro, and various mints—in their daily cooking, mostly adding them to sauces and sprinkling them on chicken and fish. “Splendido residents enjoy the more flavorful herbs that we grow ourselves.”

Try your hand at heirloom gardening, and you should find the results rewarding and delicious.

Article source: http://explorernews.com/features/aging_well/article_9a8755e6-0f6c-11e3-b11c-001a4bcf887a.html

Eye of the Day Garden Design Center Partners with Vecchio Trees

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Santa Barbara, California (PRWEB) August 28, 2013

Eye of the Day Garden Design Center has announced that it is becoming the first “Vecchio Station” for Vecchio Trees, enabling customers to conveniently purchase directly from the grower through Eye of the Day. Vecchio Trees provides field grown olive trees in various varieties and trunks up to 8’ in diameter. Premium trees, designated “Vecchio Gold” are available as one-of-a-kind specimen trees and all trees can be delivered typically within five working days. Also available are mature citrus, fig, pomegranate, Italian Cypress and almond trees, which will add a timeline to any property’s landscaping. Eye of the Day will be working closely with customers and Vecchio Trees’ staff to identify, tag and deliver.

Eye of the Day is located in southern Santa Barbara County, and features European and American garden décor. The headquarters boasts a wide selection of Italian and Greek terracotta planters and pottery, French Anduze pottery, and is also the largest stocking distributor of Gladding McBean (USA) glazed terracotta pottery.

The Carpinteria-based headquarters also offers a trade program designed for landscape, garden, and architectural design professionals, featuring a private website with information about manufacturers, specific lines, dimensions, and pricing for easy and convenient browsing.

Husband-and-wife owners, Brent and Suzi Freitas, established Eye of the Day in 1995 by first selling oak wine barrel planters. They gradually added a retail garden shop and expanded to include an assortment of items including benches, fountains, planters, statues and other landscape design accessories. Eye of the Day’s clients center include Tommy Bahama, Ralph Lauren, ABC Carpet Home, Woodside Hotel Group and Thomas Properties. Eye of the Day recently operated a Pop-Up store at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California and has also been featured on the DIY Network. The center also customizes items with finishes, glazes, antique treatments, fountain conversions, and more.

About Eye of the Day Garden Design Center

Eye of the Day Garden Design Center is a retail showroom that features more than an acre of high quality garden landscape products, including Italian terracotta pottery and fountains, Greek terracotta pottery, French Anduze pottery, and products from America’s premier concrete garden pottery and decoration manufacturers. Eye of the Day is a leading importer and distributor of fine European garden pottery, and caters to private consumers and landscape design and architecture firms around the world.

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Article source: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/8/prweb11063849.htm

Homer gardener shares wit, wisdom from decades of design

Homer gardener shares wit, wisdom from decades of design

• “There’s a Moose in my Garden” addresses the unusual quirks of gardening in Alaska

By Carey Restino
Homer Tribune
After more than two decades of gardening in Alaska, Brenda Adams is no less passionate about growing beautiful things in unique conditions than ever. Getting an interview with her means luring her away from transplanting efforts. As if on cue, a porcupine who has been making itself at home on her property causes a commotion. Gardening in Alaska is different, Adams said, and that’s why she wrote “There’s a Moose in My Garden.”
Adams’ recently published book attempts to answer the many questions she heard from would-be gardeners as they embarked on and negotiated their northern gardens; from how to design gardens to thrive, to dealing with the unusual predators and conditions.

Brenda Adam’s new book “There’s a Moose in My Garden.”

Brenda Adam’s new book “There’s a Moose in My Garden.”

“When I first came here, the first thing I did was turn to the bookstore, trying to find something to help,” Adams said. “Even to the casual observer, it was obvious that plants here were totally different than in southern California. Growth patterns were also totally different and I needed to understand that.”
Adams found the “Alaska Gardener’s Handbook,” but while that served as a good primer, it wasn’t the complete book on northern gardening she yearned for. She wanted one that covered design aspects and other topics.
Years of gardening, a blooming garden design business and more than 100 garden installations followed. And finally, the seed that was planted in the beginning of her Alaska gardening experience flowered. It was time to write a book.
“Through my design business, I saw that everybody had the same questions over and over,” she said. “Somebody needed to write them down. I kept waiting for somebody to do that and finally I said, ‘Well, I guess this is going to be my job.’ I wanted to write something so people would have an opportunity to get off on the right foot.”
Adams said she kept the book at a level that both beginning gardeners, as well as more experienced gardeners, could glean useful information from. She shied away from complicated terminology and focused on important questions; such as what you want from your garden. Interspersed in its 182 pages are dozens of colorful and inspiring photographs of gardens throughout Southcentral Alaska. Most are gardens Adams has worked on or designed.
Even the experienced gardener will find plenty of useful tips in Adams’ book. They are the kind of details you only learn through decades of work in the soil; like how to introduce new plants without bringing in unwanted pests at the same time.
True to her background as a garden designer — Adams owns the business Gardens By Design and has planned gardens across the state — the first chapter of the book encourages people to get out pens and paper before they get out the shovel. Gardeners should contemplate everything from plant choices to paths, and most importantly, where you are going to sit to enjoy the garden.
But Adams said the starting point should always be to ask yourself, “What do I want from my garden?”
“If you don’t know why you want a garden, you may not really be satisfied with it,” she said. “The book guides you all the way through the design process and helps you know how to do it so the garden will grow the way you envision.”
Adams said one of the key pieces of advice she gives to beginning gardeners is not to start too big. Gardens need attention and weeding, and a big garden needs a lot of it.
While the book is geared for the state of Alaska, Adams said she can see it being useful for a gardener in any northern climate. She noted the wide difference in garden conditions across the state, but said all northern gardeners deal with the similar conditions of harsh shoulder seasons with a lot of freezing and thawing, as well as the unique angle of sunlight, our generally mild summers and the issue of snow.
And then there are the moose.
The question of whether to fence or not and how to protect your gardens from Alaska’s most awkward ungulate, are well-covered by Adams’ book.
Adams said she focused less on specific plant recommendations in this text, because the topic is fairly well-covered in other publications. Instead, she looked at some of her favorite plants and why she loved them, encouraging gardeners to experiment with that knowledge and find some of their own favorites.
The book also covers how to build garden beds with good drainage — Homer gardeners can attest to the importance of that after last year’s damaging freeze — and considerations about making your gardens as low-maintenance as possible.
Adams said her broad range of experience gardening in Alaska helped guide her in writing the book.
“Because I’ve seen a lot of different situations, I have observed different approaches that people have taken,” she said. “There are a lot of things we have to grapple with. I tried to make this book something that people would like to sit down and read and have it be fun.”
Last of all, Adams encourages gardeners to keep perspective about why they are spending time focusing on building a garden in the first place.
“Finally, you have to decide where to put your chair,” she said. “A lot of people miss that gardening is really for pleasure. You have to let yourself enjoy it, look at what you’ve done and create a place for you and your family to gather.”
“There’s a Moose in My Garden” is $35 and can be purchased at the Homer Bookstore and ordered from the University of Alaska Press and Amazon. For more information, visit www.gardensbybrenda.com or check it out on Facebook.

Article source: http://homertribune.com/2013/08/homer-gardener-shares-wit-wisdom-from-decades-of-design/

BAPE to Design New Olive Garden Uniforms

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