Garden Update, May 2017

Greetings my gardening friends. I truly hope all is going well with you and your gardens. It has been a while since my last post and I apologize. I have been trying to promote my new business ventures and I have been under the weather, which lead to a brief hospital stay. But, I am…

What is Melilot?

Originally posted on Garden Variety:
Photo via: Flickr Melilot (Melilotus officinalis), also known as Yellow Sweet Clover, is a non-native plant originating from Eurasia and brought to the US as fodder for animals and a cover crop to produce a bust of nitrogen to poor soil and fields. It is not considered a weed but…

Five Common Edible Flowers In The Home Garden

Originally posted on Garden Variety:
Did you know, there are edible flowers in most home gardens? Many gardeners grow plants for visual appeal and for their fruit, but many flowers also offer the same taste as their hosts. Bachelors Button / Cornflower – (Centaurea cynaus) Bachelor button flowers have a sweet to clove-like, spicy flavor…

Benefits of Creating a Pollinator Garden

Originally posted on Garden Variety:
Recently, I spoke with a group of beginning gardeners and a few stated they had been unsuccessful in past with growing many vegetables, including such as squash, tomatoes and cucumbers. The plants grew and blossomed, but produced no fruit. After discussing a myriad of possible causes, it was concluded there…

Edible Container Gardening | Growing Vegetables in Pots

Originally posted on Garden Variety:
I am questioned often by my urban neighbors about how I manage to grow large amounts of produce each year, considering the size my almost non-existent yard. My usual response, is quite simple: container gardening. You can grow edibles in small spaces and even indoors. The success of growing healthy…

Five Most Notable Springtime Flowers and Shrubs

Originally posted on Garden Variety:
Azalea – Rhododendron Ericaceae (Zones 2-9) A favorite Spring shrub in southern gardens Apply fertilizer and mulch in Spring after blooms fade Dwarf plants can be 3 ft or less…Asian varieties can grow up to 40 ft Hybrids are available in cold and heat-tolerant varieties Evergreen and deciduous shrubs Thrive…

Starting Seeds Indoors

Originally posted on Garden Variety:
Photo: Via Pixabay.com Growing your plants from seeds can be moderately difficult, but as any practiced gardener will tell you, “the satisfaction you receive from seeing something so tiny, grow into an actual plant, is a reward within itself.” Also, think of all the different variety of plants you can…

Five Notable Organic Gardening Methods

Originally posted on Garden Variety:
Photo: Via Pinterest Keyhole Gardening was introduced in Africa by the Consortium for Southern Africa Food Security Emergency (C-SAFE) to help ailing and frail Africans grow their own produce with minimum effort by means of a specialized raised bed. The bed, which is waist high and in the shape of…