Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fenton Friday: Sweet Pepper Promise

I never have had much luck with Sweet Peppers, but I finally was able to harvest this handsome pair this week from my plot at the Fenton  community garden. They are very late in the growing season, as is the one cucumber I have been able to pick so far. We had a late start due to a long, cold winter followed by a long, cool, and wet spring. I just hope that we get paid back with a slow start to fall so the rest of my vegetables can finally mature and be pulled to make room for more cool season edibles.

Right now, I'm finding myself squeezing between plants and trying not to snap off errant tomato plant branches as I weed and plant and harvest around them. It is that time of year when the bounty of summer smashes up against the urgency of beating the deadline of coming frosts. Like all growers from time eternal, we have to hedge our bets and pull things before they may be done in order to accommodate later crops which may or may not do well, if the weather allows. Who needs a casino when you have a garden?

How is your edible plot growing?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Video Wednesday: How to Take Coleus Cuttings

After posting yesterday's Garden Tip of the Day*, I had several readers asking how to take cuttings. So I thought I'd share a video I made on how to take cuttings from your Coleus plants to make more plants and how to over-winter them. This is a simple, easy technique to save your favorite varieties.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Win a Rain Barrel from District Garden in September 2014 Washington Gardener Magazine Reader Contest

For our September 2014 Washington Gardener Magazine Reader Contest, Washington Gardener is giving away a basic barrel and diverter installation to a reader in Washington, DC, MD, or VA from District Garden.
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Read about Hosting Honey Bees in Your Garden, Black-Eyed Susan Cultivars, Growing Ground Cherries, and much more in the Washington Gardener Magazine September 2014 issue

The Washington Gardener Magazine September 2014 issue is now out. It was emailed as a printable PDF attachment to all Washington Gardener Magazine current subscribers. It is also posted and archived online at:

Inside This Enews Issue:
• Hosting Honey Bees in Your Garden
• Black-Eyed Susan Cultivars
• Growing Ground Cherries
• Back Issue Sale
• Sept-Oct Garden To-Do List
• Dealing with Eastern Yellow Jackets
• Latest Blog Links
• Local Garden Events Listings
• Native Tasselrue
• Reader Contest to Win a Rain Barrel from District Garden
and much, much more!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Fenton Friday: Time to Seed

I have had hardly any time to get over to my Fenton Street community garden plot this past week, but I'm determined to spend at least an hour this weekend planting cool season greens, radish, and carrots. What varieties do you all recommend? Anything new or unusual I should try?

I ran over to pick some tomatoes to bring to my garden club meeting and saw that the 'Sun Gold' and 'Yellow Currant' are still performing prolifically, as is my lone okra plant, which seems to be happier than ever right now.

On the other hand, the cool season brassicas I planted a couple weeks ago are not doing well at all. It appears that even with a cover cloth on them and the shade of a nearby bed of orange cosmos, that many of them have fried in our moderate late summer temps. I think the kohlrabi is pretty much toast, but I may be able to salvage a few of the broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower plants. I am visiting two garden centers for events over this weekend and may just buy replacement seedlings to start over instead.

How is your edible garden growing?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

"Keep Calm and Garden On" at Behnke Nurseries' Gardener's Night Out Program

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I'll be there with a table with the "Keep Calm and Garden On" buttons and magnets for sale as well as signing up people for Washington Gardener Magazine. Stop on over!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Video Wednesday: How to Save Seeds from Your Garden

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Here is a video from our vaults on Easy Seed Saving Techniques. This is a great time of year to gather annual and vegetable seeds. And perfect weather this week for it too!

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