Garden Bloggers Bloom Day December 2008

– Posted in: Miscellaneous

It's not much, but it's more than I had last year. There are two methods for getting Christmas cactus to bloom. One way is to keep it in total darkness from 6pm to 8am starting September 1st until buds form. The second way is to keep it cool (say 53F) from mid-September to mid-October. (Source: [...]

Stocking stuffer gifts for gardeners

– Posted in: Miscellaneous, Wishlist

You could easily spend a lot of money making your favorite gardener happy this holiday season, but fortunately, you don't have to. I personally use all three of the items below, and can assure you they are worth every penny of their modest price. Whether it's a gift exchange at the garden club, a little [...]

Prizewinners and plant names revealed

– Posted in: Miscellaneous

The winners of the Plant Identification Contest have been chosen. I know you want to know if you've won, so let's get that out of the way first. I used a random number generator to pick the names for the two hand tools. The comments are numbered, and I "unapproved" my comments as well as [...]

My entry in the Garden Olympics.

– Posted in: Miscellaneous

Here is my entry in Idaho Gardener's Garden Olympics. I have to say, there didn't seem much time to mull things over and pick my three entries. Here's what I came up with under pressure. The path to the Secret Garden fulfills its job of luring you in by looking attractive throughout the year. Acquiring [...]

Enter the Gardening Olympics

– Posted in: Miscellaneous

Mary Ann Newcomer, at Idaho Gardener, is sponsoring what she calls Olympic garden events. Her rules are quirky but eminently attainable: Three rules: 1. You must link back to IdahoGardener.com. 2. You must show me the best of the best of your garden. You decide what that is: single plant, single fabulous piece of produce, [...]

Keeping and organizing garden records

– Posted in: Miscellaneous

Reading Carol's description of her plant cataloging project got me thinking about my own efforts to organize my records. When I first started gardening, I used some large index cards to catalog all my plants. I entered the same info Carol did, but didn't include the plant tags. On the back of each card I [...]

Mr. Terra-Cotta needs some new hair

– Posted in: Miscellaneous

Meet Mr. Terra Cotta. He came into my life on my most recent birthday. I sowed some chives seeds in his scalp, and they have made for him a hairstyle rather complementary to his astonished expression. However, the chives are ready to be potted on, and Mr. Terra Cotta needs a new "do." Can you [...]

The View From Here

– Posted in: Garden chores, Miscellaneous

The view from here is wonderful, as long as my back is to the garden, and my gaze goes across the road, across the far side of the valley. Turn around, and--oh! All sorts of plants in pots, needing to be planted. All sorts of weeds needing to be pulled where the plants are to [...]