Daylillies and Iris Perennials Best Divided in August

Two Easy-Care Perennials That Need Periodic Dividing in August This year’s hot and often humid summer weather doesn’t seem like the best time to garden… unless gardeners love irises or daylilies. In early to mid-August, both long-time perennial favorites are in a kind of dormant period. So, that’s when gardeners are most likely to succeed …

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Appreciating the Winter Garden

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Two words bring together my feelings about gardening: appreciation and fascination. At the end of December, when time seems compressed and hasty, tasks are many and quiet moments few, the garden gives us time to appreciate a slower, gentler pace. Appreciation means, to me, looking closely at plants, sensing the feel of damp winter air, …

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May Garden Calendar

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Wow… May already. Where did the time go? The gardening calendar for May provides a list of recommended food growing tips and gardening chores.
As I mentioned in the last calendar update, April and May, about growing organic food, more people garden in April and May than any other time of the year.

April Gardening Calendar

The gardening calendar for April provides a list of recommended food growing tips and <sigh>gardening chores. If you haven’t started your organic gardening adventure yet, it is HIGH time! April is a wonderful time for growing organic food. More people garden in April and May than any other time of the year. Winter is over, …

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March Gardening Calendar

The biggest focus this month is, “When can I DO something?” If you have been asking yourself this question, the answer is a LOT! March is the month to really get started

Botanical Name Flower Planting Schedule

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This table lists the recommended times to sow flower seeds (by botanical name) for typical Zones 8-9. If you are in zone 7, for instance, go back a month, zone 6, a month and a half. If you don’t know your zone, check the planting zone maps. And when buying transplants, remember to adjust for …

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