Alys Fowler: Green garlic | Life and style We are fast moving into the wet or green garlic season. This is fresh garlic harvested young and eaten whole. It has only a hint of cloves separating inside the bulb. Those hard paper skins that wrap each clove are soft and tender, and thus you can eat everything. I love wet garlic so much that I over-plant every autumn so I can have plenty.
All About Green Garlic and Garlic Scapes - Spring Green Garlic and Garlic Scapes Green garlic and garlic scapes add delicate garlicky flavor to spring and early summer dishes. These hallmarks of spring are available starting in March in warmer climates and into July in cooler ones. Green garlic is simply immature garlic and looks like a slightly overgrown scallion or green onion. They are pulled by growers when thinning crops and, increasingly, grown as a crop in their own right.
When Martha began working on the East Hampton garden, even the soil was beyond repair. The beds had to be excavated two feet deep and filled with a blend of topsoil, compost, and manure. But once the beds were done, Martha was ready to create the structure that would form the garden. Martha's Garden PlanMartha's accumulator personality and affinity for history strongly influenced the plans for her East Hampton rose garden. A turn-of-the-century photograph of the house prompted the idea of covering the facade with trellised roses in the style of an English cottage. Inspiration for some of the other design components, such as the garden gates, came from Gertrude Jekyll's Garden Ornaments, which surveys the use of architectural elements in gardens. The Ultimate Rose Garden -- Martha Stewart Home & Garden
What makes a good companion for roses? Plants, like people, are searching for partners that will bring out their best qualities and share their space with equanimity—neither overpowering nor paling in comparison. There are several considerations when choosing suitable plant companions: aesthetics, growing conditions, and plant health. Plant companions should both look good together and require similar growing conditions. Growing Roses - Good Companion Plants for Roses
How to Reduce Maintenance Cover your beds with mulch Mulch makes sense. Three inches of hoarded, year-old leaves deter weed growth, conserve moisture, and provide food for plants as they break down.
Mix these low growers for a creative alternative to turf If a single species massed together is not exciting enough for you, create your own growing mosaic by combining a few species together. Vigorous enough to be combined with golden creeping Jenny is dwarf cinquefoil (Potentilla neumanniana ‘Nana’); together, they form a lovely mosaic in chartreuse and light green. From April to June, dwarf cinquefoil has small, buttery gold flowers, which hover over delicate strawberrylike leaves that reach 3 to 4 inches tall with about a 1-foot spread. Low-Maintenance Alternatives to Lawns
Garden Tool Container - Vegetable Garden Good Things - Vegetable Garden Guide - MarthaStewart.com
Soaker Hose - How to Make a Soaker Hose Need a soaker hose for your garden? Skip the trip to the garden center, and make your own. It's fast, easy and almost free. Difficulty: Easy
Foldaway Trellis - Martha Stewart Home and Garden
Twine-Star Supports - Martha Stewart Home and Garden
How To Keep a Vegetable Garden Journal | Veggie Gardener
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Today's guest post comes from Karen at Chicken Sense. Karen blogs about gardening, cooking, sewing, and living in the country. Below she shares some resources to get you started on creating a garden journal. Create a Garden Journal - Guest Post
free-garden-journal.pdf (application/pdf Object)
A garden journal can add to your gardening success and enhance your enjoyment of your gardening activities. Depending on how much effort you want to spend on the journal, it can record as little as what you planted and when. At the other extreme, it can record every minute activity you perform in your garden, such as trimming, fertilizing, watering, and recording rainfall, temperature and hours of sunlight. It's up to you, how much information, or how little, you keep. Keeping a Garden Journal
Growing File - Vegetable Garden Good Things - Vegetable Garden Guide - MarthaStewart.com
South America Hardiness Zone Map
pests & diseases
Natural Plant Markers - Martha Stewart Home and Garden
How To Grow Sweet Potato Vines At Home Growing Sweet Potatoes is very easy in tropical and sub tropical climates. (And not difficult in cool climates, either.) In fact, the question is not how to grow sweet potatoes, it's rather how to stop sweet potato vines from taking over the whole garden! Sweet potato is a very invasive creeper... How To Grow Sweet Potatoes? Growing Sweet Potatoes The Easy Way
Companion Planting - Secrets of Organic Gardening
-- Caterpillars, Flies Big-Eyed Bug -- Aphids, Caterpillars, Leafhoppers, Mites; attracted by: Clover, Goldenrod, Soybeans. Braconid Wasp -- Aphids, Armyworm, Cabbageworm, Cornborer, Codling Moth, Elm Bark Beetle, Horn Worm; attracted by: Dill, Parsley, Yarrow. Damselbug --Aphids, Caterpillars, Leafhoppers, Thrips; attracted by: Alfalfa. Ground Beetle --Caterpillars, Cabbage Maggot, Colorado Potato Beetle Larvae, Cutworms, Slugs, Snails; attracted by: Clover. Ommas Aarden Heirloom Seed companion planting