Friday, May 22, 2015

Fenton Friday: Pleased with the Peas!

The Sugarsnap Peas are starting to come in at my community garden plot. Picked a couple yesterday and a handful today. I should have many more by Monday. This year, I planted far fewer pea plants as I overdid it in previous years, I may be regretting that choice now.

The strawberries are going gangbusters now. It looks like I will need help to harvest them when the bulk ripen up in the next week or so. I will see if I can keep up with them. I really need to thin the plants out after this season and not let them take over my plot, as they definitely want to do.

 I had hoped to put in my tomatoes and pepper plants today, but I'm holding off as the temps are dipping again then are going back into the 90s again next week. Maybe can tackle that task on Monday, which is predicted to be hot but overcast.

The arugula has bolted. Darn it. I have a row-cover over all the salad greens and the radishes plus carrots. It may prove futile, though I'd like at least a couple more weeks out of all of the cool season crops.

How is your edible garden doing this week?

About Fenton Friday:
Every Friday during the growing season, I'll be giving you an update on my community garden plot at the Fenton Street Community Garden just across the street from my house. I'm plot #16. It is a 10 ft x 20 ft space and this is our 4th year in the garden. (It opened in May 2011.)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Washington Gardener Magazine May 2015 ~ Garden Tours Round-Up, Top Local Azalea Spots, Basil Growing Tips, Kniphofia Plant Profile, and much more


The May 2015 issue of Washington Gardener Magazine is now out and is posted at: 
http://issuu.com/washingtongardener/docs/washingtongardenermay15

This issue includes:
~ Garden Tours Round-Up: Explore the Best Private Gardens in our Region
~ Top Local Spots for Azalea Viewing
~ May-June Garden Tasks List
~ Kniphofia: Red Hot Poker  Plant Profile
~ Tomato Terms and Types Defined
~ New Strawberry Cultivar
~ Meet Ari Novy, Executive Director of US Botanic Garden
~ Easy Basil Growing Tips (and a terrific Pesto Recipe!)
~ Local Garden Events Listing
and much more...

Note that any submissions, event listings, and advertisements for the June 2015 issue are due by June 10.

Subscribe to Washington Gardener Magazine today to have the monthly publication sent to your inbox as a PDF several days before it is available online. You can use the PayPal (credit card) online order form here: http://www.washingtongardener.com/index_files/subscribe.htm

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Every Thursday on the Washington Gardener Magazine Facebook page, Blog, and Yahoo list we feature a current advertiser from our monthly digital magazine. To advertise with us, contact wgardenermag@aol.com today.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Video Wednesday: Hope in Healthy Soil


From the USDA:
To most people, soil is far from huggable. But after watching this new, 90-second YouTube ad, the video’s producers hope viewers will embrace it with new-found respect and admiration. Because healthy soil, the ad suggests, could provide solutions to some of our planet’s biggest challenges.
   As part of its “Unlock the Secrets in the Soil” campaign, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has released a new, 90-second public service announcement that encapsulates “The hope in healthy soil.”
   According to Ron Nichols, the campaign’s communications coordinator, the benefits of soil health are numerous, both on and off the farm.
   “By farming using soil health principles and practices like no-till, cover cropping and diverse rotations, farmers are actually increasing organic matter in their soil, increasing microbial activity, sequestering more carbon, improving wildlife and pollinator habitat—all while harvesting better profits and often better yields,” Nichols said. “Off the farm, these practices are improving water and air quality, too.”
   The ad, is part of an on-going awareness and education campaign designed to help farmers, landowners and consumers understand the basics and benefits of soil health. Ultimately, the goal of the agency’s campaign is to increase the adoption of soil health-promoting systems on the nation’s farm and ranches.
   Later this summer, NRCS will distribute 15- and 30-second public service ads to television stations throughout the country.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Fenton Friday: First Strawberries and Carrots


Another dry week here, which meant almost daily watering at my community garden plot. One blessing is that we finally received a load of compost and wood chips as my pathways and beds were an explosion of weeds overnight! I spent an hour yesterday just pulling out thistles that seem to have appeared out of nowhere.

While weeding, I was amazed to see what looked like a touch of red on a couple of my strawberries and today I returned to find 3 of them full ripe! I ate them immediately and also pulled out a few carrots to check on them, though small, they are sweet and delicious.

How is your edible garden growing this week?

About Fenton Friday:
Every Friday during the growing season, I'll be giving you an update on my community garden plot at the Fenton Street Community Garden just across the street from my house. I'm plot #16. It is a 10 ft x 20 ft space and this is our 4th year in the garden. (It opened in May 2011.)

Bloom Day: Spring Twilight

Drumstick allium
Daisy
Japanse silverbell tree
Spiderwort
Water iris
 It is Garden Blogger's Bloom Day again! On the 15th of each month, we gardeners with blogs share a few bloom photos from our gardens. Here is the Mid-Atlantic USA (USDA zone 7) on the DC-MD border, we had a very dry start to May, so I finally turned on the outside water this week and am spot-watering anything new.

In bloom now are many flowering shrubs from spirea to weigela. Pictured here are a few flowers that struck my fancy as I walked around my garden at twilight last evening.

What is blooming in YOUR garden today?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

ADVERTISER OF THE WEEK: University of Maryland Extension Home & Garden Information Center


Master Gardener / Master Naturalist Annual Training Conference, June 4th 2015

When:  Thursday, June 4th, 2015 8:00am-4:30pm
   
Where: University of Maryland College Park campus

Stamp Student Union & Plant Sciences Building

Conference Highlights:

·         Opportunities to connect with over 800 Master Gardeners and 100 Master Naturalists

·         Keynote Speaker William Woys Weaver, Ph.D. will be discussing:

o   The Kitchen Garden for Culinary and Cultural Research: The Roughwood Seed Collection and Baker Creek Alliance

·         40 presentation options

·         New this year: The Master Gardener Expo – see displays of interactive techniques to teach horticulture in your communities

·         Over 25 Trade Show exhibits

·         Continental breakfast

·         Choose one of four box lunch options

·         Free parking in Lot 1b (less than a 5 minute walk to the Stamp Student Union)


Registration Details:

Online registration is encouraged.  Go to: https://mgatc2015.eventbrite.com to register today!

If you do not have an affiliation as a MG or MN, the late registration cost is $109.00.

Overview of the Schedule:

7:45-8:30 AM -- CHECK IN, CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST, TRADE SHOW

8:30-10:15 AM -- MASTER NATURALIST MEETING

8:30-9:15 AM -- OPENING REMARKS

9:15-10:15 AM -- MASTER GARDENER KEYNOTE ADDRESS

10:30-11:45 AM - SESSION 1 PRESENTATIONS

12:00-1:30 PM - LUNCH, TRADESHOW, MASTER GARDENER EXPO

1:45-3:00 PM - SESSION 2 PRESENTATIONS

3:15-4:30 PM - SESSION 3 PRESENTATIONS

 Contact Alicia Bembenek with any questions:  aliciafb@umd.edu or 410-531-1754



ADVERTISER OF THE WEEK Details
Every Thursday on the Washington Gardener Magazine Facebook page and Yahoo list we feature a current advertiser from our monthly digitall magazine. To advertise with us, contact wgardenermag@aol.com today.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Video Wednesday: Growing New Gardeners



Here’s some news from my Sesame Street contact:

Our entire 40th season curriculum is titled "My World is Green and Growing" and is focused on connecting preschoolers with the wonder of nature. 15 of the 26 episodes for the upcoming season have an "Enviroment and Science" theme. Much of this will include growing plants!

 Sesame Street normally airs on MPT M-F at 9:30 AM. Check you local PBS listings.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Fenton Friday: Radishes Revealed

Just a quick post this week to note that the radishes in my community garden plot are already ready for harvest at the same time as most of the lettuce greens being ready for their first cutting. Salad days are here!

How is your edible garden growing this week?


About Fenton Friday:
Every Friday during the growing season, I'll be giving you an update on my community garden plot at the Fenton Street Community Garden just across the street from my house. I'm plot #16. It is a 10 ft x 20 ft space and this is our 4th year in the garden. (It opened in May 2011.)