Monday, July 15, 2024

Monday Thoughts: “No garden truly blooms until butterflies have danced upon it.” ~ Kristen D’Angelo

“No garden truly blooms until butterflies have danced upon it.” ~ Kristen D’Angelo

Saturday, July 13, 2024

GardenDC Podcast Episode 201: Watering Tips

In this episode, we talk with Andrew Bunting, Vice President of Horticulture at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, about garden watering tips. The plant profile is on Alstroemeria and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events and this week's garden tasks in the What's New segment. We close out with the Last Word on Garden Yoga from Christy Page of Green Prints.

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See how at: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/gardendc/support.

If you liked this episode, you may also enjoy listening to:

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 112: Summer Garden Refresh

https://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/2022/07/gardendc-podcast-episode-112-summer.html

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 165: Gardening and the Weather with Margaret Roach

https://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/2023/09/gardendc-podcast-episode-165-gardening.html

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 121: Gold Medal Plants

https://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/2022/09/gardendc-podcast-episode-121-gold-medal.html

This episode is archived at: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/gardendc/episodes/Watering-Tips-e2m0crk

SHOW NOTES will be posted on 7-17-2024.

Links:

~ Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network: https://cocorahs.org/

~ DRAMM Water Breaker Nozzle: https://amzn.to/4bGMbOM*

~ How to Water Plants While Away and Sustain a Summer Garden (phsonline.org)

*Amazon affiliate link. Any purchases made from the link may add a few pennies to the GardenDC account, but will not impact the prices you pay.

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Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Interview Edit and Show Notes: Josh Panepento
Music: Let the Sunshine by James Mulvany

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Friday, July 12, 2024

Fenton Friday: Accidental Onion Harvest

 

FINALLY we had a bit of rain after another HOT and dry and windy week. It isn't much to combat our prolonged drought, but at least I got to skipping the daily watering of seedlings in the plot and that saved me some time to work on other things today.

While weeding earlier this week, I accidentally pulled out some of the white onions we planted from seed "sets" in April. They actually look pretty decent (see image above), though I plan to leave in the rest at least until our next harvest for the hungry collection. I'm not a big onion fan myself and had only planted them for the growing experience and to donate afterward. I had heard from a local food pantry and soup kitchen chef that they are always short on onions.

A volunteer Tomato plant turned out to be a Sun Gold-type with small yellow cherry fruits. We picked and ate the first few off of it this week. I had assumed this volunteer plant was a Red Currant, as those are the ones that are the most prolific self-seeders in my plot previously.

It may be time soon to harvest the Potatoes we planted in a big grow bag. The tops of the plants have yellowed and died back indicating that it is about time to dig them. I hope to enter some of them into the county fair, so will leave them buried for another week or so before we dig and cure them.

Three tiny Zucchini seedlings have emerged and the 
rest of the plot is growing at pace.

In the pollinator/herb garden I planted some short sunflowers to fill in a few empty spots and another plot gardener donated Bachelor's Button seeds to do the same.

What are you growing in your edible garden 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 in zone 7 Mid-Atlantic MD/DC border. I'm plot #16. It is a 10 ft x 20 ft space and this is our 13th year in the garden. (It opened in May 2011.) See past posts about our edible garden by putting "Fenton" into the Search box above (at the top, left on this blog).

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Garlic Festival

Join us for the annual Garlic Festival on Sunday, July 21 from 10:00am-12:00noon at the Takoma Park Farmers Market. Just harvested and cured garlic is the star of the market and is available for sale at vendor stands. It's the perfect match to all of the market's fresh seasonal produce.

The event includes special guests Tony "The Garlic Guru" Sarmiento, who is a CKC Board Member, and Kathy Jentz, GardenDC Podcast host and Washington Gardener Magazine editor. Members of the Takoma Horticultural Club will also be on hand with gardening tips for the home gardener.

Plus, Chef Peter Andros of Gourmet and Gourmand will serve up some garlic-based tastes with recipes to share!

Free and open to all!

Look for the specially marked "Garlic Booths" at the market to purchase your locally-grown garlic.

Monday, July 08, 2024

Monday Thoughts: “However big or small your garden is, if you allow nature to touch your spirit, gardening will bring returns of peace, satisfaction, and well-being for as long as you continue to wander the garden path.” ~ Norman Hansen

“However big or small your garden is, if you allow nature to touch your spirit, gardening will bring returns of peace, satisfaction, and well-being for as long as you continue to wander the garden path.”  

~ Norman Hansen

Saturday, July 06, 2024

We WON the Horti!

We received great news this week that we won the first-ever BEST PODCAST Horti Award held by GardenComm! Thanks to all who voted for GardenDC and congratulations to all the other Horti Award winners and to the Laurel Award silver medal winners.

BTW, I didn't enter the GardenDC Podcast in the Laurels this year, since we won a Gold Laurel last year and I really hoped we'd get this People’s Choice Horti Award, as these new Horti Awards are the gardening media equivalent to a hall of fame for publications, products, and other communication platforms in our industry -- similar to the Toy Foundation™’s Toy of the Year® (TOTY®) Award -- it is voted on by the people who purchase and/or use them.

NOTE that GardenDC: the award-winning podcast about Mid-Atlantic Gardening is taking a short summer break and will be back with new episodes soon. While there is no new episode today, we recommend you re-listen to a past favorite or catch up on some that you might have missed. We also have the following suggestion of an episode of another gardening podcast that we think you will enjoy:

The Joe Gardener Show: Episode 372
Groundcover Solutions for Difficult Spaces and Turf Lawn Reduction
https://joegardener.com/podcast/groundcover-solutions-difficult-spaces-turf-lawn-reduction/

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for as little as $0.99 per month! 

We welcome your questions and comments! You can leave a voice mail message for us at: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/gardendc/message Note that we may use these messages on a future episode.

And be sure to leave us a 5-star review on your favorite podcast platform plus share us on social media with #GardenDC, so other gardeners can find us too!

Friday, July 05, 2024

Fenton Friday: Baby Gherkins

Gherkin cucumber seedling photos by Josh Panepento.

Another HOT and dry and windy week -- thankfully we finally got 0.2 of an inches of rain yesterday. It wasn't much, but every bit helps!

The mound with the Gherkin Cucumber seedlings has sprouted 6 seedlings. We will thin them down to just 3 next week -- seems heartless but is for the best of the remaining plants. I placed a wire cage over them to keep the birds from plucking them out of the soil. I may switch that wire cage next week to t
he Zucchini seedlings and place a cover cloth over the cucumbers for a few more weeks to protect them from squash vine borer. Once the vines start to flowering I'll remove the cloth so the blooms can get pollinated. 

Speaking of getting pollinated, our covered Eggplant and the Blackberry plants may soon lose their protective coverings too and have to fend for themselves for the rest of the growing season.

The two variegated red Cotton plants that were planted in the heat are finally starting to recover. It was real touch-and-go for the past week with them.

The peppers, sweet potato, and tomato plants are humming along -- I think we will soon have the currant and cherry tomatoes to snack on.

Next on our list will be to clear out some space for planting Okra and more cutting-garden flowers such as Cosmos.

What are you growing in your edible garden 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 in zone 7 Mid-Atlantic MD/DC border. I'm plot #16. It is a 10 ft x 20 ft space and this is our 13th year in the garden. (It opened in May 2011.) See past posts about our edible garden by putting "Fenton" into the Search box above (at the top, left on this blog).

Monday, July 01, 2024

Saturday, June 29, 2024

GardenDC Podcast on Holiday Break

GardenDC: The award-winning podcast about Mid-Atlantic Gardening is taking a break for the Independence Day holiday and will be back shortly with new episodes. While there is no new episode today, we recommend you re-listen to a past favorite or catch up on some that you might have missed. We also have the following suggestions of past episodes that we think you will enjoy:

~ GardenDC Episode 153: An American Garden Story
BTW, YOU can become a listener supporter for as little as $0.99 per month! 

We welcome your questions and comments! You can leave a voice mail message for us at: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/gardendc/message Note that we may use these messages on a future episode.

And be sure to leave us a 5-star review on your favorite podcast platform plus share us on social media with #GardenDC, so other gardeners can find us too!

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