Monday, June 10, 2024

Monday Thoughts: "In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." - Robert Blake

"In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." - Robert Blake

Saturday, June 08, 2024

GardenDC Podcast Episode 198: Rats and Other Destructive Critters

In this episode of GardenDC: The Podcast about Mid-Atlantic Gardening, we talk with Josh Singer, DC Parks and Recreation Community Garden Specialist, about dealing with rats and other destructive garden critters. The plant profile is on Love-in-a-Mist 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 Why June is the Perfect Month from Christy Page of Green Prints.

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

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 50: Deer-Resistant Native Plants

https://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/2021/03/gardendc-podcast-episode-50-deer.html

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 174: Wildscaping

https://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/2023/11/gardendc-podcast-episode-174-wildscaping.html

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SHOW NOTES will be posted on 6-11-2024.

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Episode Credits:
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Interview Edit and Show Notes: Josh Panepento

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Friday, June 07, 2024

Fenton Friday: Tomatoes and Peppers In

This week we planted our Tomatoes ('Green Zebra', 'White Currant', 'Icicle Orange Paste'), Peppers ('Mini Bell' sweet and 'Buena Mulata' hot), and one Eggplant 'Antigua Lavender'.

They went in the bed where we had the Arugula was in and also where I found a dead bunny last week (more on that below). As pulled the bolted Arugula out, e collected those seedpods for drying.

The dead bunny didn't appear to have any puncture wounds or blood on it, so I suspected poisoning, (Im sparing the photo I took of the dead rabbit in the bucket I used to dispose of him.) Sure enough, our local neighborhood list is full of dead rabbit and rat sightings over the last several days. Some claim it is a fox or cat, but the suddenness and high numbers at once point to poison. No one has admitted to it though.

Back to the good news side of things, I harvested a small bucket full of Blackberries and so far the mesh netting and fake snake I draped over it are doing their job!

The pollinator/herb garden area continues to recover well. We harvested more Lettuce salads and the Garlic Scapes became a delicious (but strong!) pesto. Apologies to all who I encounter this weekend -- I'm exuding garlic fumes and no vampires will dare approach me!

The overwintered Dahlia plants are starting to flower and the Zinnia seedlings are up.

Next week I hope to finish the Cutting Garden plantings and to put in all the Basil plants I have been sent to try out.

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, June 03, 2024

Monday Thoughts: “We all share one planet and are one humanity; there is no escaping this reality.” ~ Wangari Maathai

“We all share one planet and are one humanity; there is no escaping this reality.” ~ Wangari Maathai

Saturday, June 01, 2024

GardenDC Podcast Episode 197: Growing Herbs in Shade

In this episode of GardenDC: The Podcast about Mid-Atlantic Gardening, we talk with returning guest Kim Roman of Square Foot Gardening 4 U about growing herbs in the shade. The plant profile is on Blue-eyed Grass 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 Zucchini Lasagna from Christy Page
of Green Prints.

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

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 116: Miniature Vegetables

https://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/2022/08/gardendc-podcast-episode-116-miniature.html

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 3: Cool-Season Edible Gardening

https://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/2020/03/gardendc-podcast-episode-3.html

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 157: Ginger and Turmeric

https://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/2023/07/gardendc-podcast-episode-157-ginger-and.html

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SHOW NOTES: 0:58 Welcome back Kim Roman of Square Foot Gardening 4 U 1:49 Kim talks about her new book “Growing Herbs for Health, Wellness, Cooking and Crafts” and teases a third book 4:40 What Kim is growing in her garden in North East, Maryland 5:45 Defining shade 7:07 How shade affects plant growth 9:26 Kim’s favorite type of mulch around herbs 9:44 Why Kim uses raised beds instead of growing in ground 11:21 Using Mel’s Mix and modified soil mixes 12:28 The pot-in-pot method and how it helps with wind protection 14:14 Catnip and how that herb is for more than cats 15:00 Consulting an herbalist Michelle Guerrero Denison, The Twig & Feather 16:53 Parsley - how it grows in shade and uses of the herb 18:48 Tips for Parsley seed germination 19:38 Buying herbs in the Mid-Atlantic Richardson’s Floral Center, Newark, DE Sharp’s at Waterford Farm, Brookeville, MD Baltimore Herb Festival, Baltimore, MD 21:04 Kathy shares a story about Chives and cats 22:01 Kim talks about growing Chives 23:27 Oregano growth and usage 24:28 Mint and growing it in the shade to make it less invasive 27:04 Lemon Balm benefits 27:59 Tarragon vs. French Tarragon 28:55 Thyme and Sage, “It’s all about the drainage” 29:56 Cilantro and defining herbs 32:30 Keeping Cilantro in the shade helps it last longer 33:02 How much sun does Ginger need? 34:35 Chervil and lowering blood pressure 35:28 Hyssop 36:18 Calendula 38:15 Kim’s favorite and least favorite herbs 39:28 “If you were to have just one pot, say on a balcony, and your balcony wasn't getting direct sun, what herbs would you recommend that person grow in that pot?” 41:25 Find Kim on her website sfg4u.com and on social media @SquareFootGarden4U @CulinaryHerbsForWellness and @YourIndoorFoodGarden 42:01 Kim’s final words, “Never get discouraged” 43:04 Plant Profile: Blue-Eyed Grass 44:41 What’s new in the garden this week? 45:31 Upcoming events in the Maryland, D.C., and Virginia area You can find out more about those at extension.umd.edu, silverspringgardenclub.com, and mdflora.org 47:22 Washingtion Gardener will be at ​​Lotus and Water Lily Festival at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC this July 47:37 The May issue of the Washington Gardener Magazine is available at https://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/ 48:35 Check out Groundcover Revolution by Kathy Jentz for low-maintenance alternatives for lawns on Amazon.com and Bookshop.org 51:00 Guilt-free zucchini lasagna with Christy Page from Food Gardening Network

Please vote for GardenDC in the first-ever GardenComm’s People’s Choice Horti Awards.
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Episode Credits:
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Interview Edit and Show Notes: Josh Panepento

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