The National Garden Bureau begins an initiative to encourage “A Garden In Every Yard…Or Roof” This slogan is our mission to convert people into gardeners to benefit the environment, our planet, and our communities. No one is exempt from our green movement; even urbanites can garden on roofs.
“They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”1 Today green space continues to disappear—turned into another mall, fast-food restaurant or subdivision. To counter this assault on the environment, it is important that an appreciation of the outdoors is nurtured in adults and children. Researchers at Washington State University recently completed a study2 showing that a love of plants and nature in adults goes back to their experiences as a child. While active participation such as planting trees and picking flowers created the strongest attitudes, merely growing up with a garden, being near trees and plants, and visiting parks during childhood resulted in positive adult values towards the environment. Gardening is an excellent way for adults to connect with kids; a time when everyone can step back from the fast pace of daily life and relax. Sharing
One of the self-satisfying things about growing your own vegetables is the knowledge that you are providing healthy food for you and your family. Many claims have been made for various classes of vegetables, from helping to lower cholesterol to reducing the risks of certain types of cancer. We make no particular health claims for vegetables, but they have been recognized as being good sources of vitamins and minerals, and have long been thought of as “health” foods. Salad Feasts While flowers and ornamental plants may be a feast for the eyes, a salad you’ve grown in your own garden is truly a feast for the body. One of the beauties of your own salad garden is its versatility. You can make an “enthusiastic salad” – where you put everything you have into it – or keep things as simple as lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers. And if you have family members that may not be the avid fans of the leafy greens and their companions that you are, getting them involved in the salad garden project will often whet their appetites. Choices Salads today
Incorporate these realistic resolutions into your garden planning this year.I don’t typically make New Year’s Resolutions. Instead, I plan for the New Year’s garden. As a part of the planning process, however, I do come up with a list of things I want to do better, usually by looking at my friends’ gardens for inspiration.
Plant Only What You NeedI always get carried away starting seeds. I know I have a limited amount of garden space for each crop, and yet I always seem to end up with a more-than-healthy surplus of seedlings. A few extra seedlings are a good idea, as pests, disease, and greenhouse accidents usually claim a few tender shoots. I, however, end up with several trays worth, wasting potting soil and time on plants that I do not have room for.This year, I resolved to plant only what I need, saving extra seeds for later on in the season. In order to do that, I needed to confront my second resolution, something that all of the great farmers and gardeners I know make a regular habit of doing.
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A couple proves that when it comes to flowering perennials, more is merrier in this bountiful Saint-Hippolyte, Quebec, garden.Many of Françoise Grenon’s fondest childhood memories feature the family-owned nursery that her father opened in 1948 in the Saguenay region, about 200 kilometres north of Quebec City. “All winter, I’d do my homework in the greenhouse,” she says. “Flowers are my life.” Françoise dreamed that someday she would follow in her father’s horticultural footsteps. “Years ago, when I moved to Montreal, I lived in an apartment with no space for a garden. I told myself that one day I’d have a large piece of land where I could do whatever I wanted.” Françoise’s dream came true in 2005, when one of her clients (she works in sustainable development for an industrial company) mentioned his house was for sale in Saint-Hippolyte, 80 kilometres northwest of Montreal. “My husband, Jacques Mayer, had wanted a house there. It was destiny,” she recalls. Once the couple saw the 7,900-square-metre sloped property, they knew it had great potential to become a fabulous weekend retreat.‘Becky’ Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum ×superbum ‘Becky’) peek over a rainbow of plants, including Eulalia grass (Miscanthus sinensis cvs.), Billard spirea (Spiraea ×billardii), ‘Berry
In the Garden: Top trends for 2016
Busy gardeners lead the way toward another hot, dry summer
By Steve Whysall, Vancouver Sun columnist January 3, 2016
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In the Garden: Top trends for 2016
Vancouver’s drive to create more tree canopy will require more homeowners to plant more trees, and learn more about how to care for them during their early months in the ground.
Photograph by: Allen McInnis , Montreal Gazette
Planting more trees, ripping out lawns, growing more fruit and vegetables and generally finding an easier, less time-consuming way to have a garden — these are just a few of the top trends expected to shape our passion for gardening in 2016.
In Greater Vancouver, the prospect of another hot, dry summer with more water restrictions is making many gardeners rethink the kinds of plants they will buy this spring.
The emphasis will be on drought-tolerance and sturdy, easy-care cultivars that can withstand a prolonged heat wave and thrive with barely a sip of water.
Expect to see a bump in sales of succulents and warm-season grasses as well as yuccas and windmill palms and highly decorative tender container plants like aeonium and echeveria.
We all know plants are amazing organisms, but did you know that some of them have done their math homework as well? Remember back in the dim reaches of high school math class learning about Fibonacci numbers, where each number the sequence is equal to the sum of the previous two? It turns out that many plants with spiraling shapes, such as cauliflower, artichokes, and sunflowers, make use of the Fibonacci sequence to pack their florets as tightly as possible, thereby maximizing the their ability to gather sunlight for photosynthesis. How does a plant accomplish this feat? It uses the hormone auxin to direct the growth of the florets in this most efficient spiral pattern. The way auxin and certain proteins interact within a sunflower, for example, gives rise to the astounding pattern of disk florets — and later seeds — in the center of the sunflower. In a recent study, researchers using a mathematical model to predict where auxin would accumulate in a sunflower were able to reproduce exactly the real Fibonacci spirals in sunflowers.
For more about this study, go to Science Shot. For more about Fibonacci numbers in the natural world, go to Fibonacci in Nature.’Royal Frost’
Nothing signals the end of winter like the first crocuses poking their heads through the last of the melting snows. Few plants are as easy to grow, or as rewarding, as the early-blooming bulbs. The only challenge is remembering to purchase and plant the bulbs–during the excitement of the summer and fall gardening season, it’s hard to imagine just how bleak the garden can look in late winter. Plan now for fall planting, and come spring you’ll be glad you did!
Following is a selection of early-blooming bulbs. Since many of these are small in stature, they look best planted in relatively large numbers. Don’t be intimidated by the thought of planting 100 or more bulbs; the tiny bulbs take just seconds to plant, especially if your soil is relatively loose. Simply make a slice in the soil with a trowel about 4 inches deep, wiggle it a little to make a hole, and, holding the soil back with the trowel, drop in the bulb. As you slide out the trowel, push any scattered soil back into the hole, then water the area to settle the soil.Blue Siberian Squills (Scilla)Scilla is one of the earliest spring flowers to bloom. Flowering for
Announcing the 2016 Garden-to-Table Experience! It’s a unique garden tour with exclusive access and guided tours that you won’t find anywhere else.
Not only will you explore some of the most beautiful revered gardens, but also they will serve as a backdrop to culinary adventures with gourmet food prepared by award-winning chefs.
This year, we start in Philadephia and continue into Delaware and New York, stopping at 10 of the Northeast’s most revered gardens, farms, and arboretums.
Sponsored by the trusted and venerable Old Farmer’s Almanac, we’ll travel in small groups—providing you with the structure and the peace of mind to enjoy your trip in comfort.
And who knows gardening and garden-to-table food better than the Almanac? Whether you’re an experienced horticulturalist, a complete gardening novice, or simply someone who would love a relaxing holiday amidst sublime natural beauty and great food, this trip is sure to inspire.
Traveling in style aboard luxury coach, you will visit the most beautiful private and public gardens across three states (PA, Delaware, NY), with exclusive behind-the-scenes access.
- Among our stops will be a visit to Stonecrop Gardens and the exemplary Blue Hill at Stone Barns, as headed by executive chef Dan Barber, who has made a spectacular career of using locally sourced and in-season produce