April 9th, 2014

VIDEO: Photos of the Day – Garden of Europe From the Air

In today’s pictures, flower fields near Keukenhof Park are seen from above in the Netherlands, Syrian opposition fighters carry a wounded comrade in Aleppo, a competitor performs in the Pizza World Championship in Italy, and much more. Photo: Reuters

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April 4th, 2014

VIDEO: Cherry Blossoms: April 4 at Brookside Gardens

The cherry blossoms for which Washington is famous may be in the Tidal Basin—but pockets of cherry trees can be found all over. We’re bringing you a daily video portrait of cherry trees around the region—and asking you to share blossoms in your neighborhood with the hashtag #DCblooms.

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March 29th, 2014

VIDEO: Cherry Blossoms: March 29 in Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

The cherry blossoms for which Washington is famous may be in the Tidal Basin—but pockets of cherry trees can be found all over. We’re bringing you a daily video portrait of cherry trees around the region—and asking you to share blossoms in your neighborhood with the hashtag #DCblooms.

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March 28th, 2014

VIDEO: Organic Pest Control

Eggs make a nutritious breakfast – but don’t throw away the shells. Instead, you can turn them into homemade pest control. Let them dry out for a few days in a paper bag and then crush them up. Sprinkle them in your garden to get rid of beetles or slugs. The cracked shells are irritating for the pests to walk on and they’ll soon leave. Eggs aren’t the only food that can be used as organic pest control. Flies hate the smell of basil, so plant the herb by your door. At a summertime barbecue, you can get rid of mosquitos by putting sage or rosemary on the grill, as their smell acts as a natural repellant. Some people feel that these organic pest solutions are safer than the chemical alternatives. Many bug repellants, for example, contain a chemical called DEET, which the U.S. Army originally developed in the 1950s for use in jungle warfare. Although the government approves DEET for use in bug repellant, a 2009 study by a team of French scientists found that DEET may cause nervous system damage, and they recommended further research be done into DEET’s possible side effects. Organic foods can also double up as household cleaners, helping to avoid the use of chemicals like bleach and ammonia, which can irritate our skin, nose and eyes. Vinegar is a natural cleaner because of its high acidity. Pour a cup of white vinegar into a dishwasher and run it to help remove soap buildup. And you can use lemon juice and an old toothbrush to clean dirty tile grout. To ensure you have energy for all that cleaning, you’d better start your day with a nutritious breakfast…like scrambled eggs.

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February 28th, 2014

VIDEO: Orchid Show brightens NY winter

The 12th Annual Orchid Show blooms at the New York Botanical Garden, adding color and warmth to an icy Big Apple. Tara Cleary reports.

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January 30th, 2014

VIDEO: How to care for squash plants

If your squash plant is wilting no matter what you try, you might have a squash borer. Fine Gardening’s Danielle Sherry shows Fine Cooking’s Sarah Breckenridge how to protect a squash plant with an unexpected household item – pantyhose!

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January 22nd, 2014

Colorful Varieties of Vegetables for a Rainbow on Your Table

The colorful part of any meal seems to be the palette of vegetables that one can find on one’s platter. In today’s grocery market or farmers’ market one can shop for the usual vegetable but in an unusual array of colors. Or you can raise these colorful vegetable varieties in your own home garden. It amazes TheGardenLady to see all the new colors of vegetables that one can now grow in a home vegetable garden.

For example, orange always seemed to be a pretty enough color on the plate. For example, how attractive are orange carrots with the green of the green beans and the white of the potatoes? But now you can change the colors if not the foods. Using the same foods you can now serve them in different colors: like white carrots with yellow (green) beans  and  purple potatoes. Or would you rather have purple carrots with an orange potato and a colorful pinkish French green bean? (see here)To raise colorful carrots, check out Cosmic Purple Carrot for 2014 that is purple on the outside with shades of yellow or orange flesh. (see here).

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January 17th, 2014

Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden

Very beautiful. Quite a few years ago a gardener of bonsai chrysanthemums worked his craft at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. It was filmed and shown on one of the PBS stations. Maybe this year I will try growing. Thank you for the inspiration.

Recently TheGardenLady received the above comment regarding a post on TheGardenLady blog about chrysanthemums.

For more information about the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens show that was held in October entitled Kiku:The Art of the Japanese Garden you can watch their video above to see how the Botanical garden got ready for the special chrysanthemum show.

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January 13th, 2014

2014 Flower Shows

In December sugarplums may have danced in one’s head. But in January it is the FLOWER SHOWS that plant lovers dream about.  These Flower Shows will soon open their doors to showcase the magic of flowers.  And the 2014 Flower Shows look like they will be winners.

You don’t want to miss your local or state flower show. And if you have cabin fever during this long cold winter, think about planning to follow the flower show trail around the world.

Every year this GardenLady gets to the Philadelphia Flower Show, which is touted to be the largest indoor flower show in the world.  This year’s Art Themed Flower Show, called ARTiculture  will run March 1-9th. To avoid crowds it is advised to come when the doors open or around dinnertime.

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January 10th, 2014

This cold winter has a good side for gardeners and farmers

 

Are you enjoying this amazing winter? Or are you, like this GardenLady, ready and eager for Spring weather?  I guess I was getting spoiled with the milder winters we have had for the last few years.

The Farmers’ Almanac had predicted that this would be a frigid winter.  Who wanted to believe? They do claim 80% accuracy.

This extreme cold weather does have a good side for gardeners and farmers. It can kill off some of the insects that attack plants. Fewer insect species survive temperatures that drop into the teens. With the frigid temperatures that we have had over the past few weeks, many of the insect pests will have died so that they will be less numerous in the spring and summer. Hopefully this will mean that less pesticides will have to be used on lawns, gardens and crops. Sadly, however, this frigid weather will also kill many of the beneficial insects.

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