Some numbers from last week:
- 37 new members.
- 190 new threads.
- 3,577 new posts.
- 1,858 new images to the plant database.
- 59 new comments in the plant database.
News from dave:
|June 2012 Painting Raffle!! Sharon and jmorth are teaming up to host this month's raffle, and you do NOT want to miss a chance at this one! Tickets are 10 acorns each. The grand prize winner receives a beautiful painting by Sharon. 2nd and 3rd place winners get Gloriosa bulbs from jmorth! Click here for more info.|
There were 12 new gardening ideas posted last week:
June 4, 2012
|What's Blooming in May|
|“The flowery May, who from her green lap throws, The yellow cowslip, and the pale primrose." (John Milton)
The cornucopia of color that is May in the Midwest certainly does include the cowslip and the primrose, but ever so many more interesting and beautiful varieties. Follow me into the garden and see what's blooming at Cottage-in-the-Meadow in May. (1,046 words - Read the full article)|
June 1, 2012
|A quick tip|
|I use an old metal milk crate to sit on when I pull weeds. It is a lot better than squatting or on your knees. Paint it so that you can find it easily in your yard.
Plastic milk crates would probably work too.|
May 31, 2012
|A fun, easy, and environmentally friendly way to plant large or difficult to reach areas is with seed bombs. A typical recipe for seed bombs is: 5 parts dry powdered natural clay, 3 parts dry organic compost,1 part seed,1-2 parts water.
After mixing together all of the dry ingredients, slowly add water to the mixture until the mixture sticks together but isn't too wet or too dry and crumbly that you cannot roll it into balls. Roll into quarter size balls. Let dry for 48-72 hours. Bombs away!|
May 30, 2012
|A labeling tip|
|For no-fade labels that show up well on black or green nursery pots, use a Sharpie Silver Metallic Marker. I use them to mark cell packs (aka "sheet pots"), too. The labels are still legible 3 years later, even in full sun.|
May 29, 2012
|A mouse tip|
|Fresh mint repels mice. Every couple of weeks pick a fresh handful and spread it around the area where mice are a problem.|