Your All Things Plants weekly news: September 28, 2013
There were 7 new gardening ideas posted last week:
September 25, 2013
|Echinacea Clean Up|
|If you don't like the appearance of your Echinacea seedheads in late summer and early fall, you can still tidy up their appearance and feed the goldfinches and other birds as well. To clean up, I wait until the stalk just below the seedheads turns brown/black. Cut the stalks and bundle like a bouquet and tie to the base of a pole or small tree. I do this so the finches can have the seeds, and it looks neater. The base of a shepherd's hook that holds your birdfeeders is an excellent spot to tie your seed bouquet. |
September 22, 2013
|Getting the Bugs out of Seeds|
|When I harvest my seeds, before they are catalogued and logged in, I always sprinkle some Diatomaceous Earth in a small container and add the seeds, then shake to distribute the DE among the seeds. This will take care of any bugs that were harvested along with the seeds, as well as any that may hatch out later.|
Some new recommendations from our members:
|woofie recommended Gardener's Supply Company and wrote:
I've ordered quite a few things from Gardener's Supply and have mostly been well pleased. (Their Tractor Scoot is just wonderful!) They have lots of nifty products. Of course, no one is perfect, so I've had occasion to contact customer service a time or two, and I have to say that their customer service is just about the best I've ever encountered. If there is a problem, they will fix it, and fix it quickly. Great company!
Some numbers from last week:
- 41 new members.
- 151 new threads.
- 3,454 new posts.
- 1,441 new images to the plant database.
- 119 new comments in the plant database.
- 32 new Multi-Plant photos.