Your All Things Plants weekly news

for May 9, 2015

This Week's Gardening Ideas:

We're Celebrating Irises This Week!

By dave
May 9, 2015
We're Celebrating Irises This Week!

We open our Irises Celebration Week with a look at the top cultivars, top comments, most thumbed images, a contest, and more! (1,502 words - Read the full article)

Watering Your Strawberry Jars

By Eric4home
May 8, 2015
Watering Your Strawberry Jars

Getting your strawberry jars established with the soil intact can be challenging. I have tried various methods, such as using some coir (coconut fiber) or sphagnum moss around the transplants to hold the soil in the ports. The best method I've found is to inset a watering pipe into the center of the container as follows: (239 words - Read the full article)

Stock Tank Pond

By Newyorkrita
May 7, 2015
Stock Tank Pond

Sink a stock tank in the ground and cover the edges with large flat rocks for a natural look. (178 words - Read the full article)

Garlic, Part III

By drdawg
May 6, 2015
Garlic, Part III

I have covered some of the history of garlic, some of the misconceptions related to garlic, and the growing/harvesting/storage of garlic. Let's now look at some of the more readily available varieties so that we understand what characteristics they will have and how they are similar yet different in bulb/clove color, size, flavor, and pungency. (1,107 words - Read the full article)

Garlic, Part II

By drdawg
May 5, 2015
Garlic, Part II

I have grown heirloom, gourmet garlic for several years. Here is some information on garlic you might find in your grocery store, how to grow and harvest garlic, and how to store it. (1,134 words - Read the full article)

Garlic, Part I

By drdawg
May 4, 2015
Garlic, Part I

I have grown heirloom, gourmet garlic for several years, and over that time have learned some of its history, some of the myths/misconceptions associated with it, and what garlic grows where. In a second article I will discuss some aspects of the particular varieties, how to grow it, and how to store it. (618 words - Read the full article)

All About the Black Soldier Fly

By orchidgal
May 3, 2015
All About the Black Soldier Fly

The Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) is an insect that all gardeners should become familiar with. After my encounter with it, I did much research and I am happy to share the information that I've found with my fellow gardeners. (422 words - Read the full article)

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

By tveguy3:
Image from plant ID 584319
By ARUBA1334:
Image from plant ID 609017
By grannysgarden:
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By treehugger:
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By dirtdorphins:
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By janwax:
Image from plant ID 239144
By vanozzi:
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By Bloombuddie:
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By Calif_Sue:
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The most popular Multi-Plant Photos from last week:

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Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:

8 people gave for the idea "Garlic, Part III" by drdawg

7 people gave for the idea "Garlic, Part II" by drdawg

6 people gave for the idea "Garlic, Part I" by drdawg

6 people gave for the idea "Stock Tank Pond" by Newyorkrita

5 people gave for the idea "Where Is That Amazing Garden?" by JKing

4 people gave for the idea "All About the Black Soldier Fly" by orchidgal

3 people gave for post #844230 in "A Virtual Visit to the Bay Area Daylily Society Show and Sale" by mellielong

2 people gave for post #843614 in "Peony Blooms 2015" by huang049

2 people gave for post #844343 in "Beefriends and Other Friends too!! two and II" by evermorelawnless

2 people gave for post #846411 in "Tropical shrub for ID please" by greene

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
Brunnera problemsjerseyridgeartsPerennials forum55
What do you plant with your dicentras?lovesbloomsShade Gardening forum35
2015 Veggie GardensNewyorkritaNortheast Gardening forum30
Thank you!TerriStanleySempervivum and Jovibarba forum29
Hooray! Time For World Naked Gardening Day!XenacrockettDaylilies forum28
Is this some species of ashMakanudoPlant ID forum25
Help me narrow my Iris wishlistanmiller86Irises forum25
Weed or an herb?abhegePlant ID forum23
New 3 acre lotAnderwoodAsk a Question forum23

Some new reviews from the ATP Green Pages:

lauribob recommended Wildseed Farms and wrote:

Great prices on wildflower and other seeds. Shipping is reasonable and prompt. Generous quantities of seed in the packets.

lauribob recommended Pinetree Garden Seeds and wrote:

I've been getting my seeds from these guys for many years now. The quantity is smaller than some other places, but the price reflects this. They have a great selection of veggies and flowers. I don't grow acres of vegetables, so it works perfectly for me - I don't have a bunch of leftover seeds and I can try more varieties. I also get seed potatoes and other spring bulbs from them - all reliably good quality. They have a nice selection of garden books, craft supplies, seed starting supplies, and lots of interesting misc. as well. Their customer service is the best!

lauribob recommended Gilbert H Wild and wrote:

Good value here! Their daylilies are nice size fans and bargain basement prices. I've never had one fail to thrive. I've also had great luck with their hostas and other perennials. Product is well packed, frequently potted plants, and shipped at the right time.

lauribob recommended Lee Valley Tools, Ltd. and wrote:

My experience has been very positive with this company. All the garden tools I have bought from them are high quality and reasonably priced. (Not cheap, mind you, but good value.) We have also bought a number of woodworking tools from them which are also well made. I would not hesitate to recommend this seller.

MikeD recommended Epic Tomatoes: How To Select & Grow the Best Varieties of All Time and wrote:

I second what Don has already written about "Epic Tomatoes: How to Select & Grow the Best Varieties of All Time" in his review and would like to add the following: I have known Craig for many years (close to a couple of decades now?!?!?!) and can attest to his qualifications for authoring a book on this subject. He is a hands-on researcher with decades of experience working with tomatoes. "Epic Tomatoes" covers so much material, you will probably not be sitting and reading from cover to cover at one sitting. Although it is a comprehensive reference on the subject of tomatoes, Craig's writing style is easy (fun) to read. I enjoyed reading his personal journey and how he developed his interest in tomatoes, as well as the backgrounds and histories of the varieties that he highlights. On top of the histories and recommendations that Craig presents, every other topic is covered in this one book -- Biology, planting, growing, harvest help, troubleshooting tips, breeding tips, seed saving info, and more. I give it a solid thumbs-up!

jon recommended The Illustrated Guide to Daylilies and wrote:

Great book. The Illustrated Guide to Daylilies provides all of the information about daylilies that you could want for only 20 dollars. I highly recommend it!

flaflwrgrl recommended Green Methods and wrote:

I have ordered Trichogramma minutum wasp eggs twice from this company. I have been impressed with their knowledge, efficiency, and pleasant attitude each time I have spoken with them. The eggs arrived exactly when they were supposed to and in great condition. The eggs hatched perfectly. Green Methods is the online retail name of the company, but they are also known as Beneficial Insectary at the same location and with the same contact information. Here is a link to the Beneficial Insectary website: This company is one of only two or three in the US that actually produce the beneficial wasps I use. There are other companies out there selling the wasps as "middlemen," when in fact they get them from this company or one of the few other companies that produce them. I would much rather deal with the producer. I get the product sent directly to me rather than having it sent to another company that then turns around and reships it to me.

We keep growing, because ATP is where all the excitement is these days! Check out these numbers from last week: