Sunday, August 10, 2014

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Plant Moss In Gardens For A Dramatic Carpet Like Landscape

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Mosses grow naturally in most temperate areas of the world. They are primarily found growing in lightly shaded areas or where there are periods of sun in the morning or late afternoon. Some species grow well in extremely deep shade. Mosses thrive in moist, average soil. Most mosses will survive periods of drought and quickly regenerate once water becomes available again. As a group, they withstand heat and cold, grow slowly and live a long time.

What is Moss? Like ferns, mosses grow from spores. The spores develop green threadlike branches called protonema, rather than true roots. The protonema push into the ground (or in some cases, attach to a surface) and then eventually develop the tiny flat leaves. Thousands of these plants will bunch together to make a single patch of moss. The protonema serve primarily to anchor the moss to the growing surface. Mosses obtain all their nutrients from the air rather than the soil, which is why it is able to grow on rocks! Moss in the Landscape.
The Japanese have used moss in their traditional gardens for centuries, but it is only now beginning to gain popularity and acceptance in this country. True mosses, club mosses and peat mosses can be found in a wide range of rich colors, fine textures and unique appearances.

Plant Trumpet Vines to Attract Hummingbirds

The trumpet vine gets its name from the shape of the flowers Trumpet vine (Campsis radicans), also known as hummingbird vine, is a perennial climbing plant whose bright, trumpet-shaped flowers attract hummingbirds. The plant is native to the southern United States and is easily grown in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 4 through 9. The plant is so easy to cultivate, in fact, that stopping it is often a much bigger concern than growing it. This hearty plant requires little care other than keeping it from taking over the entire garden. Select a location for your trumpet vine where it will receive full sun to partial shade. Full sun will provide more of the flowers that attract hummingbirds. Make sure the vine will not be close to your house or other building, as this vigorous climber can damage foundations and shingles.
Decide what shape you want from your vine. If left to its own devices and planted far from vertical structures, the trumpet creeper will grow to the shape of a small shrub. Most growers prefer to provide a trellis, fence or other support for the vine to climb. Do not grow trumpet vine close to trees, as the vine will eventually overcome and strangle them.
Dig a hole for the vine that is large enough to accommodate the roots of the plant. Place the plant in the hole and backfill, gently tamping down the soil around the plant. The soil should be no higher on the plant in the ground than it was in the original pot.
Water the vine thoroughly immediately after planting. After planting, provide about an inch of water per week to your vine unless adequate rainfall does the watering for you. Trumpet vine grows well in many different soil types, so nothing special must be done to the soil unless it still has puddles on top of it 5 to 6 hours after rain. In this case the soil will need to be amended with gravel or sand to make it drain better.
Prune the vine in spring or fall to control the growth. It may be necessary to trim this vigorous grower at both of these times to keep it in check. Remove dead and damaged limbs when pruning. Trim the limbs back as far as needed to keep the plant from growing out of control where you don’t want it. No other special pruning techniques are required. Deadhead the vine as needed to remove spent blossoms. BUY HUMMINGBIRD VINES ONLINE

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From Christmas Ferns, New York Ferns, Hay Scented Ferns to Glade Ferns, we have the best selection of quality nattive ferns online.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

August Gardening Tips On Pruning Tomatoes and Other Vegetables in Your Garden

Pruning tomato plants, removing strawberry “runners”, and fertilizing container annuals are some of the gardening activities for this month. To help your tomato plants direct all their energy into growing the fruit that's already set, prune off some of the vines that contain flowers but no young fruit. Pinch off suckers growing from where the branches connect to the main stem (the leaf axils). Keep moisture levels even to prevent blossom end rot. Renew mulch if necessary. Strawberry plants are in very active growth these days, and new “runners” or plants attached to the main one will proliferate. Remove runners to keep plants spaced according to the method you're using so plants will put their energy into producing future fruit, instead of new runners. Left alone, a bed will turn into a mass of foliage and few berries. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, and other fresh, very perishable fruit should be kept refrigerated and not washed until serving time. Green vegetables, however, such as broccoli, peas, and beans, as well as beets and carrots, should be washed before storing in the refrigerator. If you have lots of produce, or have a CSA share or visit local farm stands, you may need to store produce for later in the season or into next winter. Freezing vegetables is an easy and quick means of storing for the long term, if you have spare freezer space. A spare chest freezer can quickly be filled during the growing season, and be worth the investment. You’ll save much from not having to buy produce at stores, eat healthy, and know the produce is fresh and local. Exceptions to freezing are green onions, lettuce and other salad greens, cucumbers, and tomatoes (except for juices and cooking). Make sure to use bags or containers listed for freezer use, as others don’t contain moisture and vegetables will dehydrate. Most vegetables (onions and sliced peppers are exceptions) need “blanching” prior to freezing to kill bacteria and stop enzymes that deteriorate produce. Simply set vegetables (I use cheesecloth or similar bags) in boiling water (a pound for a gallon of water), or suspend in a basket above steam for a short time. Then cool quickly in cold running water. The thicker or larger the fruit, the more time is needed. Shelled peas need about one and a half minutes, corn kernels 4 minutes, squash 3 minutes, sliced carrots about 2 minutes, and whole carrots about 5 minutes. Any fertilizer you've applied to annual flowers in containers has probably washed out of the soil in rain, so give them another dose. Clip off spent blooms and cut some stems way back to encourage lots of new growth. Do this every couple of weeks. If you come home to a dried-out container planting, don't despair. Some plants will wilt dramatically, but come back once moistened. If the water you add from the top pours right through, place the entire container in a saucer or tray of water and let the water soak into the soil from below for and hour or so. If it's still hot and sunny out, place the plant in a shady, cool spot for a few days. Remove damaged foliage and see if it develops new growth. Other garden activities for this month include visiting local perennial nurseries to see what is new and in bloom (such as some of the great new coneflower colors), keeping hummingbird feeders filled and cleaned often, and checking plants often for pests and disease. Buy Garden Plants Online at Tn Tree Farm Nursery

Monarch Butterflies Need Our Help

Monarchs—those beautiful orange butterflies we’ve seen all around in late summer in past years—are becoming scarce. This is due in large part to loss of habitat—both where they overwinter in Mexico and summer in the U.S., as well as some recent temperature extremes. While we can’t do much about the weather, we can help monarchs by restoring their habitats and food they require to survive and reproduce. Monarch butterflies overwinter in a unique forest habitat in central Mexico. Ecotourism, illegal logging, and natural disruptions such as fire or disease threaten this small region where all the monarchs overwinter. Since record keeping began in 1994, their numbers peaked at an estimated one billion in 1996, compared to an estimated 33 million during the winter of 2013-2014. During this winter, only 1.65 acres were covered with monarchs, compared to 51.8 acres in 1996. After winter, monarchs migrate to the southern U.S. states where they breed. They have 3 to 5 generations per year, each generation only living 2 to 6 weeks, except the last. The final generation that migrates up to 2,500 miles back to Mexico can live up to 8 months. It is the successive generations, after the first, that migrate north and that we typically see there in mid to late summer. Understanding how they feed is a key to how we can help monarchs. While the adult butterflies are “generalists” and can feed on the nectar of a variety of flowers, the caterpillars (or larvae, that of course latter change into the butterflies after forming a “chrysalis”) are “specialists” feeding only on milkweed. Female butterflies use visual and chemical cues to locate milkweed plants for laying their eggs. They seldom lay eggs on other plants if there are no milkweeds, as the larvae that hatch will die. Much of the “breeding” ground or habitats of the monarch in this country have been lost. In populated areas, this has been due to development and loss of the important milkweeds, replaced by either paving or manicured landscapes. Over half the monarchs that end up migrating back to Mexico have done so historically from the central states or “corn belt.” Milkweeds have been decimated in these areas from the increased use of weed killers on herbicide-tolerant (GMO) soybeans and corn, and the increased production of these for biofuels. Couple these factors with a changing climate of extremes, including cold and wet springs and summer droughts, and many fewer have bred and returned to Mexico. Based on these facts on the monarch butterfly habitats and needs, here are ways you can help these beautiful pollinators. In your community, encourage local towns, property owners, and farmers to delay mowing areas with milkweeds until fall. This is especially important in late summer when the migratory generation is developing. Also encourage local, state, and corporate officials from spraying pesticides and herbicides in monarch habitats (particularly those with milkweeds) along roads, railroads, and powerline right-of-ways. Especially avoid spraying for insects when monarchs are present. These same practices apply in home landscapes. In addition, you can plant butterfly gardens and plants using native milkweeds and nectar plants. A key is site selection—it should be in full sun (at least 6 hours or more a day), sheltered from wind, and with well-drained soil. Swamp milkweed is an exception to most butterfly plants, as it will take poor drainage and water-saturated soils. For eastern states, milkweeds to consider include the butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), common milkweed (A. syriaca), and the swamp milkweed (A. incarnata). Annual flowers for nectar include Indian blanket (Gaillardia pulchella), lantana, Egyptian star flower (Pentas lanceolata), Texas scarlet sage (Salvia coccinea), Mexican sunflower (Tithonia), and zinnia. Most other annual salvia are attractive to pollinators too, except perhaps the common scarlet sage bedding plant (Salvia splendens). Perennial flowers that should grow for more than one year include fennel (also a host for the black swallowtail), Joe pye (Eupatorium purpureum), tall garden phlox (Phlox paniculata), ironweed (Vernonia), sedum, and purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). When choosing flowers, particularly from groups like the coneflowers which have many selections with double or frilled flowers, try to include species rather than cultivars (cultivated varieties). Species often contain more nectar and may be more attractive to pollinators like the monarch. Buy Milkweed and Other Type plants for butterflies at Garden Plants Nursery