May 22, 2015

A Charming Story and Good Information.

I subscribe to Dave's Garden Newsletter and often it goes unread in my mailbox because I'm too busy with other things. Today I had time to take a peek at it. I found this sweet, funny story about Feverfew (which grows in my yard) and other herbs. The part I like best though was the mountain memory that reminded me a little of my Aunt Ruth and my Grandma, Nannie, who were a major part of my childhood. Neither of them was an "Aunt Ellen" both were "Aunt Bett's" and I loved them dearly.  Follow this link to read about Aunt Bett, Aunt Ellen and feverfew.  Dave's Garden

May 15, 2015

What the Numbers on Fertilizer Mean

Even after gardening and running a nursery for years, I sometimes have to put on my thinking cap to remember what those numbers stand for on fertilizer. I found this nifty little piece of info and thought it might be helpful for others.

All fertilizer labels have three bold numbers. The first number is the amount of nitrogen (N), the second number is the amount of phosphate (P2O5) and the third number is the amount of potash (K2O). These three numbers represent the primary nutrients (nitrogen(N) - phosphorus(P) - potassium(K)).

N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

May 8, 2015

I'm never without this Mosquito Repellent Plant on my Porch....

Or deck or outside swing. Citronella scented Geranium is not only beautiful with it's  pretty  two-toned pink flowers but it keeps away mosquitoes too. I put a potted one on the porch and deck so I can grab a leaf and rub it on my arms, neck and ankles - any where these buggers bite. Keeps them away and smells wonderful too. The pictures are of a whole tray of them for sale in the greenhouse yard.

It's not a perennial here (zone 6B) but I winter it over in a sunny window. Easy to root from cuttings too!

May 1, 2015

Hummers and Woodpeckers...Who Knew??

Look who is sharing the hummingbird feeder! Ever since I put up the feeders this little woodpecker has been drinking the nectar. The hummers don't seem to mind either. They all drink together happily. Even the big ladder back woodpecker drinks occasionally. I've never had this happen in all the years I've fed hummers.