Entries by finegarden@comporium.net

Five things to start on Valitinen”s Day

Fill Up Your Garden Heart: Five Crops to Start this Valentine’s Day In northern lands, February is still very much winter: cold winds, below-freezing days (and weeks), and ice-entombed soil lying dormant. This is the time of year that challenges our hearts to keep the faith: to build trust, patience, and good spirits in the […]

Recipe for Making Great Compost

While the following recipe may seem surprisingly simple, it is the essence of classic backyard composting. Once you know the process, adding your personal touch will help you cook up the perfect compost every time. Ingredients: Air, Water, Carbon (brown waste) and Nitrogen (green waste) To Prepare: Combine generous portions of all ingredients and allow to […]

Time to sow Delphinium seeds

Thanksgiving is a good time to sow Delphinium seeds. I say Delphinium because that is what they really are. Only one type interest me here in the South. Larkspur Consolidce is what I want yo talk about today. I say Thanksgiving because that is easy to remember when to sow them. The annual verity is […]

Bare Root Planting

Have you ever thought about bare root plants?Arbor Day tree planting season is celebrated in South Carolina on the first Friday of December. Planting trees,(large, fruit, rare, or hard to find) are a better bargain by ordering bare root plants. Bare root plants are trees, shrubs roses, vines, and herbaceous perennials that are sold by […]

LEAVES LEAVES LEAVES What do we do?

Autumn is such a beautiful time of year. It is especially pretty right now around here. We are in our peak. Some leaves are more beautiful than Spring flowers. As beautiful as they are, some cringe at the thoughts of the work to deal with the leaves. It is OK to just mow them into […]

Daffodils in the field or in the garden

When I think Daffodils, I think Spring. There is nothing like seeing a field of yellow blooms. They are deer resistant, unlike many other bulbs. There are advantages and disadvantages to having these beautiful flowers, You have to let the leaves die down, and may take up until June to do so. In a field, […]

Spring Bulb planting time

You know that it is fall bulb planting time when it starts getting cold, especially after a frost. I get excited at this time because I know that what I do now will determine how beautiful my Spring will be. The bulbs need the cold to develop roots to grow their bounty . Tulips, Daffodils […]

Where do Tulips come from

It’s Tulip time. I mean planting Tulip time. I personal visualize the bed in full bloom as I plant. The Spring almost always surpass what I visualize. Have you ever wondered where they came from, or just thought they came from Holland? Some species are indigenous to Turkey, where they have been cultivated for many […]

Autuman Leaves

It is going to be beautiful here very soon. The mountains of North Carolina is in there peak right now. The foothills will be next, then us here in the Piedmont of North Carolina. There are reasons the leaves are turning. I always just enjoy the season, But I have found out why they turn.                                          […]

Swamp Sunflowers

It seems most flowers that bloom in Autumn are yellow, especially the Native ones. There is one blooming now ( yellow) that is the greatest. It is Swamp Sunflowers. They can get 8 feet tall. They spread underground. That is why many people do not want them. If you start early, you can pull all […]