Blog

Local Stories From Local People

Knowledge To Grow – Winter Storage of Tender Bulbs

Before we know it, it is going to be time to dig up and store those tender bulbous plants such as Cannas, Dahlias, Tuberous Begonias, Gladiolus and Elephant’s Ears.  These summer bulbs need to be lifted from the soil and stored in a cool area indoors for their winters rest. Allow the Canna foliage to …

Read More >

Knowledge To Grow – Harvesting and Drying Gourds

Fall is definitely my favorite season.  I love to sprinkle areas outside my house with combinations of mums, pumpkins, gourds and cornstalks.  It is also a good time to move some plants around the landscape.  I seem to do this a lot, trying to find just the right place this time for that certain flower …

Read More >

Knowledge To Grow – Harvesting and Drying Herbs

Drying herbs is a wonderful way to save your fresh harvest and extend the use of your garden into the winter months. Less oil is produced on really wet days and most herbs will have their most oil content just before the flower opens.  The best day to harvest is a rather dry, sunny one …

Read More >

Knowledge To Grow – Begonia Propagation

I have had many guests at my B&B who have shared some of their gardening success stories.  One of my favorites is the use of Dragon Wing Begonias in a window box.  I must tell you these flowers are fabulous! Dragon wing plants fill in fast to create a lush container garden that will last …

Read More >

Rust Disease in Lawns

Our turf grasses are prey to numerous disease and pest infestations. One fungal disease called rust, occurs almost exclusively on Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass.  Although it is mostly a cosmetic issue, the easily dislodged orange spores can be a nuisance by covering shoes, pets and lawn equipment with a rusty residue. Rust infected grass …

Read More >

Knowledge to Grow – The Fall Vegetable Garden

Cooler weather, avoiding most weeds and insects that have come and gone are some of the advantages of planting a fall vegetable garden. Some veggies prefer and grow best in the cooler weather of fall such as kale, cabbage, beets, carrots and lettuce. Late summer is the time to get these “cool season” plants growing. …

Read More >

Knowledge To Grow – Composting Yard Waste

Composting is a naturally occurring process that breaks down organic material into a substance that resembles soil. Finished compost is an excellent soil amendment that improves soil structure as well as adds some nutrients. All yards and landscapes produce waste from routine plant care such as pruning and mowing.  Turning that waste into compost is …

Read More >

Knowledge To Grow – Shade Lovers

Say goodbye to dull shady spots and hello to wonderful color, texture and shape.  Not all shade is the same and can be broken down into 5 different categories. Dense shade means that no light reaches this area.  Full shade will last all day, such as on the north side of a tall building.  A …

Read More >

Knowledge To Grow – Japanese Beetles

Japanese beetles are one of the most aggressively damaging insect pests of landscape plants and turf grass.  Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) larvae are a type of white grub that feeds on the roots of grass and the adult Japanese beetles eat the leaves and flowers on more than 300 plant species.  The adults are about 3/8” …

Read More >

Get your official copy of our

Destination Guide

Request Printed Guide

View E-Guide

Stay informed and sign up for the

EMAIL-Newsletter

Sign Up