Author Archive for Cindy Ford

May Gardening Guide

Well, the weather went from pleasantly cool to uncomfortably warm in no time at all this past week.  My peaches are growing well, the nectarines not so well. The apples are all on the branches I didn’t prune during the winter, so I’ll be needing a pole harvester.  All the pears decided enough was enough […]

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Rainwater Harvesting At a Glance

This started out as a blog on installing a rain barrel, but as I looked at information from various sources, it became clear that there’s no way I could do justice to the topic of rain barrels, let alone rainwater harvesting, in a single blog, and there are so many good resources online covering every […]

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April Gardening Guide

This is a great time to plant perennials, shrubs, and many trees, but be aware that as the weather warms up, you’ll need to keep an eye out for stress, especially related to dehydration or sun scorching.  Be sure to plant any new additions to your garden or landscape in a situation that will minimize […]

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March Gardening Guide

Spring arrives on Tuesday.  I’m finally “done” pruning my 19 fruit and nut trees, but that doesn’t stop me from barging out into the garden, loppers in hand, to remove some poor unsuspecting weak branch that I missed the first three or four times around.  I tend to err on the side of caution, so […]

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February Gardening Guide – What to Prune and Other Februaryish Stuff

If you haven’t already gone through all the seed catalogs that appeared in the mailbox starting around Thanksgiving, or browsed for seeds on the internet, well what are you waiting for?  It’s time to plan which vegetables, herbs, perennials and annuals you’re going to start from seed, and sort out the how’s and when’s of […]

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There’s Still Time to Plant Some Beauty in Your Life

When we plant shrubs and trees in the spring, we do so because the roots should have plenty of time to settle in and there’s no danger of freezing temperatures killing the roots, which in turn would kill the young shrub or tree.  But as spring advances, new leaves emerge, which require food and water […]

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October Gardening Guide

Many local nurseries (especially Randy’s Perennials and Water Gardens) will be offering some great deals this month, so October is a good time to be planting perennials, trees, and shrubs.  In much of our area, it’s safe to plant trees and shrubs if the ground isn’t frozen, as long as you’re willing to provide adequate […]

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September Gardening Guide

We’ve already had some beautifully cool nights and mornings, and it’s just the end of the first week of September.  Add some clouds, and you have quite the spectacular dawn right in your own backyard.  Admittedly, some of this will sound exactly like August’s gardening guide.  And in some ways, you’ll be busier in the […]

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Even Houseplants Bust Out At The Seams Sometimes

How do you know it’s time to repot a favorite houseplant or perennial container planting out on the veranda?  Spring and winter are good times to check for plants that require repotting, but anytime a plant becomes pot bound is a good time to repot.  A plant is likely pot bound if the roots are […]

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Fall Gardening – Are You Ready For Another Go?

Fall is a great time to grow vegetables that prefer or tolerate cooler temperatures and cooler, moister soil.  The bugs are hopefully less plentiful in the fall as well, making for a pleasant experience for both garden and gardener.  The important thing to remember is that most cool weather plants need to be pretty well […]

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