I just wanted to take a minute and say that I’m so excited for fall, and I’m hoping we have a good winter this year, too. Although I enjoyed the early start this year getting my garden on late Feb/early March, I didn’t know what it would cost me. The bugs this year were out [...]

August 29, 2012 · Sheryl · No Comments
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Mexican Bean Beetles

Our string bean leaves have been eaten, thanks to the the little yellow larvae of the Mexican Bean Beetles. Luckily, they don’t seem to eat the actual beans! We were still able to harvest quite a bit. I got another 2-3 cups this weekend before I ripped the skeletons out and sent them to the [...]

August 28, 2012 · Sheryl · No Comments
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Zinnias, Hooray!

The zinnias have been doing amazing in the garden… and they are so bright and beautiful I love cutting them for my table. I only planted 4 plants (granted, a few seeds per ‘spot’), so I wasn’t expecting that many flowers, but I have plenty! I’m definitely growing these every year from now on. Only [...]

August 22, 2012 · Sheryl · No Comments
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Peonies. Peonies. I think ‘peonies’ is one of the words you only have to say a few times and it starts to sound funny. Either way, the flowers themselves are GORGEOUS (well, when they first bloom, not when they are puddle of petals, like they are now). We have a few peony bushes in our [...]

June 18, 2012 · Sheryl · No Comments
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Herb of the Week – Curry Dwarf

You’ve heard me talk about my trip to the Merrifield Garden Center a few months ago with my friends Lee Ann and Alicia. Well, the curry dwarf plant was one of the reasons why I thought it was so awesome. I had never heard of this plant before, and we found it among the more common [...]

June 15, 2012 · Sheryl · No Comments
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Aphids be gone…

The aphid problem seems to have been resolved! Sort of. I sprayed with a Dawn/H2O mix, but really, there was already a reduction in gross bugs before I even sprayed. I’m not sure if the rain a few days before was heavy enough to wash most of them away? It still looks like there are [...]

June 2, 2012 · Sheryl · No Comments
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ugh. I caught the plant lice, otherwise known as Aphids. I added some petunia seedlings to a hanging basket in the front yard. They were doing well, until this week, when I noticed (well, my husband noticed, and alerted me) that there were little green bugs on the leaves. These little jerks are HIGHLY destructive, [...]

May 14, 2012 · Sheryl · No Comments
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