Saturday, June 27, 2009

Reduce, Recycle, Reuse: Watering in the Garden

This is a tempting time to stand with the hose and spray everything because it is so dry out there. Instead try to conserve water supplies and watch for signs that your plants truly need to be watered. Water plants when they wilt, especially if wilted in the morning. This is because end of the day wilting can be normal for plants to conserve their water supply.
When watering apply 1 inch of water per week to give them a good soaking. One deep watering is better for your plants to build a more resilient root structure than several shallow waterings. Early in the day is best so that the plant's leaves have a chance dry before temperatures drop in late afternoon.
Keep in mind that after watering (or rain) is the perfect time to weed, they pull right out!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Flowers have spoken to me
more than I can tell
in written words.
- Lydia M. Child

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father’s Day!

My parents came over for lunch to celebrate Father’s Day. It’s fun to cook for my parents, they are always appreciative and it’s an opportunity to try out some new recipes. As we sipped Kirs we had a simple sautéed swai fillet (a river catfish), cilantro rice and an arugula salad with lemon parmesan vinaigrette. For dessert a homemade lemon ice cream and fresh strawberries.

I was exhibiting at a garden walk art show in Batavia yesterday and one of the other artists had these amazing river rocks with openings for a single stem of flowers. Love them and hope to take some photos to exhibit in my Etsy studio. My Mom and I purchased one for my Dad. I must say my poor Dad accuses me of buying my Mom gifts disguised as gifts for him. I hope he is not correct! This vase by John Janunas is really like a sculpture. It is a vase…but still quite manly. I love it and he seemed to be thrilled with it as well. He is quite the gardener. I typically don’t cut any of my delphiniums but thought a stem was perfect for his vase and he deserves it. I hope it makes it home okay...

Monday, June 15, 2009

Garden Tip: Coffee Compost Tea

For a gentle high nitrogen fertilizer (especially good for plants with yellowing leaves) mix ½ pound of wet coffee grounds and 5 gallons of water, let sit outside to “steep” and come to room temp and then poor liquid into the earth surrounding plants. If you work in an office where coffee is being made through out the day this is a perfect way to obtain large quantities of grounds!

You can also spread coffee grounds directly on your flower beds and it’s a great nutrient booster, worms love them (you'll practically see the coming up just to roll in the grounds) and it’s especially great for acid loving plants. Put them on your house plants too! Save your coffee grounds each week and place them in a “to go” container in the fridge. Place in the yard on the weekend at your leisure.

Another way to obtain large volumes of coffee grounds is to go to your local Starbucks and ask them for their grounds. If they don’t give them to you ask how you can contact the Starbucks Green Team and they will get your Starbucks “in the program”!

***Please note the Starbucks watercolor is by Amarice Mills and her work is found on Visit her site to find other pieces of her artwork!***

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Batavia Plain Dirt Garden Club

Next weekend is the Batavia Plain Dirt Garden Club ‘s 8th annual Garden Walk & Tour. They’ve asked me to set up a booth of my “wares” for the Tea they are having. I suppose I am lucky it is raining so I am working on pins and garden journals. Before they called I was working on some label pins called “I Dig Dirt!” and when I discovered their name was Plain Dirt Gardeners I got moving to finish them. I've also ordered professionally cust mats for my photography. This is something I’ve been wanting to offer in my studio for awhile now so it's a good excuse to start. Unfortunately I’m afraid they may not get here in time for the garden walk next week. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

YART SALE - June 10-14

ETSY is having their 2nd annual Yart Sale (yes, Yart…combining Yard and Art..) June 10-14th.
Stop by and shop for deals. I will have specials in both of my ETSY stores PrairieGarden and PrairieGardenStudio. When shopping the entire ETSY site you could type the word yart and find all stores offering specials during the sale. If looking for a journal type in yart journal (and so on).
Promises to be fun!

Friday, June 5, 2009

The HARVEST: French Breakfast Radish

Very excited, my first radish! It doesn’t look like the image on the seed envelope. Is that because I waited too long to harvest (likely) or I haven’t left them alone long enough? I only pulled up about five radishes, so I will be able to test the later possibility. The French Breakfast Radish is a spring radish so it’s too late to plant anymore seeds, that is, until the fall with it cools off and the days shorten. However, I did read that I could grow it in the shade a bit longer…perhaps I’ll experiment. I waited too long to start planting so I certainly have enough seeds. What's interesting is the radish can bolt and the pod that emerges is supposed to be great in a salad or stir fry…hmmm…may-be I will plant some seeds as that sounds intriguing. Bon appetite!