Saw this while browsing a local IGC and had to snap a photo to share…
We have had some WEIRD weather the last few growing years. Heat, drought, excess rain, late snowfalls, a derecho, etc. And while there’s not much you can do if a hurricane or tornado moves your landscape to another state, there IS something you can do to help strengthen your plants against the elements — even when the elements are super crazy. (What are we on, day 56 of straight rain in Iowa? Sheesh!)
Our SoilSuccess actually helps your plants weather the weather because it contains humates. Some of the benefits of applying humate products to soil include the following:
- Reduced drought stress and improved yield stability.
- Reduced heat and salt stress.
- Improved soil aeration, workability & water filtration.
- Increase soil water holding capacity.
- Increase water uptake.
- Stimulate top growth.
- Stimulate and increase root growth and mass.
- Stimulate and increase chlorophyll production.
- Provide stimulus for beneficial soil microorganisms.
- Increase nutrient uptake.
- Make nutrients available to plants.
- Reduce absorption of toxic metals and pesticides.
Which explains why my dahlias that had SoilSuccess applied (pictured on right) survived last year’s extreme heat wave and the ones with only regular soil/compost tea/water did not.
Hydrangeas tend to grow blue in acidic soil (5.2-5.5 pH is ideal). Hydrangeas turn pink when the soil is more alkaline (6-7 pH range).
Our AcidRepair will raise soil pH so if you’re growing a blue hydrangea in acidic soil, you can add the product and turn your flowers pink, easily.
Because we think you’ll enjoy playing with your hydrangea color, we’re giving away 2 bags of AcidRepair! Check out the photo for details (click on it to enlarge if the fine print is too fine for you!) and enter on Pinterest, Twitter or on Facebook.
Check out this beautiful photo gallery from Martha Stewart of her peony fields.
(Martha has 153 acres and, based on the photos I’ve seen, they’re all beautiful! Here’s some other pictures.)
This photo is from her gallery – 1 of each type of peony she grows. Aren’t they lovely?? Peonies are so beautiful – a big bloom of happiness, if you ask me.
And the smell! SO delightful! A neighbor has peonies and I love walking by their house and drinking in the scent. If I ever get a sunny spot, I’m adding some to my yard!
I made caprese salad yesterday for cooking club (um, and a bbq on Friday and a family lunch Saturday. I’m on a caprese kick!) and wanted to share my ‘recipe’ and see what ya’ll do differently, if anything!
My tomatoes aren’t ripe yet so I had to buy some (which really had me impatient for my own to grow – they taste so much better!). My basil plant is going crazy though so I was able to use my own fresh leaves. I’m sure some people are extremely ambitious and make their own mozzarella and pesto. I, however, tend to buy everything but tomatoes & basil.
I mix the sauce separately before adding to the salad. I mix to taste but it includes a couple spoonfuls of pesto, a few dashes of balsamic vinegar, some olive oil and a few squeeze of honey. Stir it all up and toss the salad in it.
We eat it usually as a salad but you could always add a little more dressing and top toast with it as bruschetta. So easy. So fresh. So delish!
Do you make caprese? What do you put in the dressing?
This holiday weekend is one of my favorites. Not only does it usually coincide with my birthday, it’s a wonderful time to reflect on the great folks who gave their life for our freedoms. We owe a lot to our military veterans and it’s always nice to honor them.
It’s also a favorite weekend because it’s usually filled with delightful Americana activities such as puttering around the garden, grilling out, picnic-ing & boating with friends and family. Nothing like enjoying our freedoms and reveling in a bit of leisure!
As I plan out my menu for the grill I was thinking a fresh caprese salad (my basil plant is going crazy!), grilled asparagus, potato salad, kabobs and maybe cupcakes. I searched on Pinterest to find some interesting recipes and might try something new with a zippy Southwestern potato salad and a grilled balsalmic asparagus recipe. Usually my potato salad is very mustard/mayo based and I just grill asparagus with butter, salt & pepper. Will have to give these a try.
Those of you in warmer climates (or with greenhouses) do you have any garden produce ready to eat this weekend?
Before you’re out & about, check out some summer safety tips from Organic Gardening mag. What will you be cooking or doing this weekend?
I don’t know about you but where I am, Iowa, has been unseasonably warm this week. So I’ve got the fans running and had to start up a summer-y drink. Enjoy:
I made today’s drink with some berries I’d washed, sliced & frozen a week ago. But I also planted my berries yesterday so hopefully soon I’ll be making my strawberry lemonade with fresh berries — mmmmhmm.
Besides being delicious, this drink also looks pretty nice so it’s a good one to use at bridal showers or baby showers or patio parties!
What do you throw into your lemonade?