Welcome Gardners!

The websites you visit through these links are a treasure trove of more than just gardening tips!

In them you will also find:
a wealth of guidance in eco-gardening; pest control; disease control; choosing the right plants; growing a better lawn; landscape design; dealing with wildlife; and a plethora of other topics that we’ll discuss through out the 2012 season.

New Garden Basics

Planting Instructions for trees, shrubs & perennials

Create Rich Soil for your Garden

Don’t know your Zone? Click here.

Select Plants for your Zone

A Wealth of info from UNH Cooperative Extension

Plant some hardy pansies!

Growing a Chemical-Free Garden!

The Garden Problem Solver (read note below)

NOTE: If you use “The Garden Problem Solver” link, do not select a category as Step 1.  At this time, Step 1 under “SOLVE A PROBLEM” does not work.  First, click on “QUICK FIXES” located directly under the page title.  There you will find the very same links that are provided under Solve A Problem, and can continue on to the information you need.  If you follow these instructions you will find The Garden Problem Solver to be a very easy and useful tool.
Updated 4/04/2013 A.P.

Tips on Earthworm Castings! 

 

When you hear “worms“, you either think fishing or tormenting that cute girl you had a crush on in 2nd grade (girls, don’t deny it – you thought it was cute)  But these wiggly little creatures produce some wicked good organic fertilizer!

You can purchase bags of organic “earthworm castings” (castings being a fancy name for excrements) at our store any day of the week.

But here are some tips if you’re feeling adventurous and looking to start your own Barrel O’ Worms (no monkeying around here):

  • Place a thin layer of peat moss at the bottom of your compost bucket.
  • Keep the bucket in a cool sheltered spot (60-70  degrees F.)
  • You want the compost damp but not soggy
    • you can add a small bit of garden soil to help
  • Your worms are vegan here’s a list of what to feed your new friends:
      • vegetable scraps
      • shredded paper
      • coffee grounds
      • eggshells (reduces acidity too!)
      • plain: pasta, rice, and/or bread
    • Worms love melon and banana skins!
  • Here’s what to AVOID feeding your worms:
          • meat or bones
          • fats: oils or dressings
          • dairy
          • animal feces
          • any spicy food
          • glossy paper
          • citrus, hot peppers, onions, or garlic
  • Remember: the more finely chopped the food is, the easier it is for the worm to digest
  • When you’ve added your scraps to the compost, keep a layer of shredded paper on top.
And if you keep your worms healthy, they will populate! Be fruitful and multiply right? So take care of them and before you know it you’ll have a wonderful, fun, and organic fertilizer to put in your garden. And don’t forget about the “compost tea” for your flowers.
For more information on Earthworm Castings Check out Amy Stewarts blog:
Email us: petalpushersfarm@gmail.com if you have any advice, stories, or questions you want to share, or see discussed weekly on the website.
Keep Calm and Garden On!
-Katrina