Monday, August 30, 2010

Drought stress

A LOT of trees are turning colour and it's only the third week of August - YIKES! It has been hotter and drier than I can remember for a long, long time. I went away for the last two and a half weeks, and was afraid to look and see how my pots had fared while I was gone. I watered them and placed them in the woodland garden before I left. YAY! Only one casualty... I can live with that. Any other tips for managing plants in dry times?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

After growing onions from seed with perfect success for many years, suddenly this year this critter has arrived (see attached image). I first noticed some leaves looked like the slug scrapings... splotches of green missing. I opened a few leaves, finding critter poop and eventually in one plant this fellow... A few of the plants have gone quite brown, though most are ok or just splotchy. The only thing close to this I could find was "onion maggot," but this visitor didn't really look like the portraits I found of onion maggot online. And I do hope not as I believe that affects keepability of the onion, So... fingers crossed... does anyone know what this creature is? What is the prognosis for the crop and how do I avoid his visit next year?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


I'd like to compare notes as to what the deer are eating or not eating in your garden - I don't think there's really much truth in the 'deer resistant' label with few exceptions. I think deer just have personal preferences.
My deer are restricted to the front garden, where they are really enjoying lily buds and the tops off my Phlox paniculata. They seem to leave everything else - Baptisia, rose campion, astilbe, roses, day lilies, lavendar, ornamental grasses, echinacea.


I got lost in the garden this morning after walking the dog - 'garden time' strikes again. I'm sure I was there 5 minutes, but I managed to miss a doctor's appointment an hour and a half later! Bad weeds for me right now include plantain, chickweed, pearly everlasting and sow thistle. I also constantly pull out self seeded roses (mostly multifloras), hollyhock, rose campion, and weigela. It's time to pull out my annual poppy,and just leave a few for seed.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Atlantic Master Gardeners Garden Blog

Welcome!! We are using this space to answer your garden questions, and also to share our Garden Picture of the Week. I hope you find it useful. There's a lot of expertise out there, so feel free to take advantage of it! Post your picture of the week - gardens are at a different stage everywhere in the region!