Hardy Geraniums – Cranesbills (Garden Club)
Plant Sale / Plant Thoughts

Hardy Geraniums – Cranesbills (Garden Club)

One of the hardworking perennials available at our Plant Sale. This mounding perennial makes the most out of poor soil, is easy to grow (once established} and is deer and rabbit resistant.  Butterflies love it!  It likes sun, and good drainage, but will tolerant part shade.  Beware, though, it spread by stolons and may outgrow … Continue reading

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Feb 22 @ 1pm – “Garden Tales”
Gardening / Guest Speaker / House Plants / Monthly Meeting / Past Club Events / Plant Thoughts

Feb 22 @ 1pm – “Garden Tales”

The topic of the 1pm February 22 CGCofCW meeting will be something very different  – “Garden Tales”! Every gardener, new or experienced, young or old, has trod their own special path on the way to becoming a gardener.  And along the way each has experienced marvelous successes,   sometimes funny failures and absolute surprises. Comes hear … Continue reading

TIDBIT – squash flowers are male & female
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TIDBIT – squash flowers are male & female

Did you know that squash plants produce two sexes of flowers on them, and only the female flowers actually produce edible “fruit”? Here are some pix of a volunteer squash plant’s flowers – on the same vine – female and male. The female flower has the more complex “inards” (pix w. hand), while the male … Continue reading

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs – Great FAQ website!
Pests / Plant Thoughts / Update

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs – Great FAQ website!

Just when you thought there was nothing new to know about the invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs, a new resource pops up! The Rutger’s new Jersey Agricultural Experimental Station website has a fantastic “FAQ” (Frequently Asked Questions) page about these annoying and invasive  pests:  https://njaes.rutgers.edu/stinkbug/faq.asp One specific FAQ that caught our eye was the below … Continue reading

“Lasagna Gardening” or “No Dig” primer.
Composting / Gardening / Organic Gardening / Plant Thoughts / Recipes / Recycling

“Lasagna Gardening” or “No Dig” primer.

This is a great way to quickly create a raised bed for gardening when you have less than perfect soil.  If you have heavy clay soil, like many of us do in the southwest Washington state area, this is an especially useful method to set up your garden beds or plots.  (It works for other … Continue reading