The Awakening of a Spring Garden

"There has been an awakening, have you felt it?" - Supreme Leader Snoke Yes, indeed we have. While Star Wars and Gardening are not necessarily tied together I felt that this quote is so appropriate for describing the spring garden. It is an awakening. The warmer weather and longer days combine to encourage plants to come alive again from dormancy. It's time for the daffodils to shine, the hyacinths to fill the air with their heady fragrance, and life to once again return to the garden. Spring is my favorite time for gardening. The transition from winter to spring provides the most pleasant weather for working and playing outdoors. It's a great time for mulching, tilling, pruning, cleaning, and doing everything you to can outdoors! If you haven't already it's time to start your seeds. Seed starting indoors is a great way to save money in the garden for the…

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Nashville Lawn & Garden Show Wine Festival – Press Release

You know that spring is almost here when the garden shows begin! What better way would there be to build up some excitement for spring gardening than to stop by your local garden show? Our local Nashville Lawn and Garden Show is always a fun event! Check out the press release below for more information on the lawn and garden show. Don't forget to check out these Nashville Lawn & Garden Show posts from my visits over the years! Nashville Lawn & Garden Show Announces Wine Festival Wine Festival on Saturday, March 5 during the 4-day Show   Nashville, TN – The Nashville Lawn and Garden Show will partner with the Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Alliance to present a one-day-only Wine Festival during its traditional four-day Show at The Fairgrounds Nashville. The Show will incorporate locally produced wine from more than a dozen of the state’s most celebrated wineries on Saturday,…

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Tough Plants – Salvia nemorosa

While the winter is still in gear I thought it might be helpful to begin reviewing some of the toughest plants I have grown over the years. I've grown a lot of them (and killed a few of them along the way). In my garden it has to be a tough plant to survive over the years. Today I'm going to mention one of my all time garden favorite perennials: salvia. I'm not talking about the annual salvia that a lot of folks use as a bedding plant. I'm talking about the Salvia nemorosas of the world. The 'May Night' salvias, the 'Caradonna Salvia', or the 'East Friesland' salvias are the toughest salvias I have grown. All three of these salvia varieties have been planted in my garden and all three have survived neglect, transplanting, drought, rabbits, and deer. Let me be clear here, I don't take care of my…

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Think Ahead About the Spring Garden – Create a Garden Schedule

We're still in the middle of winter and the weather outside is bitter cold as I'm writing this post but that doesn't mean gardening should be out of your mind. Now is the perfect time to get your garden plan together for 2016 so that you can maximize your yields and minimize your workload! Today I'll walk you through my typical time frame each year for planning my garden. As a part of your garden plan you should create a garden schedule to guide you through the season. My garden is in Spring Hill, TN which is a zone 6b-7 so you may have to adjust your garden plan schedule to match your local area. Create a Garden Schedule Dates and Timing The first step to create a garden schedule is to look for the key dates. The first date to take note of is your area's last frost date.…

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Growing Plants from Hardwood Cuttings

I've always been one to enjoy experimenting with plant propagation in the garden. This past weekend, since the weather was so pleasant, I went on  hardwood cutting spree.  Hardwood cuttings are very easy to do. The success rate varies quite a lot depending on the type of plants you are trying to propagate. I took around 40-50 cuttings of 4 types of Japanese maples, red trig dogwood, peach trees, viburnums, and hydrangeas. How to Make Hardwood Cuttings Taking hardwood cuttings is a very simple procedure. Just follow these general steps below and if you have questions just leave a comment in the comment section! When to Take Hardwood Cuttings: Hardwood cuttings should be taken after the plants have gone dormant which usually happens after a hard freeze.  You need a few things to get started: Container, Propagation Medium, Rooting Hormone, Sharp Pruners or Knife, Water, and of course the material…

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Still Standing -My Bradford Pear Tree

For years now I have complained about our Bradford Pear Trees. In my mind they are one of the most problematic trees ever planted in the landscape. I despise Bradford Pear trees. There are so many reasons why Bradford pear trees are terrible for planting that I constantly wonder WHY were these things ever released to the public for purchase. I removed one of our Bradford pear trees a couple years ago but still have one remaining. This particular one seems to want to taunt me by standing tall against all manner of weather. In reality it really isn't some sort of super mutant Bradford pear tree. It's just in a lucky location where the wind it receives isn't usually as severe as other spots. My kids love this tree so until I have some damage that necessitates its removal I couldn't remove it without disappointing 3 out of 4…

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Winter Garden Plants

When you look out at your garden in the winter what do you see? Is it dull and drab with little or no interest? Or does it have something in it that pops and makes your garden standout in the neighborhood? What might be the difference between that boring winter landscape and the awesome winter garden is the plants. Winter garden plants can add a lot of impact to your landscape. Plants with berries, green foliage, or interest stems add the element of winter interest to the garden. What winter garden plants should you add for maximum impact? I'll detail a few options for you. Winter Garden Plants Holly - for the foliage and berries. For the purposes of this post we can talk about two main types of holly deciduous and evergreen. Both are great for winter color but are significantly different this time of year. Evergreen hollies like…

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Fall and Winter Gardening

So many of us gardeners tend to think of one thing when it comes to the vegetable garden - tomatoes! I know I do, although in recent years I've become very partial to peppers. The garden doesn't have to just be about those summer vegetables. In many areas you can continue to garden well into the winter months. Here in Tennessee we are fortunate to have a relatively mild winter that allows us to grow cool season crops deep into the fall and early winter without having to take special precautions. Gardeners can extend the season throughout the winter by adding protective measures. However long you have where you are it is important to give your crops enough time to grow. This often means you have to start your plants when it doesn't feel natural to be growing them. Cool season greens in August and September? That's what it takes.…

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Of Birdnetting, Lawnmowing, and Mistakes in the Garden

We all make mistakes in the garden on occaission. In fact I do it on a regular basis. Usually my mistakes are those where I forget to do something or I intend to come back and finish something but run out of time to get back to it. My biggest mistake is typically taking on too much for what my time allows. Last night when I was out mowing I made a couple of mistakes that led to a lot of frustration with my mower. Let me be clear, the blame is on me and not on my mower! I noticed my issue while beginning to mow the front yard. I turned the mower to go up hill when all of a sudden everything came to a halt. The blades would run but for some reason the mower's transmission would not go. I was stuck. I looked around the mower…

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