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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How to Save Seeds of Echinacea (Coneflower)

Fall is that time of year when gardeners begin the process of cleaning up the garden but also is the time when we begin to think of next year. One of the many things gardeners enjoy doing in the fall is saving seeds. Saving seeds allows us to continue to grow genetically diverse plants that have thrived in our during the previous season. Seedlings can range from being extremely close to the parent plant or can be quite different if they have been hybridized with another of the same species. It can be very exciting for home gardeners to experiment and see what comes up the following year! How to Separate and Save Seeds from Echinacea (Coneflower) This week I've been collecting seeds from various plants that have matured in our garden. One plant in particular that I've been collecting from are my coneflowers - Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea tennesseansis…

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Growing Dogwoods (Cornus kousa) from Seed

A week ago we found ourselves at the doctors office for one of my children.  Nothing major (this time), just a regular check up and physical so she could run cross country (Very cool that a 7 year old wants to run cross country!).  After her appointment we left the doctor's office and found a dogwood tree, Cornus kousa, that was loaded with fruit.  To make a long story short (actually the rest of the story is below - otherwise there wouldn't be a post) we gathered a small bunch of berries(drupes) that had already fallen to the ground and brought them home to try and grow. Cornus kousa Cornus kousa is a dogwood that is native to Asia.  It's becoming more and more popular here in the U.S. due to its resistance to diseases like anthracnose which is brutal to our native dogwoods.  In fact a number of cultivars…

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