We are having a sale starting today. Seed potatoes, onion sets ½ price at $2.50, asparagus roots packages of 6 or 8 half price $5.00, large 4 pack of tomatoes half price at $3.00, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage, celery a 4 pack for $1.00 . All 4” annuals are $3.00 including geraniums. Large 4 pack of marigolds, wave petunias, coleus are $3.00, 10 “basket is 12.00, 12” basket is 14.00 all herbs $3.00
I guess you could say we just found some really nice lilies that were on a rake by themselves and how they have grown with out a lot of care from us.
We have been working hard keeping all the racks as in the tall racks with annuals, and the long wagon racks. By garden is walking around the racks with all the color, and walking thru the tall racks that we have all thru a walkway. I am incredibly lucky to have Larry be able to build things for me to make it easier. He has put together 3 sprinklers that are on wheels to water the long racks, and those tall racks we have. I just plug in the water hose, turn it on and it spray the area. We have 2 pump systems with injectors, so I am fertilizing whenever I am watering. The only thing I must hand water outside is the trees. I am here from 9-6 Monday thru Saturday, Sunday 11-4. BUT I will tell you I am here longer than that to make sure the watering is all completed. I would have to say 11 to 12 hours a day. BUT I love it, growing the plants, and helping you the gardener. All of you stay cool, drink liquids and enjoy this weather.
How about GROWING LAVENDER
HOW TO PLANT, GROW, AND CARE FOR LAVENDER
By The Editors
Lavender is a bushy, strong-scented perennial plant from the Mediterranean. In warmer regions, its gray to green foliage stays evergreen throughout the year, and the herb thrives in some of the toughest of garden conditions. Here’s how to plant, grow, and harvest lavender in the garden!
Prized for its fragrance, medicinal properties, and beautiful bluish-purple color, Lavandula angustifolia is a valued plant across the world. It also attracts pollinators to the garden.
The plant is not picky and will survive in a wide range of soils, even poor soil. (It grows in the Mediterranean in craggy crevices!) Its main requirements are lots of sun and good drainage.
Plant lavender along the entrance to your home, or near a seating area, or at the base of roses bushes to hide their twiggy “legs” in the wintertime.
WHEN TO PLANT
Lavender is best planted as a young plant in the spring, after the soil has warmed up to at least 60°F (15°C) and the threat of frost has passed.
If planting in the fall, choose larger, more established plants to ensure their survival through the winter.
CHOOSING AND PREPARING A PLANTING SITE
Lavender thrives in most soil qualities, from poor to moderately fertile.
If you have compacted or clay soil, add some organic matter to improve drainage. Learn more about soil amendments and preparing soil for planting.
Keep away from wet, moist areas, which could encourage root rot.
Lavender isn’t easy to grow from seed; we recommend purchasing small starter plants from a garden nursery. Seeds may take up to three months to germinate and seedlings will need to be overwintered indoors in cool climates.
You can try taking a cutting from a mature plant, too. Take a softwood cutting of several inches in the spring or later in the summer when stems are more mature.
Plant lavender 2 to 3 feet apart. Plants typically reach between 1 and 3 feet in height.
Add mulch (rock or pea gravel work particularly well) to keep weeds to a minimum. Keep the mulch away from the crown of the lavender plant, however, to prevent excess moisture and root rot.
HOW TO CARE FOR LAVENDER
Water once or twice a week after planting until plants are established. Water mature plants every two to three weeks until buds form, then once or twice weekly until harvest.
In colder growing areas, plants may need extra winter protection. Cover the plants with a winter mulch of evergreen boughs or straw, which will insulate from freezing winds and temperatures.
Another option for cold areas is to grow lavender in a pot, keeping it outdoors in the summer and indoors in winter. While indoors, place the pot in a south-facing window with as much light as possible. Water sparingly, as the plant will be dormant at this time.
In warm climates: all pruning can be carried out in the autumn.
In cooler climate: Prune established plants in the spring when green leaves start to emerge from the base of the plant. Remove approximately one third of the top to keep. the plant from becoming leggy and bare at the base. It’s important not to cut back into old wood however, as it won’t regrow from this. Leave the foliage over the winter to protect new growth from frosts,
Also, the flowering stems can be harvested while in bloom or snipped off after the flowers fade to keep the plant tidy.
Fungal diseases, in humid climates
Root rot due to excess water (look for yellowing leaves as a sign of overwatering)
HOW TO HARVEST LAVENDER
If you wish to harvest lavender, it’s a wonderful herb for drying.
Store them in a lidded jar somewhere cool and dark, or pop them straight into a sachet to keep towels, sheets or clothes smelling sweet and to repel moths. If you suffer from insomnia, try inserting the sachets into a pillow so the calming scent can help you drift off to a restful slumber.
Although edible, lavender is little used in recipes. It’s occasionally included as a constituent of Herbes de Provence mixes, and leaves can be chopped and added sparingly to some sauces or used in shortbread biscuits – if you have any great lavender recipes, feel free to share them in the comments below.
Harvest the lavender stems when approximately half of the flower buds have opened.
Harvest in the morning hours when the oils are the most concentrated.
Snip off the stems just before the flowers open.
Cut stems as long as possible. Gather into bundles and secure them with rubber bands.
Dry the bundles of lavender by hanging them someplace sheltered, ideally a cool, dark place where there is good air circulation.
After a few weeks the flowers will have dried fully, and can be shaken gently from the stems into a lidded jar. Or, use your lavender to make lavender sachets—a lovely gift.
Use your lavendar sachet to keep your sheets or towels smelling sweet, to repel moths and insects, and even under your pillow for a restful night.
English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is most common and hardy to Zone 5. There are hundreds of varieties available in many colors and sizes. It often blooms twice in one season.
‘Hidcote’: Compact, silver-gray foliage, deep purple flowers.
‘Munstead’: Compact, green foliage, violet-blue flowers.
Lavandins (L. x intermedia)—a hybrid of English and Portuguese lavender (L. latifolia)—are generally larger plants that bloom only once per year, later in the summer.
‘Phenomenal’: Vigorous variety that is highly tolerant of heat and humidity and resistant to common root and foliar diseases. Long flower spikes.
‘Provence’: Vigorous, long-stemmed variety, very fragrant.
Spanish lavender (L. stoechas) and French or fringed lavender (L. dentata) are typically only winter-hardy in Zones 7 to 9.
WIT & WISDOM
Lavendar’s first documented use was by the Romans in 77 A.D. for repelling insects and soothing insect bites. Add a lavender sachet to your towels, sheets, or cloths to repel moths.
The herb is also known for its calming effects. If you suffer from insomnia, try slipping a lavender sachet into your pillow. Lavender oil is used to naturally induce sleep.
Taken from https://www.almanac.com/plant/lavender
Till next time this is Becky Litterer, Becky’s Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa firstname.lastname@example.org 641-794-3337 cell phone 641-903-9365