Espoma

Indoor Seed Starting with Espoma

This is the time of the year when antsy gardening hands can finally get relief! The indoor seed starting season has begun. I am not going to pretend this is an area of expertise for me. When I do seed plants, which are primarily perennials, I plant them directly into my gardens in spring. So…

Read More

Act Now for Rich Blue Hydrangeas Next Year

There is something about full-flowered, rich blue Hydrangea blooms that sets your heart a’flutter. Maybe this only happens to those of us in colder zones (6 or lower) that find it so rare to have ANY flowers on our bigleaf Hydrangeas (pictured – Hydrangea macrophylla CITYLINE ‘Venice’). Let’s face the brutal facts. ALL bigleaf hydrangeas…

Read More

Perennializing Spring Blooming Bulbs

I hate having to repeat myself, but when it comes to digging in spring blooming bulbs each fall to replace those that fizzled away or were munched by critters, I CAN stop this expensive, repetitive madness. Now I plant long-lived, naturalizing bulbs that stick around for years. Here are a few of my tried and…

Read More

Love Your Lawn this Fall

Fall is the ideal time to prep your lawn for a healthy, thicker green carpet next year. The cooler weather is perfect for seeding in new lawns or overseeding those that have grown ‘thin at the top’. Also treat blades to Espoma’s Fall Winterizer (8-0-5), an organic fertilizer rich in nitrogen and potassium. Nitrogen encourages…

Read More

Demstyfiing Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are the number one googled flowering shrub on the internet. I’m not surprised, given their captivating beauty, but also because of the confusion that prevails concerning their care and pruning. No wonder my PowerPoint on Growing Honkin’ Hydrangeas is so popular. But a helpful resource available right now at your fingertips is on Espoma’s…

Read More

Solutions for Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew is a common problem in the summer garden. It can infect vegetables, roses, perennials, shrubs and trees. Although there are many varieties of this mildew, it usually presents itself as white or powdery gray spots on leaves, although it can also grow on stems, flowers and even fruit. Although it may look bad,…

Read More

Espoma helps divided plants thrive!

Spring is a great time to divide many summer and fall-blooming perennials that have grown too big for their britches and are crowding neighboring plants. Dividing plants is good for them, despite how stressful it may look or feel to you. Division stimulates new root growth. Younger roots are more efficient at their job than…

Read More

Organic Weed Control for Lawns

Healthy lawns make stunning ‘picture frames’ for beautiful flower gardens. And I’m not taking about chemically-dependent lawns! With all of the wonderful organic products now available, there is truly no excuse to be spreading chemicals that negatively impact children, pets, wildlife and our groundwater. Stop it!…..pretty please? As many of you know, my family used…

Read More

Spring Care for Shrub Roses

Now is the time to prune back shrub roses (unless they are once-blooming heirloom roses – prune these after they finish blooming in early summer). Don’t be hesitant or nervous with hand pruners. Prune with gusto, removing at least half or more the length of existing canes. Prune just above an outward facing leaf bud…

Read More

Prune Holly bushes and fertilize with Holly-tone

Now is the time to march out to your overgrown evergreen hollies (Ilex x meserveae) and have at ‘em. Some of you may have already pruned these while harvesting their colorful red berries for holiday décor. By cutting back hollies now, you eliminate the possibility of removing emerging white spring flowers that will become dazzling…

Read More