Connect With Kerry Ann

Espoma

IF YOU CAN’T GARDEN OUTDOORS, PUT ON YOUR INDOOR GARDEN GLOVES

I have many indoor plants that ‘suddenly’ get more of my attention after the first hard frost. They become my ‘new love’, especially those that go into bloom or continue into bloom in winter. Check out Espoma’s blog post on some of the best indoor plants and their care. Cooler weather also triggers many of…

Read More

This Honey of a Plant will Surprise You!

Get ready to jump out of the way! Earlier this summer I helped my sister with a new garden in front of her farm house located near me in Kennebunk. This garden faces directly south. I took this picture shortly after we planted it. I was ASTOUNDED by how quickly Supertunia ‘Honey’ created a lush…

Read More

Unique Fall-Blooming Bulbs

As leaves start to change color, many gardeners grab their trowels and start planting spring blooming bulbs. Depending on your hardiness zone, most spring blooming bulbs are best planted sometime in October. Conversely, late summer is ideal for installing fall blooming bulbs like Sternbergia, autumn blooming Crocus, Colchicum and Lycoris. These bulbs are typically harvested…

Read More

Tips for growing veggies in a drought

I am a neophyte when it comes to veggie gardening. Given my limited growing space at my condo, most of this ‘valuable real estate’ goes to evaluating ornamental plants (annuals, perennials, flowering shrubs). My ‘veggie garden’ consists of two tomato plants growing in containers. Thankfully my friends at Espoma have a fantastic gardening blog that…

Read More

Flower Garden Containers

In spite of the cool, rainy weather this past weekend, I was determined to plant containers for my home’s entryway. I felt like a crazed chef concocting masterpieces – instead of flour flying everywhere, it was Espoma’s organic potting soil. I must have made quite the scene because several neighbors came over to see what…

Read More

Spring Feed Your Lawn – ORGANICALLY

This is the month to apply Espoma’s Spring Lawn Booster 8-0-0 to wake up turf. This organic fertilizer – safe for children and pets – slowly releases nitrogen to hungry roots. This is the first in a four-step lawn care regimen Espoma has developed as part of their Safe Paws: Healthy Lawns, Happy Pets program. …

Read More

Jump-Start Gardens in Spring

With spring around the corner, I’m itching to get out in my gardens. Colorful flower gardening catalogs and magazines can only satisfy my gardening cravings for so long. At this time of the year I feel like a ship’s captain scanning the horizon for land – except I am searching for small green shoots. The…

Read More

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