Monday, May 15, 2017

The seeds have been sown

I'm looking forward to a nice serving of
fresh green beans.
Our annual ritual on Mother's Day, (in Southeast Michigan), is to plant beans. So my husband and I planted three rows of tender string-less beans. We also planted more peas and spinach to fill the empty spots where nothing came up from the first planting. We originally planted the peas and spinach as well as the Swiss chard and lettuce, a little late, in mid April. We planted the broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage on April 22.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Winter is over, but it could still frost

Although the weather is warm during the day, it could still get cold enough to frost at night. Most annuals should be kept indoors until Memorial Weekend unless you want to build a cold frame or cover the plants at night. The end of May seems to be the best time to set out transplants in Southeast Michigan, especially for tomatoes and peppers. You may get them in the ground early, but the little plants have a hard time out there in the cold night, and they grow slower.
All is not lost if it does indeed frost. If you have plants or flowering trees that are frost sensitive and you didn't get them covered before a frost, go outside before the sun shines on the plants and spray water on them, rinsing off the frost. This works for a light to moderate frost, but not for a hard frost or freeze.
The forecast is for temperatures above 36 degrees in Pontiac during the next 10 days, so it should be frost free, but keep an eye on the weather report, National Weather Service.
There are many frost resistant vegetable plants: broccoli,  kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, kale, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas, spinach, parsley, radishes and carrots.
Flowers that are frost hardy include pansies, primrose and violets.
Vegetables that are NOT frost resistant, include beans, corn, pumpkin, squash, watermelon, cucumbers, okra, and of course tomatoes and peppers.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Finding the right seed

In Southeast Michigan, it is time, actually past time, to plant peas, potatoes, lettuce, onions, radishes and parsley, and of course the greens: spinach, Swiss chard, kale, etc...
Finding the right seed can be a challenge, especially if you have scruples about organic and non- genetically modified.

There are many different types of seeds available. Not only are there different varieties of the same plant, there are different ways the seeds are produced. There are cultivar (cultivated variety which can be a hybrid or open-pollinated); genetically engineered; genetically modified; open-pollinated; hybrid; heirloom and of course organic. For more information on this, visit www.ezfromseed.org.

Here's some of the top seed and nursery catalog companies:
www.gurneys.com seed and nursery
www.seedsavers.org nonprofit heirloom seeds
www.burpee.com since 1881 seed and nursery
www.jungseed.com since 1907


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Tree pruning workshop to be held in Novi

Pruning Trees and Shrubs with Janet Macunovich is April 15 at MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, 248-347-0269 x229, tollgate.msu.edu, Morning class is 9-11 a.m. and afternoon workshop is 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sign up for the first class only, or both, $20 per class.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Get ready to enjoy your garden with these events

• Raised bed gardening workshop is 10 a.m. April 8 at Wojo’s Greenhouse, 2570 Oakwood Road, Ortonville, cost is $10 each, register at 248-627-6498. Attendees receive a $10 Wojo’s gift card, www.wojos.com.


• Spring Fair is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 8 at Detroit Garden Works, 1794 Pontiac Drive, Sylvan Lake, 248-335-8089, detroitgardenworks.com.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Waterford Garden Club set to meet April 6

The Waterford Garden Club’s next meeting is 9:30 a.m.-noon April 6 at Waterford Senior Center, 3621 Pontiac Lake Road, Activity Room One, Waterford Township, new members welcome.

Monday, March 27, 2017

'Gardening with Children' workshop to be held at MSU center in Novi

Dr. Norm Lownds is presenting at Evenings in the Garden, “Gardening with Children-Finding Magic in Your Garden” is 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 30 at MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, register at events.anr.msu.edu/evenings17win, 248-347-0269 x229, tollgate.msu.edu, $20 per class.