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Welcome to the newest gardening section of The Gardener's Network... our Garden Blog! We're talking gardening of all kinds. Our garden blog strives to offer you the latest garden information and tips on a timely, seasonal basis.


A Day for Fresh Spinach

Author: Bob Matthews

Posted: July 16, 2019


It's midsummer, not a good time to grow cool ewather drops like spinach. Temperatures are in the nineties, and it's pretty dry. I don't know about your garden spinach, but mine bolted and went to seed a couple of weeks ago. That's pretty normal for this time of year. Planting time for the fall crop, is still a few weeks away.

For some reason, some unknown person or group decided to make today Fresh Spinach Day. Strange as the timing seems, I'm not gonna pass up an opportunity to celebrate veggies and gardening in general.

So, Happy Spinach Day!!


Also see:

How to Grow Spinach  

Growing Spinach


National Weed Your Garden Day

Author: Bob Matthews

Posted: June 13, 2019

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Today, June 13th,  is National Weed Your Garden Day. If your garden is like mine, There's no shortage of weeds to help you to particpate in this special day. 

Do you need the incentive of a special day to encourage you to put in some serious time weeding your gardens? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, chances are you will spend plenty of time out there weeding today.

More on National Weed Your Garden Day

Did You Know? There are easy ways and not so easy ways to get rid of those pesky weeds.  See How to Weed


Growing Hops

Author: Bob Matthews

Posted: June 6, 2019

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Gardeners just love the challenge of growing something different, something they've never grown before. It almost doesn't matter what it is, as long as it is new and different. It's a chance to learn, a chance to show off your gardening skills. And so, this gardener chose to grow hops for the very first time. While there are many reasons to do so, I choose to grow hops "because I can".

So, simply "because I can", I embark on my first endeavor to grow hops. I do not make beer, or wine for that matter, at home or anywhere else. I do have people I can give the fruits of my labor, in this case "cones". So at harvest time, the bountiful fruits of my labor should not go to waste. Follow me, as I grow hops for the very first time. Will it be easy, or will it be a real challenge? Will I succeed? Or, will I utterly fail, and do so in front of the many readers of this blog. Come find out....





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Hummingbirds Return to Your Backyard

Author: Bob Matthews

Posted: April 28, 2019


Tiny Hummingbirds are one of the most popular summer backyard birds. Hummingbirds are migrating north and have already arrived in many of our backyards.  

If you have not yet done so, get your feeder out. If you are using last year's feeder, clean it with soapy water and a light solution of chlorine bleach. Rinse thoroughly and use fresh hummingbird nectar. With a little care and attention, you will have healthy hummingbirds in your yard all season long.

Don't buy nectar! Hommade nectar is healthier and much less expensive. Easy to make homemade nectar, with no food coloring or artificial preservatives, is the best thing for your little birds. See: http://www.gardenersnet.com/birds/hummingbirdnectar.htm




Dandelion Flower Day

April 5 th is National Dandelion Day

Author: Bob Matthews

Posted: April 5, 2019

Kids just love dandelions. They lovingly give dandelions to mom, singularly or in bouquets. You may sip on dandelion wine, as you eat your dandelion salad. For millions of homeowners however, dandelions are nothing more than a persistent and invasive weed.

Love 'em or hate 'em, today is National Dandelion Day.

About National Dandelion Day

How to grow Dandelions - that's right,how to grow them!




Indoor Seed Starting 2019

Posted February 24, 2019

Starting seeds indoors is a mood uplifting experience. Sure, gardening outdoors may still be several weeks away. But, planting indoor seed starts gets your hands back in the dirt again... what a wonderful feeling!

There are two very important dates to be aware of. The first is the last frost date for your area. There are plenty of micro-climates in any area. It can vary by a few days, if you live near or away from a lake, or urban area. So, the last frost date may vary from town to town. The last frost date defines when you can safely plant most seedlings outdoors. The second, is the number of weeks to start before that very important seedling transplanting date. It can usually be found on the back of seed packets. You can rely on these recommendations. Seed companies have a lot of experience and knowledge about the seeds and plants you will grow. Counting back from the last frost date, gives you the right time to plant seeds indoors.

Starting indoors earlier than suggested may not produce optimal results. The seedlings are more likely to get leggy. Kept indoors too long in the limited space of pots and containers can cause them to become root bound, stunting growth. The weather around your planned transplanting date may be inclement delaying the transplant, and result in overly large seedlings that do not transplant as well.

More on Indoor Seed Starting


January 10th is Houseplant Appreciation Day

The holidays are over, along with the hubbub and excitement. Thankfully, things have slowed down. But, we can't go outdoors and work in our gardens. Heck, many of us can't even see the garden under a couple feet of snow. Along comes Houseplant Appreciation Day, the perfect solution to satisfy our need to get our hands into some real dirt.

More on Houseplant Appreciation Day.

December 12th is National Poinsettia Day

Author: Bob Matthews

Posted: December 12, 2018

An Act of Congress declared December 12th as a day to honor Joel Robert Poinsett and the flower he brought back from Mexico to the United states. What day is today?

Of course, you guessed it correctly! It's National Poinsettia Day!

This beautiful flower is one of the biggest symbols of the Christmas holiday season. Yet, the "flower" is not actually a flower at all.

More about National Poinsettia Day

Also see: How to Grow and Care for Poinsettias

Pumpkin Nook's Store to Close!!

Author: Bob Matthews

Posted: November 9, 2018

After 20 years, Pumpkin Nook's store will be closing at the end of November. We will be moving on to retirement. This will allow much more time for pumpkin growing, and gardening in general.

We are only closing the store. Pumpkin Nook will continue as a content site. With more time on my hands, I will be adding even more content and produce frequent posts on my Garden Blog.  

We'd like to thank our many loyal customers who made our store a great success, and a pleasure to operate!

For one last look at our store, visit: Pumpkin Nook's Store

Dangerous Plant Alert

Posted July 18, 2018

Move over Poison Ivy, there's a new noxious weed in town... rather it's in the parks, trails and forests that you hike this summer. It's the Giant Hogweed. This noxious and invasive weed is dangerous to your health. This toxic plant is spreading across many states.

If you are planning to enjoy the great outdoors, spend a few minutes learning how to identify it. If you run across it, you should do two important things. First, steer clear of it. Second, notify the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) or local authorities. 

Learn how to Identify Giant Hogweed

Over the Garden's Edge

Posted: May 29, 2018

For the past several weeks, gardeners around the country have put in countless hours preparing their gardens for the planting season. Then, we've spent countless more hours lovingly and painstakingly planting seeds and seedling transplants of all kinds into their freshly prepared and enriched garden summer home.

Now, we are spending many more hours nurturing our beloved plants, with just the right amount of water, fertilizer, and micro-nutrients. Don't forget to count the several hours a week spent weeding and mulching around our plants. Even you begin to wonder, if gardening should more correctly be defined as a job, rather than a hobby. After spending so many hours on this "hobby", your friends and relatives may actually be questioning your sanity. And, you kind of wonder about your sanity, too!

To help you to determine if you have crossed over the threshold from avid gardener to plain and simple fanatic, see: The Top 10 Signs You Have Gone Over the Garden's Edge

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When Lilacs Lasted Bloomed

Posted: May 7, 2018

When Lilacs Last Bloomed is a Civil War poem by Walt Whitman. The title seems appropriate for the title of this blog, as it causes us to realize our beloved lilacs last bloomed a full year ago. Lilacs are second only to roses in their popularity, beauty and fragrance. And to many, they smell better than roses. Unlike roses that have a season long blooming period, Lilacs bloom once a year in May, and last but a few fragrant weeks. If you have planned well, you yard includes early ,mid, and late season varieties, extending the backyard blooms for three weeks or so. Then, the year long wait begins until they bloom again.

The arrival of the flower blooming period, is cause for great celebration. Many Lilac festivals are held this month, timed to hopefully correspond with the arrival of the sweet, aromatic flowers. If you love spring, love flowers, and adore lilacs, you don't want to miss these early season festivals. In celebration of our beloved lilacs, the festivals include a wide array of events, including Lilac parades, 5K or 10k races, arts and crafts, concerts, food vendors and much more.

If you haven't been to a Lilac festival, what are you waiting for? They will only be in bloom for a few weeks. Find and attend a Lilac Festival

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Think About Gardening

Posted: May 3, 2018

May 3rd is a very special day for gardeners. Spend a few minutes out in your garden thinking, cogitating, pondering and mulling over thoughts of gardening.

For, today is Garden Meditation Day! 

Our Very First Garden Blog:

April 12, 2018

Let's talk about starting seeds. After all, it 'tis the season. Right now many us are planting, or have recently started our indoor transplants. It's a gardening "rite of spring", a fun task that we don't want to leave to the garden stores.   

You can grow your own plants to transplant into the garden. Like new parents, it is fun, yet anxious time, as we tend to every need of our baby seedlings, and pamper them, to assure they grow strong and healthy. In addition to the joy of watching your baby seedlings grow and thrive, you'll save money along the way.

Over the next several weeks, we'll be planting and pampering our indoor transplants. It's an exciting time, as we finally get our hands into some dirt again after the long winter season.

Did You Know? One of the biggest problems of growing indoor starts, is a lack of sunshine, which results in weak, leggy plants. For optimal growth, most seedling transplants need full sunlight. This begins the moment your seedlings emerge from the ground. If you can't have your plants out on a warm, sunny patio or deck, be a "Sun Chaser". As the sun moves  from east to west during the day, move your seed trays from east facing windows to south facing windows.

The success of the upcoming gardening season, is dependent upon getting your seedling transplants up and growing, in a strong and healthy manner. The extra care and attention you give your seedlings now, will translate into healthier, more plentiful flowers, and a larger, more abundant vegetable crop.

Whether you are a gardening "Newbie", or an experienced, long time gardener, it is a good idea to read and review our Seed Starting Basics. Click Here

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About the Author

Bob Matthews is an avid life time gardener, and a recognized garden authority on the Internet since the 1990s. Residing in Rochester, NY, Bob is the author and owner of The Gardener's Network, Pumpkin Nook , Garden Hobbies, and other websites. Bob proudly authored every page of the over 1,000 pages of garden information and tips on these websites.

About some of Bob's other gardening websites:

The Gardener's Network - One of the finest, most popular sites on the internet to read, learn and have gardening fun. The Gardener's Network is the perfect place for you and your plants, the perfect source for how to grow just about any garden plant!

Garden Hobbies - Looking for "How to Grow" gardening information? It's the perfect place for you and your plants.

Pumpkin Nook - By far the biggest, most comprehensive site on the Internet for pumpkins. Information and fun abounds, including: how to grow pumpkins, Halloween, one of the largest collections of pumpkin recipes and much more.


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