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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.

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.

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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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Additional Resources: Lilac Bushes

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! 

Indoor Transplants - Leggy Plants

Posted: April 21, 2018

The surest way to get your indoor transplants off to a poor start, is to provide them with insufficient lighting.

A poor start has an unfavorable, season long effect on your plants. Without sufficient sunlight, plants strain to seek the sun. They get "leggy. The seedlings develop a long, thin stem. Without enough light, the stem becomes weak and struggles to support the growing leaf structure. The stem bends, twists, falls over, and often breaks. So, let's avoid this all too common, beginning of the gardening season problem.

Let's begin this discussion with the premise that all of your seedlings need full sunlight, as most plants certainly do. Where do you find the best lighting for your plants? Why, out in the garden, of course.The trouble is, you are starting your plants indoors because it is still too cold yet to plant them outdoors. This leaves you with more limited options, to provide as much sunlight or substitute lighting as possible.

The best option is a backyard greenhouse. If you have a walk-in greenhouse, lucky you... we all envy you. There are also many types of small greenhouses on the market, that you can get for just a few dollars. Small deck size greenhouses and cold frames are great options.

For the vast majority of us, our seedlings begin the first few weeks of their life in our house or apartment. The options for maximizing lighting is much more limited. We need to become "sunchasers", moving our seed trays from one sunny window to the next as the sun moves from east to west. Even on cloudy days, your seedlings will receive filtered sunlight through the window.

Chances are, your young plants will need more than just a sunny window. Household lighting, especially fluorescent lights provide some degree of alternate lighting. What many gardeners often do not know, is that the closer the plants are to the light source, the more effective it is. If possible, place your young plants six to eight inches from the light source. I know a gardener who overwinters some plants in his basement, solely with fluorescent lighting!

As the season nears, bring your seed trays out onto a sunny porch or deck during the warmer parts of the day. But, be certain to bring them in as the temperature drops. Forgetting to do so in advance of a cold or frosty night, is a fatal mistake.

Maximizing sunlight to your plants can be time consuming. But, it pays you back with healthy and far more successful plants. On transplanting day, you will marvel at how great your transplants look, even better that store bought plants!

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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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