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Michigan Gardening To-Do List: July

Michigan Gardening To-Do List: July

Here’s a quick list of what needs to get done in your garden in July: Herb/Vegetable Garden Keep watering and weeding. Harvest regularly to keep plants producing well. Deadhead herbs such as basil regularly to keep them productive. Check plants regularly for signs of pest or diseases. At least once this month, feed your vegetable...
How to Fertilize Tomato Plants, Organically

How to Fertilize Tomato Plants, Organically

Tomato plants grow with such speed and vigor that it’s easy to be tempted to keep feeding them, thinking that we need to add nutrients for all of that new growth our plant has put on. But the truth is that over-fertilizing tomato plants is just as bad as under-fertilizing them. Over-fertilized tomatoes develop lots...
Great Plants for Michigan Gardens: Bearded Iris

Great Plants for Michigan Gardens: Bearded Iris

Bearded irises are the stars of my perennial garden in May. Their tall, frilly blooms and strap-like foliage add a perfect upright element to the garden, and they come in such a huge variety of colors that you are unlikely to ever get bored growing them. Where to Plant Bearded Irises When planting bearded irises,...
Michigan Gardening To Do List for May

Michigan Gardening To Do List for May

Planting time is here! It’s time to get those transplants outside and time for more direct sowing in the garden. Just be sure to keep an eye on the weather forecast and those night time temps. A late freeze can zap your young plants, ruining all of your hard work. Check out our Michigan Frost Dates page to find the...
Favorite Plants: Bleeding Heart

Favorite Plants: Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis, the plant formerly known as Dicentra spectabilis) is one of the highlights of the spring gardening season in our family. Those delicate, dangling pink hearts with their backdrop of ferny foliage are so romantic and old-fashioned looking. I vow every year that I’m going to plant a few more. Hopefully, this...

How to Protect Your Garden from a Spring Frost

Whether you push the gardening season or not, here in Michigan there’s always a danger that a late spring frost will wipe out your lovingly planted spring veggies. The earlier you plant, the more likely this is. The easiest way to almost guarantee that you’ll avoid a frost is to resist planting your vegetable garden...

Best Spring Perennials for Michigan: Bergenia

These gorgeous plants are grown as much for their foliage, which forms a pretty little rosette, and their flowers. Blooming in shades of white, pink, red, and purple, held aloft on sturdy maroon stems, they are a unique addition to the spring garden. Where to Plant Bergenia: Bergenia grows best in full sun to partial...

Garden Tip: Make Your Own Seed Tape

Soon, we Michigan gardeners will be stuck indoors, staring forlornly out at our snow or frost-covered gardens. While I’m not in a hurry for that, I know that there are several ways I can keep myself busy, and get my garden off to a good start next spring. One of those ways is to make...
Three Types of Tomatoes, and How to Decide What You Should Grow

Three Types of Tomatoes, and How to Decide What You Should Grow

It’s easy to see why tomatoes have so many fans: not only are they delicious, but they are also visually stunning, with a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. But did you know that there are actually different types of tomatoes, and that some are better suited to certain types of dishes than others?...

Michigan Gardening To-Do List: January

January. The holidays are over, and a long, cold Michigan winter stretches before us. While some of us embrace winter, some of us are chomping at the bit to get back out into the garden. The good news for those of us who are counting down the days until spring is that we can start...