Quick Fertilizer Lesson

You do not have to be a rocket scientist to understand fertilizers. Their numbers reveal everything.  All bags have three numbers listed somewhere on the package.  Those numbers refer to the N-P-K nutrients.  N is nitrogen, which greens the plants, P is phosphate for roots and flowering, and K is potash for health and vigor. […]

Fall Garden Chores

September Garden Calendar

SEPTEMBER GARDEN CALENDAR By Ron Kushner Bring houseplants back indoors. If the plants are left outside, as temperatures drop into the low 50’s, they tend to do poorly when brought inside to dry air and heat. Trim off unhealthy leaves and check closely for insects. Spray with insecticidal soap. To kill insects lurking in the soil, […]

Potting Soil & Amendments

Potting Mix & Soil Amendments Potting Mix Gardener’s Gold Organic Potting Mix Organic Mechanics Container Blend Pro-Mix Ultimate Potting Mix * Frey Bros Professional Potting Mix * Pro-Mix BX * Organic Mechanics Seed Starting Blend * Espoma Organic Cactus & African Violet Mix * Orchid Bark & Potting Mix * Moss * Vermiculite * Perlite * Soil Amendments […]

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August Garden Notes & Growing Rhubarb

THE PASSIONATE GARDENER August 2014 by Ron Kushner  RHUBARB Rhubarb may be one of the easiest plants to grow. It is a true perennial, coming up every year with practically no care whatsoever. The entire plant dies back to the ground at the end of the season, not to be seen again until the following […]


The Passionate Gardener – Tomatoes

THE PASSIONATE GARDENER Tomatoes – July 2014 by Ron Kushner Tomatoes: Beware of Water It seems that every gardener loves tomatoes. They are probably the most popular edible garden plant throughout the country. This year’s “Totally Tomatoes” catalog lists 309 varieties and there are many more. Care of tomatoes, from germination throughout harvest is the subject […]