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. […]

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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 […]


Growing Blueberries

Growing Blueberries is Easy SOIL: Blueberries need a well-drained acidic soil (pH between 4.5 – 5.0). Soil pH is crucial for fruit production and should be adjusted using sulfur several months before planting the bushes.  Do not incorporate sulfur while planting new bushes, but a top dressing following package instructions may be done after planting.  […]

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The Passionate Gardener – Native Meadow

THE PASSIONATE GARDENER May 2014  by Ron Kushner Create a Native Meadow Strip The idea of a native meadow strip came one cold day in winter while reading seed catalogs after attending a native plant seminar. The concept would be to create a native, wild flower garden similar to a meadow in bloom but on […]