Gardening http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/feed/features/gardening en Invisible Forces in Your Garden http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/invisible-forces-your-garden <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Test your soil to put them to work</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Horticulture is a science, not a guessing game.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;I can remember my pipe-smoking, tobacco-chewing grandfather putting garden soil in his mouth to taste if it was sweet or sour. I was impressed at the time, but looking back on his method of testing soil, I know it would have been impossible for him to make any determinations of the pH or of nutrients by taste.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/invisible-forces-your-garden" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/healthy-soli-microbes.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="56" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/invisible-forces-your-garden" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/invisible-forces-your-garden#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Fri, 27 May 2016 14:47:31 +0000 bayweekly_master 33074 at http://www.bayweekly.com Night Crawlers Are Good for Birds, Fishing and Compost http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/night-crawlers-are-good-birds-fishing-and-compost <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>But not so great for forests</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Kathy Knotts </div> </div> </div> <p>Robins and sparrows sing the praises of our unending rain. Their beaks and bellies are filled with wriggling worms.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Earthworms surface as wet conditions make easy work of relocating. No, worms don&rsquo;t come up to escape drowning. They are capable of surviving several days submerged.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The vibration of raindrops sounds like the predatory rumble of moles looking for a snack, causing the worms to head for the surface, where fishermen and hungry birds find them. Some birds have shifted to eating an earthworm-only diet.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/creature-feature/article/night-crawlers-are-good-birds-fishing-and-compost" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/BIG%20worms.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/night-crawlers-are-good-birds-fishing-and-compost" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/night-crawlers-are-good-birds-fishing-and-compost#comments Creature Feature Gardening Green Living Fri, 27 May 2016 14:53:35 +0000 bayweekly_master 33077 at http://www.bayweekly.com Fresh Baby Potatoes http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/fresh-baby-potatoes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>One of gardening&rsquo;s incomparable pleasures</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p> There is nothing like sneaking into the garden in mid to late July after the potato plants have finished flowering and stealing a few thin-skinned potatoes. If you hill your potatoes with compost in place of garden soil, you can harvest potatoes without disturbing the plant. At the final harvest, you get the added benefit of potatoes that are almost dirt-free.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/fresh-baby-potatoes" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/hilling-potatoes-051916.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="140" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/fresh-baby-potatoes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/fresh-baby-potatoes#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Thu, 19 May 2016 17:35:27 +0000 bayweekly_master 32968 at http://www.bayweekly.com Eastern Tent Caterpillars http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/eastern-tent-caterpillars <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>How to control these and other web-builders</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Those white webs expanding in the crotches of cherry, crabapple and Juneberry trees are made by eastern tent caterpillars. Last summer and early fall, the adults laid their eggs in these favorite trees. As the larvae emerge, they spin a web around the nest, giving it protection from the weather. In the evening, the larvae crawl out from under the web to feed on nearby tender young leaves. Just about the time the sun rises, they return to the web for protection. As the population of larvae increases and the larvae increase in size, so does the webbing of the nest.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/eastern-tent-caterpillars" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Eastern%20Tent%20Caterpillars-051216.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/eastern-tent-caterpillars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/eastern-tent-caterpillars#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Wed, 18 May 2016 11:57:41 +0000 bayweekly_master 32867 at http://www.bayweekly.com Frost-Stunted But Not Dead http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/frost-stunted-not-dead <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Plants are survivors</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>The spring of 2016 will be remembered as a short spring and a very short summer followed by a short fall &mdash; all within four weeks between March and April.&nbsp;Those 70-degree days in mid March stimulated the vegetative buds in many woody ornamentals to swell, causing the winter bud scales to drop to the ground. This left the buds susceptible to damage by freezing temperatures.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/frost-stunted-not-dead" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/hydrangea%20buds-050516.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/frost-stunted-not-dead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/frost-stunted-not-dead#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Tue, 10 May 2016 21:39:06 +0000 bayweekly_master 32744 at http://www.bayweekly.com Divide and Conquer Now for More Daffodils Next Spring http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/divide-and-conquer-now-more-daffodils-next-spring <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Crowded bulbs are smaller bulbs and produce smaller flowers</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>As the trumpets of daffodil petals herald spring, we see clumps growing in roadside banks as well as in gardens. Pretty as they are, the flowers in those large clumps are not as large as those of single plants or smaller clumps. Crowded bulbs are smaller bulbs and thus produce smaller flowers due to a lower reserve of food.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Professional gardeners dig up and thin out clumps of daffodils every five or six years. This practice allows them to not only maintain flower size but to also expand plantings.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/divide-and-conquer-now-more-daffodils-next-spring" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/dividing%20daffodils-042816.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="72" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/divide-and-conquer-now-more-daffodils-next-spring" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/divide-and-conquer-now-more-daffodils-next-spring#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Tue, 03 May 2016 19:59:42 +0000 bayweekly_master 32658 at http://www.bayweekly.com The Vegetable We Eat Sweet http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/vegetable-we-eat-sweet <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Grow a patch of rhubarb</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>My old friend Bill Burton and I once discussed eating freshly harvested rhubarb as kids during hot summer days in New England, where every home had a rhubarb patch in the backyard. Bill raved about his mother&rsquo;s rhubarb-custard pie, while I raved about my mother&rsquo;s strawberry-rhubarb pie. I can still picture myself sitting on the back stairs of our home with a fist full of sugar in my left hand and a freshly harvested stalk of rhubarb in my right. Before each bite, I would dredge the base of the rhubarb stem in the sugar.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Those were the days.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/vegetable-we-eat-sweet" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Rhubarb-042116.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="80" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/vegetable-we-eat-sweet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/vegetable-we-eat-sweet#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:55:03 +0000 bayweekly_master 32560 at http://www.bayweekly.com Growing Onions http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/growing-onions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>A successful harvest depends on the right bulbs for our hours of light</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Onions are good for your health, and generally they are easy to grow. Let me give you some advice on growing them successfully.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Plant onion sets and you&rsquo;ll harvest only green onions. Most sets you buy are short-day onions, which produce bulbs only when grown during the winter months with 10 daylight hours or less. Planted in the spring, as daylight hours grow longer, they produce only onion tails, your green onions.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/growing-onions" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Onion-family-041416.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="72" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/growing-onions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/growing-onions#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:34:28 +0000 bayweekly_master 32465 at http://www.bayweekly.com Recycle Your Easter Plants http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/recycle-your-easter-plants <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Many will bloom again in your garden, but some are destined for compost</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>If you received Easter plants, you&rsquo;ll be able to plant some of them in the garden to enjoy again next year. Others are best recycled by composting them.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/recycle-your-easter-plants" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/daffodils-awaiting-transplant-040716.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="100" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/recycle-your-easter-plants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/recycle-your-easter-plants#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Tue, 12 Apr 2016 13:39:12 +0000 bayweekly_master 32347 at http://www.bayweekly.com Steps to a Healthy Bay-Friendly Lawn http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/steps-healthy-bay-friendly-lawn <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>In spring, feed your soil &mdash; not your grass</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Warm-season grasses, including Zoysia and Bermuda grass, should be banned from Chesapeake lawns. They cause nothing but problems. Lawns planted with these grasses have to be fed monthly May through August with high-nitrogen fertilizers. They must be sprayed yearly with restricted-use pesticides to control billbugs and other insects. They must be mowed close to the ground, so they often become infested with weeds, which requires the frequent use of herbicides. The clippings must be collected and the lawn dethatched.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/steps-healthy-bay-friendly-lawn" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/eco-friendly%20lawn-033116.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="80" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/steps-healthy-bay-friendly-lawn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/steps-healthy-bay-friendly-lawn#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Sat, 02 Apr 2016 10:07:40 +0000 bayweekly_master 32225 at http://www.bayweekly.com