“My Summer Addiction” by Cathy Robbins

“My Summer Addiction” by Cathy Robbins

Garden description: My garden has been growing/maturing for over 20 years. It is what I do when the stress of real life becomes overwhelming. Around the edge of each bed, I plant veggies!

Who are the gardeners? I am the gardener. My husband is the lawn and bush trimmer. My grand babies like to help cut flowers and water, but I weed and feed, pull and plant, prune and move flowers and plants. I am a counselor by trade and gardener by choice. My garden is a reflection of my personality!

Why do you garden? Gardening is relaxing and rewarding. It is hard work but provides gradual and ongoing gratification. The Plants don’t disagree or argue and they never talk back! They grow and flourish or show me what they need to grow and flourish. They teach me patience and problem solving skills!

How has gardening impacted you during this time? More people have walked by, enjoyed, photographed, and commented on my garden during Covid than ever before. I’ve gotten to know more people in the past 2 years than during the prior 25 years living in this home. My garden has been a blessing for myself, my family, and the many people who get to see it every day.

What do you have in your garden? Peonies, Dahlias; Lilies; Columbine; Goats Beard; Delphinium; Yarrow; Poppies, Daisy’s; Iris; Rose Root; Kiwi; Marigolds; Pansies; Dianthus; Shooting Stars; Trollius Wild Geranium; Roses; Snow on the Mountain; Bleeding Hearts; Nastursiums; numerous berry bushes.

Do you have any problems with disease or pests? If so, how are you dealing with this problem? Aphids: I spray w/water where possible. Cutworms: In the spring, I disturb the soil beneath the plants they like to eat. This destroys the eggs and minimizes the amount of damage they can do. Powdery Mildew: No idea how to control/eliminate this. Slugs: I save egg shells, crush them and sprinkle under plants they love to eat.

 

 

 

 

“Hopes Garden” by Jacob Kleinman Phillips

“Hopes Garden” by Jacob Kleinman Phillips

Garden description: A plant sanctuary of relaxation, growth, and beauty.

Who are the gardeners? Diane Milowicki

Why do you garden? It has become a sanctuary of honey bees and butterflies!

How has gardening impacted you during this time? Such tranquility, LOVE my garden so much!!

What do you have in your garden? Tomatoes, pumpkins, squash, herbs, potatoes.

Do you have any problems with disease or pests? If so, how are you dealing with this problem? No problems

 

 

“Small Garden on a Steep Slope” by Peter Rittenhouse

“Small Garden on a Steep Slope” by Peter Rittenhouse

Garden description: This little garden was created from scratch with the permission of my HOA. It is on a somewhat difficult spot. The space was limited to 30×8′. The slope is back to front and side to side. The area gets limited sun during the first half of the day.

Who are the gardeners? I am a retired single man living in a new construction condo community. I got permission to create a garden the full depth of my house but no wider than eight feet. I’m a long time novice gardener. I got great joy in seeing this come together. I’m anxious to see how it develops and grows next year.

Why do you garden? Gardening brings me great joy and relaxation. I do it for myself and for others to enjoy.

How has gardening impacted you during this time? This is a from scratch garden and the pandemic delayed installation by 8 months.

What do you have in your garden? My garden contains azaleas, a holly tree, a weeping cherry, several hosta, spirea, a climbing rose, hydrangeas, coreopsis, daylilies plus some annuals. There are two tiny gardens by my entry and I used some of the same materials. There is a wonderful birdhouse as a focal point at the top of the garden that was a gift from old friends.

Do you have any problems with disease or pests? If so, how are you dealing with this problem? I have had a few insects attacking my rose bush but insecticidal soap seems to have solved the problem.

 

 

“Trowel and Error” by Jasmine Kingston

“Trowel and Error” by Jasmine Kingston

Garden description: I am a first-time gardener, I purchased a herb kit in 2020 (nothing grew) but decided to keep trying. My second endeavor was trying to grow seeds from grocery store fruit and when I got some of them to germinate my mom suggested we try to plant a garden outside this year. We tilled the soil for the two beds in front of our home and I started seeds indoors. After transplanting in March I’ve been diligently checking/watering the plants. I’ve been trying to use organic methods (espoma slow release fertilizer – tomato and garden tone). I’m excited we’ll be getting veggies soon!

Who are the gardeners: Jasmine with assistance from her mother Cheryl and moral support from her father Wayne.

Why do you garden: To see how many veggies I can successfully grow.

How has gardening impacted you during this time: It gives me something to look forward to when the virtual work day ends.

What do you have in your garden? I grow 4 varieties of tomatoes (Better Boy – det, Yellow Pear- indet, Supersteak Hybrid Beefsteak – indt, Mystery tomato – ?). Three varieties of peppers (Bell, Habanero, Jalapeno), A variety of herbs (oregano, sage, mint, cilantro/coriander). Strawberry – everbearing. Attempting to grow a concord grape vine as well as pear, apple, grapefruit, and pomelo trees from seed. Hostas are also in the beds for pollinators but were not planted this year.

Do you have any problems with disease or pests? If so, how are you dealing with this problem? No, I keep a close eye on the garden to make sure there is a healthy balance of beneficial insects to combat the aphids and other pests that injure my plants.

“Enchanted Country Flower Garden” by Tanya M Walsh

“Enchanted Country Flower Garden” by Tanya M Walsh

Garden description: A variety of annuals, perennials, herbs, and a few veggies plants. 1 raised bed, rest of the beds are normal. Well maintained and beautiful gardens.

Who are the gardeners: My family and myself.

Why do you garden: Stress relief and enjoyable activity.

How has gardening impacted you during this time: We have gardened now more than ever.

What do you have in your garden? Flowers, vegetables, herbs, and fruit plants.

Do you have any problems with disease or pests? If so, how are you dealing with this problem? Yes, insects. We use seven pesticides.

“A ‘Knockout Rose’ Garden” by Greg Young

“A ‘Knockout Rose’ Garden” by Greg Young

Garden description: Knockout Roses

Who are the gardeners: Greg Young and Erin Connelly

Why do you garden: For the fresh food for salads and dinners!

How has gardening impacted you during this time: It’s been a welcome distraction and something we can enjoy together.

What do you have in your garden? Knockout Roses. We also have a small garden adjacent to it that we’re growing several varieties of tomatoes, arugula, spinach, lettuce, peppers, and pumpkins.

Do you have any problems with disease or pests? If so, how are you dealing with this problem? No.