“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

 

 

“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.