• In the Garden

    WATERING BASICS

    It’s July and the heat is on!  You’ve got your garden in and now you just need to take care of it. Like all of us, plants are going to require a lot of water this month!  Watering is probably the biggest issue when it comes to gardening problems. People tend to overwater or they just forget to water. Luckily, plants are usually resilient and can bounce back with proper care.  How should you water? When you water your plants, it’s always best to water the soil and try to avoid wetting the foliage and flowers. Watering the plant itself is a way to encourage disease. It’s important to water…

  • In the Family,  In the Garden

    TIPS TO REPEL MOSQUITOES

    It is June which means it’s time to go outside and have fun (safely this year)! You may be celebrating your graduate, your father, or just the end of the longest winter/spring in history! No matter what the reason, you have earned the right to enjoy time outside, and the last thing you deserve is some pesky bugs nipping at you. If you would rather avoid showering yourself and your loved ones with chemicals, here are some alternatives that will reduce the number of mosquitoes in attendance at your celebration. CITRONELLA First things first, everyone knows about “citronella.” But what many people call citronella plant is not what produces citronella…

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    In the Family,  In the Garden

    Things You CAN Do Right Now!

    Oh, Coronavirus. What to do, what to do? Here at Garden Shack Farm we are temporarily distancing ourselves from society so that we don’t potentially, unknowingly, spread a virus that could be a death sentence to someone. If everyone does their best to keep to themselves now this craziness should pass sooner and with less craziness, ideally just in time for our opening day! Fingers crossed. While there are a number of things you shouldn’t and even can’t do right now, we’ve compiled a list of things you CAN do while you’re waiting out the Great COVID-19 Quarantine. Start Seeds • Start some seeds indoors. Grow some basil, or any…

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    In the Garden

    Classic Privacy Screening with Arborvitae

    Spring is on the way! You might say we never even had a winter this year and that is fine by me. Warm winters are great for doing things outside! But you will need to keep an eye out for increased insect and disease pressures, especially if we are treated to a wet spring. We will get into all of that later, but let’s talk about privacy. Lots of construction, new homes, new neighbors, noise happening around here these days! You get it. Now maybe you need to screen some of that off. We’ll be spending more time outside as we get more sunshine, and do you really want to…

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    In the Garden

    TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN IN APRIL

    In Delaware, Zone 7, spring has officially sprung. The average last frost date for our county is today, April 9, and looking at the forecast, we just may be safe from further freezing. Break out your shorts! (My cryophilic teenage son never put his away!) Of course, as anxious, antsy, and ambitious as spring weather makes people, it is still too early to plant annual flowers and summer vegetables around here. Growing up, living in plant zone 6, I remember everyone saying you had to wait until Mother’s Day to plant flowers. (And you certainly couldn’t wear white until Memorial Day!) Planting annual flowers isn’t actually a date on your…

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    In the Garden

    What kind of mulch is right for you?

    Spring has arrived! That means flowers, sprouts, birds, and warmth! But also it means yard work! I recently read about changing your attitude from negative to positive by thinking instead of “have to,” think “get to.” So rather than “I have to mow the lawn and it’s hot and loud and messy” (of course if you hate it that much you might want to consider killing your lawn), say, “I get to mow the lawn and be outside in the sunshine, get vitamin D, and smell springtime.” Consider yourself lucky you have a yard where you can also play and relax, lucky it isn’t cold and snowing, and lucky you are…

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    In the Garden

    TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN IN MARCH

    It’s March! You’ve almost made it through the winter. It has been said that April is the cruelest month, but around here March is such a tease with warm weather one day, a blizzard the next, the first day of spring, and then a deep frost. Such a meanie, getting our hopes up! And then there’s that wind, blowing you away! Here are some things you should do in this busy landscape month, even if the weather is more lion than lamb. 1. If you haven’t planted your cool season crops, let’s do it! It’s time for fresh salads, cruciferous veggies, and root crops. It’s also time to start seeds…

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    In the Garden

    Must-Have Plant of the Month: Sweetbay Magnolia

    Spring is just around the corner and we are soooooo looking forward to seeing everything start to bloom! We are dreaming of fragrant warm breezes and seeing all the colors of nature pop up and out. When we think of fragrant spring and summer breezes, the magnolia tree definitely comes to mind. There are dozens of types of magnolia trees, all quite beautiful. They are ancient and said to have been around before bees. Therefore the flowers evolved tough enough to be pollinated by beetles. One of our favorite magnolia trees is the late spring-blooming sweetbay magnolia. The sweetbay magnolia, magnolia virginiana, is a flowering tree native to the Atlantic…

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    In the Garden

    Should you kill your lawn?

    How green is your grass? First of all, I want to say that I love turf grass. I love my lawn. I really love my lawn this time of year because it doesn’t need to be mowed. There are many benefits to having a nice lawn. Lawns have a cooling effect, produce oxygen, provide a safe playing surface for children of all ages, prevent erosion, help filter out pollutants, and the list can go on and on, depending on who you talk to. The question becomes whether or not the energy and resources put into maintaining a lawn is worth it. To apply one inch of water to a lawn,…

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    In the Family

    Don’t Tell Kids This Is The Best Time of Their Lives!

    I’m no psychologist and I am far from a perfect mother. I strongly believe in gray areas so I’m not the biggest rule enforcer. My kids have eaten cereal for dinner. Sometimes when I’m grouchy or busy I send them upstairs or outside, or give them a screen. Only time will tell how many of my kids will end up in counseling. I try to be a good parent though and help them navigate their way in this world. Recently in two separate circumstances I heard about an adult telling a child that the child is now living the best years of his life. The first time the parent was…