Grow Vertical Vegetables
One of the easiest ways to grow rambling or vining plants is to train them up
trellises or supports. In a small garden where space is limited, growing things
upwards is a good solution as it gives a lush appearance and lots
of diversity in plantings. In a bigger garden, vertical displays can become
wonderful design features and focal points and provide much-needed visual
screens or windbreaks.
If you enjoy creating wildlife habitat in the
garden, you'll find that having plants at eye level is the best way to see small
creatures such as iridescent hummingbirds and hovering butterflies.
Read Renee's Article
Vegetables for suggestions on varieties and methods
to grow UP.
Enter our 6th Annual Photo Contest
So many people write to tell us about their success with our
seeds that we'd like to see your results. We invite you to enter your favorite
photo that includes a
Renee's Garden variety in our 2009 photo contest. The grand prize
is a $50 gift certificate. There is a separate Kid's Garden Photo Contest
and prize of a Children's Garden Collection for gardeners under age 16. All entries will receive a complimentary
packet of seeds (one per person), so don't delay! Deadline for
entries is September 15, 2009. We will feature the winning photos on our website
Please include no more than three photos with your
entry. Include your full name, mailing address, email, the Renee's Garden
seed variety pictured and any additional comments.
To enter: Email your photo and info to: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Green Envy" Zinnia
by Debra Mase
In the Trial Garden:
Colorful Summer Squash, Tri-color
Carrots, and Strawberries
The trial garden is quickly filling up with a rainbow of
vegetable varieties. We have 15 different summer squash varieties in
trial, in many shapes and colors. There are black, yellow, and pale
green round zucchini squashes, several crooknecks, and straight
zucchinis. We are particularly pleased with the container squash and
pumpkin trial. We first found these container varieties a few years ago,
but they are now much improved in terms of truly compact plants with
delicious squash and pretty pumpkins. If they prove out, we will offer
them for sure.
We are growing out a mix of purple, white, and orange carrots that we plan to introduce as soon as seed crops are available
next year and it has been very fun to show them off. We like to suggest that
our guests pull some carrots, and it is always a surprise to see
which color will come up. We have found 3 tasty varieties that all
grow great together and mature at the same rate.
There are also 3 different varieties of strawberries from
seed in trial, and we are excited about how fast and easy it has proven
to start and grow these brand-new cultivars. We sowed the seeds in
mid-March (when we sow tomato seeds) and the strawberry plants have grown
rapidly. The first plump berries, just picked this week, look luscious and we can't wait to enjoy them!
Recipe of the Month:
Orange Scented Chocolate
This moist cake is not too sweet and has
enticing highlights of chocolate and orange.
On Renee's Blog
Planting Out Peppers
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