Friday, July 29, 2011
The IWGS has the international waterlily competition at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens each summer.
Featuring brand new waterlily hybrids from around the world.
Vote for your favorites starting in July at the gardens.duke,edu. or iwgs.org
Last years winner "wanvisa" is if full bloom this week and if you want one for your pond you can order from iwgs.org
923 Franklin St
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Preen for Garden Weed Control -- Just what’s in that stuff anyway?
Preen herbicide has long been used in home gardens for pre-emergence control of many annual weeds. The active ingredient, trifluralin, is labeled for use around many woody and herbaceous ornamental plants as well as many vegetable and fruit crops. Although, not the most efficacious herbicide, Preen controlled many of our most common landscape weeds including henbit, chickweed, oxalis, crabgrass, and annual bluegrass, without injuring landscape plantings. This product is still widely available in garden centers throughout the country. However, look closely at the label – the Preen you purchase today may not be the same product you previously used.
Today the Preen name is used to identify a diverse product line that includes preemergence and postemergence herbicides. Several Preen products contain 2,4-D for broadleaf weed control in lawns; these products should not be used in landscape beds. The active ingredient in Preen Weed Preventer for Southern Gardens is dithiopyr – the same ingredient found in the herbicide Dimension. This is safe on most ornamentals but should not be used around any food crops. There is Preen Mulch Plus Premium that contains isoxaben plus trifluralin (think Snapshot TG); not to be confused with Preen Plus Mulch Midnight Black that contains trifluralin (but no isoxaben). The isoxaben-containing mulch will damage pansies but the trifluralin-containing product will not. Confused yet? There is also Preen Brush Weed Killer that contains 2,4-DP + 2,4-D + dicamba; Preen Weed and Grass Killer that contains glyphosate (same ingredient as Roundup); and an organic product for vegetable gardens, Preen Vegetable Garden Weed Preventer, that contains corn gluten meal. Many different active ingredients, all sold under the Preen name can lead to confusion.
So, if you go to the garden center to purchase Preen for weed control in your garden or lawn – READ THE LABEL. Make sure you purchase the right product for the right job.
Labels and material safety data sheets for the Preen products are available from the manufacturer’s web site at http://www.preen.com/msds
Joseph C. Neal
Professor and Extension Specialist -- Weed Science
Department of Horticultural Science
262 Kilgore Hall
Box 7609, NCSU
Raleigh, NC 27695-7609
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Rain barrels! we know about them – we have them – but did you realize your rain barrel water is not subjected to community watering restrictions and it has no additives such as fluoride or chlorine
In colder climes you don’t have to store them in the winter.. But will need to keep the faucet open.
Don’t buy. . .build! Building a rain barrel can be a fun family and/or grand parent project. Let’s get the children outside away from technology. Building a rain barrel will teach youth a valuable life lesson - one doesn’t have to "buy"-- build is equally as important. You can find plans to build a rain barrel on line.
Rain barrels don’t have to be plain and unattractive- paint it! Have children create garden art with their handiwork– nice touch if the barrel remains outdoors during winter.. The rain barrel art will add winter interest during those long winter days.
And did you know Algae is not a problem. Algae is natural.. Using the collected rainwater that has algae won’t harm you plants.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
I will try to remember to mention something every month about both places.
Fridays, July 22, Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Oct. 21, 10 am.-noon Location: Doris Duke Center
Participant Limit: 15
Fee: $30; Friends $25. Register for two or three sessions, $25/$20 per session. Register for all four, $20/ $16.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Keeping the vegetable garden hydrated during the heat of the summer is a challenge in the South, where the sun beats down for weeks, the rain barrels run dry and even heat-loving crops wilt under summer’s fiery breath. Water restrictions have even become commonplace in many parts of the region, making watering the garden even more difficult.
Water-efficient systems such as drip-line irrigation can make a big difference. But Durham, N.C., gardener Scott Belan found a cheaper and simpler solution by building an olla out of a humble clay pot. This watering solution satisfied Belan’s personal philosophy in gardening: Look to the cultures and climates that make the most sense for your surroundings.
FROM: July 2011 - State-by-State Gardening eNewsletter
Because water seeps through the walls of an unglazed olla, these vessels can be used to irrigate plants. The olla is buried in the ground next to the roots of the plant to be irrigated, with the neck of the olla extending above the soil. The olla is filled with water, which gradually seeps into the soil to water the roots of the plant. It is an efficient method, since no water is lost to evaporation or run-off.
This irrigation technique was introduced to the Americas by Spanish settlers in colonial times. Agriculture and gardening specialists are teaching it, and olla use is making a comeback in New Mexico and the American West. The state's master gardening program is spreading the word. An olla factory has been founded in Albuquerque to produce the pots. It can be effective for homeowners to use in the desert climate.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Gardening for a Lifetime How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older by Sydney Eddison ($14.95) won the National Garden Clubs Award of Excellence. As we age it takes us longer to do some things, it hurts when we do the chores that formerly caused few, if any problems and we want to age in place. We do not want to leave our memories This was Mrs. Eddison's determination. Sydney Eddison's garden reflected the phases of her life, the plantings reminded her who had given her the plants, what was happening in her life at a particular time and those who helped her. She liked all that went into making her garden. So she looked for a simpler way to garden, to reduce the maintenance and
and keep her bliss. Following steps appropriate to many aspects of aging, Sydney Eddison stepped toward simplicity, she picked her garden battles and reduce some of her gardening dreams to a manageable size -containers. Available at MacIntyres Fine books in the Village Center, Fearrington
Friday, July 1, 2011