The New Neighbors Garden Club (Springboro/South Dayton area) is again selling Posy Power organic soil amendment. If you live in the Miami Valley, your garden would LOVE an annual application of Posy Power. Click the following link to access full details and order information. To quote a fellow gardener, “It’s good stuff!”
The Here and There Garden Club, an Ohio Association of Garden Clubs affiliated club, announces the 2017 Caladium sale. Caladiums are tender, summer bulbs that really can liven up a garden with their colorful leaves. Bulbs are $1 each, though please order in quantities of 5 bulbs of a variety. (5 bulbs = $5) Orders will be filled in the order they are received. Delivery late April. Message me with orders/more info.
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Hairy Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta)
There is a new weed in my yard. Actually, I noticed it the year before last, but it is really getting under my skin this year. And I do not like it. Do not like it one bit. I’m talking about Hairy Bittercress. Where in the world did this come from? It wasn’t here 4 years ago and now, thanks to its extensive seed explosion propagating behavior – it is really on the move.
Hairy Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) is in the Brassicaceae family and related to the mustards/cabbages. Actually, if it wasn’t such a pest, this diminutive plant might look pretty cute in a spring fairy garden. The seeds germinate in the fall and are winter annuals (green during winter). That growth habit gives them a jump start on growing in the spring and blasting out their tiny seeds before you can get a grip on the situation.
If I were a betting woman, I would guess that the seeds originally made their way into my yard via nursery/garden center potting mix debris. The first plants populated a path that leads to my compost bin. I’ve read that they are edible but I’m not going to give them the pleasure of gracing my table. I’m more than happy to spend a few minutes pulling those little rosettes out before they get a chance to bloom. As with the noxious garlic mustard, a cousin to the bittercress, do not dispose of any plants you pull in your compost bin. The temps will not be hot enough to kill the seeds. And mowing them down won’t help. They are quite short and you will only be mowing the bloom stalks which will spite you and allow the seeds to mature and spread the love.
Over my lifetime, I’ve killed hundreds, no, thousands of plants. Houseplants in particular. The plants I grow outside are lucky. Most are better off letting Mother Nature nurture them through the growing season. My dear African violets aren’t so lucky. Their lives depend on me, of all people, to keep them alive. I’m grateful when they reward me with their beauty.
Looking back, I remember growing African violets in my college apartment and also being the subject of a written assignment. Well, it has been a long spell between those 1970s college days at The Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute but my African violet interest has come back to life. Don’t ask me how many I have. I pick up a couple more every month at our African violet club meeting. And of course, my motherly instincts kick in when I have to rip out suckers. I CAN’T throw them away; I HAVE to pot them – which only exacerbates the overpopulation problem!
Here are a few of the cuties on the shelves (6 four-foot light fixtures) at the moment.
Jolly Orchid (miniature)
Amour Elite (standard)
Paula’s PB and J (standard)
I lost the name for this one – I call him Fred. (miniature)
Jolly Gala (miniature)