Why is my Lettuce Tall and Bitter?

As more of us grow our own food, even on a small scale, there is much to learn about the life cycle of various plants in the vegetable garden.  Most lettuce varieties are cool season crops.  When the hot weather comes, they send up tall stalks that will flower and set seed.  You’ll notice that…

Planting for pollinators!

It’s not too late to plant some flowers that will lure in monarch and other butterflies and support their life cycle, while encouraging good pollination in your vegetable and fruit gardens. The leaves of Joe Pye weed are food for developing caterpillars.  You may remember that the monarch caterpillars can feed only on the of milkweed…

Pest Watch: Rose Slug Sawfly

A pest to watch out for this time of year is Rose Slug Sawfly (Endelomyia aethiops). It can be a nasty pest of roses in late May/early June. The pest gets its name from its ability to lay eggs in plant leaves or stems with a saw-like egg laying mechanism. The worm-like larvae are greenish yellow…

Priscilla Hutt Williams featured in Pith+Vigor Magazine

  Have you read Pith + Vigor? If not, you’ll want to subscribe to this hip, local, garden lifestyle magazine founded & edited by author and landscape designer, Rochelle Greayer. This summer’s issue has a piece entitled, Tao of Terroir.  It features our own resident soil expert Priscilla Hutt Williams of Pumpkin Brook Organic Gardening. She was…

Priscilla’s Gardening To-Do’s for early June

Finish pruning hydrangea, clethra and itea Train clematis to its support and tie lightly with fishing line as needed Stake peonies and bearded irises (if needed) Plant dahlias, gladioli and other tender summer bulbs Edge beds and mulch plantings to help conserve moisture and reduce weed pressure Plant containers of summer annuals Plant warm weather…

Soil (and beds) available for gardens

We are pleased to offer our custom mixed blend of soil for your raised bed edible gardens. This mix of high fungal compost, finely screened loam and potting soil is rich yet light enough for good drainage. After sending off a soil test for this mix, we’ve balanced the nutrients by adding calcium and trace…