Everything Knox May 2015

Spring, spring, glorious spring! The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and life is good.

May is the month when smart gardeners are finally free to give in to all those gardening impulses. You averted your eyes when neighbors planted things too early, chuckled silently if their plants died, and spent your gardening energy on containers and getting beds ready. Now it is time to play in the dirt! Let’s get started on that to-do list:

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ETMV May 2015

I think that April is the hormonal teenager of the calendar. Temperatures are up and down like a roller coaster and there are lots of storms and waterworks. Let’s hope that May shows up as the more mature older sister! Seriously, have you even been able to work in your yard yet? If the rain doesn’t let up enough for Rodney to mow, we are going to have to bale our yard.

This month I am going to focus on vegetable gardening. More and more of our customers are interested in growing vegetables, but there are 3 key questions you are going to need to ask yourself before you begin:

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Everything Knoxville April 2015

 

2015 has certainly started out with a bang! Ice, snow, and flooding rains have been punctuated with the occasional warm, sunny day just so that we don’t lose all hope. I am beginning to see signs of spring, however. My daffodils are blooming even when they have snow on them, and the trees are starting to show a hint of green. Spring is coming, hallelujah!

While we anxiously await its arrival, there are many things we can do to occupy our time. Here is your list for this month:

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ETMV April 2015

I am so glad to see sunshine and warm weather! I know that our winter was not nearly as bad as many people in other parts of the country were experiencing, but I am a woman of the south. I like my temps above 70 as much as possible.

I know that not all of you who read this are going to drive out and see us every time you need a plant (although I wish you would). Some of you might even buy things from a box store (I am whimpering here). Some stores do an ok job with plants, and some should never, ever, ever be allowed to touch anything living. Most simply do not have anyone working there who knows what they are talking about. Out of the goodness of my heart (and to save a few plant lives), I am going to give you a few hints on buying plants, even if it is from someone else.

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March 15 Everything Knox

 

Spring is coming! I can feel it in the air, and so can my yard. It doesn’t get dark quite so early, and there are swollen leaf nodes on many of my shrubs. March is full of promise!

How are things going in your yard? We have not had the extreme cold of last winter (knock on wood), so hopefully you haven’t had much damage. We are also getting some nice warm days, so let’s get started on your “to-do” list:

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February 2015 Everything Knox

As I am writing this, our first “polar vortex” of the year is heading south. I hate that term. I hate anything that signifies cold. I don’t want to do anything except stay at home and read and drink tea and hot chocolate (with marshmallows) when it is cold. My exercise program is shot to crap and I sit at work with a portable heater at my feet. I am a cold weather weenie.

My one consolation is that I have lived here long enough to know that the cold will not last. In another month or two the first frogs will be singing and the trees will start showing that beautiful light green that promises spring. Daffodils and forsythia will be lifting their blooms to a warm spring sun, and all will be right in the world. Until then, there are things that you can do to get yourself and your yard ready.

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February 2015 ETMV

It’s February again, which is not my favorite month. It’s cold and it’s usually rainy and grey and gloomy. Yes, it has Valentine’s Day, but I have been married almost 29 years to a guy who just isn’t big on romance. So instead of thinking about hearts and cut flowers, I may as well look at garden catalogs and magazines and Pinterest to get ideas for real flowers for next year!

Those of you that know me know that the lack of romance doesn’t bother me. I am a back-to-nature kind of gal. I admit I like cut flowers, but I really love flowers that are planted. I get so excited when I go out and have something blooming in my yard! Right now the Lenten roses are just starting to produce, and I stop and tell them how pretty they are every morning. Yes, my neighbors think I am weird.

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ETMV January 2015

Happy New Year! I hope that all of you enjoyed the holidays. Now it is time to turn our sights toward the upcoming year and how we want to spend it. I hope that all of you will spend some time in your yard!

Are any of you trend watchers? I am not, but I do get a kick out of looking at what those “in the know” say in their predictions about the coming year. Did you know that there is an actual group called the Garden Media Group that makes predictions about gardening? Yep, because gardening is “cool” again. Anyway, this group has made its predictions for 2015, and I am going to pass those on to you so that you can decide if you want to be cool and trendy in your yard.

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December in the Garden

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Or not. Some people really love the holidays and decorating and gift giving (and receiving) and all the family time. Some people would rather have an un-medicated root canal. No matter what your view of the season is, there are still things that can be done outside on those wonderful sunny days that we occasionally get. (more…)

Caring for Holiday Plants

The countdown to the holidays has begun, and that means it is time for me to give you some information about the plants you will be buying or receiving as gifts. Some of you don’t do so well with them, and then you feel like a bad person and I don’t want you to feel that way. Let’s face it: some plants are just persnickety.
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