Gardening gets Easier

by on August 23, 2011

Don’t Let Wet Weather Keep You Indoors

This may be the summer of severe weather in many parts of the country, but a little rain doesn’t stop us from gardening, right? You’ll be singing (or at least weeding) in the rain with these two handy gardening tools.
No more wet gloves No more wet gloves
Soggy gloves are pretty gross. Thankfully, the Glove Dogs glove dryer solves that problem. This low-tech gadget wicks water away from gloves overnight. Flannel-covered inserts filled with cedar stuffing slip inside gloves and absorb moisture. Extend the life of your favorite gloves, prevent mildew and odors, and kill bacteria and fungus all at the same time with this handy dryer.
Write in the rain Write in the rain
Need to jot down gardening notes in the rain? No problem. The Rite in the Rain Waterproof Garden Notebook features flexible bound pages in a rugged carrying case. The tough clicker pen writes on wet paper and handles temps ranging from
-30°F to 250°F—bring on the weather!

A Flower That Shines After Dark?

Evening primrose
The show in your garden comes to a close each evening, but it doesn’t have to.Evening primrose takes center stage once the sun starts to set. The large, cup-shaped flowers in shades of yellow, white, or pink open wide each evening and are a favorite of birds, butterflies and bees. Here’s how you can enjoy this beauty in your garden.

Common name: Evening primrose
Botanical name: Oenothera spp.
Zones: 3 to 9, depending on species
Size: To 5 feet tall, depending on species
From: Areas of North and South America
Family: Onagraceae (fuchsia family)

Growing conditions
Sun: Full sun to partial shade
Soil: Moist, well-drained soil and full sun. Good drainage is important for the plants, so amend heavy clay soils with organic matter before planting.
Moisture: Some species are drought resistant; others need moisture in times of drought.

Keep Cats Out of the Garden

Got Cats?When you think of pests in the garden, you probably think of insects or digging squirrels, rather than that fluffy ball of fur that purrs away on your lap as you read your favorite magazine.

But the truth is that cats, whether feral or wandering visitors from two doors down, can be a problem in the garden. Alley Cat Allies offers these tips for dealing with unwanted feline garden visitors:

  • Use scent. Scatter fresh orange and lemon peels or spray citrus-scented fragrances. Oil of lavender, lemongrass, citronella, and eucalyptus deter cats.
  • Plant rue. This evergreen herb repels cats. You can also sprinkle dried rue over the garden.
  • Keep it covered. Cover exposed ground in flower beds with large, attractive river rocks to prevent cats from digging. (They have the added benefit of deterring weeds.)
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