Into the Garden

by on August 29, 2010

Test Your Knowledge of Squash

Think you know a lot about squash harvesting? Okay, are these two statements true or false? 1) It’s best to harvest summer squash when the skin is tender and can be pierced with a thumbnail. 2) You should usually pick winter squash before the first frost.

The answers to these questions (keep reading for the answers!) can be found in a squash fact sheet on the National Garden Bureau‘s Web site.

The squash fact sheet is one of many on this handy site. Each one is a blend of interesting history, nutritional information, and gardening tips. (We learned, for example, that the remains of domesticated squash from about 4,000 B.C. were found at Bat Cave, New Mexico… who knew?)

Water Without the Work

Who hasn’t dreamt of a koi pond in a shady corner of the back yard, set among granite boulders and overhanging trees? But the reality is most of us don’t have the space for a pond, or the time and energy to maintain it.

The solution? A water fountain, which gives you the sight and sound of splashing water but doesn’t require an enormous yard or lots of maintenance. Check out these options:

glass cascading water fountain

The hand-blown glass cascading water fountain from Laguna Waterworks is a both a fountain and piece of art.

Gist Small Sphere and Wok

If you’re looking for a larger fountain, take a look at the Gist Small Sphere and Wok, which has a calming, Asian-influenced design.

Brook Resin and Slate

A great option for both indoors and outdoors is the versatile Brook Resin and Slate fountain.

Organize Your Garden Gear

get organized
Have you ever spent nearly as much time finding the right tools for a garden chore as you spent doing the chore itself? Frustrating, right?

Get your garden gear organized and save yourself time—not to mention a headache or two—with these tips:

Get rid of excess.
Get rid of everything you don’t use, love, or need. If you can’t bear to get rid of old tools, use them as garden art.

Find a home for everything.
Once you’ve parted with everything that’s broken, unnecessary, or just plain trash, it’s time to find a home for everything. As you plan where each thing should go, first ask yourself which tools you use most often. Those items need to be most accessible, while the things you use infrequently or annually can be stored farther away or up high in ceiling rafters.

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