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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Kyle Natorp, President of Natorp’s
What is your favorite edible to grow in the garden?
The World’s Hottest Peppers! I really enjoy spicy food and they definitely deliver heat to dishes and have a great taste.
What are your favorite hot peppers?
Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper, it’s the hottest, 2 million *Scoville Units. It actually has challenged the current Guiness Book World Record Holder the Trinad Scorpion Butch T Pepper (1.63 Million Scoville Units). There are two other great hot peppers the Naga Viper (1.382 Million Scoville Units) and of course the popular Bhut Jolokia (1 Million Scoville Units).
What’s your favorite way to use the World’s Hottest Peppers?
I really enjoy using them to make an extremely hot pepper jelly.
* Scoville Units indicated the amount of capsacin present that creates the heat in chili peppers. Jalapeno pepper’s scoville level is 5,000-8,000.
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
If there’s one herb that evokes feelings of serenity, it’s lavender. When lavender is in bloom on a sunny day, you’ll find the heady aroma uplifting and calming at the same time. Lavender makes me smile! Visit me at Natorp’s Nursery Outlet this Saturday and Sunday from 10am-12noon!
Lavender makes a lovely container herb. Like rosemary, lavender doesn’t like wet feet but this perennial member of the mint family does love lots of sun and good drainage. Harvest the flowers just as they start to open and pluck leaves anytime.
Aroma therapists use lavender essential oil to relieve mild cases of anxiety and depression and to create a peaceful state of mind. It’s also one of the few essential oils I know that can be directly applied to the skin for cuts, bites, and blemishes. A few sprigs of lavender into a steaming bath immediately make me calmer.
Lavender leaves and flowers are delicious added to lemonade and teas. Let infuse and strain before using. Herbes de Provence is a famous blend with lavender.
HERBES DE PROVENCE
Typically used in regional French cooking, this herb blend is difficult to find in stores. Seafood, tomato, pork dishes, lamb and vegetables all benefit from this blend.
Use dry herbs. Mix together:
2 tablespoons thyme
1 tablespoon marjoram
2 teaspoons each rosemary and savory
1 teaspoon lavender flowers or leaves
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds.
Store in cool, dark place.
Tips from Rita’s garden:
Natorp’s carries 6 varieties of lavender.
Natorp’s carries over 150 varieties of herbs!
Rita Nader Heikenfeld, CCP, Certified Herbalist
Blog: Cooking with Rita at Cincinnati.com
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
Sharon Hennies , Container Garden Designer
Her love for texture, color and composition is apparent when viewing her creations. Her genuine passion for gardening and creating beautiful designs has been validated by a loyal and impressive following of clients that adoringly visit her bringing home a design that often becomes the centerpiece of their outdoor spaces.
What is your favorite plant?
It would have to be Coleus.
What makes this plant your favorite?
Coleus brings so much color and texture into a container garden design and of course the landscape. It instantly becomes a focal point and is low maintenance.
What would you plant with coleus in one of your designs?
There are so many plants that look great with Coleus however I really love dragon wing begonia and licorice plant.
(Sharon was kind enough to give us an example)
Need help with your container designs? Make sure to visit Sharon!
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
I have had powdery mildew on my peonies for the past two years. How can I prevent it this year?”
Powdery mildew appearances is determined by the weather, but if you’d like to prevent it this year, either start a fungicidal spraying every 14 days after the foliage appears, or as soon as you notice the smallest spec of p.m. Once it covers the foliage, you can’t get rid of it, so it’s a preventative spraying. Most will wait until they first see a little and then start spraying.
“I was pruning my Japanese Yews and a dust like substance started going everywhere. Then I noticed small brown nodes all along the stems. What is that and how can I treat it? Don’t want to lose my plants!”
Those nodes are the male flowers and the dust is the pollen. And now, you’ve been pollinated!
“If I need to spot treat a few weeds in my lawn, including wild onions, which weed killer do you recommend? I will be feeding the lawn late April.” - First, thank you for what you’re doing. Feed the lawn when it needs to be fed, spot treat the weeds when they need to be treated. I like Bonide’s Weed Beater Ultra. Covers a lot of different types of weeds in the lawn, including those wild onions, works at cooler temperatures for earlier or fall spot treating, and you can reseed 2-3 weeks after using it!
“I have a bazillion black and red striped bugs crawling on the south side of my house! Help!! What do we do?”
Chances are those are Boxelder Bugs and they have become one of the newer home invasion bugs – seeing more and more of them every year. Not much you can do – hose them off, spray with soaps, but as the weather warms they will move out to feed on Boxelder seeds (suck the juices from them), as well as ash, alder, apple, buckeye, honeysuckle, lilac, linden, oak, spirea, strawberry, plums and more. (Don’t cause any harm to the trees but can reduce fruit quality)
“We are interested in growing some berries in containers on our deck and wondered if you had any suggestions?”
BOY DO I HAVE SUGGESTIONS! My theory is if it grows in the ground, chances are you can grow it in a pot as well. And that applies to fruits and berries. With the increase in container gardening interest as well as seeing smaller gardens, plant breeders are developing more and more ‘edibles’ that naturally stay smaller and easy to grow in pots or take up less room in the garden. Just as an example, ‘TopHat’ and ‘Peach Sorbet’ blueberries are dwarf, self-fruiting, and generally stay under 3-4 feet tall. Very hardy and easy to grow in containers. ‘Raspberry Shortcake’ is a new dwarf thorn less red raspberry, again perfect for containers. Also look at figs in containers, both Zone 6 hardy selections like ‘Chicago Hardy’, and Zone 8 varieties (not hardy here) like ‘LSU Fig’ which can be overwintered in an unheated shed and grown outdoors in the summer. Pomegranates, citrus, dwarf fruit trees – these are all possibilities for container gardening!
“I heard you mention spraying fruit trees at bud break and how important that was. What is bud break?”
Great question! Bud break is when the buds on the stems begin to enlarge and open up. If you’ve been dealing with various diseases on your fruits, many of the fungicidal sprays need to begin at bud break and carry thru fruit set, and in many cases, beyond. But those first 6-8 weeks or so is very important for controlling many of the diseases on fruits. Mancozeb, Captan, Fungonil, Sulfur, Copper, Infuse are a few of the fungicides available. Make sure the disease you’re trying to control is on the label. For fruit tree growers, look at Bonide’s Complete Fruit Tree Spray. It has insecticide and fungicide and a chart when to spray!
“I have chickweed, henbit and another weed growing in my landscape beds and thin areas of the lawn. What should I spray them with to get rid of them?”
Use a rake and rake them out before they flower and set seed. Those started growing last fall, so not letting them seed is the first step. Using a pre emergent herbicide in the landscape beds next fall will help control some of the seeds from growing. And get the lawn thicker. Thicker lawn and those winter annual weeds can’t grow there. By the way, the 3rd weed you mentioned – I’m guessing it’s Hairy Bittercress. Google and see!
“I didn’t get to dormant seed my lawn. Can I still seed this spring?” -Absolutely! But the goal is to seed as soon as you can – so when the weather is right, it gets up, growing and rooted in before the weather gets hot. So get on it this week if you can.
“Is it too late to apply a pre emergent to the lawn?” Absolutely not! Now is the time, so have at it. Remember, if you dormant seeded or plan on spring seeding, use the Step One for Newly Seeded Lawns.
“I want to get started with my new vegetable garden. What can I plant now?”
Fruits, berries, asparagus, horseradish, potatoes, peas, onions, and of course all the cool season crops such as Pak Choy, Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Cabbage, Collards, Kale, Mustard greens, Swiss chard, Spinach, and Lettuce. And do remember – most all of these can be grown in containers as well, so just about anyone can enjoy planting crops of early season plants! Give them a try!
“Hey Buggy Joe Boggs (OSU Extension)! What’s happening this week?”
Poison hemlock has started to emerge (looks like a ferny groundcover) so get on it with a weed killer, April is Invasive Species Awareness Month so visit www.hungrypests.com to learn more, boxelder bugs everywhere on homes as they emerge from the winter sleep, spray peach trees for peach leaf curl before the buds swell, get ready to treat ash trees for Emerald Ash Borer, and inspect evergreens for bagworms hanging on the branches and pick them off. http://bygl.osu.edu
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
Problems in the Garden
This week Buggy Joe Boggs (OSU Extension) is reporting a somewhat new comer (or maybe mistakenly identified) insect called Goldenraintree bugs, which look very similar to boxelder bugs, locust borers feeding on Goldenrod pollen, soldier beetles out and about (look like tannish brown lightning bugs, net-winged beetles (good beetle) out and about, locust leafminer beetles out and about, cucurbit yellow vine disease reported on squash and pumpkin vines, and continued reports pour in from stressed homeowners complaining about all the spider webs and spiders they’re seeing including wolf spiders, which are usually mistaken for recluse spiders. Remember: spiders are the good guys – creepy and ooky, but still the good guys.
-Catch The Buggy Joe Boggs Report Saturdays at 8:42am on 55KRC The Talk Station. You’ll also find his blog at www.ronwilsononline.com.
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
From the Garden to the Kitchen
Yardboy, Easter is coming soon! Here’s a favorite breakfast/brunch casserole perfect for entertaining Easter Bunny and his friends! My daughter-in-law, Jess, loves this casserole that her Mom, Maggie, makes for special occasions. Here’s my adaptation. Yum!
HOLIDAY EGG CASSEROLE
1 package crescent rolls
1 pound sausage, cooked, drained and crumbled
2 cups mozzarella, or your choice of cheese, plus 1 cup extra for sprinkling on top.
4 large egggs, slightly beaten
3/4 cup milk
Salt and pepper
Chives for sprinkling on top (opt)
Preheat oven to 425.
Pat crescent rolls in a sprayed 9×13 pan. Sprinkle sausage on top. Beat eggs with milk, salt and pepper and pour over sausage. Bake 20 minutes or until set. Five minutes before removing from oven, sprinkle with remaining cheese. Let sit 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with chives.
-Rita Nader Heikenfeld, CCP, CMH
Friday, February 24th, 2012
From the Garden to the Kitchen
[Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated – I have been testing chunky granola techniques forever and none is as good as this one.]
Yardboy, it’s good to be back! I’m starting off the season with my newest and most favorite granola. The very cool thing is that the flax seeds in the recipe are my own, harvested from my garden flax last year. The flax and Chia are optional but know that they are huge sources of Omega 3’s good for your heart, brain, eyes, nails, skin and HAIR. Now if you want, you can use all flax seeds or no seeds at all.
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup packed brown sugar (I used dark)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 cup Soybean or canola
1/4 cup Extra Virgin olive oil
5 cups old fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sliced almonds
1/4 cup Chia seeds
2 tablespoons flax seeds
Dried fruit: About 2 cups if you like, or not – your choice.
Line a large cookie sheet w/parchment or spray with cooking spray.
Preheat oven to 325.
Whisk syrup, sugar, extracts and salt and whisk in oils. Fold in oats, almonds, and seeds until coated.
Pour onto cookie sheet in thin, even layer and press mixture down until compact. Bake 35-40 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. Remove and cool to room temperature. Break into desired chunks. Stir in fruit. Store in airtight container up to 3 wks.
Tips from Rita’s kitchen:
• Use your favorite nuts.
• Light brown sugar can be substituted, as well as all Soybean or Canola in place of olive oil.
• Use all vanilla extract: 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon
• Grow your own Chia sprouts – sprinkle seeds in a bit of soil, water well and sit in sunny window.
-Rita Nader Heikenfeld, CCP, CMH
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
We’ve looked at lighting up your yard with spring bulbs, lighting up the indoors or planters with container grown spring bulbs. So today, let’s take a look at how you can light up your holiday and the winter season, with, you guessed it, container grown holiday bulbs. Amaryllis and Paperwhites, to be exact, and both bulbs are now available at the local garden stores. These bulbs are well known for their holiday colors and fragrances, but with the right planning, can provide you with the same color and fragrances all winter long.
Amaryllis – Amaryllis come in many different colors, single and double flowers, and gives one outstanding show when in bloom. When buying your amaryllis bulbs, the larger the bulb, the more flower stalks you’re likely to have when it flowers. And buy several. That way you can stagger the planting times, so you’ll have indoor colors not only for the holidays, but throughout the winter as well. It takes about 6-8 weeks for these bulbs to flower once they start growing, so plan accordingly.
Plant your amaryllis bulbs using a 6-8 inch pot (ceramic or clay helps with more weight to prevent falling over) with good drainage, and soil-less potting mix. Plant your bulb so that it’s buried to just below the neck of the bulb. Place your bulb in a warm, well lit area, water sparingly at first, then water as needed as it grows, and in 6-8 weeks your amaryllis will be showing good color. It’s as easy as that. Remember: 6-8 weeks to start to flower once they start growing, so plan accordingly. And do buy extras for staggered plantings. That way you can enjoy these beautiful flowers all winter long. Oh, one last point. These are recyclable. So when they’re finished blooming cut off the old flower stalk and let them grow until next August feeding them on a regular basis. We’ll tell you how to get them to re-flower come next August.
Paperwhites – Paperwhite bulbs not only add great flower colors, they also add a wonderful fragrance. Paperwhites can be planted in almost any size container, as they only need a couple inches deep for their roots to grow. 1.) Paperwhite bulbs can be planted in a pot (good drainage) and soil-less potting mix. Simply fill the pot with potting mix, and then nestle the bulbs down into the soil with the tops showing, place close to each other but not touching, and water as needed. 2.) Paperwhites can be nestled onto the tops of small jars or vases partially filled with water, allowing just the bottom of the bulb to touch the water. 3.) They can also be planted in saucers filled with gravel. Again, nestle the Paperwhite bulbs down into the gravel. Then, add water, so that the water is barely touching the bottoms of the bulbs.
Place your planted Paperwhites in a cool well lit area, add water as needed, and watch them do their thing! It should take about 4-5 weeks for the bulbs to start to produce their flowers. Again, remember to buy extra bulbs, store them away in a cool dark area until you’re ready to plant, and then stagger your plantings, so you’ll have Paperwhites flowering off and on all winter long.
If your Paperwhites seem to be growing too quickly, you can slow them down by placing them in a cooler area for a short period of time. Or if they seem to get leggy, add some gin to the water. Yep, a splash of gin (or vodka or clear drinking alcohol) will actually help to keep your Paperwhites shorter and stocker. And unfortunately, Paperwhite bulbs are a one shot deal. Once they’re finished flowering, throw them away. But trust me – the one shot is well worth it during the holidays or even better, during those cold winter days.
Monday, June 6th, 2011
Success Tip of the Week
If you’d like to add a little pizzazz to your landscape, think about plants that have great foliage colors. Two colors that really stand out are maroons and yellows. So this week let’s look at a few colorful maroon / red leafed plants that you may want to consider to add pizzazz to your landscape or containers! Click here to continue reading.
Although different shades of greens and foliage textures can really make interesting changes and contrasts in the landscape, plants that have colorful foliage (other than green) can really add some zip, contrast, pizzazz, or bring focus to a particular part of the garden, landscape or container. Here are a few of the many plants with interesting maroon / reddish foliage that you may want to consider.
Trees: -Japanese Maple (Acer p. ‘Bloodgood’ / Acer p.‘Dissectum’)
-‘Canada Red’ Cherry
-‘Thundercloud’ Purple Plum
-‘Royal Raindrops’ Crabapple
-‘Crimson Sentry’ Norway maple
-‘Ruby Falls’ Weeping Redbud
Shrubs: -‘Summer Wine’ / ‘Diablo’ Ninebark
-‘Cistena’ Purple Plum
-Purple Smoke Tree (large shrub / small tree)
-‘Wine and Roses’ / ‘Midnight Wine’ Weigela
-‘Black Lace Elderberry’
-‘Crimson Pygmy’ / ‘Rosy Glow’ / ‘Helmond Pillar’ Barberry
Perennials: -‘Palace Purple’ / ‘Plum Pudding’ / ‘Midnight Rose’ / ‘Blackout’ Coral Bells
‘Husker Red’ Penstemon
Annuals: -Orn. Sweet Potato Vine
-Purple Fountain Grass…and many, many more!
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