Until you can plant, read

By: Sandy Hodson on July 3, 2009 - 9:38am - Add new comment

    Hopefully your garden is already so successful you are waist high in squash. But if your neighbors and friends avoid eye contact when you approach with armload of fresh produce, consider saving it for another day.

By: Sandy Hodson on June 26, 2009 - 9:20am - Add new comment

    It’s too late now if you didn’t get to attend the giant plant sale at McCorkle Nurseries in Dearing last week, but you’ll have another shot in the fall.

By: Sandy Hodson on June 22, 2009 - 1:45pm - Add new comment

   When Milford Scott moved from the “country” to the “city” a few years ago, he was determined to bring vegetable gardening along with him.

   At the Clarks Hill home he built more 43 years ago, his tomato plants towered over his 6’3’’ frame and the fruit they bore were as big as soft balls. Just because he moved into a new house in Martinez he saw no reason why he couldn’t have a vegetable garden again.

By: Sandy Hodson on June 12, 2009 - 1:14pm - Add new comment


Patrick Bassaloff is proof that gardening is good for what ails you. In his case it is a traumatic brain injury.

By: Sandy Hodson on June 5, 2009 - 10:41am - Add new comment

Sometimes the iphone misleads me. That is why I was late to meet Charlie Shaw, owner of Shaw’s Sunshine Gardens.

Thank goodness I didn’t give up (and will include better directions for you) because there was a fabulous site of hundreds of daylilies in full bloom to greet me. Wow factor is off the charts.

Want to see for yourself? Mr. Shaw’s garden will be one of three open to those who attend the Daylily Show and Sale on June 13. It’s sponsored by the Daylily Society of Greater Augusta Area.

By: Sandy Hodson on May 29, 2009 - 4:53pm - Add new comment

   I used to think hydrangeas were boring, little old ladies' plants. How dumb was that? Maybe it's age or the endless blooms all over town but I definitely have changed my ways.

   If you need some of these blue (and white and pink) blooming beauties in a shady place in your yard, come out to the Hydrangeas Galore giant plant sale. It's starts at 9 a.m. at Pendleton King Park. You will also be helping the volunteers raise money for park improvements.

By: Sandy Hodson on May 29, 2009 - 1:56pm - Add new comment

With my Scottish dominate genes, my ears perked up to hear that my colleague Barry Paschal created his own rain barrel for just $15. He volunteered to show how he did.

Giving credit where it’s due, Mr. Paschal, publisher of the Columbia County Times-News, revealed he got the idea from an issue of “Birds and Blooms”.

Considering the need to conserve as much fresh water as possible and the mandatory watering restrictions, Mr. Paschal said it just makes sense to collect rain water.

By: Sandy Hodson on May 22, 2009 - 9:28am - Add new comment

Although restricted by an imposed flower budget reduction, I couldn’t hold back any longer. I just had to see what was up at local nurseries.

   A lot of folks must have felt the same way last Saturday as the nurseries were hopping. The plants looked fabulous, and the supplies were abundant.

By: Sandy Hodson on May 15, 2009 - 11:19am - Add new comment

Growing up in central Indiana I ate tomatoes like apples in the summer. So imagine my shame in an inability to grow tomatoes. Until now, I hope.

The raised vegetable bed we put in six weeks ago is starting to show signs that we may actually have fresh tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash and cucumbers before long. The carrots planted by seed are coming up, about an inch now. And the radishes planted by seed are about 2-3 inches tall now.

By: Sandy Hodson on May 1, 2009 - 5:55pm - Add new comment

Ah springtime. It’s the time to welcome back plants from their winter sleep.

Anyone else out there anxiously awaited the return of those beautiful, happy face African daisies only to be disappointed? It actually took me two years to realize they were annuals, not perennials.

My buddy Sheila Stahl came up with a great idea recently. She wanted to put new flowering annuals and perennials in her back border flower beds before the weather heats up. But she wasn’t sure exactly where she put in annuals and perennials last year.


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