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August is blooming like crazy with color everywhere, and garden visits from butterflies and hummingbirds making us smile. Check out your neighborhood to see what flowers you would love to add to your own garden.
Perennial Hibiscus 'Head Over Heals'
Coneflowers are Kickin!
'Fragrant Angel' Echinacea
Echinacea Getting Fancy!
Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit' is Buzzing!
New Product Alert!
Got Plant Babies that need a little love? Try our new line of plant care products by We The Wild. You can use them for indoor or outdoor plants, but they are especially formulated for houseplants. They make your houseplant routine easy!
Watch plants thrive from the essential nutrients, enzymes and microbes that they crave.
- Use the Grow Concentrate every two weeks for fast growth and strong roots.
- Add the Support Pellets to your pot every 2 months to enrich soil and provide your plants with daily support.
- Spray the Protect formula when plants need some extra love, or prevent a multitude of problems by spraying every two weeks.
- We The Wild also available as a Plant Care Essentials Kit perfect to get you going on the right path or to give as a gift to your favorite Plant Parent.
|FROM WILMA: August and homegrown tomatoes go hand-in-hand here in WNC. Some gardeners strive to beat out their fellow gardeners to have the first ripe tomatoes of the season. They plant early, cover from frosts, and take other steps with July 4th as the usual target date. I prefer to wait to plant until the soil is warm and enjoy the tomatoes that ripen now.|
Some of the most popular topics in food and gardening publications and in other media is about tomatoes. I just read an interesting book about the history of tomatoes by William Alexander “Ten Tomatoes that Changed the World”. He also wrote another book “The $64 Tomato” about moving from the city to the country and his quest to grow the perfect tomato.
- Tomatoes are now the most popular of all vegetables but have not always been so.
- They are native to South America and were introduced to Europe in the 16th century.
- Being members of the nightshade family (Solanum) made them suspect to be eaten.
- Over time they were proven not to be poisonous, and their popularity spread.
- Botanically tomatoes are a fruit but classified as a vegetable as that is how they are eaten.
- From those first natives with fruit the size of a pea over 10,000 varieties have been developed. One of the most interesting is the San Marzano that was first grown in volcanic soil from Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii.
- Tomatoes are now included in food dishes in most countries and are grown worldwide.
There is an upcoming field day (August 11th) related to tomato growing at Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center. Information may be obtained at go.ncsu.edu/tomatoregistration or by calling 828/654-8590.
Heirloom Brandywine Tomato grown from seed by Dave Penland and his son Cody.
Wilma R. Penland is the co-founder of Reems Creek Nursery and our horticultural mentor.
|Thinking About Fall . . .|
|It is time to start contemplating your fall veggie garden – the season when cool weather allows you to grow lots of salad greens, collards & kale, broccoli, beets, green peas and much more!|
Prepare your fall garden beds now to luxuriate later in the delicious fresh food that fall brings to our tables – along with our summer crops.
Motivating books in our Garden Shop for fall inspiration:
Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening
In The Garden Memory Match for Kids
The Elegant & Edible Garden
Lawns in Fall
Reminder - It is too early still, but September is the time to start seeding and over-seeding your lawn with grass seed. You can also fertilize cool-season lawns in September, so add that to your September to-do list!
Not exactly a fall thing, but August is the month that weeds grow like Jack-in-the-Beanstalk. Try your best to stay on top of them. If you do weed, be sure to mulch right away so you don't have to weed again.
Summer Bouquet-Making Workshop
At Reems Creek Nursery
Sat, Aug. 6 at 10 AM
With Rachel Brownlee
Just a few spots left!
Rachel will discuss and demonstrate tips for arranging seasonal flowers and growing and harvesting flowers from your own landscape - including how to fully enjoy the process of making your own unique bouquets, what to grow, and what tools...Read More & Register.
** Our workshop space is limited. Please do not sign up for a workshop unless you fully intend to attend the workshop on the specified date/time.
Weaverville Tailgate Market: Every Wednesday from 3 – 6 located at the Weaverville Community Center at 60 Lakeshore Drive. https://weavervillemarket.com/
Speaking of Gardening: Get tickets to the inspirational Speaking of Gardening Symposium (on Friday & Saturday, August 12-13). More info and register HERE.
Bee City USA - Asheville: 10th Anniversary Yearlong Pollination Celebration with a yearlong calendar of events to celebrate Asheville's 10th anniversary as a Bee City USA affiliate.
West Asheville Garden Stroll (WAGS): Sat, Sept. 10 from 11-4. WAGS is a volunteer-organized free community event that opens selected neighborhood gardens to the public. More info here.
Art In Autumn: Arts & Crafts Festival, Sat, Sept. 16 from 10-6, Weaverville Main Street. More info here.
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