Gardening http://bayweekly.com/articles/feed/features/gardening en The Fall Garden http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/fall-garden <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Give a little, get a lot</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>The vegetable gardening season does not end with the first killing frost. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, sweet corn, snap beans and lettuce may have been killed by the first frost. But if you are an avid gardener, kale, collards, peas, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and Brussels sprouts should still be growing.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/fall-garden" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/harvested-Brussels-sprouts.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="57" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/fall-garden" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/fall-garden#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:43:22 +0000 bayweekly_master 35829 at http://bayweekly.com Plant Now for Spring Blooms http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/plant-now-spring-blooms <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Dig deep for tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other bulbs</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>If you want big flowers and more flowers from your bulbs next spring, plant them now. If you wait until the ground starts to freeze, you&rsquo;ll see smaller flowers and short stems.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/plant-now-spring-blooms" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/planting-bulbs-111716.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="68" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/plant-now-spring-blooms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/plant-now-spring-blooms#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:42:57 +0000 bayweekly_master 35746 at http://bayweekly.com Keep Your Evergreens Green http://bayweekly.com/articles/gardening/article/keep-your-evergreens-green <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Treat yellow-green leaves with &shy;compost or fertilizer</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>If your hollies are heavily loaded with berries this fall, most likely the foliage will turn yellow-green, downgrading the contrast with the red berries. It takes a lot of energy and nutrients for plants to produce fruit. This is especially true if the branches are heavily laden with large clusters. Heavy-fruiting hollies generally appear chlorotic. This problem can be corrected by applying a nitrogen-rich mulch such as lobster compost, chicken manure compost or lawn fertilizer between the trunk of the plant and the drip line.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/gardening/article/keep-your-evergreens-green" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/discolored-holly-leaves-111016.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="151" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/gardening/article/keep-your-evergreens-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/gardening/article/keep-your-evergreens-green#comments Gardening Green Living Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:24:45 +0000 bayweekly_master 35650 at http://bayweekly.com Prepare Houseplants for Winter http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/prepare-houseplants-winter <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Three steps to keep them happy indoors</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Some houseplants have to be repotted every six months, while others can stay put for two or three years. Frequency of repotting also depends on container size, quality of care, productivity of the rooting medium and frequency of nutrient applications. Annuals &mdash; such as grape ivy, begonias and marigolds &mdash; have very vigorous habits of growth and should be repotted at least twice yearly. Foliage plants such as ficus, schefflera and crotons tend to grow slowly and can be left alone for a year or two, depending on the age of the plant and container size.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/prepare-houseplants-winter" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/rootbound-replanting-110316.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="53" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/prepare-houseplants-winter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/prepare-houseplants-winter#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Mon, 07 Nov 2016 16:19:51 +0000 bayweekly_master 35540 at http://bayweekly.com Plant Garlic Now for Summer Harvest http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/plant-garlic-now-summer-harvest <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Just a little care will do it</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>This summer, I harvested my biggest crop of garlic ever, with my elephant garlic the size of a baseball. I attribute my success to incorporating an inch-thick layer of compost just before planting, mulching the garlic with Maine Lobster Compost just before the ground froze and giving the garlic plenty of room to grow. I planted elephant garlic in a six-by-six-inch spacing and the Italian garlic in a four-by-six-inch spacing. Come summer, I stopped hoeing the weeds as soon as the foliage was sufficiently dense to shade the ground.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/plant-garlic-now-summer-harvest" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/hardneck-garlic-diagram.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="129" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/plant-garlic-now-summer-harvest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/plant-garlic-now-summer-harvest#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Wed, 02 Nov 2016 15:40:55 +0000 bayweekly_master 35432 at http://bayweekly.com 2016: A Hard Year for Trees http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/2016-hard-year-trees <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Water now or expect poor fall color &mdash; and a killing winter</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>This year&rsquo;s dry late summer and early fall will put a damper on foliage colors. Don&rsquo;t expect a long, lingering colorful fall. Many trees are already dropping their leaves due to the drought conditions we are experiencing. There is even premature coloration in the foliage of red maple, dogwoods and sweet gum.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/2016-hard-year-trees" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/fall-foliage-102016.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/2016-hard-year-trees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/2016-hard-year-trees#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:25:24 +0000 bayweekly_master 35331 at http://bayweekly.com Make Your Own Sauerkraut http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/make-your-own-sauerkraut <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>You&rsquo;ll enjoy the best flavor and pound out your aggression</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>The best sauerkraut is made from freshly harvested cabbage grown during the fall months. I make about 20 pounds of sauerkraut every two to three years and store it in canning jars.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Choose cabbages that form tight dense heads and can be uniformly shredded into pieces approximately one-eighth of an inch thin. I prefer Flat Head Dutch be&shy;cause the tight, dense heads can easily be shredded. Heads can weigh five pounds or more.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/make-your-own-sauerkraut" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/homemade-Sauerkraut-092916.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="56" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/make-your-own-sauerkraut" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/make-your-own-sauerkraut#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Mon, 03 Oct 2016 13:20:54 +0000 bayweekly_master 35011 at http://bayweekly.com 2016 a Vintage Compost Year http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/2016-vintage-compost-year <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Credit our summer rain</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Composting is a science nature has been using since the earth was created. It has only been in the last five decades that we have begun to understand what it does and how. I remain constantly amazed that such a simple process can be so complex. Understanding the pro&shy;cess is the key to producing a quality compost that will benefit the soil in your garden in numerous ways.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/2016-vintage-compost-year" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/open-air-compost-091516.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/2016-vintage-compost-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/2016-vintage-compost-year#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:54:29 +0000 bayweekly_master 34826 at http://bayweekly.com Nasty Mulch-Borne Messes http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/nasty-mulch-borne-messes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Dog vomit mold and artillery fungus are likely candidates</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>The abundance of rain this summer has created ideal conditions for the growth of artillery fungus and dog vomit mold. Gardeners who apply a fresh layer of mulch each spring are prime candidates for both problems. I have already seen one case of dog vomit mold, and I anticipate calls complaining that the color of their houses suddenly appears darker.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/nasty-mulch-borne-messes" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/dog-vomit-mold-artillery-fungus.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="39" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dog vomit mold, which thrives in hardwood-mulched beds, is gross but harmless. Not so with artillery fungus, which launches airborne spores that can ruin a home’s siding. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/nasty-mulch-borne-messes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/nasty-mulch-borne-messes#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Thu, 01 Sep 2016 16:09:15 +0000 bayweekly_master 34599 at http://bayweekly.com Use Roundup with Care http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/use-roundup-care <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>If you use this powerful herbicide, be sure you use it right</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Roundup has its uses, but before you consider spraying the herbicide, you should know what it&rsquo;s good for &mdash; how damaging it can be and where it does no good, even ill.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Roundup kills plants by degrading the mitochondria in the roots. I began studying Roundup in 1976, when it was called glyphosate. Our research established rates of application, best time of application, plant response and phytotoxicity on desirable plants. Since then, we have learned a great deal more about Roundup and the care you should exercise when using it.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/use-roundup-care" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/heavy-duty-glysophate-application.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="66" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/use-roundup-care" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/use-roundup-care#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:37:30 +0000 bayweekly_master 34503 at http://bayweekly.com