Wilting Allysum

Any update on the solutions provided for wilting allysums? I have mine in a planter that's well watered and recieves about 6-7 hours of sun a day. The foliage is coming along nicely, however my plant blooms wilted petals everytime. Any tips to get the fullbloom look going? I'm new to gardening so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Strawbale gardening?

I searched the tags for this community and did not find one for strawbale gardening.  

Are there any members who do this? I'm trying it for my first year, as my zone 8A garden in central Arkansas has rocky clay soil that just suffocates plant roots. In the past 25 years, I've spent thousands of dollars trying to amend the soil, with wildly variable success.

I have a very small plot for my garden and will use the strawbales this year primarily for growing vegetables.

If you have experience with strawbale gardening, I'd really like to hear about it.

Tiny Pimpernel

Proceeds of Seed Sales To Hurricane Dorian Relief.

If you're going to be purchasing any garden seeds within the next five days (until 10 September) either for fall planting (in the northern hemisphere) or for next season, please consider making your purchase through Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.  The proceeds of all seed sales will be going to hurricane Dorian relief efforts.
Free standard shipping to the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  See site for other international shipping information.


Obligatory disclaimer: I have no official connection with this company.  I'm just one of many happy customers.

Thank you for your attention.
grow dammit

a pause in the green beans

i've been growing the same green beans for maybe 8-10 years now. i've been saving the seeds and planting them again. they're pole beans, kentucky wonder or kentucky blue. a common variety, nothing special. they grow well for me and produce tasty green beans.

my question is:

is it normal for pole beans to produce like crazy, come to the end of all the beans, every single last one... then wait two weeks before finally putting out new blossoms for new beans?

i dont remember them doing this when i first started growing them. admittedly when i first started growing them the japanese beetles werent so bad here as they've gotten in the last few years. but after a particularly bizarre (minnesota) winter, with unusually and completely bare ground in january's intense below zero freeze, the japanese beetles arent very bad this year at all. at first i thought it was the fault of the #@%$*&# beetles. that they'd destroyed too many leaves, and the plants had to make new leaves before it could make new blossoms. because they did. but this year, the leaves are barely damaged. and no new leaves have grown before the second round of blossoms came. yet we still had the two week gap before the end of all beans and the start of new blossoms.

our growing season is short up here, and i hate to lose time like that. any suggestions?

here is a picture of the two rows of beans, each row about 12 feet long. and wanting to be even taller than my trellises
Single Pimpernel

Mid-Season Succession Planting

Just thought I'd share this, which arrived in my Inbox this morning.

I've long been a happy customer of several seed houses, purchasing on-line.
One of those is Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, who sends their mailing list updates, promotions, and things such as this video, about succession planting and what you can still plant in July (in the northern hemisphere):


As the presenter in this video says, they're talking mainly about USDA hardiness zones 5 through 7, but with some calendar adjustments for the warmer zones, and perhaps some season extension in the cooler ones, you may be able to use at least a couple of these suggestions.

Happy gardening, and happier harvesting!
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Single Pimpernel

Garlic And Planting Calendar

So, here's the situation.
Last year, I'd ordered several varieties of seed garlic which arrived in good time for planting.
But...I procrastinated, trying to get some other, more urgently time-sensitive matters attended to, figuring I could always plant the garlic "in another three or four days."
Set the seed garlic aside for those "three or four days," and, well, out of sight, out of mind.
The upshot is, I ended up planting them.... H'mm: I believe it was during the first week of this month. Or, the second week.
Not all of the buds were in good enough condition to plant, and had to be discarded, but I reasoned I'd play a kind of garden lotto with the rest, and see what happens. The "plan" is to use this garlic for more seed garlic.

What buds the squirrels haven't dug up and made off with, are sprouting.
Now, in this region (northeast Ohio), garlic does best when planted in the autumn; autumn-planted garlic gets harvested the following summer.

As I've messed up the planting/growing schedule for this garlic, what does the hive mind say is my best bet for eventually producing full, robust heads of garlic to seed, grow andultimately harvest?
Tiny Pimpernel

100% Seed Sale Proceeds From Baker Creek To Go To Flood Relief, Ends Today

First, the usual obligatory disclaimer: I am in no way officially connected to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds; I have been a regular customer for just over a decade.

[ETA:  Link has been corrected.]

Baker Creek is contributing one-hundred percent of its online seed sales on the 26th, 27th, and 28th of this month (March) to relief effords for the devastating flooding in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, and the central U.S.A. states of Nebraska and Iowa.
I do sincerely apologize that I wasn't aware of this particular fundraising effort before this morning, especially since today is its last day.


Permit me, if you will, to include a reminder that if you are in the United States, Canada, or Mexico, standard shipping of your order is free of charge.
Single Pimpernel

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds' Shipping Policy

Although I do a fair bit of my garden seed purchasing in brick and mortar stores, I also do a lot---I'd say more than half---through mail order.
Now that many of us are putting our gardens to bed for the winter season, many of us also have begun planning next year's gardens, which is how this came to my attention.

I just wanted to let those of you who are in the United States, Canada and Mexico know that Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds now offers free regular shipping to these three countries.  "Regular" means standard shipping, roughly two weeks for delivery (within the U.S., anyway).  Expedited, overnight, express, whatever else, will be at whatever those rates are.
My apologies that I have no knowledge of how the exchange rates between our three countries works these days, but I did want to let my fellow gardeners know about what I believe is the new shipping policy for shipping to the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds can be found here:

Clearance Sale Gardening Supplies

I was in the local Dollar Store the other day when I noticed that they had their 50-pack seed starter pots deeply discounted. I paid 75 cents rather than 3 dollars which I thought was a nice savings. I hope the rest of you will be able to find some gardening goodies too!