April 21st, 2012
Susan Orlean, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of The Orchid Thief, chronicles her journalistic exploration into the fascinating world of orchids. On tour, visit Monica Gaylord's orchid greenhouse retreat right at home. Daphne Richards identifies slime mold. Pick of the week: native winecup. Trisha Shirey shows how to put your weeds to use in a natural fertilizer.
Plant of the Week: Winecup
Tips of the Week
Divide spring-flowering bulbs that are turning brown on top.
Collect seeds from spring annuals. Wait until the seed head is completely brown. Dry for a week in a cool spot, and then store in baggies or jars in a cool place indoors or in the refrigerator.
Plant beans, corn, squash, peppers, cantaloupe, okra, watermelons and eggplant.
Control fire ants with a spinosad-based granular bait. You can follow up with a drench of orange oil in individual mounds.
Empty plant containers behind the shed or other hiding places in your garden to discourage mosquitoes.
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Question of the Week
What is this growing in my garden? Is it harmful?
Orchid Greenhouse | Monica Gaylord