The Texas summer's soaring mercury and lack of precipitation can wreak havoc on even the most carefully tended gardens. However, the harshness of the summer months need not be a death knell for your plants. To keep them from falling victim to the season's arid conditions, follow these tips:
One of the year's hottest trends in gardening is to combine ornamentals and edibles in one garden space and container gardening makes that easier than ever. When gardening in a small space it is important to look for plants that are compact in size, will give you a large yield, and feature unique colors and shapes.
Here's an interview with Tradd Cotter, with Mushroom Mountain, presenter for the workshop "Mushrooms For Everyone."
Q: What got you interested in mushroom cultivation?
A: It basically found me. I wasn’t interested at all until I toured a Mushroom Farm on John’s Island, SC when I was twenty. I needed a job while I was in college and wasn’t interested in flipping burgers, so I went out to tour the farm to see how they were being grown. I toured with the owner and offered some insight since I was a biology major. As I was driving off after the tour, the owner ran out and knocked on my window, offering me a job on the spot. That was the “moment” mushrooms found me…. That was 1993 and I haven’t stopped ever since.
What is the TreeKeepers Program?
TreeKeepers is Trees Atlanta's volunteer training and certification program. TreeKeepers consists of seven workshops, including indoor & outdoor activities, presentations, and engaging hands-on demonstrations. Each three-hour session takes place at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center, and is taught by Trees Atlanta staff or community tree professionals. Participants receive a citizen's forestry guide full of exciting resources and much more.
Tree planting season is in full swing across Georgia. Many communities invest significant amounts of time and money into their community tree planting projects. With such large investments, communities often take great care to ensure the survival of their trees by selecting the right tree for the site and providing proper post-planting care. Unfortunately, if the same amount of care and attention is not given to proper tree planting techniques, all is for naught.
Let your tree know how much you care by paying careful attention to this section. Watering, mulching, and pruning your tree properly will ensure years of vibrant, healthy life for you, your tree, and future generations.