July's Garden~

We are smack in the middle of the gardening season - How does your garden grow?

July is the month of productivity in the garden. Fruits, vegetables and beautiful flowers make for a lovely work day.

July is also the month to start your perennials for next year.

Keep flowering plants deadheaded to promote plant growth and longer blooming times.

To reduce heat stress to your plants, water deeply early in the morning, twice a week. This keeps your plants from being thirsty all day and discourages night-time insects that are out looking for water/moisture.

It's a good idea to use a Fish Emulsion fertilizer on your plants about twice a month during the summer. Also, adding a fresh layer of compost and mulch will retain moisture and nutrients.

There seems to be a bit of confusion lately about what true organic fertilizer should be made of. Actually it should be exclusively from either animal or plant byproducts, or mined minerals such as gypsum, limestone or greensand.

Do You Know? Planting marigolds around your garden will keep insects off your plants.

The Website and New Stuff

Sage Hill Farms has added a new section to the website -- Recipes! -- stop by and take a peek. We will be adding new ones every two weeks, and there is an archive to ponder through. Visit http://www.sagehillfarmsandvintagestore.com/recipes.html.

We have a new logo! The magic was created by Kristine Sheehan of The Merry Bird pen, ink and design. “Your Stationary in Flight." Kristine is a professional from start to finish. She makes a project simple and fun and perfect.

If you are in need of this service, I highly suggest you contact Kristine at "The Merry Bird.”   (203) 551-1155   Hours: M-W-F 10am - 7pm
http://www.themerrybird.com and http://www.the-merry-bird.blogspot.com

Happy gardening~
Bea Kunz