Again, elbow grease is the best polish.

Hello, again!

It takes a bit of elbow grease to maintain the garden and landscape. An application of Hi-Yield Herbicide Granules with Treflan at planting time and straw covering the soil in my vegetable garden had prevented most unwanted weeds. But the combination of my time consuming work building our new greenhouses and recent rainfall, meant a few unwanted weeds took advantage of the situation.

For grasses, I used ferti-lome Over-The-Top. In just an application or two, it kills most annual and hard-to-kill perennial grasses up to 1' high; even in ornamental and vegetable areas!

Broadleaf weeds in the garden need to be physically removed to prevent any herbicide damage on desirables. That's where the elbow grease comes in. Once the garden is pretty much weed-free, I’ll make sure to do the herbicide granules again AND a 3” layer of straw mulch to help keep the garden's weed-free status going forward throughout summer.

Because of the abundant rainfall, our plants are a bit hungry. An application of ferti-lome Gardener’s Special at the base of the plants will encourage new growth and blossom set as well as fruit development. A small “handful” is all that is needed monthly during the growing season of flowering, fruiting and ornamental plants.

In ornamental areas, a straw mulch is maybe not the look you are going for. Our favorite mulch (in large 3 cu. ft. bags) is a very clean product, free of wood chips from ground up pallets. Johnson's All-Bark Cedar Mulch is made of western red cedar. It provides a thick protective layer that's resistant to floating or blowing away. It smells great, is attractive, and holds color well. Use in the garden, landscape, and around newly planted trees and shrubs.

Angie and I checked out the farmers markets last weekend and their offerings were plentiful. Orie’s Farm Fresh has their 2023 garlic crop back in stock, and I know my brother Wes is happy the hand digging harvest is complete. In addition to garlic, we picked up beets, radish, and rhubarb as well. If you're a fan of rhubarb, and are interested in growing it, we have quite a bit of it at the store. It grows well in our zone and can be planted alongside the ornamental plants in your landscape.

We hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July. We hope to see you soon!

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center