I found aphids on yellow dahlia blossoms that are already leafed out and blooming. Beneficial insects will help control them but there things that you can to to help out the good bugs in your garden. […]
Get to know beneficial insects and their larva (good bugs) that live in your garden. Become familiar with their appearance and what flowers and plants they find attractive. “Good bugs” do not eat flowers and leaves, they prey on destructive insects, considered “bad buds”, and their larvae, and they will help to keep your garden in balance without the use of insecticides. […]
Three easy ways to create balance in your garden. Feeding plants on a regular schedule will keep it green and growing. Don’t overwater or overfeed. Keep weeds under control by mulching and weeding invaders are yound. […]
Cymbidium orchid from the garden of Carol Frane, Cambria
Cymbidiums orchids do well in our coastal climate, and just about anywhere else in San Luis Obispo County, if given filtered sunlight, water, and lots of food. Shade cloth or an open tree can provide filtered shade. Cymbidiums can tolerate morning sun in cooler climates […]
"Tillie" the Labradoodle and Planter Boxes
For the last month or two I’ve been in maintenance mode in my garden. Lots of deadheading and watering. Inspiration for new planting has eluded me. Most likely this is because, according to official data, we got only four sunny days here in Cambria, in all of July […]
Artichokes ready to harvest.
We got a real “mother load” of artichokes this year. Maybe it was all the rain. Maybe it was a fact that these plants are now two years old, mature enough to have high yields. Whatever the reason, our artichoke plants soared to five feet in height and have born […]
Spotted Cucumber Beetle in Calendula
Everywhere that I’ve lived, there has been at least one insect that I find especially annoying. In Marin and Sonoma Counties I despised the yellow jacket, often called “meat bees”. Those little monsters, similar in appearance to the sweet honeybee, would spoil every picnic we had and sting us […]
Narcissus blooming, spring is here!
I’ve been working on the vegetable beds. They are pretty much filled up now. Snow peas, arugula, lettuce, strawberries, komtsuna (tendergreens), carrots, and beets have all been planted. Some are flourishing, some have not poked their heads above the earth as yet. The vegetable boxes are pretty much filled […]
First rose of the season.
In January I did the last of my rose pruning. I had let the shrub roses get too large so I really had to give them a severe pruning to reshape them. You have to know the kind of roses you have in order to properly prune them. I […]
As some of my readers know, I live in a coastal village south of Big Sur and north of San Luis Obispo. I consider myself a Central Coast Gardener even though this term can mean many things. East of us, along the Hwy 101 corridor, it can be 20 degrees hotter in the day and […]