How to Divide Dahlia Tubers and Store Over the Winter

It's getting cold outside! If you haven't dug up your dahlia tubers, now is the time! Our Summer 2020 Box featured guest, Jesalyn Pettigrew of Mossy Gate Farm, talked us through the ins and outs of dahlias, including how to care for them once the growing season is over. Here's a fresh recap about what to do with those dahlia tubers during the winter, as well as how and when to divide them for next year.

Watch the video below, or if you can't listen right now, scroll down to read her tips for caring for those spent dahlias.

 Cutting Back Dahlias

Wait until the first frost to kill your dahlia before cutting it down. You'll look out at your garden and see it turn brown and start falling apart within hours. 

Cut it down short so you have a handle at the base. If you leave it in the ground over winter, you do risk losing the plant. In mild climates you can sometimes get away with this. Jesalyn recommended digging it up and storing it for the winter, especially those...

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3 Ways to Treat Aphids without Pesticides

Oh, goodness. Aphids. What a pain. I don’t know about where you live, but here in the PNW, they are a real pest to my flowers. The very first summer in our new house, I put roses, lupines, and foxglove into the yard to create a beautiful English cottage garden vibe. And within a few weeks, I brushed up against some of the flowers and went inside. I looked down at my pants, and there were little bugs crawling on the fabric. It was disgusting. I brushed them off outside and took a closer look at the flowers. They were totally smothered by aphids, especially the lupines. Of course, I panicked! My gorgeous flowers were being eaten alive!  

I have since become a bit of a self-taught expert at getting rid of aphids. They invade my garden every year, and I now have a solid plan to treat my plants. Once I see those early signs, I start treating them before the aphids get too out of control. The best part is that I never use pesticides, which I don’t want around...

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3 Tips for Cutting Flowers Out of Your Garden

My garden is bursting with color! Flowers are in full swing right now all across town. I love taking walks to see what’s blooming in my neighbors’ yards. Hopefully you’re enjoying your garden, and to help with that, here are some tips to help your cut homegrown flowers live long and happy lives inside.  

  1. Keep a bucket of water next to you. As you’re moving around your garden snipping blooms, haul a bucket of clean water around with you. It may seem like a hassle to lug that around, but every second counts for a freshly cut flower. That first cut is rather traumatic, and the faster that flower can get into water, the better it will deal with that stress. This translate into a longer, happier life once it moves inside your house to sit on your table.   
  2. Use a clean vase and clean water. We wrote in-depth about this recently in another blog post, 5 Steps to Triple the Life of Your Flowers. The quick version is this: water...
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What’s Blooming in My Garden Right Now

 

The days are lengthening, giving us lots of light for evening strolls and bike rides. Bees are humming through my garden beds and rhododendrons, and I’ve pulled out my sandals. Spring is blending into summer. This is especially apparent when I look at what’s blooming in my yard right now. 

Tall spikes of lupine and foxglove are reaching taller each day, as well as fluffy dutch iris. 

 

Fluffy Jupiter’s beard is filling out, and the fragrant roses are opening up their blooms.

My peonies are starting to pop, and I just can’t wait for their big, flashy flowers. 

I recently planted wildflower seeds, and I’m already seeing poppies, daisies and bachelor's button sprouting.  

Summer blooms are here! We’ve got weeks and weeks of beautiful flowers to look forward to, and I can’t wait to see what blooms next in my garden. 

What's blooming and your garden, and what are you most excited to see this summer?

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