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May/June Newsletter 2016

Home Gardener’s Newsletter
May & June 2016
Here’s some articles you will find in this month’s issue:
  • May & June Gardening Tips
  • Time to Plant Flowers!
  • More Plants Equal A Longer Life
  • Plant a Kitchen Garden!
May & June Gardening Tips
  1. Vegetable planting continues! Get those warm-season vegetables planted if you haven’t already. Plant new sections every 3 weeks of beets, beans, corn and radish to provide successive harvests.
  2. Pick out some new roses! Our gorgeous new varieties in stock have been bred to be more disease resistant and carefree than most of the older varieties.
  3. Check the soil regularly around new plants for moisture. Even drought tolerant plants need watering until established. For trees and shrubs planted now, even tough varieties, you’ll need to water at least through the first summer, although mulching will reduce the need for watering as frequently.
  4. Make plants happy and use less water by mulching! Apply a 2-4 inch layer, and add more mulch yearly.
Time to Plant Flowers!
   There is no doubt that we experienced April showers, so it must be time for May flowers! We’re bursting at the seams with colorful plants you can put in now and enjoy. Here are just a few of the annuals, perennials, and groundcovers we have to offer as plants and seeds, in useful categories to help you find what you need. Ask us to point out others for your planting project.

Flowers that attract butterflies: asters, lantana, marigolds, zinnias, tithonia, most daisy-like flowers, butterfly bush (Buddelia).
Great flowers for cutting: Alstroemeria, Shasta daisy, statice, scabiosa, coreopsis, zinnias, asters.
Flowers for containers: ageratum, alyssum, impatiens, coleus, petunias, lobelia, tapien verbenas.
Flowers that trail: verbena, sweet potato vine, sweet alyssum, cascading petunias, calibrachoa hybrids, ivy geranium, scaevola, bacopa, nasturtiums.
Flowers that love heat: salvia, verbena, lantana, geraniums, gaillardia,
rudbeckia, celosia, statice, vinca rosea, cosmos, coreopsis, portulaca.
Flowers for part shade: Impatiens, begonias, lobelia, coleus, campanula.
Low water blooming shrubs: some tough plants include raphiolipsis, bottlebrush, pyracantha, cotoneaster, brooms, manzanita, ceanothus, rockroses, grevillea, crape myrtle, and more in stock.
   For best success with flowers, dig Gro Power Flower & Bloom into the bed before planting, and fertilize on a regular basis.

More Plants Equal A Longer Life
   A conclusive new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives and funded in part by the National Institutes of Health followed over 108,000 women over many years. It found a 12 percent lower death rate for women who lived in homes that had the highest levels of vegetation, or greenness, compared to women with the lowest levels of vegetation near their homes.
   The study used high resolution satellite imagery to determine the level of vegetation around homes. Some previous studies had similar findings, but this exhaustive study was much larger in scope—it followed mortality rates over many years, and was the first study that was nationwide in scope, which allowed for more conclusive results. Previous studies also looked at the amount of greenness in the entire community, while this study looked at the amount of greenness around individual homes.
  The researchers were able to determine that the amount of vegetation was a key contributor to longer life, while accounting for and separating the effects of other mortality risk factors such as age, race, ethnicity, smoking, and socioeconomic status. In the greenest areas, they found a surprising 41 percent lower death rate for kidney disease, 34 percent lower death rate for respiratory disease, and 13 percent lower death rate for cancer.
   The researchers were surprised to find that nearly 30% of the benefit from living around greater vegetation came from improved mental health in the women and lower levels of depression. According to the study, the lower mortality rate may also be because of the link between greenness and increased opportunities for social engagement, higher physical activity, and lower exposure to both air pollution and noise.
   The finding of reduced mortality suggests that vegetation may be important to health in a broad range of ways.
   Although this study looked at women only, men and children would probably have similar results. All of us need to go out and spend time planting and gardening around our homes, making them green and beautiful, and enjoying longer life!
Plant A Kitchen Garden!
Gardening and cooking go hand-in-hand, which has given rise to the classic kitchen garden, properly called a potager garden. Named after the French word for soup, a potager has vegetables and herbs planted among flowers (often edible flowers), and can be both pretty and productive.
   The pattern of a potager garden can be simple or complex—a straightforward square shape or a mixture of squares, rectangles and circles. For a simple square or rectangular bed, place what will become the tallest plants in the center and back, with the shortest and the most frequently used plants closest to the paths and front.
   One idea is to plant tall growing pole beans in the center surrounded by pepper plants and rose bushes. Lettuces, lower growing herbs and annual flowers can rim the edge of the bed. Allow paths at least 20″ for walking around the beds, and edge the bed with bricks or edging to keep out lawn grass.
   A potager doesn’t have to be large—in fact, a small kitchen garden with a few key herbs, vegetables, and flowers may be just what the cook wants. Just locate it near the kitchen, and encourage the entire family to join in the fun of planting, caring for, harvesting, and eating the results!