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Meet the new Gurney’s Blogger

As a novice gardener, I have been inspired to write a blog for Gurney’s. As the Gurney’s blogger I will:

  • Answer your questions, by obtaining answers from our Gurney’s experts in the field.
  • Attempt to assist you with ideas & answers to help you succeed in planting & maintaining your beautiful garden.
  • Share information and advice from the successes and failures of other Gurney’s gardeners.
  • Give you storing, canning, cooking recipes, preservation of seasonal vegetables & plants, and other gardening ideas.
  • Feature of a seasonal plant ready for your garden or introduction of a new or improved plant from the Gurney’s catalog.
  • Present a travel log of pictures & information of gardens visited both residential & commercial
  • Include ‘Sharepoints’ informational links, books, and magazine articles

Gardening is a passion of mine. It is one of those things in life that can produce almost immediate satisfaction and pleasure. It also provides lasting enjoyment, as many things that we plant, come back year after year, grow and spread and even change with the seasons.

Why I garden; well we have all heard about studies that gardening has been shown to lessen heart attacks, reduce stress and improve mental health. It provides me exercise and a means of getting outdoors into the fresh air. I find it a wonderful way of instilling pride and community. It is one way to get fresh herbs, vegetables and fruit minimally processed, (without having to read a label, knowing exactly what is going into our bodies). It can save a bit of money at the grocery store too.

This is who I am —- So now I am going to ask who you are. In the comments section, leave me –

  • Gardening questions
  • Gardening tips – (Please include your zip code or growing zone located on your label next to your address.)
  • Pictures from your garden successes
  • Pictures of your garden failures
  • Recipes, storage or canning tips & preservation of seasonal vegetables and plants, gardening ideas & crafts
  • Travel pictures of gardens you admire or plants you find interesting or wish to know more about.

– Fellow Gardener: E. Hollister

4 comments to Meet the new Gurney’s Blogger

  • Glen Silliman

    We have a peach tree that is loaded with fruit this year but they are all on the small side and very hard.What is matter with my tree?Also I have been looking for advice on when and how to trim it back.

    • Glen,
      Here’s some information on pruning/thinning peach trees from one of our experts.

      “When pollination is good and the trees really load up, it needs to be thinned heavily. Commercial growers annually remove well over 60% of the fruit each year. Pruning is one way to thin as you remove fruit buds. The other way is simply to pull them off when they are about the size of a marble (1/2″ in diameter or less). Thin to one fruit per 10-12″ of wood.

      Prune peaches in spring after petal fall, with an open vase shape. Remove extremely upright growth and don’t be bashful about it.”

      Hope you find this information helpful.

  • RON DIETZ

    I WOULD LIKE TO PLT.SOME ASPARAGUS.I HAVE A 6×6 SQUARE AREA WHERE I WOULD LIKE TO PLT. THEM.I HAVE THE WHOLE AREA PREPARED.MUST THE PLTS.BE PLANTED IN ROWS OR WHAT ? I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO KNOW WHEN I SHOULD ORDER THEM FROM GURNEY( 2YR. OLD PLTS.)SO AS TO GET THEM PLANTED IN SPRING ? HOW MANY PLTS. CAN I GET IN THIS AREA ?
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

  • Ken Wentz

    I would like to know what to do for brown rot on fruit trees. I’ve had trouble with brown rot on my peaches & apples for the last few years.

    What can I do to control this problem?

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