Avant Gardener – 050613

From their home, historic Cedaridge Farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, hosts Derek and Carolyn Fell discuss some of the mistakes beginner gardeners make when starting to garden for the first time, like planning too large a garden – one that becomes a chore as the summer days get hot and humid and pulling weeds seems never-ending. Also the Fells discuss the differences between conditioning the soil whether it is sandy or clay, and how to tell whether the soil requires fertilizer even after adding well-made compost. Also during this session is a discussion on the difference between an organic commercial fertilizer and a chemical commercial fertilizer and why the organic fertilizer is likely to be the best buy even if the analysis seems low. The Fells’ guest this session is Debra Prinzing, author of two new books about obtaining fresh flowers locally for spectacular floral arrangements, examples of beautiful arrangements using local-grown flowers, and case histories of couples who have taken their hobby of growing cut flowers and turned it into a profitable business, not only supplying local farmers markets with fresh flowers, but also providing fresh flower arrangements for special events like weddings. In the email section Derek answers a question about the most useful herbs to grow on a windowsill in pots, and their best uses in cooking. He also provides tips on the best vegetables to grow in containers on a deck or patio, so the gardener can ensure maximum yields and continuous in a small space even if the site contains no garden soil, only a solid surface like a deck or brick patio.