2022 Plant Sale – Now concluded!

Our 2022 Plant sale is now over. Thank you for your support and we look forward to offering many new plants next year! We now have plants ready for sale.  Right now we only recommend you buy cold hardy plants, unless you have a cold frame or other way to keep tender plants, like tomatoes,Continue reading “2022 Plant Sale – Now concluded!”

Book Review – Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart’s Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers is an incredibly entertaining and informative book on an industry that most of us, well at least me, knew nothing about and pretty much took for granted.  The cut flower industry has rich lessons in history, economics, botany, biology,Continue reading “Book Review – Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart”

Book Review – Taming Fruit:  How orchards have transformed the land, offered sanctuary, and inspired creativity by Bernd Brunner

I’ve gone through several gardening books since the last post in the winter gardening book review series, but none of them were right for writing a review.  Not that they were bad books, but they were reference books that don’t lead to much to review.  They were useful if you needed them, but hardly theContinue reading “Book Review – Taming Fruit:  How orchards have transformed the land, offered sanctuary, and inspired creativity by Bernd Brunner”

Book Review – Good Bug, Bad Bug by Jessica Walliser

Good Bug, Bad Bug: Who’s who, what they do, and how to manage them organically (all you need to know about insects in your garden) by Jessica Walliser is a handy reference guide to common insects that you may encounter in your garden.  While the title is a mouthful, the book itself is quite compactContinue reading “Book Review – Good Bug, Bad Bug by Jessica Walliser”

Winter Book Review Series 2021-2021

Stuck inside thinking about getting out into the garden?  Here at Meneely farms we’re in the same predicament.  While we can’t get into the garden as much as we  like right now, not all is lost.  Winter is a great time to gain knowledge, prepare for the next season, and enjoy garden fantasies. Reading gardening/permaculture/growingContinue reading “Winter Book Review Series 2021-2021”

Easy Gardening Skill – Heeling in bare root trees (or, what to do with trees you can’t plant)

I just came across a situation where I got some bare root trees in Pittsburgh in early January.  When you renew membership with the arbor day foundation you have the option of getting 10 free trees, which I always take.  Usually you get the trees in either fall or spring, but for whatever reason mineContinue reading “Easy Gardening Skill – Heeling in bare root trees (or, what to do with trees you can’t plant)”

My Favorite Gardening Books

I love to read about gardening.  Especially in the winter when I’m itching to get outside.  I’ve been fortunate enough to have read several really informative gardening books and have encountered gardening philosophies that are vastly diverse.  My approach is an amalgamation of everything I’ve read, tried to apply and adjust to my circumstances, andContinue reading “My Favorite Gardening Books”

Natvie Plant Spotlight – Bee Balm or Monarda

Sticking with the flowering natives we’ve been talking about, this week is one of my favorites!  Bee Balm, or Monarda,  is an excellent plant for many reasons.  Few plants can beat it for its striking beauty, its importance to wildlife, its fragrance, and its tall upright form. Bee Balm is a perennial that has manyContinue reading “Natvie Plant Spotlight – Bee Balm or Monarda”

Weekly Nursery Update – June 5

This week we had an issue when I noticed one of our pepper plants had small black bugs on it.  I’m not 100% sure what they are, but they may be black aphids (I’ve seen white aphids bushes before).  They could have been pepper weevil larvae too, but I’m not certain.  They were pretty small,Continue reading “Weekly Nursery Update – June 5”

Favorite Gardening Resources – Podcasts

This is a list of podcasts that I particularly love listening to about gardening.  I know there have to be plenty more, so please share them with me!  I’m always looking for something good to listen to while working.   The Joe Gardener Show– Joe Lampl from the PBS show Growing a Greener World has aContinue reading “Favorite Gardening Resources – Podcasts”