peter-bowden Check out Peter's Gardening Blog. Peter Bowden, the most well-known gardener in the Capital Region of New York, has been writing gardening articles since the mid 1980's. Over 35 years of experience in the retail garden center industry as well as a life-long love of gardening make Peter's anecdotes worth the read, every time. Not only are these articles filled with pertinent information for the North American gardener, they are also packed with amusing stories, crammed with societal insights, and peppered with poignant points of practical procedures for the home gardener.  

Sunflower Care

Sunflower Care

Plant in full sun, where they will not shade other plants, or plant shade-lovers around them. Plant the seeds 1 inch deep and about 6 inches apart. When the seedlings come up, thin them to about 18 inches apart. Water…

Continue Reading

Bluebirds

Bluebirds

I welcome any sign that spring is near. One of those signs is seeing the first bluebird of the season. Anyone who has ever seen one knows the feeling of surprise and joy that accompanies a bluebird sighting. Since they…

Continue Reading

Bird Feeding

Bird Feeding

If you’re going to give bird feeding a try for the first time, the first thing you’ll need is a bird feeder. There are a lot of them out there to choose from so how do you make sure you’re…

Continue Reading

Bird Feeding - Winter

Bird Feeding - Winter

Our fine feathered friends Winter weather sure makes our lives miserable sometimes. As difficult as it can get for us, it’s hard to imagine what it’s like for the wild animals out there…especially the tiny birds that we share winter…

Continue Reading

Fall Lawn Seeding

Fall Lawn Seeding

These cool days of September present the best opportunity for starting a lawn from seed. Don’t dally; you want to get the grass seed started right away to take advantage of the last of the season’s heat. Starting a lawn…

Continue Reading

Grass Seed Varieties

Grass Seed Varieties

Annual Ryegrass Germinates quickly. Best used as a temporary cover to hold an area together while more desirable turf grasses take hold. Needs lots of water and dies after the first season. Creeping Red Fescue Fine textured with a deep…

Continue Reading

Moss in the Lawn

Moss in the Lawn

If this bothers you, you should be aware that the reason the moss took hold in the lawn is because the soil has gradually become acidic. There is a tendency for most soils to become acidic. Grass clippings, leaves and…

Continue Reading

Summer Lawn Care

Summer Lawn Care

This is the time of the year that separates the “men from the boys” with regard to lawn care. In my travels around area neighborhoods, it is interesting to see the variations in lawn quality. The most glaring problem is…

Continue Reading

Lawn Seeding

Lawn Seeding

New Lawns Soil should be loosened and raked smooth. A starter fertilizer should be applied, one high in phosphorous content since it will stimulate root growth. A high nitrogen fertilizer should NEVER be used with immature grass because the blade…

Continue Reading

Weed Killers

Weed Killers

Weed killers are best applied a little later in the spring than crabgrass preventer. The reason for this is that weed killer, whether liquid or granular weed and feed, is absorbed through the leaves of the plants and not at…

Continue Reading