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Saturday, January 14, 2017

My Garden Seed Shop is Now Open On Shopify. Neem Oil, Tomato Seeds, Vegetable Seeds


My Garden Seed Shop is Now Open On Shopify. 
Neem Oil, Tomato Seeds, Vegetable Seeds

My Garden Seed Shop is OPEN
The Rusted Garden Shopify Garden Seed Shop

I just opened my garden seed shop on Shopify. I am offering over 75 varieties of seeds. You can buy 100% cold pressed neem oil there as well as calcium nitrate for blossom end rot. If you want to attract butterflies, bees and beneficial insects to your garden, you can find a wildflower package and herbs for that purpose. The herb package is unique to my shop as I selected and mixed the seeds. More stuff will be added regularly.

All proceeds get turned back into The Rusted Garden in some capacity. Shipping is free for orders over $25. Thanks for your support. I can only offer seeds domestically right now in the US. I hope to expand but I am a 1 man show.

If you have a chance, I could use a share to help let people know my shop is open. Thanks!

You can still by seeds here on my blog. There are more items on my Shopify Seed Shop and more ways to pay.

The Rusted Garden Shopify Garden Seed Shop
Good Luck with Your Garden,
Gary (The Rusted Garden)

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Saturday, January 7, 2017


Selected Herbs for Creating a 3 B's Garden:
Beneficial Insects, Butterflies and Bees
(Seed Packages for Sale)


We all know the importance of honey bees to our gardens and the world. We also know that herbs have countless culinary and medicinal uses. Did you know herbs can also be grown to attract the three B’s to your garden: Beneficial Insects, Butterflies and Bees? 

Tomatoes and peppers tend to self-pollinate but if you are growing cucumbers, squash, zucchini and melons, you definitely want the buzzing of bees and beneficial insects flying throughout your garden. Butterflies are attracted to many types of herbs and will use some of them as an integral part of their life cycle. Insects that eat insects will come to your garden, like ladybugs and hoverflies, and help take care of aphids and other unwanted visitors. Honey bees and bumble bees love the flowers from this mix of herbs.



I put together a package of 6 specific herbs that will easily fill a 100 square feet.  Plant a large area or several small areas and leave them to flower and reseed year after year. Just water them in for 10 days and forget them. Sure you can sneak in and collect a few leaves for yourself but these herbs are for the three B’s.

Cilantro or Coriander is one of the best herbs for beneficial insects. The fragrant white flowers are a favorite of some of the smallest pollinators around. The flowers grow in a manner that makes their 'food' easily accessible to bees, beneficial insects and butterflies. It is an annual that can take the cold and heavily reseeds.

Borage
has bright blue star shaped flowers that are magnets for bees and other pollinators. They are full of nectar that the bees love and the flowers tend to bloom all season long. Borage is known as a honey plant and it is grown by many beekeepers near their apiaries. Even hummingbirds love it.

Anise
is another herb the produces masses of small white flowers and bees love them. Anise oil is used to attract bees. The fragrance has been proven to be a highly attractive scent for drawing in pollinators.

Fennel
is a preferred food source for butterflies. It is a delicacy for the Swallowtail. They will use the plant to host its eggs and you will see the life cycle of the butterfly. That is, you will see a lot of wildly colored caterpillars. Honey bees are also attracted to fennel and love their tiny yellow flowers. It has a wonderful anise licorice taste to its leaves and bulb. It is an annual in zones 3-9. It will reseed heavily.

Dill is very similar to fennel. It has white flowers that are loved by the 3 B’s. Dill and fennel have similar leaf structures which are favored by developing caterpillars that will turn into butterflies. Predatory insects like ladybugs are drawn to the flowers and leaf structure of  both dill and fennel. The gift of ladybugs is that they will take care of aphids in your garden. Dill is also a big favorite of hoverflies. Dill is an annual that will reseed heavily.

Hyssop produces masses of dark blue flowers on spires that bloom July through September. You can cut back spent flowers for more blooms. This is a favorite of bees. You will see bees crawling up and down the spike of beautifully colored flowers. The leaves have a mint licorice scent and it is a perennial in Zones 4-8.

The combination of these 6 herbs, planted in the corner of your garden, will bring in an army of beneficial predatory insects, honey bees, bumble bees, butterflies and even hummingbirds. The combined scents of the flowers and leaves will serve your garden well. Growing these herbs will provide a food source for honey bees, a home to the Swallowtail Caterpillars and a haven for all the good insects your gardens need. Hyssop is a perennial but will also seed heavily like the other five herbs. Your 3 B's garden will take care of itself year after year.

You can pick these herbs up as you find them in your travels or purchase them from me as a package that can be scattered throughout your garden. The seeds are quite distinctive and you can easily pick them out for you own personal needs too! The seed picture above holds the measure of seeds that come in the package which is approximately 1/2 ounce. $7.80 Shipped. If there is no ADD to CART link please go to the original post here: Selected Herbs for Creating a 3 B's Garden 






A mix of Cilantro, Dill, Anise, Borage, Fennel,  an Hyssop. Approximately 1/2 ounce of herb seeds. No fillers!


Good Luck with Your Garden,
Gary (The Rusted Garden)

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Friday, January 6, 2017

The Rusted Garden Neem Oil, Calcium Nitrate, Tomato Seeds and Other Vegetable Seeds Sale: Things I am Selling for 2017

The Rusted Garden
Neem Oil, Calcium Nitrate, Tomato Seeds
and Other Vegetable Seeds Sale:
Things I am Selling for 2017

Click Any Tomato for Ordering Page
Over 40 Varieties of Tomatoes




Purchase 8 Ounces of Neem Oil
100% Cold Pressed Neem Oil
with Azadirachtin

$16.95 (Shipping Included)
Contents:
Two - 4 Ounce Bottles
(8 ounces in total)

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More Information
Shipped Only in the US




Purchase Calcium Nitrate 15.5-0-0
19% Calcium and Water Soluble!
(about 12 ounces)

$13.75 (Shipping Included)

Calcium Nitrate can be used to
Stop Tomato Blossom End-Rot
Stop Pepper Blossom End-Rot
Use as a Fast Acting Foliar Spray

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Shipped only in the US

The recipe is on the label & can be found on-line
Always test spray your plants and wait 48 hours

12 ounces will make
about 12 gallons or over 50 quarts

1 quart costs about $$6-$9
when you buy pre-made store sprays
Make your own and save over $400
Indefinite shelf life if kept dry in bag


Good Luck with Your Garden,
Gary (The Rusted Garden)

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

How to Wrap a Fig Tree for Winter Protection in Zone 7 - Tips, 3 layers, & Vented Top

How to Wrap a Fig Tree for Winter Protection in Zone 7 
Tips, 3 layers, & Vented Top


Fig trees can take 20-25 degree F temperatures depending on the variety but when you get into consecutive days of of sub 20 degree temperatures the fig branches often freeze through and die. You want to protect them so you get figs the following year. If you don't protect them you often get new growth/branches that come up from the roots/ground but don't have enough time to produce the inverted flowers or fruit. You want to wrap you fig tree with 3 layers in Maryland Zone 7.


Good Luck with Your Garden,
Gary (The Rusted Garden)

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Simple Fall Division of Your Perennial Herbs Oregano, Thyme, Chives, Sage & Using a Soil Knife

Simple Fall Division of Your Perennial Herbs 
Oregano, Thyme, Chives, Sage & Using a Soil Knife

Many herbs are perennials. A great time to divide them is in the fall after a frost. One tool I use regularly in the garden is a soil knife. It makes for quick divisions. Just dump out your container herbs or dig up a plant creating a nice root-ball and cut it into to pieces. Nothing fancy. Put the divisions in a temporary place and come spring, you'll have herb plants ready to be transplanted where you'd like. You can do this for most perennial plants including your flowers.





Good Luck with Your Garden,
Gary (The Rusted Garden)

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