In her book Pamela references Blue Ribbon and Red Ribbon plants. Those are the plants she thinks most highly of or plants that perform the best. Eric asks what does a plant have to do to earn a Blue Ribbon? She shows us with a pepper. Peppers are one of the easiest plants in her trials. She simply removes the garden center pot and puts it in a new container and adds some fertilizer. It's very important with vegetables to support the vegetables with something, in this case she's using an obelisk. Pamela uses an obelisk because she thinks they're prettier, she cringes when she sees something like a tomato cage. Add water and that's it, that's all you need to do if a plant is listed as a Pamela blue ribbon vegetable. Pamela shows use a pepper that's been growing 2 months, it's huge. And it looks very pretty with Lantana surrounding it. She is using attractive containers and using attractive supports. She calls this - the little pepper with bling - because they put it in such an outrageous container. Eric likes the way Pamela is incorporating all the fun and fancy colors into vegetable gardening. And, of course the addition of the Lantana and the bright containers really add a nice touch.
It's Fall, which often means clean up time in our yards and gardens. And that can often increase our exposure to poison ivy and poison oak. How do we best identify these culprits? Here is an informative article about identifying and reducing the exposure and misery from poison ivy and poison oak.
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