Garden Cuttings: Home and Garden Briefs

2013-06-20T00:00:00Z Garden Cuttings: Home and Garden Briefs
June 20, 2013 12:00 am


When it’s time to create a powerful fertilizer, Mother Nature turns to millions of worms. The castings that worms produce as they eat organic matter is truly Mother Nature’s original fertilizer. In rural New York State, a creative agribusiness uses this natural process in a state-of-the-art facility that contains millions of contented worms. The end result is Worm Power Organic Plant food, a fertilizer that increases soil fertility and improves plant vigor, root growth and nutrient availability.

Add Worm Power fertilizer as an all-natural way to liven up sterile potting soils and revitalize tired, depleted soils. This OMRI-listed organic plant food is perfect for fertilizing transplants and for top dressing beds, rows, or container plants. It works naturally and effectively on vegetables, flowers, fruit trees, grape vines and house plants.

Worm Power is safe for use around kids and pets. Easy to spread and handle, Worm Power delivers a guaranteed NPK analysis of 1.5-0.7-1.5, plus abundant micronutrients and a robust community of beneficial soil microorganisms. A three-pound package fertilizes up to 96 transplants and makes up to 9 gallons of potting mix. $12.95 from Harris Seeds ( or 800-544-7938).


Peonies are garden favorites because of their large, showy flowers that boast an abundance of petals. Peony Victorian Blush (Paeonia lactiflora 'Victorian Blush') produces slightly fragrant blooms that are a blush white. The flowers are large and fluffy and will range in tones from a kiss of pink to a more solid hue. Victorian Blush Peony blooms late in the spring above medium green foliage. Filling the garden with a delicious fragrance, Victorian Blush peony has flowers that are long-lasting, have strong stems, and are ideal for fresh bouquets. Peonies prefer rich soil, full sun and open areas. They are simple to grow and can be utilized in many ways, including mass plantings, specimens, or hedges. The photo at left is a Victorian Blush peony in a two-gallon container on the loading dock at awaiting shipment to a lucky gardener. This plant is on sale for $44.95 (50 percent off the regular price). Quantities are limited from


The week of June 23 through June 29, 2013, has been declared the 17th annual “National Mosquito Control Awareness Week” by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA). The AMCA, an international organization of nearly 2,000 public health professionals, has been dedicated to preserving the public’s health and well-being through safe, environmentally sound mosquito control programs since 1935. During “Mosquito Week” the goal is to educate the general public about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives and the important service provided by mosquito control workers throughout the United States and worldwide.

Because female mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, homeowners are advised to eliminate places where water can collect and stand in their yards and gardens. To reduce mosquito breeding grounds, dispose of cans, plastic containers, old tires and other items that can collect water. Turn over wheelbarrows and empty children’s wading pools. Clean clogged roof gutters, which can become prime mosquito-breeding pools. Periodically empty the saucers under ceramic pots to make sure they are not harboring mosquito larvae.

To prevent mosquitoes from breeding in ponds, bird baths and any other places where water collects, use Mosquito Dunks®, the number-one selling biological mosquito control product. The active ingredient in Mosquito Dunks® is called B.t.i. (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis), a bacterium that naturally kills mosquito larvae but is harmless to other living things. When placed in standing water, Mosquito Dunks® will kill mosquito larvae for up to 30 days.

Mosquito Dunks® are available at garden centers, hardware stores and home centers. For more information visit


Forget about wrapping extension cord plug connections in duct tape or plastic bags to protect them from water and weather. A new product called Twist and Seal provides outdoor weather protection for electrical cord connections all year long. It’s perfect for keeping cordconnections safe and dry in any outdoor setting, including near pool pumps, ponds and water fountains. At construction sites and in any remote power situation, using a Twist and Seal will keep extension cord connections safe and dry.

Twist and Seal is large enough to accommodate cord plugs of any size, from smaller holiday lights plugs to commercial-grade extension cords. Each Twist and Seal is made of a tough UV ray resistant and weather resistant commercial grade plastic that will withstand many years of exterior use. The heavy-duty, weather-proof Twist and Seal is available in four colors—white, green, orange and blue. It sells for $8.95 at participating Walmart, Do It Best, Ace Hardware and other fine stores, or order online at For more information, call (888) 945-4545.


Nearly Naked™ Wonder Grip® Garden Gloves offer hand protection so sheer, flexible and unrestricted that hands feel, well, nearly naked. These gloves work hard, too. Fine-gauge nylon knit liners are reinforced on palms and fingertips with revolutionary Wonder Grip® micro-porous coating that breathes, keeping hands cool and maintaining its superior grip even when wet. Offered in three pastel colors (pink, blue and lavender) in sizes XS to L.

New this summer are size XXS and XS Wonder Grip® gloves for kids in the same vibrant pink, purple and blue colors. These tiny gloves are sure to appeal to kids (and their parents and grandparents) and the tough, flexible Wonder Grip® coating will protect their hands.

Wonder Grip® gloves are available at garden centers and hardware stores throughout the US and Canada. Visit for more information.


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