Lehigh Valley Blog
As reluctant as we are to admit it, the mercury is starting to drop to new lows and the morning air is feeling a tad bit chillier here in Allentown. OK, maybe we’ve just gone from scorching hot to a comfortable hot, but the temperature is dropping nonetheless. Soon, the trees will turn into vibrant autumn colors, and before we know it, the branches will be bare, and leaves will be covering the ground. That means tending to our garden is just about over for another year, right? Soon, but not quite.
The idea of having a beautiful low maintenance garden and yard is a dream for many of us—a place that we can come home to relax after a long day of work, instead of having to spend evenings mowing the lawn, pruning trees, or watering plants and flowers. The dream of low maintenance gardening may seem too good to be true, but that’s certainly not the case.
Our growing season here in Allentown is usually 110 days long, which means we have the opportunity to grow a second crop of veggies for a late fall harvest. Cool weather veggies prefer milder temperatures to grow, and most of them are great for both early spring and late summer planting since they don’t do too well in the scorching heat of July and August.
Canning and pickling recipes are some of the best ways to make the most out of your summer garden harvest— after all, one can only eat so many salads. An extra punch of flavor with fresh herbs, tangy brines and sweet syrupy reductions will turn simple fruits and veggies into some seriously tasty meal toppers. Plus, if you properly sterilize and seal your jars, your garden harvest can last for months on the shelf, so you can avoid scrambling to eat up all your produce before it spoils.
During the long, hot days of summer, we all dream of relaxing in the garden with a cold drink. In that way, we have a lot in common with our garden plants! Humid air, scorching sunshine, and thriving pest populations all pose specific challenges to our gardens at this time of year. With these tips, your plants can enjoy a stress-free summer.
Our landscapes act as hosts for all kinds of visitors—from friendly pollinators to annoying pests. One such pest has become a real nuisance in Allentown yards in the past few years: the Japanese beetle. Not only do they cause devastating damage wherever they go, but they’re also frustratingly difficult to control! However, we know of a secret weapon to help you fight back.