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Pegplant’s Post Gardening Newsletter for DC Metro Area

Pegplant’s Post Gardening Newsletter is a free, local monthly newsletter. Each edition lists between 50 – 100 local gardening events, recently published gardening books, articles, and tips specific to the DC metro area. Enter your e-mail here to subscribe. Pegplant’s Post always has a giveaway, an opportunity to win a free plant or gardening-related product. For the upcoming February 2022 issue, the giveaway is a package of three products from Espoma.

The Espoma Company began in 1929 in New Jersey with one fertilizer called Espoma Organic. Today, Espoma is the leading provider of organic fertilizers for the retail lawn and garden industry. Espoma offers more than 70 organic products and manufactures more than 50 million pounds of organic fertilizer per year. Espoma products are found at garden centers and can be ordered online via several virtual store fronts. For more information on Espoma view this video or visit their website.

The giveaway package consists of one bag of all-purpose organic potting mix (8 quart bag), one 8 oz. bottle of indoor organic liquid plant food, and five Bio-Tone starter plus 5 oz. packets. This giveaway is for Pegplant’s Post Gardening Newsletter subscribers only.

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tomatoPegplant’s Post gardening newsletter is a free, local monthly newsletter. Each edition lists between 50 – 100 local gardening events, recently published gardening books, articles, and tips specific to the DC metro area. Enter your e-mail here to subscribe. Pegplant’s Post always has a giveaway, an opportunity to win a free plant or gardening-related product. For the upcoming November 2021 issue, the giveaway is two Kitchen Minis™, one compact tomato and one compact pepper plant to be grown indoors.

The Kitchen Minis™ is a line of tabletop vegetables produced by PanAmerican Seed, a division of Ball Horticultural Company. These are ready-grown, potted vegetables that will provide a harvest for several weeks. They are small enough to put on your kitchen counter. All they need is water and light. They can remain in the container provided or repotted into a decorative container to match your kitchen décor.  Kitchen Minis™ feature a variety of tomatoes, sweet peppers, and hot peppers. The winner will receive one pepper and one tomato plant. Now that winter is coming these are the perfect way to bring gardening indoors as well as to add fresh veggies to your meals.

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prunerEnter your e-mail here to subscribe to Pegplant’s Post, an e-newsletter about gardening in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Each issue lists local gardening events, recently published gardening books, articles, and tips specific to this area. Pegplant’s Post always has a giveaway, an opportunity to win a free plant or gardening-related product. For the upcoming October 2021 Pegplant’s Post, the giveaway is one bypass pruner, courtesy of Dramm Corporation.

The winner can choose his/her choice of color for the Colorpoint Bypass Pro™ Pruner: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, or berry. This pruner has a 5/8-inch cutting capacity, perfect for shrubs and small plants. It is made with corrosion-resistant, stainless-steel blades and has an ergonomic, non-slip grip handle. The pruner comes with a lifetime guarantee and has a blade adjustment gear that allows adjustment for blade gap maintenance.  A family-owned business in Wisconsin, Dramm has been a leader in watering and gardening tools for more than 80 years. This giveaway is for Pegplant’s Post subscribers only.

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hydrangeaEnter your e-mail here to subscribe to Pegplant’s Post, an e-newsletter about gardening in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Each issue lists local gardening events, recently published gardening books, articles, and tips specific to this area. Pegplant’s Post always has a giveaway, an opportunity to win a free plant or gardening-related product. For the upcoming September 2021 Pegplant’s Post, the giveaway is one Endless Summer® Summer Crush® bigleaf hydrangea plant, courtesy of Bailey Nurseries.

This compact shrub is a mophead type hydrangea that blooms all summer long. Part of the Endless Summer® series, Summer Crush® has very large flower heads with raspberry red or neon purple blooms. The plant grows to only a few feet, perfect for containers and patios. It is cold hardy yet wilt resistant. Flower buds appear on old and new wood, so the plant blooms all summer long. Bailey Nurseries is a fifth-generation, family-owned company that offers a wide variety of landscape plants. Its mission is to help retailers, growers, and landscapers create a landscape that is more beautiful, diverse, and sustainable. Gardeners can find their plants in their distinctive containers at local independent garden centers. This giveaway is for Pegplant’s Post subscribers only.

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fertilizerEnter your e-mail here to subscribe to Pegplant’s Post, an e-newsletter about gardening in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Each issue lists local gardening events, recently published gardening books, recipes, articles, and tips specific to this area. Pegplant’s Post always has a giveaway, an opportunity to win a free plant or gardening-related product. For the upcoming August 2021 Pegplant’s Post, the giveaway is one box of Osmocote® PotShots™.

Osmocote is a plant food and Osmocote PotShots are plant food nuggets that deliver a pre-measured blend of essential nutrients especially formulated for container grown plants and houseplants. Osmocote consists of homogenous granules covered with a slow-release coating. This coating ensures that the plant’s food is carefully released. The number of PotShots used depends on the container size. For each PotShot, position the nugget half-way between the container’s edge and the plant’s stem. Then push about 1 to 3 inches deep into the soil. Water as usual. The nutrients are released for about 6 months after application. One box of 25 nuggets can feed eight 3-gallon containers for 6 months. To be eligible for this giveaway you must be a Pegplant’s Post subscriber.

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Enter your e-mail here to subscribe to Pegplant’s Post, an e-newsletter about gardening in the Washington DC metropolitan area. This monthly communication lists local gardening events, recently published gardening books, recipes, articles, and tips specific to this area. Each issue also features the opportunity to win a free plant or gardening-related product. For the upcoming July 2021 Pegplant’s Post, the giveaway is a Kimono hydrangea from the Bloomin’ Easy Plants.

Bloomin’ Easy has made it easy for homeowners who appreciate the beauty of a landscaped yard but need to be able to do it in a way that is not time consuming or too difficult. Bloomin’ Easy provides support to people who have purchased the plants with videos and tailored care reminders. The free care reminders are specific to each plant and offer simple advice to maintain the plants so they always look their best. These e-mails let people know when it is time to mulch, fertilize, prune, etc. The website provides video tutorials on how to plant, fertilize, and prune. Plants are sold through garden centers in North America including Canada.

Pegplant’s Post: DC’s Local Gardening Newsletter

Enter your e-mail here to subscribe to Pegplant’s Post, an e-newsletter about gardening in the Washington DC metropolitan area. This monthly communication lists local gardening events, recently published gardening books, recipes, articles, and tips specific to this area. Each issue also features the opportunity to win a free plant or gardening-related product. For the upcoming June 2021 Pegplant’s Post, the giveaway is a garden stake from the Silhouette and Stand company.

 

These are very unique garden stakes because they can hold a hanging basket at the top while at the same time display a decorative magnet on the pole. You can purchase black metal silhouettes of images such as cats, dogs, and butterflies and attach these to a magnetic clip that you clip to the stake. Because these images are magnetic, you can easily attach and remove so you can have seasonal images or images specific to your own interest.

Made in the United States, the stakes are about 3 feet tall with a circle atop that holds a hanging basket. The stakes are powder coated, heavy duty, wrought iron, with a half-inch diameter. The hoop at the top is perfect for a 10-inch basket. These also elevate plants from rodents and pets and prevents damage from lawn care equipment.

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Enter your e-mail here to subscribe to Pegplant’s Post, an e-newsletter about gardening in the DC metro area. This monthly communication lists local gardening events, recently published gardening books, recipes, articles, and tips specific to this area. Each issue also features the opportunity to win a free plant or gardening-related product. For the upcoming May 2021 Pegplant’s Post, subscribers have a chance to win the Three-Pot Hanging Kit, courtesy of SkyPots.

Owned by Ryan Benoit, SkyPots is a revolutionary way to hang plants. Ryan has been experimenting with this design for several years and has many hanging pots in his California home. He also is the creator of the Horticult website, “a plant lover’s guide to enjoying a plant-infused lifestyle.” In addition, he authored the How to Window Box book.

Ryan has perfected an ingenious way to hang ordinary containers vertically, one above the other. This saves space and enables you to hang plants inside or outside. There are kits for one container, two containers, or three containers. No tools are required. Pots are not included but any container that has a flat bottom and a centered drain hole will work. This is ideal for houseplants, trailing plants, and tropical plants but any plant that will fit in the container will work. Although the kits are easy to assemble, the SkyPots website has detailed instructions.

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fertilizerEnter your e-mail here to subscribe to Pegplant’s Post, an e-newsletter about gardening in the Washington DC metropolitan area. This monthly communication lists local gardening events, recently published gardening books, recipes, articles, and tips specific to this area. Each issue also features the opportunity to win a free plant or gardening-related product. For the upcoming April 2021 Pegplant’s Post, the giveaway is the Boutique Organic Plant Nutrient Kit courtesy of the Whole Gardener.

Whole Gardener is a Virginia-based soil and nutrient company. They sell kits consisting of the three basic fertilizers, micronutrients, and a recipe book so gardeners can formulate the nutrients for their plants.  Using one of almost 200 different Whole Gardener nutrient recipes from the Whole Gardener nutrient recipe book, and the four Whole Gardener nutrient ingredients, gardeners can create a customized fertilizer blend that will fit the nutrient needs of any plant they want to grow. The giveaway is the boutique organic plant nutrient kit which is designed for gardening on a smaller scale. It is tailored to the urban gardener or anyone with limited space to grow plants. The boutique kit consists of the four nutrients, the recipe book, the applicator jar, the measuring spoon set, and the pH test kit.  According to the plant’s needs as outlined in the recipe book, gardeners mix the right amount of nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and micronutrients in order to have a thriving garden.

Subscribe to Pegplant’s Post: Gardening Newsletter for the DC Metro Area

Enter your e-mail here to subscribe to Pegplant’s Post, an e-newsletter about gardening in the Washington DC metropolitan area. This monthly communication lists local gardening events, recently published gardening books, recipes, articles, and tips specific to this area. Each issue also features the opportunity to win a free plant or gardening-related product. For the upcoming March 2021 Pegplant’s Post, the giveaway is a 16-quart bag of Organic Mechanic’s Seed Starting Blend Potting Soil.

Organic Mechanics is a manufacturer and distributer of premier organic potting soil and soil amendments. Founded by Mark Highland in 2006, Organic Mechanics is based in Pennsylvania. Products include insect frass, biochar blend, cactus and succulent blend, potting soil, Fuhgeddaboudit! root zone feeder packs, hardwood bark mulch, worm castings, rice hulls, potting soil, container potting soil, and more. All the products are organic, peat free, and made with locally sourced ingredients. Home gardeners can purchase through the Organic Mechanics website or through retail locations listed on their website such as independent garden centers, natural food stores, farmer markets, and botanical gardens. Mark also wrote the Practical Organic Gardening: The No Nonsense Guide to Growing Naturally book and gives lectures emphasizing the importance of organic gardening and soil health.