The Garden Shed



A Community Newsletter published by the
Piedmont Master Gardeners

July 2021-Vol.7, No.7

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Table of Contents

Citizen Science

Sleuthing Opportunities for the Curious of All Ages

St. John’s Wort – Learn How to Choose

Once you sort out the name confusion, you get to choose some really great plants.

Upcoming Events July 2021

The heat can slow us down but keep cool with Zoom lectures on native annuals, the American chestnut, organic landscaping, and pollinator protection/mosquito control. Or, venture out for a bird walk or a native wildflower walk.

Two Terrific Tomato Sandwiches

With tomatoes fresh from the vine

Peppers! Peter Piper’s Piquant Patience Payoff

Peppers are as diverse as they are delicious - and nutritious! This post will explore how to grow peppers in the home garden, from seed to harvest.

The Ornamental Garden in July

Weed, water, deadhead, combat the stiltgrass, remove non-native invasive trees, and make time to enjoy the blooms.

The Edible Garden in July

Finish planting summer crops, clean up spring remnants and get ready for fall planting while enjoying the summer bounty.