The Garden Shed

A Community Newsletter published by the Piedmont Master Gardeners

July 2017 - Vol. 3, No. 7


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Table of Contents

Watercress Soup

Try this mainstay of English culinary tradition: peppery watercress with a touch of cream.

The Vegetable Garden in July

Beat the heat and make your garden productive throughout the summer.

The Ornamental Garden in July

The July ornamental garden is vibrant with sizzling hot colors!

Chelone — A funny name but a Sweet Flower

Chelone is a good perennial choice for moist soils and part shade.


These colorful, prolific bloomers offer choice galore!

Summer Lettuce…. To grow or not to grow?

Try these techniques for growing lettuce in the summer heat.