"Locate the container where it will receive six hours of sun and top it off every few days as water evaporates. When plants begin to grow, add a fertilizer tablet available at the garden center where you purchased your plants. If algae develops, remove the water plants, empty the container, refill with clean water and replace the plants. Mosquitoes have not been a problem in container water gardens as the living plants keep the water from becoming stagnant. If they do develop, remove them by overfilling your container and letting the mosquito larvae run out with the water flowing over the top."
The hummingbirds are coming!
A friend told me about Hummingbirds.net and I'm hooked. There's a migration map that shows sightings of ruby-throated hummingbirds, and it's regularly updated. They are coming! There have been reports of the little birds all around West Virginia very recently. Check it out and find all sorts of information about these tiny beauties. (The migration map is under the "Science" tab.)
There's a lot of information on this website about feeders, nectar and different species of hummingbirds. And the photos are awesome.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History presents the 14th Garden Festival, a daylong celebration of the growing season with workshops, exhibitors and vendors. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 30 at the Culture Center and is free and open to the public.
Gardeners, agricultural experts, herbalists, organic gardeners, landscape designers, lawn and garden suppliers and others will answer questions and sell their wares, including wheat weavings, stoneware pottery, bath and body products, soaps, candles, herbs, plants, metal garden art, bird and squirrel feeders, bird feed mix, succulents, preserves, jellies, butters and dry mixes, lavender, cookbooks, photographs, garden signs and T-shirts. Light breakfast and lunch choices will be available for purchase from the Woman's Club of South Charleston.
Vendors include Bill Wood Scenic Photography, By the River Creations, Charleston Rose Society, Garden Treasurers, Honey of an Herb Farm, Krackshot Photography, La Paix Herb Farm, Mary Beth Lind, Mary Jacobsen, Metal Garden Art by In the Pines, North Hills Nursery, Ordinary Evelyns, Primitive Woodwares, Still Meadows Farm and Greenhouse, Sue Cosgrove, Summer Kitchen Pottery, Teresa Eskins, West Virginia Department of Agriculture, West Virginia Herb Association/Smoke Camp Crafts, Windbeam Way Nursery, WSAZ NewsChannel 3 and Zendik Arts-Eco Bead Jewelry. Call 304-558-0220.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.