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Writing about the things I love. My writing work has appeared in hard copy magazines including Green Prints, Twins Magazine, Practical Parenting Magazine, Good Old Days Magazine, The Journal of Court Reporting, and more as well as hundreds of articles in Sunset Hosta Farm's Hosta blog and The Homesteading Village blog.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Hypertufa 101 For Beginner Success!

  




Hypertufa 101 - For Beginner Success



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Friday, August 30, 2019

Hostas for Zone 9

 


Best Hostas for Zone 9


Since most hostas require a minimum dormancy period of 30 days at temperatures below 43 degrees Fahrenheit, hostas grown in the low-chill winter zone of Zone 9 will emerge, but may become weak and may continue to deteriorate during the subsequent season.


For hosta lovers located in the warmer zone of Zones 9, finding a hosta that will perform well in your area can be a bit more difficult.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

15 Common Reasons for Veggie Garden Failures






15 Reasons for Veggie Garden Failures


I personally don't believe there are people with “green thumbs.” Successful gardening of any type takes good planning and dedication to follow through. Your plants are like children; they need what they need when they need it and not when you have time to do it.  

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Bare Root Explained

Here at Sunset Hosta Farm.com, we ship all our hostas bare root.  Nearly all companies that ship perennials do the same thing.  Why?  Simply, postage costs.  It saves money in shipping and keeps our prices low.


Shipping bare root doesn't hurt the plants in any way.  



Minuteman Hosta


Here's how they're prepared for shipment. 





The hostas we send have a healthy root system.  First, all or most of the soil is washed away from the roots and the leaves are sprayed clean.





Next, the roots are wrapped in a damp paper towel so they won't dry out in shipping.





The plant is then wrapped in a bread bag type sleeve and tagged with the name of the hosta.





For the large and extra-large hostas, the leaves may be cut back for shipment.  Depending on the time of year the plants are ordered, large-leafed hostas could already have grown up to two feet tall.  The top growth will grow back quickly because it will have a good size root system.  


The order will then be shipped for two-day delivery.  Planting instructions and hosta information are included in the package.



We hope you visit us soon.  We grow and sell the hostas we love and we think you'll love them too!




Susan Minshall
Sunset Hosta Farm.com
sunsethostafarm@gmail.com



Monday, July 1, 2019

Make Your Own Potting Soil and Save Money!





Make your own Potting Soil
and Save Money!



Although commercial bagged potting soils have the advantage of being convenient and disease-free, the expense of it alone, especially for a large garden, can make learning to make your own potting mix a very valuable endeavor. 

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Slugs and Hostas


 
 



Battling Slugs on Hostas


Hostas are one of the most maintenance-free perennials you can grow.  But they do have one nemesis -- Slugs!  They love hostas and can be a problem over the entire season if the slug problem is left unresolved.

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