With spring on the doorstep, now is an excellent time to prune some of your shrubs and trees. Pruning manages the size and shape of a tree or shrub, and is used to remove dead, damaged and diseased branches, suckers and crossing branches that rub together.
This past year I decided to attract birds to my yard using bird feeders. I tried different feeder styles, food, and locations. Some worked well and some, well, didn’t work.
The American Pussy Willow is a great example of how a native plant provides habitat and supports native wildlife.
For many Pennsylvanians, the first sign of spring is the return of the robin, the appearance of snowdrops (flower) or the hopefully last pile of melting snow.
My fondness for Christmas Cactus plants comes from the numerous beautiful blooms that magically appear from green tips just as color has pretty much disappeared from my outdoor gardens. These eye candy blooms start as early as November and can continue well into the New Year, often blooming again in the spring.
While moving my outside cactus and succulent plants inside to protect them from freezing this fall, I wondered where these unusual plants were first found.
The course of true love never did run smooth. This proverb, which comes from the play A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare also applies to gardening.
Over the years, one fruit has caught my eye repeatedly - the Starfruit.
Do you have a gardening or plant wish list? You know all those plants you want to cultivate, meet and become incredibly knowledgeable about?
Mayflies, or insects belonging to Ephemeroptera, are likely to be found near water.
As a passionate gardener I believe that one of the keys to success is keeping records of your gardening endeavors. To this end, a fun and useful winter activity is to start a garden journal.
Today suburban landscapes are becoming the lifelines for plants and animals that have lost their native habitat to development. Wildlife is forced to depend upon our human-dominated landscapes for their continued survival. Here's some guidelines for gardeners.
Are seed catalogs revving you up to start planting? You don't have to wait. Get a jump start with sowing seeds right now in winter!
Colorful flowers can be yours throughout the winter if you act now.
Many houseplants thrive outdoors in the summertime, but because they are susceptible to damage from cold weather, they must be brought indoors before temperatures get too low. They not only need protection from harsh outside conditions, but they need to readjust to conditions inside the house, such as lower light and humidity levels.
The end of this year's growing season signals the beginning of next year's garden preparations. Cool autumn days are the perfect time to complete a few simple tasks to prepare your garden beds for winter.
Most of the perennials in the garden are finished blooming and it's time to throw in the towel for the growing season. There is still the desire to restore order and tidiness to the garden by cutting everything down, but should I?
Tools are an important part of gardening. We use tools to make our work easier: digging, pruning, planting, watering, and lugging stuff around the garden would all be much harder without our tools. With a little bit of time and care, we can keep our tools in good shape and good function.
Sweet potatoes are a fun crop to grow...