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...
Even though the growing season is over for the most part, you can give your garden a reprieve with a splash of fall color.
Most consumers hate to find a worms in their sweet corn, but few people actually understand the challenges that vegetable growers must face in trying to produce the perfect worm-free ear.
Fall is a very productive time for turf grasses and they will enter a growth spurt in contrast to your other plants.
One of the marvels of landscaping is the perennial border. It's the poster child for a traditional English cottage look. In my imagination, tiny front yards are converted to ever blooming floral oases with a cobblestone path that leads one through the garden to the front door of a thatch roof cottage.
Recently, a young friend reverently touched a nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) in my herb garden saying, “I love the taste of these flowers.” I told her that I do, too. If you’ve never experienced nasturtium’s peppery, zesty flavor you should try it.
It’s the time of the growing season when vegetable garden pests are at their worst.
This spring, a dramatic decline in the health of eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) has been observed in forest and landscape settings across New England and Northeastern Pennsylvania...
Take a walk around your landscape and you'll see them everywhere. The weeds are up. I mentally divide my weeds into two major groups: ones that spread by seeds and ones that spread by roots and seeds.
It is summer and our landscapes are green and growing well, but it is important that our landscapes don’t contribute to the increasing problem of polluted streams and lakes, including harmful algae blooms that deplete oxygen and kill fish each year.
As sure as there will be the usual enjoyable elements of another summer, such as cook outs, vacations, swimming, and sunshine, there are parts of summer for the home gardener that are not enjoyable...