Each time I go along my driveway, I pass a stately large Fraser Fir that is a reminder of the first Christmas spent in our new home. The tree was only 4 ½ feet high when planted, but throughout the years has become a featured specimen in our landscape. If this is something you think you would enjoy, a little planning ahead will help ensure success and is well worth the effort.
Thankfully, 2013 was a much better year for gardeners than the previous one.
I won’t lie. I am a plant addict. I want every plant. On my small patch of land there are many native plants, but also a plethora of plants from around the world. What I do is make sure that the balance leans towards the North American trees, shrubs and perennials. It is the only way to be responsible and help the “wild kingdom” that was here long before I came along.
You may be longing for the seasonal rest a gardener deserves when the garden is put to bed for its long winter’s nap. However, there are a few things you can do to help those long, dark days of winter pass by. A walk through the garden adorned with bows, evergreens, berries, pine cones, and unusual bark, whether real or artificial, reveals some of its more subtle beauty.
Now that our gardens have been put to bed, it is time to think of some things to do to brighten the shortened days of the cold season.
Save gallon jugs this winter for watering plants.
Is there a gardener on your holiday gift list that you need to buy for? Gardeners love to receive gifts that fuel their passion for gardening.
Fall is a good time for planting just about anything in your landscape.
It’s time to plant garlic. If you have not grown garlic, I highly recommend it. It may be one of the easiest of all crops to grow...
We should always clean garden tools after use and dry them before storing in a sheltered location...
When the days become shorter and there is a chill in the air, we know the growing season is ending and the yard work is slowing down.
Most desirable plants have a difficult time growing in compacted soil, which is why gardeners are typically encouraged to plant flowers and vegetables in well-tilled soil with plenty of organic matter.
Now that the garden season is winding down, it is a good time to look back over the past growing season to see what went well and what needs to change for next year.
What is that insect? Haven’t seen that plant before? Is it early for frost? Is that bird more common in the south?
There is no other creature like it. It strikes fear and terror in your mind. Rarely, but memorably, you may have crossed paths with one.
It is usually mid-summer when we start to see many of our trees, shrubs and vegetable plants in our landscapes with skeletonized, chewed leaves and in some cases they are almost completely defoliated by August...
Reservations are made, the suitcases are packed, and so is the car...
Plant disease resistant varieties...