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Colorful Foliage Not Just For Fall
March 10, 2015You can say what you want about flowers in the perennial border, but the truth is our gardens are mainly foliage. The predominant color is, of course, green, with shades and hues too numerous to count. Instead of just green, add some foliage color that will liven up your plantings.
The Three Sisters Garden
March 10, 2015The Iroquois legend is that corn, beans, and squash are precious gifts from the Great Spirit, each watched over by one of the Three Sisters’ spirits (called De-o-ha-ko). Early European settlers may not have survived without the gift of the Three Sisters from the Native Americans.
The Lawn Corner - Turfgrass Growth
March 10, 2015With spring right around the corner, many of us will soon be planting new grass seed in order to fill in thin spots from the previous year or to repair winter damage. Spring is therefore a great time to consider the basics of how turfgrasses reproduce and spread.
March 10, 2015Consider adding leeks to your spring vegetable garden. Leeks look like large scallions, having slightly enlarged lower stems and upright leaves, which are flat and thick, unlike onions’ tubular leaves. They are milder than onions and have a distinctive, though similar, flavor. Leeks are delicious additions to soups and stews. They can also be added to stuffing, gratins, and casseroles, or sautéed with other vegetables such as carrots.
My Favorite Spring Flowering Shrubs - Viburnums
March 10, 2015As we gaze upon the awakening landscape at this time of year, we dream of the wide array of flowers, shrubs and trees in our gardens. In the shrubs category, viburnums fall into “my favorite” species for many reasons.
Pruning Flowering Shrubs
April 29, 2015Like many spring-blooming shrubs, azaleas “bloom on old wood,” which means they set next year’s flower buds shortly after they finish blooming this year. If you wait too long to prune them, you will remove many of next year’s blooms when you prune, especially if you shear your azaleas.
Frost vs. Freeze
April 23, 2015Frost, “killing frost,” freeze warnings, a “killing freeze” - what is the difference? In casual conversation the terms frost and freeze are often interchangeable but there is a very real difference. Frost and freeze are two distinct phenomena. These terms take on significance when they are associated with the growing season for home gardeners.
The Life Cycle of Butterflies
April 9, 2015Have you ever stopped and wondered how things are named? An insect called butterfly? How in the world did it get its name?
Tools of the Trade
March 26, 2015Gardening, no matter how much we enjoy it, is work.
Seed Starting and the War with Rabbits
March 11, 2015Have you planted some wonderful small young seedlings to have them become tasty morsels for your local rabbit family? Have you tried everything from scattering human hair, soap, hot peppers, and even fox urine to deter the rabbits and nothing worked?