Category: Flowers

Expert Tips for Digging and Dividing Dahlias

Expert Tips for Digging and Dividing Dahlias

I suspect that one of the reasons I love gardening is that there is always something new. If you’ve conquered growing petunias in a pot, now you can move on to growing herbs. Getting good at growing perennials? Maybe you want to try growing food. My brain works in such a way that when I try […]

November 11, 2015 | By | Reply More
Fight Powdery Mildew Naturally

Fight Powdery Mildew Naturally

As much as any gardener, including myself, looks forward to warm weather, I admit that late summer is my least favorite time in the garden. The days are too hot and buggy for working outdoors except in the early morning, the long days and warm soil have helped the weeds grow to epic proportions, and […]

July 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
Forcing Paperwhites: A Spring Preview

Forcing Paperwhites: A Spring Preview

Besides comfort food, snow days, and rest from heavy garden work, winter brings the opportunity to enjoy a little “preview” of spring daffodils indoors. I’m talking about Narcissus papyraceus or paperwhites. Once the holiday decorations are stowed, your Christmas tree has been put out to the curb for recycling and winter looms, delicate clusters of […]

February 3, 2015 | By | Reply More
Enviable Houseplants with the Smart Soil Separator

Enviable Houseplants with the Smart Soil Separator

Ahhhh, it’s fall. Finally, the garden and its massive harvests are slowing down. I’ve made just about everything I can think of using my nearly 250 pounds of tomatoes. I’ve canned jam, pickled nectarines, and made applesauce. Could it be that now I can rest for a bit? Nope. While all of that was going […]

November 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
How to Plant Bulbs for Spring Color

How to Plant Bulbs for Spring Color

One of the things about gardening that drives me crazy is that it’s mostly about delayed gratification. Good gardeners often cheerfully say things like, “There’s always next year!” But, I want it NOW, I want it RIGHT NOW! Sigh. Gardening, like living with cats, is a great teacher of patience. Our yard and the Tomato […]

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Fall Garden Chores Checklist

Fall Garden Chores Checklist

Fall is a very busy season in the garden. Long summers filled with battling garden pests, diseases, and weeds and keeping up with overly-abundant harvests leave me tired. Come fall, I’m ready to slow down, and I might even be fantasizing about lazy snow days. Even if you feel the same way, make sure you work […]

October 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
Controlling Aphids Naturally

Controlling Aphids Naturally

A healthy garden is full of plants, rich soil, microorganisms and insects that coexist in a way that keeps everything in control. These natural checks and balances are important in organic gardening and prevent the need for chemical fertilizers, insecticides and weed killers. Sometimes though, harmful insect populations can get out of control, and you may […]

August 8, 2014 | By | Reply More
Top 10 Easy Care Plants for Shady Gardens

Top 10 Easy Care Plants for Shady Gardens

Do you suffer from sunny garden envy? When I lived in my first house, my tiny yard was shaded by a large Norway maple that made it impossible to grow the flamboyant, brightly-colored perennials of my dreams, but I learned to love my tranquil retreat once I discovered just the right plants for a shady […]

July 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
10 Easy Care Perennials for a Sunny Garden

10 Easy Care Perennials for a Sunny Garden

I remember buying plants for my very first perennial border and being completely overwhelmed by all the choices available. Everything in the garden center was vying for my attention. I made the mistake of  buying plants based on looks alone, barely even reading the plant tags! Months later, some of the more exotic plants didn’t […]

June 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Secrets of Natural Weed Control

Secrets of Natural Weed Control

Summer is here and, after all the gentle rain of spring, I once again find myself struggling with how to control the weeds in my garden. There’s so much bad information and marketing out there, and it’s having a big impact on the environment. I will admit to falling prey to bad information and flashy […]

June 3, 2014 | By | Reply More