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In the Garden

How’s it growing?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

There is only one word that accurately describes our garden this summer – jungle! Plentiful rainfall and lots of heat and sunshine have set the stage for rampant growth. The squash leaves are huge, the bush beans are thigh-high, and the zinnias are as tall as I am! The tomatoes are growing up and over the greenhouse frame – we …

In the Garden: What are your weeds trying to tell you

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Plentiful rainfall and hot weather have made for perfect growing conditions, not only for garden plants but also for weeds. Before you start ripping them out, take a minute to note what is growing. Weeds are annoying but they are also excellent indicators of soil conditions. If you have large patches of one …

Planting your garden to attract and sustain butterflies

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The swallowtail butterflies are having a feeding frenzy flitting from flower to flower in our garden. I must admit that I take far too many breaks from my garden chores, watching them chase each other around the yard. The swallowtails are beautiful, but I miss the monarchs. Last year, even though we grew …

Getting ready to garden? Plant some of these 2015 award-winners

Sunday, April 19, 2015

This long unrelenting winter has left many gardeners hungry for warmth, bare ground and the sight of green, growing things. Some popular mail-order seeds have already sold out and soon garden centers will be bursting with plants. It’s …

In The Garden: Making the most of winter downtime

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Nine hours and five minutes is all the daylight we are going to get today. It is the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year (one of many actually; we have had this low level of …

In the Garden: Growing amaryllis

Sunday, November 16, 2014

If you have never experienced the thrill of watching an amaryllis grow, it is not too late. The bulbs are showing up for sale in garden centers, supermarkets and hardware stores. Now is the time to treat yourself …

Consider growing a crop of Asian pears

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ive years ago we planted a small orchard of mixed fruit trees – with mixed results. True to their name, the “Reliance” peaches have been outstandingly reliable. Now if we could only beat the raccoons to the ripe …

Growing possibilities

Sunday, September 21, 2014

For years I have had a bad case of pergola envy. (If you are wondering, a pergola is a garden structure that looks like an arbor on steroids.) I would practically drive off the road rubbernecking back yards …

In the garden: Tomato blight jinxes the best garden ever

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Best garden ever! I had been afraid of saying it out loud for fear of jinxing things, and no sooner had I said these words last week when the tomato plants began to show signs of disease. They …

Made in the shade: Plants for sun-challenged gardens

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Too much shade! It doesn’t seem possible on a hot July day, but that is the complaint of many gardeners. They just don’t get enough sun in their yards to grow the things they want to grow. Rather …

What’s new in the world of tomatoes? Blue

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable grown in home gardens and they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors – pears, plums, grapes and currants; pleated, smooth, scalloped and downright ugly; red, yellow, orange, pink, purple, …

In the Garden: And the winners for plants of the year are ...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Every year since 1932 the All-America Selections judges have evaluated new varieties of seeds using a nationwide network of test gardens. Entries with the highest average scores are worthy of winning the prestigious AAS Award. Skeptics complain that …

In the Garden: Autumn is a great time to plant shrubs

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fall is here and some of you have already had a killing frost in your gardens, putting an early end to your growing season. No frost for me yet, but I’m taking advantage of the cooler temperatures to do some down and dirty digging in my perennial garden, …

Bring your herb plants indoors to enjoy all winter

Sunday, September 15, 2013

All summer we have been enjoying using the herbs from our garden. Nothing beats freshly snipped basil, thyme or oregano. Now that summer is winding down, it is time to think about bringing some of our favorites indoors to enjoy all winter. Everyone has some herbs they love …

In the Garden: Variety means bounty – of sorts

Sunday, September 1, 2013

After laboring in the garden all summer, it’s time to look back and see how it went. Like most years, some things did exceedingly well, while others not so much. I spent the summer asking people how their gardens were growing and found we all had some common …