Byline: By LEE REICH

Cover the ground

10/31/19

Nature abhors bare ground, and so should you. Her response to naked earth is to clothe it, a job at which many weeds excel.Bare soil is too easily...

Topiary is the art of growing trees and shrubs as living sculptures – cubes, spheres, obelisks, animal shapes or combinations of these.The...

Gardeners, let’s praise the hoe

8/5/19

Hopefully, I’ve caught you in time, before your weeds have grown lusty. I want you to consider the much maligned hoe.Wait! Don’t stop reading. I...

As a youngster, I never could get my fill of maraschino cherries. That is, until the day I got my hands on a whole jar of them, sat down with a...

What are your plans for the weekend? Consider garden hopping. To some special private gardens.An organization called The Garden Conservancy makes...

Before it’s too late, I must address one of my pet peeves: deliberately putting plastic in soil.Take, for instance, black plastic sheeting sold as...

Add a labyrinth garden to your yard

5/10/19

A labyrinth garden should not be puzzling – that’s a maze. A labyrinth and a maze were once the same, but the labyrinth has recently grown to...

Seedlings raised on windowsills or in greenhouses have been coddled to some degree and aren’t ready to face the great outdoors. A temporary period...

Depending on where you store them and what types of seeds they contain, your old, dog-eared seed packets may or may not be worth using this season...

Garden cleanup, lawn mowing and falling leaves all provide materials that make autumn a good time of year for composting.No need for exotic...

An unsung hero of the late summer garden is rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus). This shrub’s branches are studded with pastel blossoms year after...

Fertilizing isn’t too hard

7/6/18

Every garden needs periodic fertilization. “Designer” fertilizers are available for some kinds of plants, and so are fertilizers that you’re...

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