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Dealing With Daffodil Foliage

Ripening daffodil foliage is not a pretty picture. But knotting, braiding,bunching, wrapping with rubber bands, bending leaves or cutting them down too soon is detrimental to the health of the plant. Look for good companions to hide and support bulb foliage.

By | May 30th, 2020|Great Plants, How-To's|Comments Off on Dealing With Daffodil Foliage

The Art and Science of Mingling

In nature, you don't see plants just sitting there next to each other, politely not touching. They grow together, in community, without wood chip mulch in between, without social distancing. How do they manage to mingle, and how can we emulate natural plant communities in our home landscapes?  

By | May 20th, 2020|Clues, Garden Coaching|Comments Off on The Art and Science of Mingling

Eating Really Locally

I've been making a game of seeing how long I can go without going to the grocery store. That means not just living in the garden, but living on what grows in it.

By | May 15th, 2020|Views|Comments Off on Eating Really Locally

Step Up Your Eco-Game: Part 1. Brainstorm and Lay Out Gardens On-Site

How to get rid of lawn - equivalent to an ecological desert - and create perennial beds under trees. An eco-friendly garden coach and homeowner brainstormed together and laid out new beds to create an attractive eco-friendly yard that attracts wildlife and is easy to maintain.

By | May 3rd, 2020|Garden Coaching, How-To's|Comments Off on Step Up Your Eco-Game: Part 1. Brainstorm and Lay Out Gardens On-Site

What Are Your Weeds Telling You? And What To Do About It

In my training as a NOFA-Accredited Organic Land Care Professional, I was intrigued to learn a bit about what the plants we call weeds reveal about soil. Wanting to learn more, I called the instructor Michael Nadeau, Wholistic Land Care Consultant at his home in Connecticut. Mike, a leading authority on sustainable organic and ethical [...]

By | April 25th, 2020|Clues, Garden Coaching|Comments Off on What Are Your Weeds Telling You? And What To Do About It

Do Native Plants Have a P.R. Problem? Depends How You Look At It

In this season of rapidly emerging garden weeds, Doug Tallamy's recently published Nature's Best Hope really got me thinking about how subjective and value-skewed the word "weed" is. We want plants with wildlife value but get tripped up with words that carry a lot of baggage. The common definition of weed as a plant out of place is subject to all sorts of interpretations. It depends on your point of view.

By | April 4th, 2020|Views|Comments Off on Do Native Plants Have a P.R. Problem? Depends How You Look At It

It’s Hellebore Heaven in March

After such a mild winter, my 'Brandywine' strain hellebores (Helleborus x hybridus 'Brandywine' ™) are especially lovely. Time to give these  Lenten roses, aka Oriental hellebores, center stage. Even my cut-leafed stinking hellebores (Helleborus foetidus) look pretty good this spring.

By | March 31st, 2020|Great Plants, Views|Comments Off on It’s Hellebore Heaven in March

Get the Jump on Invasive Shrubs

Not bound by the same interrelationships, many invasive plants get the jump on natives by greening up earlier, growing faster, photosynthesizing longer. March offers a window of opportunity to recognize and remove them before native plants leaf out and gardeners get too busy to notice.

By | March 26th, 2020|Garden Coaching, How-To's|Comments Off on Get the Jump on Invasive Shrubs

Native Plant Clues: What Wants to Be Here?

To restore, protect or create habitat, first you need to determine what is already there to preserve and encourage to spread. Even in winter, deciduous trees and shrubs offer a lot of clues about the site and what wants to grow there.

By | March 16th, 2020|Clues, Garden Coaching|Comments Off on Native Plant Clues: What Wants to Be Here?

Monarch’s Eye(s) View

As we all know, iconic, fascinating, beautiful (and seriously threatened) monarch butterflies are milkweed specialists. So how do monarch butterflies find milkweed plants? Read how to design gardens for maximum monarch butterfly benefit.

By | March 4th, 2020|Garden Coaching, Views|Comments Off on Monarch’s Eye(s) View