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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 |2020-07-01T15:51:04-04:00May 3rd, 2020|Categories: 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 |2020-07-01T15:51:04-04:00April 25th, 2020|Categories: 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 |2020-07-01T15:51:04-04:00April 4th, 2020|Categories: 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 |2020-07-01T15:51:04-04:00March 31st, 2020|Categories: 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 |2020-07-01T15:51:04-04:00March 26th, 2020|Categories: Garden Coaching, How-To's|Comments Off on Get the Jump on Invasive Shrubs

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 |2020-07-01T15:51:05-04:00March 4th, 2020|Categories: Garden Coaching, Views|Comments Off on Monarch’s Eye(s) View

Design Lessons from Mother Nature

Looking at the kinds of adaptations plants evolved to survive in different environments gives us clues for choosing plants that will thrive in our gardens. It's what I call The Darwinian Garden.

By |2020-03-01T10:15:42-05:00March 1st, 2020|Categories: Just Published!|Comments Off on Design Lessons from Mother Nature

Learn How to Make a Plant Love You

Soon after settling in beside the wood stove with Summer Rayne Oakes' How To Make a Plant Love You and a comforting cup of tea one recent cold Saturday, I had to lay that book right down again - and turn to plants.

By |2020-07-01T15:51:05-04:00February 29th, 2020|Categories: Books, How-To's|Comments Off on Learn How to Make a Plant Love You