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Last Chance for June Cutbacks

Life is too short to fuss with staking perennials to keep them upright and looking good. It's easy to control the eventual height of many perennials if you cut them back early. Cutting back stimulates new branching.

By |2020-07-14T14:38:16-04:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Garden Coaching, How-To's|Comments Off on Last Chance for June Cutbacks

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 |2020-07-01T15:51:04-04:00May 20th, 2020|Categories: Clues, Garden Coaching|Comments Off on The Art and Science of Mingling

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

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

Carpenter Bees at Work in Home and Garden

Bees are smart. They recognize high quality food and habitat. The buzz has gone out that my house is a happening place for carpenter bees. I don't want to kill or drive carpenter bees away, I just don't want them messing with my house. Looking into their habits and life cycle gives clues to peaceful coexistence with carpenter bees.

By |2020-07-01T15:51:08-04:00January 7th, 2020|Categories: Clues, Garden Coaching|Comments Off on Carpenter Bees at Work in Home and Garden