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Plant “Minor” Bulbs Now for Major Spring Impact

Tiny spring-flowering bulbs are cheap, quick and easy to plant and addictive - there's always room for more. Check out online and catalog offerings (you won't find all that many in garden centers) during fall bulb-planting season and try something new. Thumb or scroll through and buy whatever stirs your heart and suits your conditions.

By |2020-09-27T18:24:18-04:00September 27th, 2020|Categories: Great Plants, How-To's|Comments Off on Plant “Minor” Bulbs Now for Major Spring Impact

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

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 |2020-07-01T15:51:04-04:00May 30th, 2020|Categories: Great Plants, How-To's|Comments Off on Dealing With Daffodil Foliage

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

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

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

Eat a (Least Toxic) Rainbow

We're often advised to "eat a rainbow" of colored fruits and vegetables for their fiber and healthful phytochemicals (biologically active chemical compounds produced by plants). But when deciding to purchase organic produce or conventionally grown, how do you know which crops are most or least contaminated with pesticides? The Environmental Working Group issues an annual report - The Dirty Dozen and The Clean 15.

By |2020-07-01T15:51:08-04:00January 14th, 2020|Categories: How-To's|Comments Off on Eat a (Least Toxic) Rainbow