Category: Gardening & Landscape

Plants for Christmas

I happen to like Poinsettias. Yup, it’s true. Their big, showy colored leaves always put a big smile on my face during the holiday season. But I know for a fact that many people don’t want to have anything to…

Arrival of the First Gardening Catalog

Almost all gardeners look forward to is the arrival of the first new garden catalogs of the year. These usually start arriving right in December with the real flood of colorful catalogs showing up in our mailboxes after the beginning…

Basic Poinsettia Care

There are many poinsettias in varied colors and types on the market today. There culture is the same and easy: Poinsettias don’t like a lot of water. Allow to dry out before watering and remove the foil for good drainage.…

Do not Forget the Winter Garden Interest

In late fall, with beds full of worn out perennials and annuals, sad but resolute gardeners often bid farewell to their color-filled gardens and turn their attention to the fall clean-up. The talk turns to the beautiful autumnal leaves, while…

Helianthus (the perfect perennial)

Perennial Sunflower  Helianthus Probably one of the most-loved flower, sunflower is a long-time favorite for borders and for bouquets because of their huge blossoms. While not quite as large as its annual cousin, the perennial sunflower makes up for what…

How to Carve a Pumpkin

How do you carve a pumpkin at Halloween? From turning your pumpkin into Dracula to the traditional Jack O’Lantern, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to carve your own pumpkin which will make the neighbors green with envy. Step 1- Cut off the top…

Fall Lawn Care

The hot weather and long days of summer may conspire to give lawn care aficionados the idea that their work ends once the mercury starts to drop. Yet the lawn care you perform in autumn can be some of the…

Good Pie Pumpkins

Pumpkins for Food Native Americans have long used edible pumpkins for cooking in everything from breads to soups and taught the newly arrived colonists many of their culinary tricks. Pumpkins can be grilled, baked, broiled, steamed or roasted whole in…

Shrubs for Winter Interest

Everyone has their opinion of what makes something a joy to the eye. In winter everything is finely edited by our cold weather and killing frosts and further focused when snowfall covers the landscape, but that only means we have…

Growing Season will Probably End Next Week

The growing season is ending, and vegetable gardeners have had some successes and some failures. Some are complaining about small tomatoes, and that is a problem I’ve seen on some varieties (not all) in my garden. Why are some tomatoes…

Store bought Mums

It’s hard to resist pots of garden mums flush with colorful blossoms you can find at area stores. Also called hardy mums, they become available in the fall, and many gardeners like to enjoy the lovely pots of flowers indoors…

Deter Deer

Today my quest is for a natural pest control method to deter deer from devouring my gardens, preferably without sophisticated fencing or expensive pest control services. Or by enrolling in a weaponry class. I jest. Sort of. The first time…

Favorite Marigold

Marigold has an old variety called Victorian (spun orange) marigold. It is an extra-large, attractive, super-double flowers with tubular petals. The color is a pleasing, clear orange rather than the harsh orange-brown so often seen in African marigolds. Plants are…