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Cedar Raised Beds

Cedar Raised Beds

Last fall’s hurricane and tropical storm duo forced the removal of three mature trees in our backyard. I’ve waited excitedly through the spring to see how much sunshine would reach the ground in our previously heavily-shaded space. And I planted tomatoes and cucumbers by faith expecting to harvest fresh veggies during the 2019 season. I […]

Vertical Vegetables

Vertical Vegetables

Whether you plan to garden vertically or not, this book is worth a long look. Author Amy Andrychowicz covers the reasons for and the techniques behind vertical gardening in an easy-to-digest format that will leave gardeners itching to get outside and experiment. The beautifully illustrated book comes loaded with pictures offering examples and ideas as […]

Blossom End Rot

Blossom End Rot

I am testing tomatoes this season to find determinate (non-vining, think bushy) varieties that might do well in containers. From the original planting of the seeds, to the tiny sprouts, and on to healthy plants with their thick stems I have hope that garden-fresh tomatoes will adorn the table before the end of June. The […]

Field Guide to Urban Gardening

Field Guide to Urban Gardening

Gardening readers picking up a book with the phrase “field guide” in the title may be expecting an encyclopedia-type type book useful for identifying pests or wildlife. Kevin Espiritu has compiled from his vast gardening experiences a catalog of options for those of us who garden in limited space. If the patio or the balcony […]

Ideal Gardening Weather

Ideal Gardening Weather

In April we wondered if the rain would ever stop. More than once the passing storms unleashed liquid fury in such volumes the gutters and downspouts could not handle the load. The rain barrels overflowed, and the low spot next to the neighbor’s house morphed into a swamp that took several days to percolate into […]

Growing Great Grass

Growing Great Grass

Grass, like other plants, exhibits seasonal behavior. The fescue in my lawn appears reasonably green in winter and fall, richly lush in spring, and something approaching dead during the heat of July and August. I’ve learned that watering the lawn to trick it into remaining active during the hot months is pointless. The dormancy gives […]