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Grow Your Own

Grow Your Own

Japanese maples bring an elegance and beauty to the garden. My late brother, Jeff, and now my son-in-law, Daniel, have influenced my feelings toward these trees. The foliage is beautiful, and the growth is easily controlled for most varieties. Some trees sport bark in vibrant colors while others grow limbs in patterns that force the […]

Boosting Seed Performance

Boosting Seed Performance

I’ve read that carrots are one of the easiest crops to grow, yet I’ve sowed carrots multiple times this season with dismal results. Only a few plants germinated, and they quickly disappeared. Disheartening performance for a vegetable described by many as “a cinch to grow.” What am I doing wrong? How can I improve my […]

Share the Wealth

Share the Wealth

Walk around your garden and count the number of plants that came to you free of charge from another person’s garden. I have many such gift plants from the hostas given by a friend who purchased a new house and wanted to replace the raised beds with lawn to the flowering almond and Japanese boxwood […]

Plan Ahead for Spring Tulips

Plan Ahead for Spring Tulips

Tulips are beautiful heralds of spring, but here in zone 7 the winters are not long enough or cold enough (and I am not complaining) to provide the chill cycle that the bulbs need for maximum annual performance. My tulips are beautiful the first season and then fail to return or return as wimpy specimens […]

Fall Garlic Planting 2017

Fall Garlic Planting 2017

As September unfolds I find there is much to do in the garden such as preparing for next year’s garlic harvest. In the past I planted garlic in a spot next to the front walk (north facing side of the house) but noticed last season that the site remains in shade most of the winter. […]

Getting the Most Out of Your Public Gard...

Getting the Most Out of Your Public Garden Visit

Have you considered visiting a public garden? Are you unsure of the benefits such a visit might offer? How should you best prepare to gain the most from your time investment and make the outing enjoyable? Where can you find public gardens in your area? The American Public Garden Association defines a public garden as: […]