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Garden

Consider benefits of square-foot gardening

You have this thought that you want to garden this year. You want to grow something – anything – but you don’t have a big … Full story    

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Father Hugo, a sunny, early rose, has tough disposition

After showing his sunny face, Father Hugo has once again left for the season. Father Hugo the rose, that is. Distinctive foliage, however, earns the … Full story    
Published:  June 21, 2015

Helping pollinators – one flowerpot at a time

Even a little effort – a potted plant, say, on an apartment balcony – can mean a lot when trying to help restore declining pollinator … Full story    
Published:  June 14, 2015

Stakeout: Helping plants grow up by staking them properly

“Grow up.” That’s what I tell some of my plants. Upright plants, bathed in air, are less apt to get fungal diseases, and those bearing … Full story    
Published:  June 7, 2015

How to garden with pets in mind

Veterinarians are beginning to preach the gospel of gardening –  primarily, how organic fruits and vegetables can be used to improve the health of family … Full story    
Published:  May 24, 2015

Believe in seeds: They’ll expand gardening horizons

“Plant seeds” may seem like an inane suggestion for a gardening column, but I’m serious. More and more people who garden these days put plants … Full story    
Published:  May 17, 2015

Lawn-care basics: How much to cut, irrigate, fertilize

Well-managed turf care means more than simply firing up your lawn mower and buzzing around the yard. There’s cutting at the right height, irrigating with … Full story    
Published:  May 10, 2015

Consider varieties of crabapples – some aren’t even crabby

Crabapple branches drenched in white, pink or red blossoms are a strong enticement to go out and buy one of these trees. First, however, put … Full story    
Published:  May 3, 2015

Do your homework before ordering plants by mail

You can buy trees, shrubs and flower plants through the mail that are as high-quality as those you can get locally, and often in greater … Full story    
Published:  April 19, 2015

Jade plants (and other succulents): Go easy on watering

A friend called me a few weeks ago concerned about the sunken, blackened areas on the trunk of her jade plant. When I suggested that … Full story    
Published:  April 12, 2015

Feel like planting tomatoes? How to time them just right

Occasional warm, spring-like breezes and longer hours of sunlight kindle an urge in me to plant tomatoes, starting them indoors, of course. After all, the … Full story    
Published:  April 5, 2015

Poly tunnels an alternative to greenhouses

Greenhouses aren’t the only great cover-ups for gardeners determined to extend their growing seasons. High tunnels, low tunnels and caterpillar tunnels work well, too. Also … Full story    
Published:  March 22, 2015

Consider benefits of square-foot gardening

You have this thought that you want to garden this year. You want to grow something – anything – but you don’t have a big … Full story    
Published:  March 15, 2015

Root vegetables fun to grow for young and old

Root vegetables are a mysterious and exciting crop to grow in your garden. The best way to store most root vegetables is by simply leaving … Full story    
Published:  March 8, 2015

Starting peppers can be dicey proposition

Peppers are a staple of nearly every backyard garden. They can be grown in containers, in the ground and in raised beds. There are some … Full story    
Published:  March 1, 2015