After spreading cocoa mulch, I like to water the area so the tiny hulls will knit together and are less likely to blow around.
I used to disdain people who spread mulch on their flower beds and shrub borders. I thought, “Are they too lazy to weed?” My own flowerbeds were always mulch-free. I did have to spend a lot of ti [...]
Nancy Noble, surrounded by her gardens in southern Utah.
As a professional biologist, Nancy Noble knows more than the average bear about plants. Though she has fond memories of gardening with her grandmother in Missouri and her parents in Wisconsin, her own passion for gardening didn’t blossom until she was in post-graduate school. No [...]
You can see my patio take shape in a Flickr slide show.
Every year, I try to take on one big garden project. A few years ago, the project was a round patio, designed to accommodate a dining table we’d purchased. Our backyard was already set up as a series of outdoor rooms, but adding this new “floor” was transformat [...]
Products with spinosad offer one more control option for lily leaf beetles.
Flower gardeners are a peaceful lot—at least until someone comes between them and their favorite blooms. Then, they get mean. At least some of us do.
It was about three years ago that I first heard whisperings in the halls at Gardener’s Supply of a new [...]