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Monthly archives for July, 2008

How Do YOU Water the Garden?

How Do YOU Water the Garden?
Please vote in our poll. As we try to develop new solutions, it helps to understand how people are watering their gardens. We had almost an inch of rain last weekend, and this week I couldn’t get over how great the gardens looked. The soil was moist and the plants looked so HAPPY! Clearly they had been nourished by the rain in a way t [...]

Flexible Clematis Support

Flexible Clematis Support
Deer fencing makes an excellent support for clematis. For many years, I’ve tried to grow clematis on my Garden Starter Greenhouse. I tried string and other techniques, but this year’s solution has proved to be the best so far. I used a 4-foot-wide piece of Heavy-Duty Deer Fence, and it works like a charm. I was able to run the f [...]

What’s Bugging Your Plants?

What’s Bugging Your Plants?
Online resources can help you find the best solutions for control of pests and diseases. Beneficial praying mantises eat insects that damage garden plants. The azalea looked healthy and happy last week. The shrub was full of leafy new growth and loaded with flower buds. This morning, all that remains are the flower buds—every leaf has [...]

Summer Care for Tall Bearded Iris

Summer Care for Tall Bearded Iris
What to do with bearded irises when the show is over. Majestic, tall bearded irises reign in the early summer garden. Photo from the garden of Leo Vandervlugt, president of Dutch Gardens. By mid-summer, nothing remains of my bearded irises’ glorious color and fanfare. The tall, once-stately stalks hold nothing but shriveled brown f [...]

Weed and Feed with Cover Crops

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Clover, ryegrass, and other cover crops deter weeds, conserve moisture, and add nutrients to the soil when tilled under. I spent a fair amount of time on my aunt and uncle’s 100-cow dairy farm as a child. The patchwork landscape of the farm’s 500 rolling acres changed every summer as corn, oats, and alfalfa followed each other in [...]

Woodchuck Woes

Woodchuck Woes
To make sure your garden is protected from groundhogs, get a fence. The Animal We live in the city, but we still have plenty of wildlife. For many years, our big problem was woodchucks—also known as groundhogs. They’d come into the garden and chew prized perennials right to the ground. These herbivores preferred phlox, echinac [...]

Going Native with Bill Cullina

Going Native with Bill Cullina
Choosing locally adapted plants makes sense for many reasons. Ferns add texture to woodland gardens and provide the background for colorful native flowering plants. Going Green means different things to different people. For Bill Cullina (pronounced kul-EYE-nuh), it’s literally about “green.” As the Director of Horticulture Research at [...]

Ground Covers with Tenacity

Ground Covers with Tenacity
Creeping phlox, saved from the compost pile, makes the perfect ground cover behind this new wall. Creeping phlox, saved from the compost pile, makes the perfect ground cover behind this new wall. This spring, I hired a local mason to make a stucco wall to enclose a new patio at the back of my house. I had imagined letting the meadow g [...]
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