I grow my own fruits and vegetables for all sorts of reasons. Growing food is fun, rewarding, saves money, and adds amazing taste and beauty into my life. And, for health concerns, I know exactly where my food came from and what went into producing it.
So how come I can’t have the right to know what’s in the food I buy in the [...]
I know it sounds silly, but somehow I feel like I’m a better person for having bluebirds nesting in my yard. If these brilliant icons of spring opt to spend time in my landscape, then I must be doing something right. If you, too, want to enjoy their company (and benefit from the penchant for munching on garden insect pests) it’s t [...]
Root-pruning technique helps plants live within their pots.
The lacecap hydrangea, so-named for the ring of larger (sterile) flowers that encircle the center cluster of fertile flowers.
A plant that’s ready for root pruning. Roots have grown to the edge of the mass.
Slicing off pieces of the mass with [...]
Plants for the grape Self-Watering Windowbox: Diamond Frost euphorbia, Tapien Blue Violet verbena, Dolce Blackcurrant heuchera, Soprano White osteospermum, Superbells Saffron calibrachoa, Angelface Blue angelonia and Mini Blue Supertunia.
If you’re ready to be stylish and bold, check out our Self-Watering Windowboxes in two new colors: [...]
A recycling trailer at the Missouri Botanical Garden, part of a pot- recycling program that uses collection trailers that can be pulled behind a pickup truck. Photo: Steve Cline
About a dozen garden shops in the St. Louis area participate in the program as satellite recycling centers, where customers can sort and drop off their plastic pots. [...]
Diatomaceous Earth, featured in a 1984 Gardener’s Supply catalog
Back in 1984, when we first started selling 4-pound bags of Diatomaceous Earth, people often asked, “What exactly is it?” Well, 20 years later, people are still asking.
Diatomaceous Earth, also known as DE, is made from the mineral remains of [...]
Though cold winds chill the air and snow blankets much of the U.S., pesticide use remains a hot topic — and not only among gardeners. The most recent comments come from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Environmental Health, whose December 2012 policy statement makes a clear link between pesticide exposure and children’s hea [...]
Plant a diversity of tomato varieties to reduce the possibility of disease.
Like many gardeners who lost their tomato crop to late blight last year, I’m wondering: How can I make sure it doesn’t happen again this year? Unfortunately, there’s no silver bullet. The most important thing you can do: be alert, be prepared.