Clematis vines like to climb, so aim high.
A well-grown clematis is a sight to behold. This variety blooms as the same time as the baptisia in the foreground.
Our back garden is surrounded by a 6-foot fence. For years, I’ve tried to train clematis to grow up the fence with some success. Keep in mind that clematis will grow up, not horiz [...]
To make sure your garden is protected from groundhogs, get a fence.
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 [...]
I’m looking for a simple, attractive, 3 ft. (total above ground) fence to keep our dogs out of certain landscape beds. The iron fencing I’ve seen is too elaborate and costly. Cheap wire fencing looks cheap. Any ideas? -Kathleen
In looking through comments that appear on article about keeping dogs and cats out of [...]
The woodchucks are back — cuter than ever.
The woodchucks in our neighborhood have broken the perimeter in our backyard. Since late spring, they have found ways to penetrate the forcefield that protects our phlox, asters, echinacea and balloonflowers. As soon as one breach is sealed, they find another weak point. The [...]
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 [...]
Can you train a cucumber to climb like a pea?
Cucumber plants with pea fence in place.
Inside the enclosure.
Ready for chilly spring nights.
I’ve been using galvanized wire tomato cages for about 15 years now, and most of the originals are still in service. I prefer them over stakes or [...]
Tres and the fence she built from “pickets” thinned from the forest.
I love looking at people’s front gardens. Unlike the back garden, the front yard is the “public” garden, and it says a lot about the gardener.
Tres, one of my coworkers, has created a remarkable city garden that begins right where the sidewalk [...]
Foil bulb-eating critters by planting daffodils, grape hyacinths (muscari) and other bulbs that deer, chipmunks and rabbits tend to avoid.
Spray tulips with Liquid Fence repellent to keep deer and bunnies from eating them. Shown here are two early blooming varieties, Stresa and Scarlet Baby.
“I’ve tried bulbs, but the squirrels di [...]