In many parts of the country, it’s been a rough spring for gardeners. Our hearts go out to the small farmers who are trying to make a go of it despite nature’s challenges. We’d like to share this inspiring post from one of our Vermont neighbors, Mara Welton of Half Pint Farm.
The Half Pint farmstand during drier times.
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 [...]
Take a springtime walk through Lakewold Gardens, a casual, intimate garden that’s just south of Tacoma in Washington State.
Lakewold Gardens, just south of Tacoma, Washington, is an estate garden with a casual, intimate appeal. Though the famous landscape architect Thomas Church was commissioned to help the owner design the 10-ac [...]
Pot your own bulbs for indoor blooms — it’s easy!
Tuck hyacinth bulbs into a pot of soil before chilling in the refrigerator for 13 to 15 weeks.
Flower bulbs are one of my parents’ favorite holiday gifts and something that they look forward to receiving each year. I’m not sure which they enjoy more: watching them gro [...]
Pruning is one of those things that intimidates new gardeners — even some of us who’ve been doing it for a long time. True, you can do a lot of damage if you go about it in the wrong way. And if you want to take on complex pruning jobs — such as restoring fruit trees or shaping hedges — it makes sense to get a good book on the subject. [...]
Seems appropriate that the winner of our Signs of Spring photo contest is named April. Her photo of a tulip bud won first prize, though there were many great entries.
Photo by April Deering
“Spring is definitely my favorite season,” says April Deering, who gardens in Colorado. “I just love watching everything come to life, w [...]
From Seed to Harvest in 23 Days
I’m still waiting for spring. Waiting — impatiently — to get out there and garden. But no matter the weather, you can grow and harvest a crop of microgreens just a few weeks. Kind of takes the edge off.
Spring is coming. It’s so close, I can taste it.
For more information, read the article, How to [...]
Trillium grandiflorum, submitted by Susan McGee via Instagram
For the gardener, no season is as eagerly anticipated as spring. And after the winter of 2013-14, we are ready! So, what are the signs of spring in your area? Is it the first crocuses? The swelling buds of the oaks? Is it your neighbor, washing his boat?
Share a springtime image a [...]