Mother Nature has provided the perfect way to protect plants from winter cold: a thick blanket of leaves. But unfortunately, leaves rarely fall where they’re needed. It’s the delphinium, roses and hydrangeas that need to be blanketed in leaves, not the lawn.
The delphinium beds, protected with a layer of leaves, anchored down [...]
Glass Greenhouse Ornament
Need a gift for a gardener? Ask a gardener! To assemble this list, we put a call out to our “company of gardeners,” asking for their favorites. Here’s what they suggest:
Harvest Storage Crate
Dalton: I like to give bundled gifts that serve more than one purpose.
That’s why I am planning to gi [...]
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 [...]
Beebalm (monarda) spreads to form large colonies that need frequent dividing to keep them within bounds and blooming vigorously. Customer photo from Cheryl S. of Copley, Ohio. See the full-size photo in the Dutch Gardens Photo Center.
Community plant sales and swaps are a highlight of the gardening season at this time of year. These [...]
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.
I used to do much more canning and freezing than I do now. With our household down to just two, we’re cooking smaller meals and don’t need to have as much food around.
But there are still quite a few garden crops that I squirrel away in my freezer or pantry, and one of those is parsley. I can chop and freeze a huge [...]
With hundreds of varieties and an elegant range of hues, hostas are a plant collector’s dream. They demand little care and solve the “what grows in the shade” problem, too.
Mass plantings of hosta create a flowing pattern of color on a shady slope.
Use bold hosta with large foliage as specimens in colorful containers.
Slug control products are flying off the shelves as gardeners desperately seek ways to protect their hostas, strawberries and lettuce from these slimy and voracious pests.
Snails and slugs leave slimy trails and holes in foliage, flower buds, and fruit as they feed.
It’s been a wet summer in the Northeast and nearly every day we s [...]