5 Steps to Creating Resilient Gardens and Landscapes
Record-breaking droughts, floods and wildfires, as well as outbreaks of diseases and insects, have taken their toll on garden and landscape plants nationwide. Although it’s impossible to fully insulate your gardens and landscape against damage, there are steps you can take to rejuven [...]
The Grow Bed we all wish for: A bountiful harvest free of pests and disease.
This spring, I was pleased to get an e-mail from my newly retired Aunt Ila, who wanted to start a vegetable garden in Michigan. I set her up with a 3×6′ Grow Bed, a link to the Kitchen Garden Planner, and my best wishes for a bountiful harvest
Well, itR [...]
When you’re deciding how to manage pests in your garden and landscape, keep this in mind: First, do no harm. The vast majority of garden visitors are either helpful or harmless.
Learn to identify ladybug larvae, right. They are major aphid eaters.
Read Most Bugs are Good Bugs for more detail and photos of benefi [...]
Why is it that we gardeners can’t be happy with the plants that thrive in our own zone? Don’t we have enough challenges, what with diseases, pests and foul weather?
In my zone 4 garden, I have a stewartia, a shrub that’s usually hardy to zone 6 or maybe 5. Though it’s come through two winters just fine, this [...]
Coneflowers, black-eyed susans and bee balm are all relatively drought tolerant, once they’re established.
Gardens and landscapes nationwide are facing the one-two punch of record-breaking heat and drought. Although there’s nothing you can do to change the weather, there are a few things you can do to help your plants survive this [...]
Last year, we asked people to rank the season on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being very poor. Most folks say 2010 was just OK. Average rank: 6. The region that had the worst gardening year was in the South, specifically Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee. They ranked the season 4.9. Folks in New England (RI, VT, NH, ME, MA, CT) had [...]
As the world becomes smaller, more and more plants get transported across oceans to thrive in new environments. Some of these plants thrive too well. With no natural pests or predators, they become invasive.
Yellow flag iris (Iris pseudacorus) is one of the species on the watch list in the northeast.Photo: Charlie Grunden, University of [...]
At this time of year, it’s easy to find yourself with a few new houseplants. They’re the outdoor plants that you can’t bear to toss out as winter weather arrives.
Rubber grids help ensure high humidity yet keep pots from sitting in water.
With bright light and cool temperatures, camellias will bloom [...]