My place: I am going to add a front porch this summer.
In February, Deborah Norton of Acworth, GA, shared a photo of her shed, above, on our Facebook page. “Repainted my potting shed this past summer. I have an old chandelier inside that provides light; running water and shelves with light for starting seedlings. This month, I added my [...]
I’m deep in the heart of a bitter cold northern winter and something strange is happening. I’m rejecting gardening books and seed catalogs. I really don’t know why, as I’ve always enjoyed snuggling with garden literature. Lately though, I just can’t drum up the enthusiasm for a good, long, green-thumbed read.
The Hori Hori Knife
If I had to pick one tool that’s indispensable for a gardener, it would be the hori. No other tool is more useful.
When pulling weeds, grab your hori as shown and plunge in behind the weed to loosen it and pull it out. Resist the inclination to hold it like a serving spoon (or trowel) because it’s hard on your [...]
Don’t try to remove ice from branches after an ice storm; you’ll likely do more damage than good.
Large hanging limbs like this one should be left to a professional tree service.
Note that the branch collar (the raised ridge where the branch meets the trunk) is left intact on these properly pruned branches.
Have winter storms bat [...]
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 [...]
A tomato branch starts inside the cage, goes outside for a bit, and then returns back inside.
Most of my time lately has been spent pruning tomato suckers, staking and supporting growing plants and monitoring the gardens for pests and disease. We’ve heard that late blight has made its way to Vermont (so sad) so I’ve been o [...]
Convention is a source of inspiration to green industry professionals.
The jam-packed exhibition hall at the New England Grows event in Boston.
February is a slow month for garden and landscape businesses in New England. That makes it a perfect time for people in the gardening business (like me!) to visit New England Grows, the bigges [...]
Ornamental grasses are reliable, beautiful and pretty much carefree. Just remember to divide them regularly.
With a nod to garden designer Piet Oudolf, we planted this 50-foot border of perennial grasses, mixed with rudbeckia and echinacea for extra color. If you want a dramatic, easy-care display of plants, it’s hard to beat orname [...]