A row of sunflowers can become a temporary privacy hedge.
I have been planting like mad! Almost every bed has been planted with so many goodies, including tons of tomatoes, cucumbers on a trellis, and vertical icebox watermelons. Next project: I’m off to solve some privacy screening issues. I’d like to grow a vegetative scr [...]
Many people wonder if they can get Amaryllis bulbs to rebloom. The answer is yes and it’s actually easier than you might think.
Amaryllis plants spending the summer outdoors.
“The flowers faded months ago, but I can’t bear to throw it out. I’d like to save it and see if I can get it to bloom again. What should I do?”
By late-October it’s usually dark before I get home from work in the evening. I don’t know about you, but I find this depressing. Once the holidays are near, I have the entryway and windows lit up with lights. But what about that dreadful month of November?
Our light sculpture started with two rusted steel bands from an old [...]
Vermont garden is a nonstop flower show.
The entrance to the manor house at Great Dixter is always flanked by terrific potted plants.
The entrance to Sue’s is a bit different, but a grand entrance, nonetheless.
Last summer, Sue’s display featured Gartenmeister Bonstedt fuchsia, many different coleus varieties, some re [...]
Sedums and other succulent plants add color and texture and thrive in hot, dry gardens.
Succulent plants, like Sedum, Hens and Chicks, and Stonecrop, have really caught my eye over the past couple of years. I’ve seen many of them used in containers and small gardens where their textures and colors stand out from early summer right t [...]
Before bringing them back inside, inspect houseplants carefully for hitchhiking pests they may have picked up.
Temperatures are dipping into the low 50s to upper 40s nearly every night now and the weatherman has uttered the F word. “Expect scattered frost in the cold mountain hollows,” he said this week. Yes, summer is winding down and the ou [...]
In the mid-1970s, the South Bronx was a symbol of urban decay. But José Soto had a new vision for his neighborhood.
In the mid-1970s, the South Bronx was, literally, burning. There were 12,000 fires in one year and the area lost 40% of its housing. Meanwhile about 300,000 people fled the area. Many of the abandoned lot [...]
When it’s time to repot your tomato seedlings, go deep. In other words, plant it so a couple inches of stem is buried. How do you know when it’s time for repotting? Do it when your seedlings are about 4″ tall — or have their second set of “true” leaves. What is a “true” leaf? It looks like the leaves on th [...]