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My Favorite Gardening Tool

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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 Just Water — Soak!

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With a soaker hose, such as  the Snip-n-Drip system, you can water thoroughly and efficiently. Whenever I plant a new flower garden for one of my clients, I give the “watering talk,” in which I underscore the importance of watering during the first year. I note that standing at the garden’s edge with a hose and a sprayer (on [...]

Garden Grids for Tall Trellises

Garden Grids for Tall Trellises
Clematis vines like to climb, so aim high. A well-grown clematis is a sight to behold. This variety blooms as the same time as the baptisia in the foreground. Our back garden is surrounded by a 6-foot fence. For years, I’ve tried to train clematis to grow up the fence with some success. Keep in mind that clematis will grow up, not horiz [...]

Supports for Veggies and More!

Supports for Veggies and More!
Can you train a cucumber to climb like a pea? Cucumber plants with pea fence in place. Inside the enclosure. Ready for chilly spring nights. I’ve been using galvanized wire tomato cages for about 15 years now, and most of the originals are still in service. I prefer them over stakes or [...]

Know Your Grass

Know Your Grass
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 [...]

A Recycled Compost Bin

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In honor of Earth Day, I’m turning an old compost bin into a new potato bin. The three-bay bin at the north end of my vegetable garden, with the new bin behind it off to the right. I’ve had a three-bay, homemade compost bin for about 15 years. Here’s how they’re supposed to work: Once the first bin is full of yard and kitche [...]

At the Garden’s Edge

At the Garden’s Edge
If you’re trying to improve the look of your garden, start at the edge. Not a bloom in sight, but the edges are looking nice. The back yard looks pretty grim at this time of year. The lawn looks terrible. Everything seems to be either gray or brown. Still, I love looking down at it all from the second-floor window. Why? The fres [...]

NEW Kitchen Garden Planner

NEW Kitchen Garden Planner
Check out our new, interactive tool for planning a vegetable garden. The High-Yield Garden is one of six pre-planned gardens in the Kitchen Garden Planner. You can also use the planner to design your own garden. Here’s some good news! It sounds like more people than ever before are planning to grow a vegetable garden this year [...]
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