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My Favorite Gardening Tool

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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 […]

Don’t Just Water — Soak!

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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 (one hand on the hip), is not watering. Sure, it might feel […]

Garden Grids for Tall Trellises

Garden Grids for Tall Trellises
Clematis vines like to climb, so aim high. 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 horizontally. You can tease out the vines as they grow, encouraging some to spread […]

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 ladders (most readers […]

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 ornamental grasses. For […]

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. 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 kitchen scraps, you move the material into the middle bin to cook. Then […]

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 […]

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 […]

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