My own 20-year old asparagus bed in mid-April, at the start of the harvest season. Look, no weeds!
Asparagus is one of the easiest and most satisfying vegetables you can grow. At my house, the asparagus harvest will soon be drawing to a close. Some of us are rather happy about that. We’ve been eating asparagus at least once a day since the en [...]
Does your perennial garden peak early and disappoint from midsummer on?
Asters are stars of the late-summer show. Shown here are two types of asters paired with a fall-blooming allium (Allium thunbergii ‘Ozawa’)
In the garden center, this plain-looking aster has a hard time attracting buyers. Still, avid gardeners ca [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
New residents fill contact center with excitement.
One of the immature mantids.
It was a frosty January morning when I arrived at my desk in the Gardener’s Supply call center to find a small box and a note. The box contained about 15 praying mantid egg cases; the note read: “These came in unsolicited; we thought of you. —Y [...]
Who says vegetables can’t be ornamental? They can be stars of the border.
A kale and cardoon “hedge.” really stands out.
Redbor kale has gorgeous, frilled leaves.
The buds of the cardoon are as striking as the foliage. The flowers are about the size of a baseball. In kitchen gardens, cardoons are g [...]
Root-pruning technique helps plants live within their pots.
The lacecap hydrangea, so-named for the ring of larger (sterile) flowers that encircle the center cluster of fertile flowers.
A plant that’s ready for root pruning. Roots have grown to the edge of the mass.
Slicing off pieces of the mass with [...]
While we wait for the USDA’s new zone map, it’s important to remember that it’s only a guide.
I always get a surge of pride when the leaves of this maple (Acer shirasawanum) start to unfurl. It’s zone 5; my backyard is zone 4. After three Vermont winters, it’s not dead.
According to an article on the Scie [...]