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Weeding With a Broom

Weeding With a Broom

Cutting garden gets a low-maintenance makeover. Early June in my “sweepable” cutting garden. When possible, overlap the fabric to avoid any unnecessary cuts. Tuck the edges under, giving yourself a 5″ or 6″ hem, and anchor securely on ends and sides to prevent fraying. Headed for the dahlias, his life was cut short … It […]

Chuck Attack!

Chuck Attack!

The woodchucks are back — cuter than ever. My nemesis The woodchucks in our neighborhood have broken the perimeter in our backyard. Since late spring, they have found ways to penetrate the forcefield that protects our phlox, asters, echinacea and balloonflowers. As soon as one breach is sealed, they find another weak point. They’ve even […]

Bog in a Bowl

Bog in a Bowl

Make room for a planter of unusual, moisture-loving plants. After placing a fiberglass screen over the bottom of the bowl, I filled it with dampened peat.   Long-fiber sphagnum peat moss covers the surface to prevent soil splashing and give a natural finished look. Bog and pond plants intrigue me, but I don’t have a […]