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It’s never too early for look for pests

April 8, 2013 A couple years ago, I went on a tirade about the Viburnum Leaf Beetle attacking the shrub just outside my bedroom window. more »»

Celebrating Presidents Day with gardens

February 18, 2013 I often write in this column the importance of keeping a garden journal to record what goes on from season to season. more »»

Start coleus seeds now for spring

January 28, 2013 All this talk about container gardening made me think of a plant that at one time dominated hanging baskets and terra cotta urns all summe. more »»

Choosing the right gift for a gardener

December 10, 2012 So your mother, father, spouse or even your offspring loves to garden, and it’s up to you to find the perfect gift this yea. more »»

Downy mildew is on attack

October 8, 2012 Back in 2010, I wrote a column warning gardeners about a potentially threatening disease moving up from the south and threatening to attack one of our most beloved herbs, basil. more »»

Should we be making way for the stink bugs?

October 1, 2012 We should consider ourselves lucky. My daughter, who lives in Maryland, sent me a rather frantic text message a few days ago. more »»

Bring plants in for the winter

September 24, 2012 As much as we hate to admit it, it’s time to start making room for the indoor plants. Temperatures this season gradually got colder as the weeks progressed. more »»

Slow gardening with an expert

September 17, 2012 I was more than just a little excited to see that one of my favorite gardeners is coming to town. Well, close to town anyway. Felder Rushing will be lecturing at 7 p.m. Sep. more »»

The wait is over for Kousa pods

September 10, 2012 Every year for at least five, I’ve been waiting for my Kousa Dogwood to display seedpods. This year, it finally happened. more »»

A look back at another year, another garden

September 5, 2012 Though there are still a few warm days left, when the time comes to turn the calendar to September, it means that the end is near for the garden. Things are beginning to wind down in my garden. more »»

Getting ready for the big move

September 3, 2012 We move twice a year. Not to a new residence, of course, but putting our indoor plants outside in the spring and bringing them inside in the fall is often like a major moving day. more »»

Stock doesn’t pay off, and other plants that didn’t work

August 29, 2012 Last week, I talked about pleasant surprises in the garden — flowers popping up where they weren’t planted and plants that I thought were dead making a reappearanc. more »»

Plenty of surprises pop up in summer gardening plots

August 22, 2012 Any given year, there are things that work in the garden, and things that don’t. more »»

Time to start new garden beds

August 20, 2012 Over the years I have become the lazy gardene. more »»

Gardener learns that good fences make good gardens

August 15, 2012 If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my cottage garden this year, it’s the importance of fencing. For a lot of people, fencing helps keep out pests that like to nibble on garden goodies. more »»

Greenhouse leads to challenge

August 13, 2012 Tomatoes are the big deal in the garden this week. It’s no different at my house, but watermelon seems to be closing in. more »»

First tomato of summer gives gardener a taste of victory

August 9, 2012 Is there anything that screams “summer” more than picking and eating a red, ripe homegrown tomato? It’s something I finally got to experience Monday after last week’s column complaining about how... more »»

Playing the waiting game in the vegetable garden

August 1, 2012 I think that waiting is the hardest part of gardening. more »»

Place plants in the best spot

July 23, 2012 I’m always looking for ways to make gardening easier. more »»

A midsummer gardener’s thoughts and musings

July 18, 2012 I worried that by going on vacation during the last week of June, I’d miss out on the best days of my garde. more »»



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