Plan for Your Spring Gardening

Cultivating your gardening attitude and planning your gardening activities starts NOW! Putting a little time and thought into your gardening plans will save time and effort when spring finally arrives. No two gardens or gardeners are the same, and gardens change from one year to the next. Planning can be as simple as looking through […]

Building a Water Garden

Choosing a site: Determine your water garden’s function, and think about the contours of your land. A natural depression near your patio, for example, might suggest an informally shaped pool that would complement a nearby flower border. Consider likely reflections from all angles, and study possible views from the house, deck, and other parts of […]

Mulching Do’s and Don’ts

It keeps weeds down, mainly by blocking out light they need to germinate – and if a weed manages to poke through, it’s easier to pull it out when rooted in a layer of mulch than in the soil. Conserves soil moisture by reducing evaporation, and helps prevent erosion caused by rain and wind. Bare […]

Garden Soil

The single most important step to take before planting any perennial is to properly prepare the soil, and the best chance to do that is before planting. Dry, sandy soil can be improved with plenty of organic matter, such as compost, peat moss or manure. Dig in the amendments to approximately 8 inches with a […]

Container Gardening

Even the smallest patio or porch can boast a crop of vegetables or a garden of flowers in containers. Planter boxes, wooden barrels, hanging baskets and large flowerpots are just some of the containers that can be used. The container gardener is limited only by his imagination. Consider the following guidelines when choosing your container. […]

Maintenance Guidelines for Perennials

Water when dry. Early morning is the best time of day to water. A deep watering once a week (or more in drought conditions) is better than a sprinkle each day. Deadhead(cut off dead flowers) to encourage repeat blooming. This task is quick and easy, and can as much as double the duration of the […]