Winter is around the corner, so before the holidays distract you and chill days drive you indoors, take advantage of the lingering warmth to tuck the landscape in to bed.
If you’re letting leaves lie you might be adding to plant problems in spring, when insects and fungi shake off the cold to infest the garden. Now that fall snows finally quieted the garden, clean out the guests before winter sets in to ensure your plants get off to a healthy start next year.
The wintry blast we’ve recently received should remind all gardeners that it’s time to plan for helping our gardens through a long, cold, dry winter. While it’s true we just had a wet storm and our plants got a nice drink of water, gardeners should think ahead on how to make sure your plants stay watered in winter.
In celebration of October, I wanted to share a Halloween love story. Recently, I was asked if it’s true that spiders scream while mating. This set me to wondering…..
The abrupt end to the garden season came with an unseasonable chill, smashing record lows and tying for largest temperature drop in one October day every recorded. Plants that normally shrug off a light frost are struggling to find new life, while the tender plants were killed outright.
Think of Halloween and what springs to mind? If Tootsie rolls and dum-dums, snickers, or Reese’s are how you celebrate Samhain, you might want to brush up on your history. The most important of the Celtic fire festivals has a lot more to offer.
I picked up a packet of gourd seeds last spring with the thought that some of the little, colorful things would look great in my fall décor. I imagined tucking them into nooks near pumpkins, by straw bales and corn stalks, even hot gluing them onto a fall wreath. I should have stopped daydreaming and read the seed packet instead.
Fall is a time for celebration, with the end of season harvest and cool relief from heat getting us out into the garden to enjoy the autumn sights. We revel in the changing colors, marvel at the sunflowers’ nodding heads, and laugh as squirrels gather nuts. But what really gets us to stop and stare are the big, bodacious hips mother nature can produce.
Fall is the time for football and renovating your yard, when temperatures cool and grass gets a chance to plug in holes left by high summer heat.
The easiest way to tell if your sunflower heads are ready is that the ripe seeds start falling out.
With gloriosa daisies like prairie sun, Indian summer, Denver daisy or shorter selections like corona and cappuccino, the beauty of your garden will command attention from visitors all summer
The Taste of Tomato is an opportunity to sample the love apple in its many forms stripes, color, shape and size.
If you’re hearing hummers whirring overhead, it’s not your imagination; we’re into the season of migration for hummingbirds.
If you look forward to perfect peppers but are disappointed when they get sunburn, there aren’t as many as you thought, or they aren’t as big as you’d like, chances are that you have sunlight to blame.
Deadheading, as it applies to gardening, is the removal of flowers from plants when the flowers are fading or dead. If you’ve never done it, here are a few tips to keep it from being a long, strange trip through the garden.
Just as you rely on a well-designed lighting plan inside your home, you should pay careful attention to how you illuminate the exterior.
As the heat continues this summer, it is important to understand how much water your lawn actually needs, how much water you are applying and when is the best time to water.
Is your favorite flower blue ribbon material or is your tomato the top of the crop? The Vegetables, Herb, Fruit, Baskets and Flowers show is your chance to earn bragging rights.
Gardeners have an unusual take on things. One moment we’re in a frenzy of panic over aphids in the garden, the next we’re shrugging off near total loss of plants due to weather. We’re not adjusting our medication; it’s just that some things we can’t control.
The villains of the summer come, not with Snidely Whiplash mustaches and an evil laugh, but with floppy ears and oh-so-adorable eyes. Rabbits are overrunning the landscape and are wreaking havoc wherever they plop their fluffy tails.
The summer is just getting started and you have a long time to enjoy color in the landscape made more beautiful with a continual visitation of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Just when our excitement for spring reached fever pitch, Mother Nature decided to amuse herself by playing cat-and-mouse with warmth.
The beauty of a container garden adds a special touch to summer relaxation, so building and caring for them shouldn’t take all your spare time.