Lawn and Garden

The Gift of Gardening

The Gift of Gardening

It is no secret that time spent in the garden has myriad benefits to our health and well-being. It can provide stress relief, mental clarity and moderate (or depending on the task at hand, intense) physical activity.

Spring Brings New Things

Spring Brings New Things

A crocus is trying to bloom in a friend’s yard, despite frigid days and snow squalls. She’s not alone in her countdown to spring; many gardeners are pouncing on the slightest signs of green.

Gifts for the Gardener

Gifts for the Gardener

Good ideas for gift giving are hard to find when you don’t participate in that hobby; you love your person but can’t relate, especially in gardening. So a few suggestions might help.

Clean out unwanted garden guests

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.

Winter watering crucial for trees, shrubs

Winter watering crucial for trees, shrubs

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.

A Halloween love story

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…..

Grab some (warm) air between snows to clean garden

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.

A short history of Samhain

A short history of Samhain

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.

Goodness, it’s gourds

Goodness, it’s gourds

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.

Garden: Show off your hips this fall

Garden: Show off your hips this fall

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.

Spruce up Perennials with fall division

Spruce up Perennials with fall division

Though the days are getting shorter there are still plenty of chores to do in the garden before fall arrives and the season of distraction pulls us into the land of pumpkin spice everything. Before you succumb to cider and gourd shopping, spend some time with your...


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