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April 4, 2022
The daylily really is the perfect perennial—easy to grow, virtually disease- and pest-free, and able to survive drought, shade, and poor soil. Learn more about growing daylilies as well as how to easily propagate them for more plants! Originally from Asia, these plants have adapted so well that many of us think of them as natives. Imagine the excitement of a 16th century explorer…
April 3, 2022
Gardeners curse the ubiquitous dandelion and its pervasive nature; that darn tap-root goes to China! However, all parts of the plant are edible and rich in vitamins, and that is not a bad thing! Learn more about dandelion’s health benefits. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is a perennial weed with a long, strong taproot. It can make itself at home almost anywhere…
April 1, 2022
Go for a walk in the woods to see the first wildflowers! Called “spring ephemerals,” these tiny flowers emerge in early spring and disappear when the tree canopies fill out! They have descriptive names: Trillium, bloodroot, Dutchman’s breeches, and Virginia bluebells, to name a few. Learn more … A sure sign of spring in my area is when the bloodroot blooms. Like other spring-blooming…
March 23, 2022
If you saved dahlia tubers from last year, early spring is the time to see how your stored dahlias are coping and to throw away any tubers that show signs of rotting. When you’re ready to unpack and replant your tubers, here’s a refresher on how to do it! Check Tubers in Early Spring First, check your dahlias again in early spring to see if they are too wet or too dry or…
March 22, 2022
How do you start a garden in an apartment or condo without a proper yard? If you have access to a balcony, rooftop, terrace, or patio, you can still grow a wide range of veggies, herbs, perennials, flowers, and vines in containers! Here are 10 things to think about when diving into balcony gardening. 10 Things to Consider When Balcony or Rooftop Gardening 1. If you live in an…
March 22, 2022
The bumblebee is the largest and gentlest of bees—and a pollination champ! We answer some common questions about bumblebees—and find out which flowers can attract (and help) our fuzzy friends. After reading about the drastic decline in bumblebee populations in my state, I feared I would not see the black-and-yellow bombers this spring, so I was greatly relieved when they visited my early-…
March 21, 2022
It’s spring! How do you get the outdoor garden ready? We’re going to gently get started, careful not to wake up those overwintering beneficial insects if it’s still too cool or wet. Here are my early spring gardening tasks and tips. I spent the end of February in the Texas Hill Country where the gardens are at least three months ahead of mine in New Hampshire.…
March 20, 2022
Are you a fan of sugar snap peas? You’re in luck. Last year I planted a disease-resistant version of the beloved ‘Sugar Snap Pea’ and the yield was excellent—plus, all the pods were the fat, crunchy ones we have come to love! Learn more about sugar snap peas and how to plant this spring crop. Maybe I should have planted my snap peas while I still had bare ground in my garden!…
March 17, 2022
Don’t be tempted to start planting too soon! Average spring frosts are just a rough guide. Springcasting is a way to predict and track the progress of spring across the continent—as defined by plants. See when spring “officially” makes it to your neck of the woods. During an unusually warm stretch of weather in March, I was greatly tempted to start planting. Thankfully…
March 15, 2022
What are you doing in the garden this time of year? I'm weeding asparagus beds, dealing with voles, caring for peonies, and seeing which plants from last season survived! Hopefully, by now, you've picked up all the sticks around the yard and freed any spring bulbs from the fall leaves that were still hanging around. Spring soil is often squishy and moist. It's important not to step on…
March 10, 2022
This is the time of year when we think, “If we only had a greenhouse, we could grow…” (fill in the blank). We plantaholics have seedlings on every flat surface in the house! If you are planning a greenhouse project, here are ten tips to consider when choosing the perfect greenhouse structure for you. Purpose: What do you plan to do with your greenhouse…
March 3, 2022
Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana) is a houseplant—not real bamboo! It’s popular because of its ability to grow in low light in the home or office. Learn more about how to care for Lucky Bamboo for years of good health and fortune! What Is Lucky Bamboo? The plant we commonly call “lucky bamboo” isn’t a type of bamboo at all? Despite its appearance, lucky bamboo…