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Garden Tips

Here are assorted garden tips in one spot, relating to a broad range of different topics. If you want to learn more about gardening but have no specific topic in mind, then this is the section for you!

Spring “to-do” list: Spring Garden Maintenance

Every season brings a different set of chores in the garden. Spring is an exciting time for gardeners as preparations are made for the bounty and beauty of the garden as it awakes from winter hibernation. It can also, however, be a bit overwhelming to know how to prioritize your gardening time at this time of year. Here is a helpful list of chores that should be tended to in the spring... read more

Gardening is tough on hands: Protect them with Gloves!

It is that time of year when gardeners face the inevitable; the season is closing down and it’s time to clean and prep those tools for a winter rest. It is also the time when we begin to turn our thoughts to procuring gifts for friends and family for the holidays. This raises two intriguing questions. First, what is Scott rambling on about now? Secondly, how can he possibly link these two incongruous points? Read more

Fall Planting
Things to do in the fall for a beautiful garden

While the industry and many experts have touted fall as an exceptional time for planting many of you out there remain unconvinced. I am not talking about waiting until after the last of the turkey is consumed at Thanksgiving dinner to plant your entire garden bed for next year, but certain plants do very well (actually better) planted in fall, so let’s find out what garden planting can be done now to avoid clogging the planting schedule in spring and to establish your new plant BEFORE growing season begins. Read more

Tips for Fall: Mulch
Nature’s Way of Recycling

One of the chores that befall every gardener, often several times a year, is the laborious task of mulching. While many of us view this as an odious task best ranked with mucking stables or raking leaves (I rank these two very closely), I view this mission as my way of helping Mother Nature herself improve my garden. In my mind there is no better way to change the soil in your garden than mulching; not raining fertilizer and chemicals upon it, not amending soil, and no, especially not plowing, tilling, or cultivating. Mulching is the finest thing you can do for a garden bed and I will use the rest of this space to put to rest any doubts you may have as to the veracity of that statement... Read more

Summer Flowers: Gardening Tips for Summer

Summer is a time of beauty and abundance in the garden. It’s also a busy time for the gardener, full of chores that are necessary to care for and maintain the health of your plants. Listed below are some of the core tasks of the season to help you prioritize your workload... read more

Brighten Up Your Winter Garden With Colorful Berries

Just because the trees are bare and there is snow on the ground doesn't mean that your garden has to become a winter wasteland. A well-planned winter garden will provide year-round interest and visual treats. Many evergreens and hardy ornamental grasses can be quite stunning in the colder months. Just follow these tips... read more

GARDENING REFERENCE BOOKS
Great Books to Help You "Dig Deeper."

If design books are the brains of my garden book collection, then the beating heart of it all must be the plant compendiums. These are the ones I check to make sure I’m putting the right plant in the right place. Sure that Arctic Ice azalea is a gorgeous plant, but how will it do on a windy bank in full sun? Years of doing this have given me a working knowledge of a lot of plant material, but I have yet to meet anyone who keeps an encyclopedic list in their head of every plant known to man (okay, one, but Paul Larson is an exception). read more

COMPOST
The Mother of All Composting Articles!

Starting your own compost bin will not only provide beneficial results for your garden, but it is also good for the environment. Composting breaks down waste materials from your garden and kitchen into a nutrient-rich, dark, soil-like matter that can be used to amend your soil... read more

A BOOKWORM HITS THE GARDEN
Gardening books that will help you become a better gardener

So much of gardening is about how you plan, work and maintain your garden. It's not really a matter of how hard you work in your garden; it is how smart you are working that is the final determinant in the success of your garden (I suspect I’m preaching to the choir, as you yourself are already here seeking information). The Web is an unprecedented source of information; there has never been the access to knowledge we currently possess. Yet I find myself drawn back to the written word time and again, the old lure of the turned page calling me... I guess it’s clear that I’m fond of books and gardening books in particular. I have collected them for fifteen years now and in that time I have come to know a lot of books on gardening... read more

MYCORRHYZAL FUNGI
The Superhero of Your Garden!

Did you know that fungi are good for your garden?
I had mentioned about adding our own beneficial fungi to the soil. You can do this either right after mulching or just before; I normally do it before but if it happens later, no big deal. More and more, beneficial organisms like mycorrhizal fungi are becoming available to the home gardener. Discovered in the late 1800’s...read more

GARDEN TOOLS
An inside look at the tools that make gardening a pleasure

So you’ve gotten the garden bug and sallied off to the garden center to pick plants. Wait just a minute; before you leave the garden center, better run through a check list and see if you’ve got all the garden tools you’ll need to make your garden spring to life. We aren’t going to break the bank here; no power tools and even a few you can craft yourself. We’ll touch on a few items that could be considered luxuries, but only if they really make the job easier (or more fun…) read more

CLIMATE AND PLANT HARDINESS ZONES

When planning your garden, it is important to know what your climate zone is and choose your plants accordingly. This can mean the difference between success and disaster. The Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) developed a Plant Hardiness Zone Map that breaks North America into eleven zones based on the annual minimum temperature, zone 1 being the coldest and zone 11 being the hottest. read more