Blog Profiles

Hand Watering and a Kink-free Hose

August 10, 2015 0 comments
#73 Handwater Tips (2) - August

In this year of epic drought in the West, conscientious gardeners collect dish-washing rinse water for their plants. They take showers with buckets around their feet to catch any excess. And in many communities, if they use a hose, gardeners… Read More

Short-Season Strategies for Successful Harvests

July 2, 2015 0 comments
Bounty in a short-season harvest july

It’s summer and gardens around the country are already bursting with home-grown fruits and vegetables. Still, it’s not too early to think about bringing in the harvest—especially in places with short growing seasons. “Ninety days is what I’ve got to… Read More

Three Lawn-care Myths

June 8, 2015 0 comments
lush_lawn - June

Lawn maintenance is the most common activity for gardeners around the United States. Yet some popular lawn-care practices have no basis in reality. They’re myths, says C.L. Fornari, author, speaker, and self-styled “garden geek.” In her newest book, Coffee for… Read More

Low-Maintenance Perennials—Melinda Myers Names the Best

May 19, 2015 0 comments
Heuchera 'Marmalade' (Mackey)

Perennials are often touted as “easy-care,” but not all perennials are equal. Like many gardeners, I want ones that don’t need frequent dividing or deadheading. I need plants that are not fussy as to soil or weather conditions—and come back… Read More

Unusual Edibles to Start in your Greenhouse Right Now

February 4, 2015 0 comments
radish

February is the time to give cool-season vegetables a jumpstart by sowing seeds in a greenhouse. You could also put seed trays under lights in a frost-free garage or a back porch, or even on a sunny windowsill that’s not… Read More

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