When it comes to garden tips, I’m assembling some of the best ones I know on these pages.
Here’s a short video. If you learn the two pruning cuts here, they will be all you’ll ever need to know. Seriously, this is all I use on every plant in my garden. (Too many people make pruning sound complicated – it’s not.)
Practical Garden Tips For Any Season
- Garden Myths About Mulch, Planting, and More You know, there are a few garden myths about garden mulch going about the gardening world right now. In fact, over the holidays I read a magazine article (from an older issue) that was full of interesting assumptions about mulch and other gardening myths that I thought I’d take this column to refute these myths. Which …
- How You Can Attract Butterflies To Your Garden. The other day a butterfly found its way into our kitchen and we carefully scooped it up from the curtains and eased it outdoors again.This small event in our packed lives got me thinking about giving nature a helping hand.
- How To Encourage A Healthy Insect Cycle In Your Organic Garden I was at a garden party the other day and when a small insect zoomed across the garden, our hostess went ever-so-slightly berserk. Indeed, while you may wonder…
- The Benefits Of Compost On Your Garden Soil This is the its-too-good-to-be-true column about the benefits of compost I’ve always wanted to write. So, cut it out and paste it in your gardening scrapbook. For years, I’ve been adding compost to our gardens on a regular basis and…
- What You Really Need To Know About Killing Weeds because – yeah – we all need to whack a plant or two at some point in our garden life.
Note: These are being added to on a regular basis and I’ll keep ahead of the seasons as I rebuild this site
- Your Houseplants Will Thrive If You Do This Looking out my office window as I write, I can see white. That’s about all because the snow is falling quite quickly and blocking out my normal view. Not that I’m grumpy about this or anything because last week I was in Baltimore for the largest nursery trade show in the eastern U.S. and got …
- An Early February Thaw Brings Danger To The Garden Somebody had better tell the crocus on my front yard that they’re early. Way too early for those flower buds to survive. The last few days really has them thinking its spring out there. If I get some flowers, I’ll post them on my website for you all to drool over but then you can …
- Here’s what to do with your houseplants now. The winter is full of the unkindest months for gardening with containers and houseplants, much like an unfaithful lover. Days like today (in March as I write this) with its sunny, above-freezing temperatures promise and lure the unwary to
- Garden Tips For Early April In My Garden The spring equinox just passed (well, a week or so ago) so gardening season can’t be too far away.I note the days are definitely getting longer and after the warmest winter on Canadian record, I am looking forward to some good plant survival. Most of my perennials are tucked (safely away I hope) in a friend’s …
- New Research in Planting Annual Flowers I want to show you the proper ways of planting annual flower to ensure success. This research (2014) is the latest technique to ensure long-term success for the roots of annuals (and perennials and trees and shrubs) so when you plant you get the best growth. I also want to show you the proper way …
- Your July Vegetable Garden Is Supposed To Be Ugly Do you know the difference between a good vegetable garden and a good flower garden? Both of them start out looking good; nice and neat with even rows and plant spacing with never a weed in sight. Both of them demand lots of care and attention if they are to grow properly but the main …
- Three Rules You Need To Understand For Great Tulip Care Tulip care is (luckily for us) a fairly simple thing. This plant really isn’t bothered by any serious insect pests so we can pretty much forget about that. So what is it that you have to do to ensure you have great tulips from year to year? Rule of Leaves Grow the leaves, not the flowers. …
- Make Your Summer Bouquets Last Longer With These Tips One of the true delights in the garden is surprising my better half with flowers out of the garden. There’s something quite lovely as the smile grows across her face as she discovers I’ve brought her something new and different, or fragrant or in her favorite color or just overwhelmingly bountiful. As I write this: I’m already …
- How To Successfully Harvest Herbs For Your Kitchen July is a perfect time to successfully harvest herbs from your own kitchen. The garden herbs you’ve been so lovingly tending this garden season. Earlier this season, the earwigs had been enjoying my basil but I think they are under control now and I’m really looking forward to some fresh pesto.I’ve taken to adding a …
- How You Can Talk To The Fireflies In Your Garden We’ve got a bumper crop of these garden insects this year and they flicker and flash away at night to produce a fairy landscape in our gardens. Well, they might look like fairies but it’s really all about sex.
- How To Get Five Cabbage Heads from one plant plus other harvest tips. The vegetable garden is giving us more and more of a harvest and I thought I’d pass along a few tips that will help you increase the yield of your basic crops.
- You’ll Have Better Luck If You Wait To Move Your Perennial Flowers? I’ve been like a little madman in my garden this week as I move my perennial flowers. I’ve been trying to beat my September 30 deadline for getting all the perennials moved into their new home. I’ve had the sprinkler running most evenings trying to get some water into the ground to keep the plants alive and the rain we had this past week was encouraging.
- Here’s how to save your annual geraniums over the winter. It’s not really hard if you follow the simple rules in this note. Just understand the way Grannie did it by hanging them in the basement doesn’t work in our modern homes.
- Heres’ how to successfully overwinter your plants. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be able to overwinter just about any plant (including Rosemary) Hint: most of your success is in how you water your plants.