Now is the time to plant crops for bountiful harvests this summer and fall.
Even small-space gardeners can grow enough nutritious produce to prepare a
few meals, supplement your diet, and save some bucks. With a little planning
and attention, container gardens can produce like mini farms.... >>more
Hardscapes in the Garden
Gardens are magical places. The shape of the landscape (or cityscape) and the
plants set the mood and provide interest. But it is often the hardscapes that
separate great gardens from good ones. Benches, arbors, patios, and other features
define the space, frame the best views, and provide places for reflection in
the garden.... >>more
Containers of Colorful Flowers and Foliage
In spring, growing container gardens is easy. Vibrant bulbs and cold-hardy annuals
grow easily in the mild, wet weather. Summer is a different story. With baking
heat and unpredictable storms, container plants can be stressed by drought,
sun, wind, insect pests, and other challenging conditions.... >>more
May Q & A
Question: I have been seeing online that companion planting helps control
pests and improves the growth and flavor of vegetables. Can you provide more
Answer: Many plants are known to deter
pests and/or attract beneficial wildlife. Some of them make great companion
plants for the vegetable or ornamental garden.... >>more
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May Gardening Tips
1. Plan now for the summer heat. Proper irrigation keeps the garden and
the gardener from struggling. If you don’t want to drag hoses around,
think about in-ground systems or drip irrigation. A simple sprinkler attached
to a timer is often sufficient for smaller urban gardens.
2. Shop at local farmers’ markets. Few things are healthier or "greener" than
fresh, local produce. You provide yourself with good nutrition and help
keep a local farmer in business.
3. Take a trip to a forest, mountain, or arboretum to see the trees. The
leaves are in their freshest and most vibrant shades of green. Many trees
have already flowered and are beginning to fruit. But others like hawthorns,
ashes, pines, and lindens will keep the canopy blooming until midsummer.