If you're like me and live in a cool climate, your gardening season will soon be coming to an end for another year. You've either got loads of work ahead of you cleaning out your flower gardens or you are ready to sit back and relax and leave the clean-up until spring.
Looking for a little project to pass the time when cold or rainy weather keeps you out of the garden? How about making a cute pebble planter? This design works especially well for succulents and alpine plants because of the excellent drainage this pot provides.
If you’ve ever seen a clematis that is one big mountain of tangled up stems, it’s almost enough to scare you away from growing them. But let’s take a look at why, when, and how these remarkable vines should be pruned and you’ll find it’s not as difficult as it seems.
I always carry a 5 gallon bucket with a handle into the garden with me. I keep plant tie-wraps twisted onto the handle in case I need them. On the way to the garden, the bucket holds my tools. On my way back from the garden, it holds the weeds and spent flowers.
Most vines propagate well by serpentine layering. Dig a shallow trench next to the base of the vine. Take a section of the vine long enough to lay on the ground. Make a small cut on the bottom of the vine a couple feet away from the base. Bury the portion of the vine where it’s cut. You may want to anchor it down with a pin or small rock. Depending on the type of vine, the roots should form in several weeks to several months.
It’s that time of year when we’ll want to start bringing our houseplants back indoors for the winter. Most houseplants are tropical plants and will experience damage at temperatures below 40 - 50 degrees F. Before you bring them in there are a few things you can do that will help in the long run.
I was trying to think of what I could use for plant markers rather than purchase them. It gets expensive if you’ve got a lot of plants! When I run out of ideas I go ask my husband, who always comes up with something that makes me slap my forehead and say “Why didn’t I think of that”!
Removing flowers as they fade (deadheading) is important. It improves the appearance of plants, prevents plants from putting their energy into making seeds, can prolong bloom time, and may stimulate some plants to produce another round of flowers.
For a spectacular flower show in your garden, herbaceous peonies (paeonia) in bloom can’t be beat. They’re a long-lived perennial, they make wonderful cut flowers, and when they’re done blooming the foliage provides a beautiful backdrop to other plants for the rest of the growing season.
There’s no doubt that snow can be beautiful and offer many benefits to gardens, but unfortunately it can also cause problems. Let’s take a look at how our landscapes can be affected by this frozen precipitation.
Early gardening and farming was nearly a full time daily job for the initial settlers of the thirteen colonies. The climate and soil were new to them and it took quite some time to discover what fruits, vegetables and crops would grow successfully here.
One of the best things you can do for your flower and vegetable gardens, and for trees, is to apply mulch. Mulch is a material placed on the soil to protect it and conserve moisture, but it has many more benefits than that.
Did you know most plants that are considered invasive are the result of human activities? Fortunately there are ways we can protect our native plants.
Mulch is a wonderful thing! It keeps plant roots cool, conserves moisture, suppresses weeds, keeps dirt from splashing on your plants when it rains and it looks nice. In areas that receive frost in winter it helps maintain soil temperature, thus preventing frost from heaving plants out of the soil.