PREDATORS IN YOUR POND

PREDATORS IN YOUR POND Where are the fish? You walk outside to feed your fish one day and when you reach your pond you find all your beautiful fish gone. How can this be? You look for Fred, Lucy, TA and all your other fish but can’t find them. Your heart races to your mouth, you run around your pond, [...]

Plant garlic in your garden

The fall is the perfect time to plant garlic in your garden. Compared to spring-planted garlic, fall garlic produces larger bulbs, matures earlier, and often has fewer disease problems. Additionally, certain types of garlic, mainly the hard-neck types like Rocambole, will not mature in time from a spring planting. Of the three types of garlic, soft-neck garlic is the type [...]

Keeping Lawns Weed Free

A few years ago weeds were a major lawn problem. Today, however, it is no longer necessary to spend hours of back-breaking labor pulling and digging trouble-some weeds. The use of selective lawn week killers such as Ortho Weed-B-Gon or Lilly-Miler, takes the drudgery out of lawn weeding. Dandelions, common plaintain, buckhorn, thistle, wild carrot and over 80 other broadleaf [...]

How to grow spinach from seed

It has been estimated that a 10m (30ft) row of spinach supplies just about the right amount for a family of four during the summer months. But one sowing is not sufficient. Fresh young foliage is demanded and where spinach is much appreciated, successional sowings should be made fortnightly between late March and mid-July. For later autumn supplies and for [...]

Mountain Laurel

Mountain Laurel Perhaps the most popular native shrub in the whole encyclopedia is Mountain Laurel. The eastern mountains from New England to Georgia are full of it, but nobody finds it tiresome. Its evergreen foliage is an asset, but what sweeps the public off their feet is the brilliant show of bloom in June. It is altogether irresistible. Naturally, Laurel [...]

June Gardening Tips

Zone 1 Plant lettuce seedlings at intervals of every few weeks Prune and thin out spring-flowering shrubs after bloom is finished After their leaves yellow and dry up, divide and transplant spring bulbs Set out groundcover plants and start lawns Fertilize established lawns Consider container planting for warmth-loving vegetables (eggplant, tomatoes, peppers) Continue to protect tomato seedlings, especially during cold [...]

Growing and Caring for Delphiniums

These beautiful perennial plants require cool growing conditions if first class specimens are to be produced, and are well suited to the North West, although it is possible to obtain reasonable plants in other areas by raising them from seed at frequent intervals. They are used most frequently in herbaceous borders, mixed borders, and in front of shrubs. Few flowers [...]

Gardening with Pressure Treated Wood

Perils Of Pressure Treated Wood Now is the time many gardeners construct, repair or replace raised beds to get a jump on spring planting. It also gives us a great opportunity to prepare the soil inside for next year’s growing season. But did you know that the lumber you choose can actually hurt you? Pressure treated wood is created by [...]

Winter Garden Clean Up

Winter Garden Clean Up As winter approaches, it’s tempting just to sit back and put your feet up and not have to think about the garden until springtime. However, just a bit of extra work at this time of the year can save you a whole lot of hassle come planting time. Garden clean-up, the last big chore for gardeners, [...]

How to Grow Japanese Red Maple Trees from Seed

Most Japanese Maple seeds ripen in the fall. Watch the tree and wait for the seeds to turn brown. The seeds are ready to be harvested when they are brown and can be easily removed from the tree. The seeds are attached to a wing, it’s best to break the wing off before storing or planting the seeds. Japanese Maple [...]