Groundcovers are the true workhorses of a garden

There are not many plants that can be truly called a workhorse in a garden, yet many groundcovers are exactly that. Once established, they require no care, instead providing a large, weed-free mat of their vegetation and flowers. The choices available to a gardener are becoming unreal as well; plain or variegated leaf, bloom colour, small or large-leaved, sun or […]

Mowing the Lawn

Regular mowing is essential to the production and maintenance of a good lawn. Unless this is assured, expense and work on all kinds of recommended treatments are of little value. A first-class lawn needs cutting two or three times a week during periods of vigorous growth and even a very ordinary type of lawn needs cutting at least once a […]

Many plants are easy to start by seeds

  The selection of seeds available to start your own plants is unbelievable. With such a variety to choose from, and beautiful pictures on the packages, it is difficult to make up our minds which ones to plant in our gardens. Well, there are many that we can successfully grow in our gardens and even our planters. The old-fashioned varieties, […]

Herb Gardening – Common Names with Z

Articles Herbs Grown By Seed How To Planting Herbs In A Container Planting Into Landscape Fabric Planting Mint In The Garden Common Name Herbs A – B – C – D – E – F – G – H – I – J – K – L – M N – O – P – Q – R – S […]

Climate Control for Healthier Plants

Greenhouse Growing Tips Ventilation Use a ventilation system to automatically protect your greenhouse plants from withering heat build-up. No need to daily open and close vents, trying to out-guess the weatherman! Let a thermostatically controlled system do all the work. The thermostat turns the system on at the temperature you select. The fan expels hot air and fresh, cool air […]

Lawn care for Creeping Bent Lawns Grass

SPECIAL CARE FOR Creeping Bent Lawns……. The use of bent grass use to be confined almost entirely to golf greens. Today, however, many homeowners and gardeners prefer bent lawns for their beautiful carpet like turf, in spite of the work of establishing and maintaining. WHAT IS BENT GRASS? The bent grasses are characterized by their long creeping stems, which extend […]

WINTER INTEREST

When I first started gardening I emulated the grasshopper in the old fable, “The Ant and the Grasshopper”. Like that high-living insect, I basked in the summer sunshine, cultivating and enjoying my flowers. I didn’t plan for the lean cold days of winter, because I hadn’t the slightest interest in my garden during the months of November, December and January. […]

Adlumia fungosa – Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Adlumia fungosa – Mountain Fringe, Allegheny Vine, Climbing Fumitory . This dainty biennial vine, native as it is in our own country, is little known. The leaves are fine and resemble the foliage of a Maidenhair fern. These plants are related to the Bleeding Heart and Dutchman’s Breeches and the flowers, which are white or purplish, are tubular and unmistakably […]

What is Compost Tea?

My first reaction to compost tea was a fairly common response, “So you just put compost in a bucket then dump it on your plants?”  Little did I realize all the science and work that goes into making high quality compost tea or AACT (Actively Aerated Compost Tea).  In some ways it seems like such a simple concept, to place […]

Garden Guide on Hedges

HEDGES THAT CAN TAKE IT! Seemingly, many home gardeners fail to appreciate the value and proper use of pruning shears, plant food, and mulches in the care of hedges. It doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to grow beautiful hedges, and hedge plants are not especially exacting in their requirements, but a few conditions must be met. SELECT […]