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. […]

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 […]

What to Do in May Gardening

MAY is the joyous month of the year, when old and young are working in their gardens. Perennials are now coming into bloom, but the various bulbous flowers are putting forth every effort to distract our attention from their fair sisters. The unwise annuals are growing, preparing for their profusion of bloom, overlooking the fact that other plants are conserving […]

Gardening in September

As September comes along we sometimes feel a little sagging of interest an inclination to “let the garden go” since the growing season is drawing to a close. Early Fall, however, is a vital period in gardening, and it is important that we do not neglect the things which require doing before frost. September activities may assure success for the […]

December Gardening

THERE may be some who think it is a little late to talk about winter protection of plants in December, but as a matter of fact, most growers are agreed that the really critical tune for plants which are on the borderline of hardiness is in late winter when a warm sun, combined with drying winds, takes moisture from leaves […]

GROWING CITRUS AS HOUSEPLANTS

Although northern New England lacks Florida’s semi-tropical climate needed to produce citrus fruits as an outdoor crop, it is possible to grow oranges, lemons, grapefruits, kumquats, and other citrus varieties as ornamental indoor houseplants. The key ingredient to success is patience although you also need the proper lighting and temperature. Even then–not to discourage you–there’s no guarantee that your plants […]

How to grow Turnip Rutabaga

Turnip Rutabaga Garden rutabaga, such as ‘Bronze Top’ and ‘Purple Top Improved’ often replace winter turnips. Rutabaga are hardy, and the large roots may be left in the ground until Christmas at least. You can also lift the roots in October, cut off the foliage and store the swedes indoors in dry sand. Rutabaga do best in an open, sunny […]

Seeds to Start in February

As soon as I’ve taken down the Christmas decorations and dragged out the tree, I dig out my seed trays and start checking my supplies. I know it’s too early to get any basil or tomatoes going; I know Zinnias and Impatiens won’t be able to go into the ground until the end of May (if then!); I know that […]

Succulent plants come in many shapes and sizes

There are many varieties of succulent plants to choose for the perennial garden. These no-fuss beauties are easy to plant and require no intervention on our part. Once planted, they flourish so well, the only care they need are dividing when cramped because they grow so quickly, and then only to increase again in their newly planted location. As the […]

Growing Dahlias as border plant.

Dahlias, especially small flowered kinds, have great possibilities as border plants. They may be used in masses or planted in combination with annuals and perennials. Most of the small Dahlias are early and profuse bloomers, starting to flower in July and continuing right through till frost. Dahlias in combination with other flowers should be planted as early as the ground […]