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Gardening Articles

Home Gardening Seasonal articles to address your gardening desires We have received your emails and we know you want “more”. Please browse through our list of home gardening article categories below and let us know if they were of any help. Elisabeth Ginsburg, writes a weekly gardening column for three of the regional (Westchester, Connecticut and Long Island) sections of [...]

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, you check your skimmer, [...]

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 [...]

Gentiana – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to grow Gentiana Gentiana (jen-te-a-na) Named after Gentius, King of Illyria who first used the plant medicinally (Gentianaceae). Gentian. A large genus of hardy perennials. Most of those in cultivation are dwarf plants suitable for the rock garden, but a few are more at home in the border. Some of them are lime-haters. Species cultivated G. acaulis (now considered [...]

Echinops – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to grow Echinops Echinops (ek-in-ops) From the Greek echinos, a hedgehog, opsis, like, referring to the spiky appearance of the flower heads which resemble a rolled-up hedgehog (Compositae). Common Name: Globe thistle. Hardy herbaceous perennial and biennial plants for the border. Species cultivated (All perennial) E. bannaticus, 2-3 feet, violet-blue globular heads of flowers, summer, Hungary. E. humilis, 3-5 [...]

Keeping Garden Maintenance Low

Keeping Maintenance Low With increasingly busy lifestyles, even keen gardeners find it hard to devote enough time to their garden. Here we discuss how you can create a low maintenance garden that still looks attractive. The Challenge Our client had moved to a brand new house, and as usual the garden was just a bare plot. The builders had already started [...]

Siberian Iris

Friends and family who visit¬†my garden when the Iris is bloom, often exclaim, “Aren’t these colorful! What type of Iris are they?” They are referring to the Siberian Irises, which are planted in long drifts above the bog garden path. Apparently, for all their graceful beauty, with flowers poised like resting butterflies on tall, reed-like stems, they are not truely [...]