Top 10 Largest Pumpkins in the World & Records

Welcome to the original pumpkin record page. This is the official page identifying the heaviest pumpkins in the world per country. This is the current 2021 list of the Top 10 largest pumpkins grown to date.  The majority of these pumpkins were grown in Europe and the UK, but only 4 of the pumpkins were grown in USA.  Europe has […]

Benefits of organic compost for your garden

A backyard compost pile or bin is more than just controlling waste. Composting keeps food and yard waste from rotting away in landfills and it may be an engaging hobby itself. If you’re an avid or aspiring gardener, compost may be the secret weapon that you need to make your garden grow.  Fortunately, since composting offers many benefits, there are […]

Landscape Fall Clean-Up Requirements

After the blooming season of summer, trees are full of beautiful, colorful leaves. This beauty is short-lived, as fall is fast approaching and leaves wind up on your lawn. While young ones enjoy shuttling leaves around, they can make your property look shabby. They also create a good environment for pests to thrive. With the harsh Chicago winters coming in, […]

Plant Fritillaries this Fall

These are less common spring-flowering bulbs that you plant in the fall as you would the more common daffodils and tulips.  Their flowers come in a range of colors, and are generally bell-shaped, either in clusters or single.  Plants range from six inches to three feet or more.  Being less common, you may need to order many of the selections, […]

Vegetable Gardening in Fall

Fall Vegetable Gardening How do I get my garden ready for Fall planting? Before you can plant anything new, you should do a simple soil test to make sure the Ph is still up at above 6.0 If not, add 1 pound of lime per 100 square feet for each .5 below that number. Hydrated lime will work quickly to […]

Creating Waterfalls and Streams

CREATING WATERFALLS AND STREAMS By the Pond Lady There are many reasons to add a waterfall. Waterfalls are beautiful to look at and the moving water adds sparkle to your pond. Waterfalls sound good, they provide a way of recycling the water and they also add valuable oxygen to the water to benefit fish. Waterfalls or moving water create white […]

Fall Chrysanthemums for the Home Garden – Care, Planting, Insects

Chrysanthemums for late fall beauty There are many kinds of chrysanthemums, some annual and some perennial. The garden annual group that blooms in late summer is easy to grow from seeds sown in open ground as soon as it can be worked. They are suitable for mass color effects. These should be thinned to 12 to 24 inches apart to […]

6 Common Fall and Winter Diseases

6 Common Fall and Winter Diseases Lawn diseases don’t always appear in the summer. There are many that prefer the cool, wet weather of fall and winter. Here is a brief background on six of the most common diseases you could face during the fall and winter and how to deal with them. Necrotic Ring Spot This disease can occur […]

The fall rituals of garden clean-up is here

Yes, now is the time we put our gardens to rest for the coming winter months. As the tree leaves turn colour and drop to the ground, frost has also landed on our plants in our gardens. By now, the cold nights have made us bring our houseplants inside and should prompt us to do the task of preparing our […]

What if I don’t do fall yard clean up?

WHAT IF… If the garden magazines, web pages and other information sources are to be believed, the world is full of gardeners who worry a lot about cause and effect. Most of them are busy—too busy sometimes to do the things that they think they ought to do in the garden. This is a frequent source of guilt, and since […]