HOLIDAY BLOSSOMS – Gardening

For years I have thought of poinsettias as a holiday cliché. Every bank, department store and building lobby displays them by the hundreds because they are a safe, appropriate choice for décor that is fast, festive and nonsectarian. Poinsettias are relatively inexpensive and offer lots of splashy color, but have the good taste to drop their bright red bracts after […]

3 Ways to Manage Garden Waste

Studies have shown that seeing or being with plants and other natural elements can provide stress relief. For this reason, it’s not a bad idea to have your own garden at home where you can grow shrubs, small trees, and colorful flowers. You can also choose to grow your own food and have fruit-bearing and vegetable-yielding plants right in your […]

Gardening tasks to Do in November

These are the days when the gardens are ready for a nap when the air is brisk when we are pleased with our homes. The gardener has faith in the rhythm of the seasons, in the succes­sion of seedtime and harvest. The North More shade trees are severely in­jured and killed by sunscald than any other one factor and yet […]

Gardening tasks to Do in October

Autumn is in the air. Clouds suc­ceed each ray of sunshine. This is the season of fulfillment. Seeds and fruits are ripening. Buds are being covered by fur coats. The wild beasts are storing food. Man is changing his summer hab­its. It is time for contemplation. It is not on New Year’s day that the gardener makes his resolutions, but […]

Gardening tasks to Do in September

September is the wise uncle of the months. He seems to look at us and say: “Now I don’t want to preach, but you can see for yourself. You did not plan to plant enough flowers that bloom late, and last spring everyone had glo­rious beds of bulbs, but you neglected to order yours. Last year you said you were […]

Gardening tasks to Do in August

Then comes summer, real summer in our garden. Flowers bloom and our friends tell us they are lovely. But we see the flaws and errors. We feel almost guilty to have our garden praised, so many glaring faults and shortcomings have it. The color scheme is wrong, there are false notes here and there. There are tall plants where short […]

Gardening tasks to Do in July

Of all the fragrant annuals, the petunia is the best known and the most profuse flowering. At the time we buy plants in the spring, the moonvine is a poor-appear­ing plant; otherwise more persons would buy them. How delicately fra­grant they are, how fragile! Have you sown seeds of them? They are hard and need to be soaked in water […]

Gardening tasks to Do in June

The North Annual flowers that come into bloom quickly may still be sown and give excellent results. Calliopsis, candy­tuft, cape-marigold, Gypsophila, cornflower, and love-in-a-mist are a few de­pendable ones. Hot, dry places may be planted with Dwarf Morning-glories, portulaca, California-poppy, calliopsis, and annual phlox. Spring-blooming shrubs, such as the Vanhoutte Spirea and Forsythia, should be pruned now. Paper mulch is […]

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 […]

How to use Thuja Arborvitae in your garden

Thuja-Arborvitae . Evergreen trees of imposing dimensions found wild in North America, China, Korea, and Japan. The several kinds are among the most decorative evergreens and, as they are hardy, they can be used in most parts of North America where suitable soil conditions prevail and the atmosphere is moder­ately free from impurities. The leaves are very small and almost […]