PROTECTING PLANTS FROM WINTER DAMAGE

Besides ice dams on the roof and piles of snow in the driveway, horticultural injury is a fact of life during northern winters. Surprisingly, there are many ways that otherwise long-lived plants may meet their demise in between growing seasons. Direct injury from exposure to cold temperature is the most obvious, and as a result, most gardeners and homeowners pay […]

Helleborus niger ( Christmas Rose )

These are long-lived, evergreen plants with basal clumps of long stalked leaves, divided fanwise into leaflets. Flowers which appear in December and persist until April, are cream colored with many stamens and dangle above upper foliage. If planted in warmer climates, make sure ample water is available and mulch well to keep roots cool. Best grown in cooler areas. Both […]

Santa Claus Loves Gardeners Too

Hello fellow Earthlings, and seasons greetings to all of you. As the days get shorter and our gardening time is either eliminated because of snow or cold or because we’re just too busy making sure that our other family members have a happy holiday season, let’s take some time to think about the garden. So let’s take a stroll out […]

Choose Kale for Winter Colour

Background Compared to its more succulent cousins like cabbage and broccoli, Kale is often regarded as a “coarse” vegetable, suitable only for the winter garden. How untrue! The leaves are rich with Vitamin A & C, iron and calcium and the beautifully frilled Japanese varieties are an ornament in any garden and make a striking garnish on any dish. On […]

November Gardening Tips

Zone 1 Thin dense-growing trees to avoid wind damage Apply mulch around plants after ground freezes Cut back chrysanthemums after bloom; mulch heavily or dig and store in basement or garage Set up burlap screens on windward sides of choice shrubs Prune deciduous trees and roses after leaves have fallen Zone 2 Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants) Zone 3 […]

Gardening in November – Pruning and training

Gardening in November Pruning and Training A good month for planting or moving roses, too. Cut them well back to stop wind-rock and to encourage strong new growth next year. Fix some wire hoops around multi-stemmed conifers in snowy areas to stop sudden heavy falls spraining the stems under the weight of snow. Where diseases are a problem on roses, […]

November Gardening Tips – Pest Proofing the Garden

PEST-PROOFING THE GARDEN AND OTHER NOVEMBER GARDENING TIPS In November Mother Nature begins to put things to bed for the long winter. It’s time for gardeners to do the same by protecting plants for the winter, storing garden tools, and tidying up the garden for the next growing season. If you haven’t cleaned up old plants and debris from vegetable […]

Fall Garden Maintenance

At the first killing frost, when the growing season ends, it is time for the gardener to give attention to maintaining the various man-made features of his home landscape. Fall is a perfect time for this-cool weather, and no pressing need to hurry to some other task, make these jobs a pleasure. Walls, Fences and Gateways-Fences made of wire should […]

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 […]

November Gardening To do list

Provided is a list of tasks you need to perform in your garden during November. Please understand your gardening zone which is identified in the menu above. Look for Hardiness Zones. Zone 1 Thin dense-growing trees to avoid wind damage Apply mulch around plants after ground freezes Cut back chrysanthemums after bloom; mulch heavily or dig and store in basement […]