The Plants of Thanksgiving

The Plants of Thanksgiving Fruits Some years are better than others, but if you plant enough varieties, you’re bound to get something delicious in return. Apples. Pears. Peaches. Blueberries. Blackberries. Raspberries. Grapes. Pumpkin. Onions. Tomatoes. Leeks. It’s easy to make pies from many of the autumn harvests. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the mix, […]

Timely Tips for the Garden in August!

While the list of gardening tasks for August is shorter than in many months, there are still ongoing tasks to perform in the garden. The hot temperatures of mid-summer make it tough to spend much time working in your garden, so take advantage of any cooler days to take care of grooming and weeding. Right […]

The Slug… Your Adversary

The Slug… Your Adversary Slugs may be a very serious problem to you if you live in moisture-laden areas of the country. A single “lawn prawn” can successfully remove an entire row of seedlings from your garden in no time at all. He can turn a perfect plant into Swiss cheese over night and return […]

Summer gardening tips . . .

Michael J. McGroarty Summer gardening tips . . . Don’t be afraid to trim those flowering shrubs and trees that need it. Failure to prune is probably the biggest gardening mistake a person can make. I spent 20 years landscaping homes and businesses, and I watched people make the investment in my services, then they […]

How to Grow Corn Poppies – Six Easy Steps Corn poppies, (Papaver rhoeas), also known as Flanders poppies, field poppies or Shirley poppies, are hardy annuals with vividly colored, papery red, pink or white blooms that rise above lacy foliage. The fuzzy stems reach heights of 2 feet and more at maturity. Easily grown by […]

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Twelve Must Plant Pollinator-Friendly Flowers 

Echinacea PowWow Wild Berry is a perennial that provides continual bloom without deadheading or grooming. Photo credit:  All-America Selections Twelve Must Plant Pollinator-Friendly Flowers  By Melinda Myers Fill your garden with colorful annuals you and the pollinators can enjoy all season long. Look for outstanding varieties chosen by All-America Selections (AAS), a non-profit plant trialing organization, […]

Plant Lilies for a Summer Garden of Elegant and Fragrant Blooms

Plant Lilies for a Summer Garden of Elegant and Fragrant Blooms By Melinda Myers Kaveri lilies bloom mid-summer and enliven gardens with their golden yellow petals painted with tangerine and burgundy. Photo credit:  Longfield-Gardens.com Lilies add long-lasting color and fragrance to flower gardens and summer bouquets. These stately flowers provide vertical interest and blend nicely with […]

House Plants 101

By Melinda Myers House Plants 101 Succulents should be kept within two feet of an east- or west-facing window and grown in a fast-draining potting mix. Photo credit:  Melinda Myers, LLC Houseplants 101 Lift your spirits and improve your indoor environment by taking part in the indoor gardening movement. An apartment or home filled with tropical, […]

Keep Holiday Plants Looking Their Best

Keep Holiday Plants Looking Their Best By Melinda Myers The holiday season has arrived.  That means you will be on the giving or receiving end of a poinsettia, Christmas cactus, cyclamen, amaryllis or other holiday plant.  Extend the beauty and longevity of these holiday beauties with proper care. And that starts the minute you leave […]

Millennials to Baby Boomers, Gifts that Grow are All the Rage

By Melinda Myers Millennials to Baby Boomers, Gifts that Grow are All the Rage It’s a jungle in there. Every window, surface and brightly lit corner is filled with decorative or edible greenery.  There is no doubt what to gift this person for the holidays. More of the same. A lack of outdoor growing space, […]