Can You Plant Arborvitae in the Fall?

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In general, fall is the best season to plant shrubs (among most other types of plants, too). Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule, and many gardeners seem to count arborvitae among them.

Mulch Alternatives Around Trees

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  Volcano mulching continues to be an epidemic in the landscape. This got me to thinking, if we cannot get people to avoid mounding mulch up against their trees’ trunks, maybe we should do without mulch all together. Gasp! I …

Introduction to Composting


  Here’s a gem of advice: Composting is nothing more than putting your garden and kitchen scraps in one place. There, isn’t that easy? Here are a few tips to get you started. You cannot do this wrong. The worst …

Digging Deeper: Garden Know-How

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  One of the reasons gardening is a life-long endeavor is that there is always something new to learn about, be it a new garden style, plant, theory, environment or micro-climate. You can scrap your garden and start anew with …

The Sensory Garden


Fair warning: If you were to do a quick Internet search on sensory gardens, you may be a bit overwhelmed. Sensory gardens are often designed to stimulate the senses of young children; to highlight a particular sense, such as smell …

Edible Spotlight: Cleopatra Oregano

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  Add a winner to your herb garden: Cleopatra is a 2015 All-America Winner. Unlike Greek and Italian oreganos, ‘Cleopatra’ has a mild, spicy flavor with a hint of peppermint. Many cooks prefer adding ‘Cleopatra’ to their roasted vegetables and …

How to Grow Rosemary Indoors

Grow Rosemary Indoors

The easiest way to grow rosemary indoors is to grow the plant in containers. If your rosemary is in containers, start acclimating the plant to the diminished light it will receive when brought indoors. Rosemary requires full sun and even …