Most plants that we call “annuals” are actually tender perennials that can’t survive winters in colder climates. We treat them like annuals, cast them on the compost heap in the fall and buy new ones the following spring.
If you live near the sea there is an abundant and sustainable source of mulch and fertilizer right at your feet. When we are on our island we carry a few handfuls of seaweed to the garden beds every time … Read Article
Advice that’s debatable: Water enough to keep grass green because a brown lawn is a dead lawn. Every summer, at least one person in every neighborhood lets the grass turn brown. People start grumbling about what a shame it is … Read Article
Simplify your summer gardening tasks with these garden chores from Preen. As temperatures rise and the beach beckons, even the most dedicated gardeners feel like slacking off on weekly yard and garden chores. And why not? By late summer, isn’t … Read Article
With the growth in edible gardening, blueberries and other fruits have become increasingly popular in gardens. I received a gift of a blueberry bush (Vaccinium chippewa) from my brother Jon for my birthday last month. Knowing that birds like to … Read Article
‘Minnesota Midget’ cantaloupe is a backyard gardener’s dream. These super-sweet, softball-size muskmelons grow on unusual three- to four-foot vines. You can even grow ‘Minnesota Midget’ in a container on your patio, because it is that well behaved. Each plant will … Read Article
After seeing the Monet’s Gardens at Giverny exhibit at The New York Botanical Garden, I was inspired to learn more about growing water lilies. I have a pond on my property with nothing growing in it except algae. I heard that … Read Article
Question: What can you tell me about the new Calliope and Caliente geraniums? The Calliope and Caliente series of hybrid geraniums are a result of over 10 years of refining ivy-zonal crosses to harvest the best features of each type … Read Article
It’s tomato planting time for much of the country! Follow these tomato growing tips from Burpee for a fruitful harvest of fresh, juicy tomatoes. 1. Garden Spacing Tomatoes should be set 30 to 48 inches apart in a row … Read Article
Certain perennials do not benefit from additional fertilizer. Before you spring-feed your garden, review this list of perennials not to feed.
I have a cutting garden that I use to make summer bouquets for my house and for friends. Sometimes it seems like they could use some filler—like the baby’s breath the florist uses. Can I grow baby’s breath?