Tag Archives: Weekly Tips

Transplanting Oriental Poppies

Oriental poppies (Papaver orientale) can be tricky to transplant because of their long tap root, but it can be done, and late summer is the best time. Here are some tips on transplanting oriental poppies.

Q&A: Controlling Staghorn Sumac

Question: Is there a safe, easy way to control staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) without totally destroying it? I want to keep its seedlings out of my lawn and garden, but I don’t want to remove the mature trees because I …

Q&A: Rain Barrels

Question: What can you tell me about rain barrels? I want to set one up but my wife is afraid it will become a breeding ground for mosquitos. Answer: Typically a rain barrel is set up to catch the water …

Q&A: Blossom-End Rot

Question: I think my tomatoes have blossom-end rot. There is a dark spot on the bottom of the tomato. What should I do? What other plants get blossom-end rot? Answer: Blossom-end rot is a disease that strikes tomatoes, peppers and …