7 Garden Gaffes to Avoid this Year 

What’s the difference between a new gardener and an experienced one? The experienced gardener has killed way more plants - or so the saying goes!   Even armed with a substantial amount of knowledge, gardening is still a highly trial-and-error venture. Sometimes that’s on purpose, as gardeners try new plants in their gardens. Sometimes it’s... Continue Reading →

Pruning Fruit Trees vs. Shade Trees 

If you haven’t pruned the trees in your landscape yet, now is a good time to get it done. Today, let’s look at the differences between pruning fruit trees and shade trees. Our end goals and pruning strategies are very different between these two tree types.   Apple trees in an orchard demonstrating standard central... Continue Reading →

Creating a Patio Garden 

If you’re short on space, try your hand at creating a patio or container garden.  Containers fit well on an apartment patio or balcony, as well as in larger landscapes. The key to being successful involves using large containers, a good growing media, and selecting vegetables and flowering plants sized right for growing in containers.      Patio Choice Yellow, All-America Selection 2017... Continue Reading →

2022 All-America Selection Vegetable Winners 

A couple weeks ago we discussed this year’s All-America Selections (AAS) flower winners. This week we’ll take a look at the seven vegetable award winners – six national winners and one regional winner. To see pictures of these and other great plants visit the All-America Selection website.  National Winners Eggplant ‘Icicle’ features pure white, cylindrical fruits which are each about 7-inches long. Fruits maintain their... Continue Reading →

Spring Pruning – Questions & Answers

Last week we looked at winter drought and watering. But many gardeners also have questions about spring pruning. Specifically, is the time to prune affected by warm winter conditions? Here are a few pruning -related questions I have received lately.   Will early pruning cause fruit tree leaf and flower buds to develop earlier and... Continue Reading →

2022 All-America Selection Flower Winners 

This article is provided by All-America Selections, including pictures and plant information. Visit them at all-americaselections.org for additional information and pictures.  All-America Selections (AAS) announces six flower award winners this year, including two Gold Medal winners and four National winners. Gold Medal awards are reserved for breakthroughs in plant breeding, signally a plant with a completely unique feature not previously found in similar plants. So Gold... Continue Reading →

Making the Most of the Worst

It’s been a tough year; and for some much worse than others. Many of us looked to our landscapes for calm, focus, beauty, a place to work off nervous energy and a sense of normalcy.         Like our landscapes, we strived toward resiliency. In trying to make the most of the worst, here’s a little... Continue Reading →

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