Some folks head south for the winter; my woody plant containers head into an unheated garage. Granted the setting isn’t as glamourous but they’re dormant and don’t know the difference. When they ‘wake up’ in early spring, they will be outside again in fresh air. I overwinter many deciduous shrubs and dwarf trees this way,…

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I’ve added a new tool to my gardening arsenal – a pry bar. This tool comes in handy when planting gardens in ledges and rocky soil. Just the other day I was adding some perennials to my sister Kim’s ledge garden when I hit a stubborn rock. Kim raced to the barn and came out…

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2019 & 2020 video bundle

Please check out my 12 info-packed, colorful gardening lectures that cover a wide range of gardening themes from garden design, plant selection, and sustainable practices. All presentations come with extensive lecture notes. You can puchase these videos individually or save 20% or more with Special Bundle Offers. All videos can be watched as often as…

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Good watering practices are essential for growing lush healthy gardens and containers. If you don’t have the right equipment, it can be a nightmare! Dramm is a leading manufacturer of premier quality watering tools including hoses, water wands, sprinklers, hose nozzles and accessories. Dramm has long been my choice for superior watering devices. I especially…

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Protect your plants from devastating damage from deer, rabbit and other chewing critters this spring with Plantskydd, an organic repellent that also fertilizes (it contains nitrogen). This #1 rated repellent lasts up to 3 – 4 months during the growing season (note: new growth must be sprayed to maintain effectiveness). Check out this brochure for…

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Now is the time to boost the floral and fruit production from your rhododendron, azalea, holly, blueberries, blue-flowering Hydrangea, dogwood and other acid loving plants with an application of organic, slow-release Holly-tone. Espoma offers many other outstanding organic fertilizers for non-acidic plants such as roses, perennials, trees, tomatoes and other flowering shrubs. I love their…

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There is a tried and true saying in the gardening world: Don’t put a $5 plant in a $1 hole; put a $1 plant in a $5 hole. Actually, this sentence doesn’t tell the whole story. The reality is you will save a lot more money on plant purchases over a much greater period if…

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It is always interesting and eye-opening to read predicted horticultural trends for the New Year. These ‘forecasts’ are compiled by the Garden Media Group that studies global consumer trends to see what’s happening in gardening, landscape design and green living. As stated on their web page “In our first report in 2001, we predicted outdoor…

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I recently attended an inspirational and motivating IPM (Integrated Pest Management) class at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine. The 6-hour program amazed me with the new information I learned about insect and disease management concerning edible and ornamental gardens, as well as tree care. (Photo of beneficial ladybug larvae. Both ladybugs and the…

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Yummy berries for birds come in so many brilliant colors, including red, blue, purple, orange, pink, and yellow. The display is further enhanced by those with striking fall foliage. The icing on the cake is watching excited birds feasting on these tasty treats. Below are a few terrific natural ‘bird feeders’ to consider adding to…

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