Monthly Archives: July 2008

How Do YOU Water the Garden?

Please vote in our poll. As we try to develop new solutions, it helps to understand how people are watering their gardens. We had almost an inch of rain last weekend, and this week I couldn’t get over how great … Continue reading

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Flexible Clematis Support

Deer fencing makes an excellent support for clematis. For many years, I’ve tried to grow clematis on my Garden Starter Greenhouse. I tried string and other techniques, but this year’s solution has proved to be the best so far. I … Continue reading

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What’s Bugging Your Plants?

Online resources can help you find the best solutions for control of pests and diseases. Beneficial praying mantises eat insects that damage garden plants. The azalea looked healthy and happy last week. The shrub was full of leafy new growth … Continue reading

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Summer Care for Tall Bearded Iris

What to do with bearded irises when the show is over. Majestic, tall bearded irises reign in the early summer garden. Photo from the garden of Leo Vandervlugt, president of Dutch Gardens. By mid-summer, nothing remains of my bearded irises’ … Continue reading

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Weed and Feed with Cover Crops

Clover, ryegrass and other cover crops deter weeds, conserve moisture, and add nutrients to the soil when tilled under. Clover, ryegrass, and other cover crops deter weeds, conserve moisture, and add nutrients to the soil when tilled under. I spent … Continue reading

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Woodchuck Woes

To make sure your garden is protected from groundhogs, get a fence. The Animal We live in the city, but we still have plenty of wildlife. For many years, our big problem was woodchucks—also known as groundhogs. They’d come into … Continue reading

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Going Native with Bill Cullina

Choosing locally adapted plants makes sense for many reasons. Ferns add texture to woodland gardens and provide the background for colorful native flowering plants. Going Green means different things to different people. For Bill Cullina (pronounced kul-EYE-nuh), it’s literally about … Continue reading

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