Monthly Archives: March 2009

Woodchuck Foiled

Gardener saves salad from neighborhood bullies. The Pop-Up Net can be used over a 3×3-foot bed (as shown) or anchored right to the ground. It’s the time of year when I walk the perimeter of our backyard and make repairs … Continue reading

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Sleepers, Awake!

The first harvest of 2009 has begun here in the north country. It’s maple, coming in drop by drop. Pure maple sap The first harvest of 2009 has begun here in the north country. It’s maple, coming in drop by … Continue reading

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Food for the Soul

Brighten someone’s day with home-grown flowers. Rembrandt Dahlia Mixture  Who Dun It Dahlia My cutting garden last year, including: Hot Crayon Colors zinnias from Renee’s Garden Seeds; an electric orange gladiolus that I’ve been saving year to year (it first … Continue reading

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Heucheras That Beat the Heat

The efforts of several plant breeders over the past decade have inundated the market with scores of new varieties. The result: improved flower size and color, new foliage colors, patterns and leaf shapes. Caramel Heuchera is a runner-up for the … Continue reading

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Portland Japanese Garden

Just like an art museum, each time you visit a public garden there’s always something new to appreciate and inspire. The Japanese Garden in Portland, OR. Once springtime arrives and I’m finally out in the garden, it’s almost impossible to … Continue reading

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NEW Kitchen Garden Planner

Check out our new, interactive tool for planning a vegetable garden. The High-Yield Garden is one of six pre-planned gardens in the Kitchen Garden Planner. You can also use the planner to design your own garden. Here’s some good news! … Continue reading

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Going Native

Starting with the native species, perennial plant breeders are developing new cultivars with improved traits. Creeping phlox (Phlox subulata) is a good native groundcover for sharply drained soils. Spring Symphony foamflower (Tiarella) brightens a woodland garden. Espresso cranesbill (Geranium maculatum) … Continue reading

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Biopesticides

Control pests with environmentally-friendly substances derived from natural sources. Delphinium seedlings are prone to damping-off disease. The sowing instructions for the delphinium seed I ordered from New Zealand recommend adding a fungus to the germinating mix. Say again? Researchers discovered … Continue reading

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New Succulents for 2009

Here are a few of my favorites, including aloes, agaves and echeverias. I took this photograph in the garden of Thomas Hobbs, author of The Jewel Box Garden. His garden in Vancouver is filled with tiny wonders like this one. … Continue reading

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