Monthly Archives: June 2009

Don’t Just Water — Soak!

How to make watering easier and more efficient. Soaker hoses ensure that water percolates to the root zone of your plants. This Flat Soaker Hose is especially good for smaller beds because it forms curves easily. Whenever I plant a … Continue reading

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Weeding With a Broom

Cutting garden gets a low-maintenance makeover. Early June in my “sweepable” cutting garden.   When possible, overlap the fabric to avoid any unnecessary cuts. Tuck the edges under, giving yourself a 5″ or 6″ hem, and anchor securely on ends … Continue reading

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Clematis Claim a Forgotten Corner

I was amazed to see these clematis bloom so well the first year after planting. That’s General Sikorski on the right and Venosa Violacea in the middle.   Betty Corning blooms early and has delicate, pendulous, recurved flowers. Look closely … Continue reading

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Chuck Attack!

The woodchucks are back — cuter than ever. My nemesis The woodchucks in our neighborhood have broken the perimeter in our backyard. Since late spring, they have found ways to penetrate the forcefield that protects our phlox, asters, echinacea and … Continue reading

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Bog in a Bowl

Make room for a planter of unusual, moisture-loving plants. After placing a fiberglass screen over the bottom of the bowl, I filled it with dampened peat.   Long-fiber sphagnum peat moss covers the surface to prevent soil splashing and give … Continue reading

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Make a Grand Entrance

Vermont garden is a nonstop flower show. Slideshow: A Vermont garden in high summer. Click on the images to see captions or go to full-screen mode.  I love visiting my friend Sue’s house. She’s the best flower gardener I know. … Continue reading

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Invitation to a Swarm

Our population of bees is booming. Backyard Bees: See how honeybees in our backyard formed a new hive. Click on the photos to see the captions.   You know those interoffice e-mails that you get about mid-afternoon: Please be aware … Continue reading

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