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Notes From the Garden: Flower Shows Start Soon

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

This has been a relatively easy winter for me. No heavy snows requiring me to climb up on my roof to shovel off the flat part above a death-defying 30-foot drop. No temperatures lingering below zero for days on end. Still, it’s winter and I’m a gardener who is already thinking about spring. Thank heavens for the spring flower shows! Here is this year’s schedule. Mark your calendar and get …

Notes From the Garden: Winter Tests Your Tree Identification Skills

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Winter is a slow time for me. There is no weeding or mowing or transplanting to do, so I have time to walk or cross-country ski almost every day. When I’m out and about, I love observing the trees and native shrubs of the forest, and try to know the name of everything …

Seed Libraries Offer a Counterpoint to Catalogs

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

It’s time to buy seeds, either at your local feed-and grain store, the local garden center or from a catalog. I like to buy locally, but catalogs present a wider variety than most stores can offer. Recently I called Ken Greene, founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library in Accord, N.Y., to have …

Low Water Pressure Often Caused by These Problems

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Many homeowners have experienced the irritation of dealing with low water pressure in the house at least once. Low water pressure makes simple daily activities, such as showering or washing your dishes, frustrating and time consuming, but finding …

Rooting Out Some Nasty, Pushy Plants

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

If you have a wet area or a stream on your property, you might be seeing some very pretty tall pinky-purple flowers blooming now, or soon. Those are purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), an invasive plant that you should …

Notes From the Garden: Fruit Trees Need to Produce

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I try not to be too compulsive, but I admit that I counted every sour or pie cherry I picked from my tree this year. Give or take a few I ate while picking, I got 111 cherries …

By Any Other Name...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Will Radler was still just an amateur rose breeder — a basement hobbyist, really — when he walked out of his home in Milwaukee carrying that fateful baby rose in a soil-stuffed cup. He didn’t realize it then, …

How to Stop Mold After Water Damage

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Homeowners who experience even a small amount of water seeping into their homes either from flooding or a broken pipe should be concerned about mold. It doesn’t take much water for mold to grow and do a lot …

Notes From the Garden: Planting Trees With Red, Purple or Black Foliage

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

When I bought my house in 1970 it had no landscaping. But I’ve lived in it ever since and have been working on the gardens pretty much all that time. The first tree I planted was a Japanese …

Notes From the Garden: High Summer and Growing Carrots

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Certainly the weather is, year after year, a source of much consternation for gardeners. It’s too dry! (May). It’s too wet! (June). It’s too hot! (today) Too cold! (yesterday). People seem to be delighted to complain about the …

The Ins and Outs Of Driveway Alarms

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Just like a security light attached to a motion sensor, a driveway alarm uses a wired or wireless sensor to inform you when someone has walked or driven onto your driveway. A few Angie’s List experts weigh in …

Notes From the Garden: Patriotic Blooms Outlast the Booms of July 4th

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Among my earliest memories is one from a Fourth of July celebration back when I was just a tadpole — in 1949, perhaps. My sister and I sat on the hood of our parents’ 1938 Buick, a big …

Some Plants Need a Pinch to Grow On Each Year

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I was presenting at an outdoor gardening event recently when a woman walked by wearing a T-shirt that said, “No Pinching!” Maybe she had young kids, or was a kindergarten teacher. Clearly she was not an experienced gardener. Pinching plants is good, and now is the time to …