Growing Tomatoes In Containers

Containerized tomato plants are easy to grow and produce tasty fruits. Here are my tips on how I grow them every year. First, make sure you have a large pot for the plant to grow. The one shown in the picture will allow this plant to develop a big root…

Pots For Different Locations

Containers can be the showcase of any entry to a house or garden. They are great raised accents for many locations. Now many of us are shopping for the perfect plant or plants to fill our pots. The biggest common mistake we do first is to over plant the pot,…

Growing Calla Lilies In Your Garden

All colors of calla lilies are for sale now in big box garden centers. But these are not the ones I can grow well in my garden. The ones that I have had success with are the big bloom types both in white (which is the most common) and yellow….

Native Azaleas: Wonderful Landscape Additions

With such a crazy spring and the heat we are experiencing, plants are blooming off schedule. So last week when I saw this beautiful mature pinxterbloom native azalea in a neighbors yard, I could not help but stop and take a picture of it. It is the feature in their…

Tomatoes Until Frost – Here Is How

I want tomatoes this fall as well as this summer. There is a simple trick to making this happen, sequence planting in the garden. All of us rush out and plant tomatoes as soon as the danger of frost has pasted, but actually that is early. Until the soil temperature…

Planting Time Is Here

The temperature reported on the weather assures me that we are clear of frost. This is a week earlier than many years. So it is time to start adding summer vegetables and cold tender annuals to our landscapes. Today, since my vegetable garden soil is so wet from the rain…

Take A Look At Crabapples

These small flowering trees have a variety of flower colors, red, white, pink, and all types of variations of these colors. So why not take another look at this great flowering tree? If you can grow cherries, you can grow crabapples. Here is why I like these trees. The spring…

It Is Not Too Late – To Do List

Today, as I was planting some more tomato seeds, it occurred to me that you may think it is too late to start many of your vegetables from seed to pot up and go into the garden. The fact is now is a great time to start many of the…

Don’t Hack Your Shrub – Prune It Correctly

Every year after our spring flowering shrubs finish blooming they are cut with pruning shears in some of the oddest shapes: squares, lolly pops, and wedges to name a few. That is NOT what you should do. For any of these shrubs you need to prune, get a pair of…

After The Freeze – Now What?

Yep, we have had quite a cold spell. But of course with the frost date being in early April, many seasoned gardeners expected it. But even seasoned gardeners want to plant when we have warm spells, which we have been having. So what can we do to the plants injured…