Necessary Chores Now

Now is the time there are lots of small chores in the garden. Here are a few of the things I am doing in my garden. My pole beans are beginning to run, so I do a string trellis with a good jute rope tied onto horizontal poles. This is…

My Calla Lily Secret

You may be surprised that if I plant new calla lily tubers, it is around this time of the year. Well, that is my secret. I always buy them on sale either from a mail order supplier or from the the big box hardware or stores like Walmart in those…

Hydrangea Care Now

Florist hydrangeas, sometimes called “Mopheads,” are now budded in our area. With the buds showing it is time to do several things to make sure your blooms are beautiful. First, now is the time to remove all the dead branches as all the foliage on the old wood that is…

Planting Vegetables – A Few Tips

Now is the time to plant most summer vegetables, whether you are seeding the veggies or using transplants. Here are a few thing I do that seem to work for me. When planting squash or cucumbers I like to put a ring of an inert material around the plant. This…

Plant Tomatoes The RIGHT Way

My tomatoes are very tall this year, and in one way that is good. It allows me to dig deep holes to plant them. Yes, that is right, always plant tomatoes up to the first leaf below the cluster of leaves growing at the tip of the plant. Now this…

Herbs – Great Additions To The Garden

I have really grown fond of using herbs in the landscape. While some of my evergreen herbs in our area got burned from the cold weather, all seem to be flourishing with new foliage. Here are some I think are very dependable and easy to grow. Oregano – While there…

Snowballs In Two Sizes

My snowball viburnum is stealing the show in our front yard and rightly so. This large shrub is covered with white blooms with flower clusters up to a foot across. It is a rank unkept large shrub with shoots towering upward to 15 plus feet. It is a great plant…

Hacked Crepe Myrtles – Here Is What To Do Now

So you followed what many of your neighbors did and cut your crepe myrtles back. Now the sticks (limbs) are putting out new shoots like crazy. Lots of shoots do not make for a beautiful small tree (yes I said small tree because that is how crepe myrtles are classified)….

Watch Out What You Plant Now

My youngest son said he was going to the store today to buy some plants. My first response was to warn him that it was too early to plant tender annuals and summer veggies. Yes, the temptation is strong and the plants are plentiful, but just remember April 15 is…

Weeds: What Can I Do Now

No matter how much I do to prevent spring weeds in my grass and garden, I always have some. So what do I do? Well, the tough news is that with Poa annua all I can do is kill it and everything else around it with Roundup or hand pull…