Jeff Rugg / Gardening

The Greener View: Allelopathy

Question: We were told that our walnut tree may be the cause of the slow growth of the tomatoes in our vegetable garden. The tree is about 50 feet away and there used to be others in the yard, but they are now gone. Could the walnut tree really be...

The Greener View: Trumpet Creeper Vines

Question: I have a trumpet vine that is approximately 4 years old. It likes to creep and has crept over most of my garden to the point where it has rooted and more plants are coming up. It is on an arbor and does grow up the arbor but seems to ...

The Greener View: Hostas and Hail

Question: My hostas took a beating from a hailstorm. My light green one with the huge leaves, especially. There are now holes from the hail and torn leaves. Is there anything I can or should do for my plant or is it trashed until next year? I've ...

The Greener View: Bees, Roses and Nitrites

Question: Something is eating circles and half circles out of the leaves on my roses, but I never see anything doing it. What is the cause and how do I stop it?

Answer: Leaf cutter bees cut semi-circle shaped holes in the leaves of roses and many...

The Greener View: Moving Plants and Ash Yellows

I recently wrote about transplanting perennials in the summer before a house was sold. This can be difficult as some of the plants may not survive and it takes more care to keep the plants alive in the summer than if they were moved in the fall or...