Jeff Rugg / Gardening

The Greener View: Garden Hoses and Rain Barrels

Q: I am need of a new garden hose and the thought struck me as to if there is a hose that is drinking water safe? As a kid, I always drank from the hose. But I haven't done so in a long time. The question came up as I thought about using the water...

The Greener View: Daylight Saving

Wow, we made it to spring. Well, at least that is what the calendar says. There may still be snow on the ground just about everywhere, but the good news is that we have another hour of sunlight to help melt it away. OK, maybe not. But it sure ...

The Greener View: Planting Bare-Root Plants

Q: We ordered roses, raspberries and a few other shrubs and one small tree from a mail order company. They emailed us that our order is shipping. We are not ready to plant these plants. I didn't think they were coming until the end of March. How ...

The Greener View: New Vegetable Gardener

Q: I know this may sound naive, but I haven't grown a vegetable garden before. My park district is advertising garden plots, but we might just plant a small garden in our yard. My local store already has broccoli and cabbage plants. I picked up a ...

The Greener View: Peach Tree Care

Q: We moved into a house over the winter that we have been told by a neighbor has a peach tree. He says that it has a few good fruit, but that it hasn't been cared for recently. We are waiting for a book from the Extension Service, but, in the ...