Jeff Rugg / Gardening

The Greener View: Saving Trees From Snow

As I am sure you know, there has been a lot of lake-effect snow around the Great Lakes. Much of this snow is heavy, wet snow that can weigh so much it breaks tree branches. If these areas get rain, the snow and rain will turn to ice and weigh even...

The Greener View: Forcing Spring Bulbs

Question: I bought several kinds of spring flowering bulbs. I intended to plant them outside, but winter came six weeks early and now the ground is frozen. I noticed on the packaging that some of them say they are "good for forcing." I am not sure...

The Greener View: Easy Winter Color

Q: I have grown amaryllis bulbs in the past and I see they are back in the stores again. I almost always get just one flower stalk with three or four flowers. I have seen other people's bulbs have two or even three flower stalks with four or five ...

The Greener View: Pumpkin Processing

Q: I bought two pumpkins at a farm stand and don't know how old they are or if they were exposed to a frost. You mentioned that they won't last as long if they have been frosted. We did not cut them for Halloween. How long can I wait to bake them ...

The Greener View: Aquatic Plants in Winter

Question: What do I do with my aquatic plants in my backyard pond when the winter weather comes? I have floating hyacinths, some potted shoreline plants and a lily.

Answer: This answer depends on whether you will have frost for a day or two at a ...

The Greener View: Pumpkins

Q: I think I am running out of time. Is there any way to speed a pumpkin into turning orange? It is the beginning of October and mine are still green. Can I cut them from the vine and have them ripen, or do they just have to run their course on ...