Jeff Rugg / Gardening

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 ...

The Greener View: Fall Planting

Q: I have always planted shrubs, perennials and trees in the spring. My local big-box stores and my favorite nursery are having sales on new plants, not just old ones they are trying to dump. There is a "fall is for planting" sign. Is this just an...

The Greener View: Snake-Friendly Gardening

Q: When I was young, a neighbor was allowed to have snakes and his dad built a large enclosure that allowed us to catch and save more than 50. I live in the same area, but I rarely ever see a snake and that is probably partly due to kids like us ...

The Greener View: Bud Blast and Leaf Drop

Q: I bought an orchid at an orchid show two weeks ago. It had a few open flowers and a lot of beautiful buds. Over the past week, most of the buds have turned yellow and fallen off. I followed the directions exactly of where to put it in my house,...