Jeff Rugg / Gardening

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 ...

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...