If you receive a flower arrangement or a bouquet of roses for Valentine's Day, you may wonder how to take care of them. Even though cut flowers are not attached to the plant anymore, they are still alive. Just like a living plant, they need water. Just like when they were attached to the plant, they will use water faster and wilt quicker if ...Read more
Midwinter is a time when many high-school and college students are narrowing their career-choice options. Opportunities in horticulture and landscaping are abundant for individuals who enjoy working with plants, working outdoors or working with people. There are careers in arboriculture, floristry, greenhouse management, irrigation and landscape...Read more
Last week, we looked at the flowering-plant winners of the 2018 All-America Selections testing program. This week, we have the vegetable winners. There are three peppers, three tomatoes, one Chinese cabbage and one sweet corn.
When you see the red, white and blue logo of All-America Selections on seed packets or in catalogs, you can expect the ...Read more
AAS Flower Award Winners
When you are looking at garden catalogs and plants in the garden center, it is sometimes difficult to know how well a plant is going to do in your garden. All-America Selections is an independent nonprofit testing organization that tests new plants. It has more than 60 test gardens, from Alaska and Canada, to California...Read more
Last week, we talked about the new plant varieties that have won the 2018 Green Thumb Awards presented by the Direct Gardening Association (formerly called the Mailorder Gardening Association). This week we look at the tools category. The winning products are judged on their uniqueness, technological innovation, ability to solve a gardening ...Read more
Four new plant varieties and two new gardening products have won the 2018 Green Thumb Awards presented by the Direct Gardening Association (formerly called the Mailorder Gardening Association). This is the 20th year of the Green Thumb Awards. Judges include garden writers like me, although I didn't judge this year. This week we look at the ...Read more
The North American landscape is almost entirely dormant. But just because the landscape is dormant doesn't mean gardeners have to be. Now is a good time to visit your local botanical garden greenhouse. It is warm and full of beautiful green plants.
Many gardeners also love bird feeding and bird-watching. Now is a good time to build a birdhouse....Read more
I used to have a New Year's resolution of not eating a whole watermelon in one sitting. That was back when watermelons weighed 25 to 30 pounds, but now many stores sell the little round baby watermelons. I have reversed my resolution so that now I resolve to eat a whole watermelon in one sitting at least once this summer.
Are you glad 2017 is ...Read more
Errabundis [Kindle Edition]Carol Budinger
This epic fantasy of love and transformation tells of The Lorilex, poised to destroy the world. But in the far off, dusty caravan town of Errabundis a powerful force for good is cloaked within an ordinary life. A life that must be awoken to itself if the world is to ...
Winter is just beginning, and most of us are just starting to dream about next summer's garden. To help you or the gardener on your gift list plan your summer garden, I know of a few books that you can read by the fireplace that will warm your green thumb.
Many areas of the country go through droughts from time to time. Most of our landscape ...Read more
Even though recent snowstorms reached the Gulf states, there are heavy snowstorms and ice storms each winter. It is amazing how far south ice storms can reach. Only a few areas of our country are immune to them. The southern edge of the Snowbelt can get freezing rain several times a year, while the Gulf Coast can get one once every few years.
Do you have a small fishbowl sitting around the house with a poor, dejected goldfish or betta swimming lazily in circles? The bowl is probably in need of cleaning, and chances are no one wants to do it. Well, now you can make that little fishbowl do some good. Back to the Roots wants to help every family experience the magic of growing their own...Read more
Q: We live in an apartment and are five stories up. We have a balcony with several potted shrubs in large pots. We don't have room for them indoors. The weather started getting cold and windy, so we moved the pots against the wall. We built a plastic wall on the outside of the pots to stop the wind and help trap some of the apartment heat. It ...Read more
Q: I just bought some end-of-the-year shrubs from a local nursery and was shocked at what I found. I am mad and want to return the plants, but I am wondering what you think. When I lifted the plants out of the pot, a lot of soil fell off the roots. About 2 inches' worth fell off all around the sides, and there are several inches of soil left in ...Read more