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The Greener View: Honeysuckle and Bugleweed

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Q: I don't know if I have a good problem or a bad one. There are a bunch of new shrubs growing in my yard. They are growing in the flower bed in the back, and there is a line of them growing under the power lines behind our yard. They have pretty yellow and white flowers that are nicely fragrant. I think they are honeysuckles.

I would like to ...Read more

The Greener View: Tomato Seedlings

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Q: I bought a wisteria vine from a mail order catalog. When it arrived, it was about as thick as a pencil and about 3 feet long. It didn't even have leaves. I planted it, and to my surprise, it grew just fine. After just a few years, the trunk was about as thick as a baseball bat. Unfortunately, a record cold winter two years ago killed the top....Read more

The Greener View: Healthy Ponds

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Question: How much water should I circulate in my water garden? I read conflicting reports saying to add more water anywhere from once a day to once an hour. I want the water to be clear, and I do have some goldfish in the pond, with a few lilies and other plants. My pond holds about 1,800 gallons.

Answer: This is a common question with a ...Read more

The Greener View: Attracting Birds

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Q: I know you have occasionally written about birds in the yard and garden, but I haven't paid too much attention to the birds in my yard. Over the past few weeks of being stuck inside, I have noticed a lot more birds in the tree outside my office window. I assume they are migrating. There have been several with red feathers, and some with ...Read more

The Greener View: Potted Vegetables

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Q: I saw a hashtag of #stayhomeandgarden, and I thought it was a great idea, but I have a very small yard without much room for the dog to run around in. I know that some vegetables grow in pots, but I have only grown flowers in pots. I assume there is not much difference between the usual geraniums or petunias and vegetables, but I thought I ...Read more

The Greener View: Lawn Aeration

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Q: I had a remodeling project going on in the back of my house just before the government put limits on people working. The project is done, but the tractors, wheelbarrows and other equipment did a lot of damage to the grass in the side yard and backyard. At the time of the remodeling, it was too early to fix the yard. I know I need to reseed, ...Read more

The Greener View: Transplanting Trees

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Q: I just moved into a new home, and there are some small trees that I think will grow too large too close to the house. They are still small enough I think I can move them. The trunks are about 2 inches thick a couple of feet off the ground. They are about 10 feet tall. I am not sure how big of a root system they need to have to successfully ...Read more

The Greener View: Seasonal Grass

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Question: When I used my drop spreader to fertilize my lawn, it made stripes of fertilized and unfertilized grass. I do not want to buy another spreader. How do I use this one properly, and how do I correct the stripes I have now?

Answer: You will have to live with the stripes for a while. If you try to fertilize the unfertilized stripes, you ...Read more

The Greener View: Easter Lilies

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Obviously, everyone knows about the economic hardships that the current virus situation has inflicted on many retail businesses. It is hard to have an entire store of shelves filled with inventory that can't be sold. I would like to remind everyone of the worst kind of inventory to have in this situation: live plants and animals.

Pet stores ...Read more

The Greener View: Algae

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Hi, my name is Al G. Greene. We need to talk. I would like to set the record straight about some things you have been saying about me and my cousins, the Browns and the Bluegreens.

First, let us clear up who we are not. We are not duckweed, which is a tiny (by your standards) flowering plant. It takes five or 10 of them to reach 1 inch long. We...Read more

The Greener View: 2020 Green Thumb Awards

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Last week, we talked about 3 of the 4 new plant varieties that have won the 2020 Green Thumb Awards presented by the Direct Gardening Association (formerly called the Mail-Order Gardening Association). This week, we look at one more plant winner and the tools category winners. The winning products are judged on their uniqueness, technological ...Read more

The Greener View: 2020 Green Thumb Awards

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Four new plant varieties and two new gardening products have won the 2020 Green Thumb Awards presented by the Direct Gardening Association (formerly called the Mail-Order Gardening Association). This is the 22nd year of the Green Thumb Awards. This year, I was not on the judging panel. This week, we look at the some of the plants, and next week,...Read more

The Greener View: Plant Selection

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

This is the final article in a five-part series on houseplants for millennials.

The best place for new gardeners to buy plants is a local garden center or greenhouse. It won't take long before you will be able to recognize which plants will grow well in your house. If you have sunny windows that produce warm to hot temperatures, you will want ...Read more


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