Mention flowering bulbs and most people think of daffodils and tulips. But there's another category of bulbs — those that bloom in summer and add sizzling color in July and August. Some of my favorite, easy-to-grow summer bulbs are dahlias, gladiolas, and elephant ears (Alocasia or Colocasia spp.). Others are begonias, caladiums, cannas, and peacock orchids. Note that some of these "bulbs" are, botanically... >>more
We gardeners are often too busy in the spring to start thinking about next year. But keep in mind that spring-flowering shrubs should be pruned after the shrub has finished blooming. There are several reasons to prune shrubs. You can prune to enhance overall... >>more
Garden products can be harmful to pets, so always take precautions to keep your animal companions safe. Some pesticides — and even some fertilizers — can be hazardous if they are ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the pads on the animals' feet. Follow these guidelines to... >>more
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Here's a fun way to herald in spring and recycle, too. Share your excitement with friends and neighbors by giving them a colorful door knocker bouquet. You can use a basket or a vase, but I prefer ... >>more
Instead of tossing those eggshells in the trash, feed them to your birds. Rinse in plain water and bake at 250 degrees for 30 minutes. Allow to cool, then crush shells into small pieces and scatter on a deck, patio, or driveway. Fruit is another welcome treat and is particularly attractive to warblers and orioles. Slice oranges in half... >>more
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Question: We are new to gardening and are looking forward to planting trees and shrubs around our home this spring. My mother said she heard you talk of a new method of planting trees. Would you please explain?
Answer: The old adage "plant a tree as deep as it is in the container" has been revised. Here's a new method to try.
Question: At a recent presentation you mentioned a recipe for sugar water to use when planting trees and shrubs. Can you tell me more?
Answer: According to the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories in England, scientists found that newly planted trees responded favorably when water with a sugar water solution for the first four weeks. The trees experienced less transplant shock and the solution seemed to stimulate root development. Here's the recipe: Mix 1 1/2 cups of white sugar into one gallon of warm water. Blend until dissolved. Water new trees and shrubs with 1/2 gallon per week for four weeks.