Wednesday December 4, 2013
Here are the finalists from our Fall Color Photo Challenge. What a beautiful season. This will be a hard one to decide. Take a good look at each submission in the photo gallery, then come back here and place your vote. You can only vote once, so be certain before you click.
The poll will remain open through December 15th and we'll announce the winners on Monday, the 16th. Enjoy!
Monday December 2, 2013
Most gardeners who grow herbs do so because they love to cook. This holiday season, why not share a few of your seasoning secrets with your friends. You can mix up some special blends, package them in a nice container and add a recipe card or two. Here are 3 of the popular herb blends to try and some ideas for mixing herbal teas. You probably grow all these herbs in your garden. Mix up a batch and share it.
Sunday December 1, 2013
I know that just about the last thing on anyone's mind in December is gardening, no matter where you live. But just in case you need to get outdoors to clear your head of all those lists and too much eggnog, here are a few garden chores that can be done now, without taking too much time from your festivities. And if you're lucky enough to have plenty of evergreens and berries in your yard, now is a good time to prune and have them do double duty as decorations. Happy December Gardening!
Saturday November 30, 2013
Fine Gardening Magazine always does a great job of curating new plants and coming up with a list of the really good ones. They've also been paying special attention to finding varieties that won't take over your garden. I really appreciate that.
A recent article, 9 New and Unusual Grasses, profiled a handful of new ornamental grasses (speaking of plants that take over). As usual, I found myself with zonal envy, but there were a few that could manage in my yard. In particular, I'm intrigued by Berkeley sedge (Carex divulsa). They say it can handle difficult sites and soils and even grow under trees. Sounds like a good substitute for ribbon grass run amok. It's a good read.