July Do’s and Don’ts For Gardeners

Summer Flowers

July in the garden is a difficult month. You’re halfway through the growing year but the weather makes demands on you and your plants that cannot be ignored. Here’s how you and your garden can survive the month.

‘Expert’ Is Not a Four-Letter Word

Expert Researching

The internet is a fine and wonderful thing. However it has caused our society to develop certain schizophrenic tendencies when it comes to expertise. Let me illustrate with the sad tale of The Skeptic and The Garden Expert.

Excuse Me, Martha Stewart?

Crowded Fish

A few days ago I got a question via Facebook from a friend in Idaho. She had seen an article from the Martha Stewart website with five tips on how to plant perennial plants this spring and wondered what I thought. Now Ms. Stewart is famous for her excellent advice

Starting Your Spring Garden

Spring Flower

Spring has come a little early this year. I’m seeing signs all throughout my garden. The daffodils that poked through the soil in late January are nearing the end of their blooms. Neighborhood fruit trees are flowering. Even the songbirds have come back and are staking out their territories for this year’s nest. Just like

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Pearls of Wisdom

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

— Jack London

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