If you live in an area that's been hit by the recent polar vortex, you may be worried about your plants. Let me give you a few guidelines about what you may expect to see next spring. Always note however these are guidelines and individual gardens … [Read more...] about Will My Plants Survive The Polar Vortex?
This is no longer news as it was originally posted in 2011, but I thought I'd repost this as I rebuild the website. Here's the deal. Raymond A. Cloyd (Kansas State University, Dept. of Entomology) and colleagues hung these dryer sheets around … [Read more...] about Bounce Fabric Softener Dryer Sheets and Fungus Gnats.
Many gardeners have trouble growing plants such as Calibrachoa and don't know why they can't grow them in containers. Here's the deal to understand. This plant is often described as a "high feed" or "high iron" plant and while they do love to be … [Read more...] about Why You Can’t Grow Calibrachoa and Other Plants in Containers
When I had my nursery, I used to dread springtime when the mosquitoes and black-flies would roll out from the nearby cedar trees. They'd make our working lives a living hell and customers who ventured too close to that area were often seen being … [Read more...] about You Can Grow These 18 Effective Mosquito Repellents
I’ve always appreciated the wry humour of Ogden Nash and he managed to capture my sense of natural history quite nicely with: "The firefly's flame, Is something for which science has no name. I can think of nothing eerier, than flying around with an … [Read more...] about How You Can Talk To The Fireflies In Your Garden
When it comes to butterfly gardens, the first and obvious thing to understand is that if you want butterflies, you have to encourage the entire life cycle and this means supporting the larval stages. Yes, to get the butterflies, you need to let the … [Read more...] about Plant Lists and Design Tips for Butterfly Gardens