Seed starting is in full swing at my house. Seedlings of broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, lettuce, peppers, Swiss chard and several different kinds of perennials are all growing. Tomato seeds will be planted this weekend, along with annuals – lots of annuals. If you haven’t started any seeds yet, there is still plenty of time. Go… Continue reading Seed Starting Tips
I am generally pretty demanding when it comes to the perennials in my landscape. There isn’t much room for those one-and-done types, those perennials that bloom for three weeks and then offer little else to the garden. But when it comes to bulbs, all bets are off, and here’s why. Bulbs are a gardener’s reward… Continue reading It’s Crocus Time!
Today is World Water Day, a day designated by the United Nations to focus our attention on the importance of water. This year’s theme, Nature for Water, explores nature-based solutions to water challenges. While we can’t, as individuals, plant a forest, reconnect rivers to floodplains, or restore a wetland, there are many things gardeners can… Continue reading Perennials that Save Water in the Garden
The Chicago Flower & Garden Show was a welcome sight for my winter weary eyes. Although the show was more theatre than actual gardens, it was chockfull of ideas and inspiration for gardeners of all types. Here’s a recap through this gardener’s eyes. A garden by Aquascape Inc. featured the sound of rushing water. I… Continue reading Chicago Flower & Garden Show: A Breath of Spring
When the weekend weather forecast predicts partly sunny skies with high temps between 40 and 50° it is going to be a great weekend to get outside and get some early spring gardening chores checked off the list. If the soil is too moist to get in the garden to cut back perennials, we can… Continue reading Early Spring Garden Chores to do this Weekend