Twitter Garden Tips


May 14, 2018
Be sure nighttime temps are above 55 degrees before moving houseplants & tropicals outside.


May 13, 2018
Face birdhouse toward open area to attract bluebirds.


May 12, 2018
Add private areas in the garden for intimate gatherings.


May 11, 2018
Have fun with garden décor.


May 10, 2018
Mirrors make a small garden feel bigger.


May 8, 2018
Use ornamental grasses for vertical accent in containers. Plant them in the garden in fall.


May 7, 2018
Prune arborvitae in late spring as they are pushing new growth.


May 6, 2018
Save money with patience. Buy smaller packs of flowers.


May 5, 2018
If soil is alkaline, amend it and add soil sulfur to create acidic soil for blueberry bushes.


May 4, 2018
The best tasting greens are watered lightly and frequently.


May 3, 2018
Organic produce contains more vitamins and minerals.


May 2, 2018
When planning a new garden, choose long-lived perennials like daylilies.


Helleborus x hybridusMay 1, 2018
Enjoy May Day in the garden. Happy Spring!


April 30, 2018
Rake thatch from lawn and offer as nesting materials for birds.


April 29, 2018
Take photos of the garden during the year so see which season needs more color.


April 28, 2018
Fertilize ever-bearing strawberries with high nitrogen fertilizer as new growth begins.


April 27, 2018
Mature trees reduce heating & cooling costs.


April 26, 2018
Save money by having a plan before going plant shopping in spring.


April 25, 2018
Fertilize trees and shrubs in late April or early May.


April 24, 2018
Get plants supports in place.


ForsythiaApril 23, 2018
Apply corn gluten meal when forsythia are blooming to prevent weed seeds from germinating.


ScillaApril 22, 2018
Take a walk thru your garden to celebrate Earth Day.


April 21, 2018
Roots of mature dandelions go as deep as 10-15′. Pull them as babies!


April 20, 2018
An arbor creates the mystery of what lies beyond it.


April 19, 2018
Now thru mid-May is an ideal time to seed warm-season grasses and prairie plants to establish a new prairie.


April 18, 2018
Confine aggressive plants like lamb’s ear or don’t plant them.


April 17, 2018
Avoid pruning oaks between mid-April and October to prevent spread of oak wilt.


April 16, 2018
Alyssum is a favorite of beneficial insects.


April 15, 2018
Tie red bows on deck railings to attract hummingbirds & get feeders out!


April 14, 2018
Invite toads to the garden by offering a source of water.


April 13, 2018
Provide nesting materials for birds: 4-8” pieces of yarn, string, pet hair. Put them in clean suet feeder.


April 12, 2018
Start zinnias from seed inside for earlier blooms outside.


April 11, 2018
Feed daffodils & other bulbs as leaves start growing.


April 10, 2018
Wait to prune lilacs until after they bloom.


April 9, 2018
Plant pansies to cheer you on while doing garden clean up.


April 8, 2018
It’s time to plant canna tubers indoors.


April 7, 2018
Begin removing winter protection from roses. Do it gradually.


April 6, 2018
It’s time to plant tomato seeds.


April 5, 2018
It’s time to plant overwintering dahlia tubers indoors.


April 4, 2018
Sow lettuce seeds early and often.


April 3, 2018
Before bud break but temps remain above 40, spray trees with dormant oil to treat scale.


April 2, 2018
Rotate crops in the veggie garden to reduce chances of disease.


March 30, 2018
Even if foliage dies back after transplanting divisions, keep watering. Roots may produce new growth.


March 26, 2018
It’s time to repot houseplants. Repot them in a pot just slightly larger.


March 25, 2018
When planting bare root trees, spread roots out not down.


March 24, 2018
Remove old leaves of iris now to control iris leaf spot.


March 23, 2018
Don’t start tomato seeds too early. They’ll catch up quickly when planted outside.


March 22, 2018
Save water by planting drought-tolerant perennials.


March 21, 2018
Prune sweet autumn clematis back to 12 inches tall.


March 20, 2018
It’s time to cut back perennials left standing over winter.


March 19, 2018
It’s time to plant peas.


March 18, 2018
In natural garden designs, plan paths to mimic natural flow of water.



March 17, 2018
Remember, green is a color in the garden too.


March 16, 2018
Plant in large sweeps to create drama in the #garden.


Geranium 'Rozanne'March 15, 2018
Find what perennials grow best for you and grow lots.


Echinacea 'Kim's Knee High'March 14, 2018
Plan a neighborhood plant share when everyone is dividing perennials.


Witchhazel, HamamelisMarch 13, 2018
Plant witchhazel for the earliest spring blooms.


March 12, 2018
Spread a drop cloth under shrubs before pruning to catch trimmings.


March 11, 2018
An obelisk adds a tall architectural element to the garden.


March 10, 2018
Enclose a garden room with the open roof of a pergola.


March 9, 2018
It’s time to pull leaves and debris from the bottom of ponds.


March 8, 2018
Spread grass seed over light snow. Seed comes into contact w/ soil when snow melts and germinates in spring.


March 7, 2018
If you installed tree wrap on newly-planted trees last fall, it’s time to remove it.


March 6, 2018
Plan to grow edibles in perennial borders this year.


March 5, 2018
Enclose a seating area by planting a climbing vine up a wall.


March 2, 2018
Make sure your patio has a strong focal point. It could be a piece of art, a large piece of furniture or a water feature.


March 1, 2018
Prune yews, spruces and hemlocks when they’re dormant in late winter.


February 28, 2018
If spiraea needs rejuvenation pruning, cut it back to 4 to 6 inches from the ground.


February 27, 2018
Prune grapevines in late February or early March while they are dormant.


February 26, 2018
Give houseplants a shower. A gentle spray of water removes insects & dust.


February 25, 2018
When pruning large branches, use 3-cut method. Underside cut a foot from trunk & 1/2 way thru; cut outside the first all the way thru; & remove stub.


February 24, 2018
Hold off pruning your maple, elm & birch now. They may leak sap – not harmful, but messy.


February 21, 2018
Check euonymus for scale. Spray with dormant oil when temps are over 40 degrees.


February 20, 2018
Wait to prune lilacs and forsythias until after they bloom.


February 19, 2018
Don’t prune pines early in the year. Fresh cuts attract borers active at this time.


February 18, 2018
Compost in winter. Throw kitchen scraps on veggie garden, keep a compost bin close to the house, or start a worm bin and compost indoors.


February 17, 2018
Provide wind protection for evergreens in windy sites. Frozen roots can’t replenish lost moisture.


February 16, 2018
After pruning, trees heal themselves. Man-made coverings and paints are useless & can actually be harmful.


February 15, 2018
If you didn’t sharpen tools last fall, get them ready for spring now.


February 14, 2018
Bouquets will last longer if stems are given a fresh cut before putting them in water.


February 13, 2018
Prune summer-blooming shrubs in winter when, without leaves, it’s easier to see their structure.


February 12, 2018
Reconsider chemical controls in the garden this year. Besides killing pests, they also kill natural predators.


February 11, 2018
Gently remove snow from evergreen branches with upward sweep of broom.


February 10, 2018
Be sure birds have food and fresh water. Heavy snow makes life harder for them.


February 9, 2018
When choosing plants, remember dwarf means smaller than the species, but not necessarily small.


Platamus x acerifolia 'Morton Euclid', Ovation London PlanetreeFebruary 8, 2018
Appreciate bark in the winter landscape.


Rock GardenFebruary 7, 2018
If you have a hot, dry area, put in a rock garden.


February 6, 2018
Foliage texture is key to beautiful garden.


Fairy Garden in Tree StumpFebruary 5, 2018
An old stump is perfect for a fairy garden.


Lanterns in Window BoxesFebruary 4, 2018
More than plants can be ‘planted’ in window boxes.


Rain GardenFebruary 3, 2018
Plan to put in a rain garden to keep rainwater on your property.


February 2, 2018
Use dry streambeds to handle excess rainwater.


February 1, 2018
If you’re tired of coco liners, try Spanish moss in metal troughs.


January 31, 2018
In our area, add soil sulphur to the soil to make hydrangeas blue.


moss o fencepostJanuary 30,2018
Encourage moss in the garden.


January 29, 2018
Don’t be afraid to have fun with garden décor.


Heuchera varietiesJanuary 28, 2018
In periods of thaw, check perennials prone to frost heaving.


January 27, 2018
Water evergreens when we have several days of above-freezing temps.


January 26, 2018
Create a spot for relaxation in the garden & use it!


January 25, 2018
Spikes add interest to a garden of mounding annuals.


January 24, 2018
Plant fragrant plants along paths where they will be brushed.


January 23, 2018
Blue & yellow is a classic color combo in the garden.


circular lawnJanuary 22, 2018
Want to save water in the garden next summer? Shrink the lawn.


January 21, 2018
Water newly-planted trees & shrubs during periods of thaw.


January 19, 2018
Small gardens need large-leaved plants.


January 18, 2018
Take inventory of seeds before ordering more.


January 17, 2018
Prune damaged branches after winter storms.


January 15, 2018
Check stored tubers of dahlias & cannas. Throw out moldy or rotting tubers.


January 15, 2018
Garden for the bees!


January 14, 2018
Order seeds early for best selection.


January 13, 2018
Don’t grow herbs on drafty windowsills. Herbs hate drafts!


January 12, 2018
Ivy prefers a cool spot with bright light.


January 11, 2018
Notice areas of garden lacking winter interest and plan to remedy in spring.


January 10, 2018
Allow ice on tree branches to melt naturally.


January 9, 2018
Snow is an ideal blanket of insulation for perennials.


January 8, 2018
Curved paths encourage exploration.


January 7, 2018
More houseplants die from overwatering than underwatering.


January 6, 2018
Include bright and dark elements in containers.


January 5, 2018
Get moss to grow on rocks, concrete or terra cotta. Soak in water for 15 min & brush on yogurt.


January 4, 2018
Set New Year’s Resolutions for your garden.

January 3, 2018
A glimpse of an obelisk or other piece of garden art invites exploration.


January 2, 2018
It’s so cold out there. Make sure birds have water.


January 1, 2018
Resolve to eliminate or reduce use of chemicals in garden in 2018.


December 31, 2017
Review 2017 in garden. Look thru photos, receipts & tags, and garden journal.


December 30, 2017
Make sure bird feeders are kept full in frigid temps.


December 29, 2017
Use lawn- & plant-friendly de-icing products instead of salt-based ones.


December 28, 2017
Use Christmas trees in the garden after Christmas.


December 27, 2017
If you want more sun to reach into garden, prune lower branches from trees.


December 26, 2017
Sweep trees gently with a broom to remove heavy snow.


December 25, 2017
Take a walk around your garden sometime today. Merry Christmas!


December 24, 2017
Inspect tubers and bulbs stored for winter. Discard those that are moldy or rotten.


December 23, 2017
Check trees & shrubs for damage from animals. Surround them with snow fencing or hardware cloth if necessary.


December 22, 2017
Don’t bang on ice – it can harm fish. Keep an opening with pond heater.


December 21, 2017
Continue to plant amaryllis every few weeks for a winter of endless bloom.


December 20, 2017
Cut too many branches of winterberry for holiday decorating? Serve them up for the birds.


December 19, 2017
On unusually warm days, rake up sticks blown down in early winter storms.


December 18, 2017
Change surface to show transition from one part of garden to another.


December 17, 2017
Plants in the workplace reduce sick time. Yay for houseplants!


December 16, 2017
Plant red twig dogwood to add color to winter landscape.


December 15, 2017
Keep water off cyclamen foliage when watering.


December 14, 2017
Keep Christmas tree stands filled with water.


December 13, 2017
As your amaryllis grows, water just enough to keep the soil slightly moist.

December 12, 2017
Plant Harry Lauder’s walking stick for winter interest in the landscape.


December 11, 2017
South-facing, protected areas create microclimates where tender plants may overwinter.


December 10, 2017
Do a quick check on fruits and veggies in storage. Remove any that are soft or moldy.


December 9, 2017
Place bird feeders near trees and shrubs to offer protection from predators.


December 8, 2017
Repeating a shape in the garden creates a path for the eye to follow.


December 7, 2017
Use bright colors to distract from unappealing view.


December 6, 2017
Use twine to tie trunks of arborvitae together to keep them from splitting from heavy snow or ice.


December 5, 2017
Keep bird feeders filled – it’s getting cold!


December 4, 2017
Choose a fresh Christmas tree with shiny, green needles that don’t fall off when you pull gently.


December 3, 2017
Remove foil covers when watering poinsettias.


December 2, 2017
Let houseplants rest in winter. Do not fertilize.


December 1, 2017
Choose a Christmas cactus with dark green foliage and buds firmly attached to ends of stems.


November 30, 2017
Don’t chill bulbs for forcing in refrigerator with apples. They give off gas that destroys flowers.


November 29, 2017
For March blooms, plant hyacinths now and put in cold, but not freezing, place for 10 – 12 weeks.


November 28, 2017
Choose a poinsettia whose true flowers (at the base of bracts) are green or red-tipped.


November 27, 2017
Time to clean filters & pull pump from pond, Install recirculating pump and deicer for winter.


November 26, 2017
Use shredded leaves as winter mulch on perennial borders.


November 25, 2017
Hill soil or mulch over bases of roses for winter protection.


November 24, 2017
Spend the day outside in the garden instead of at a shopping mall!


November 23, 2017
Be thankful for the garden.


November 22, 2017
Spray anti-desiccants like Wilt-Stop or Wilt-Pruf on broadleaf evergreens like rhododendrons and boxwoods.


November 21, 2017
Add some holiday cheer to the garden.


November 20, 2017
Drain hoses, coil them and store in protected place for winter.


November 19, 2017
Leaving pots in the garden? Make sure they are lifted off the soil.


November 18, 2017
Clean those tools before putting them away for the winter.


November 17, 2017
When purchasing amaryllis & paperwhite bulbs for holiday blooms, make sure they are firm and free of blemishes.


November 16, 2017
Birds need a source of unfrozen drinking water during the winter.


November 15, 2017
Clean leaves out of gutters before cold, snowy weather sets in.


November 14, 2017
It’s time to put those bird feeders out.


November 11, 2017
Use all those leaves to start a compost pile.


November 10, 2017
Prepare garden now to plant peas early next spring as soon as soil temps reach 40 degrees.


November 9, 2017
Collect pine cones to use in holiday decorating.


November 8, 2017
Keep watering shrubs until ground freezes.


November 7, 2017
Remove vegetable debris from garden after hard frost.


November 6, 2017
Clean leaves out of pond before they decompose & reduce oxygen for fish.


November 5, 2017
Plants with large leaves add drama when surrounded by fine-textured plants.


November 4, 2017
If you have trouble with voles, plant these deterrents: allium, daffodils & grape hyacinths.


November 3, 2017
Plant amaryllis now for Christmas bloom.


November 2, 2017
Be sure to get all diseased foliage out of the garden before winter.


November 1, 2017
Cut back hostas now to reduce slug population.


October 31, 207
If you aren’t going to use them for baking, compost pumpkins.


October 30, 2017
Continue mowing the lawn until it goes dormant.


October 29, 2017
Leave leaf piles in garden for insects & amphibians to overwinter in.


October 28, 2017
Enjoy frost in the garden.


October 27, 2017
Remove annuals after frost kills them to reduce disease next year.


October 26, 2017
Don’t cut back native plants that provide shelter for beneficial insects.


October 25, 2017
Burn 260 calories/hour raking leaves.


October 24, 2017
Save seeds of marigolds and zinnias. Here’s how.


October 23, 2017
Ginkgo trees drop their leaves all at once. Rake once and you’re done!


October 21, 2017
Don’t forget to plant minor bulbs, too.

October 20, 2017
When water temps dip below 50 degrees, stop feeding koi.


October 19, 2017
Pick tomatoes, even green ones, before first frost.


October 18, 2017
Save tubers of sweet potato vines for planting next year.


October 17, 2017
Leave perennials standing that provide food for birds.


October 16, 2017
Kill grass without chemicals. Lay sheets of newspaper and cover with mulch.


October 15, 2017
It’s time to plant garlic.


October 14, 2017
Trees are the framework of garden – plant them first in new landscape.


October 13, 2017
Continue watering evergreens until ground freezes.


October 12, 2017
Cut back perennials prone to disease and remove foliage from the garden.


October 11, 2017
Fall is ideal time to plant trees and shrubs.


October 9, 2017
Leave seed heads in the garden for interest.


October 8, 2017
Start planting bulbs now.


October 7, 2017
Before bringing houseplants inside for winter, check carefully for insects.


October 6, 2o17
Bring houseplants in before nighttime temps dip below 50 degrees F.


October 5, 2017
Use pumpkins and gourds in window boxes for a seasonal twist on container gardening.


October 2, 2017
Kale tastes even better after a light frost.


October 1, 2017
Cut back diseased peony foliage & don’t compost it!


September 30, 2017
Water mums regularly – they don’t like to dry out.


September 29, 2017
Monkshood is pretty, but all its parts are poisonous.


September 28, 2017
Keep weeding. Don’t let them overwinter in the garden.

September 24, 2017
Save seeds of heirloom tomatoes to start next spring.


September 23, 2017
It is natural for inner needles of conifers to brown.


September 22, 2o17
Keep watering. The garden is very dry!


September 21, 2017
Take cuttings of coleus before the first frost.


September 20, 2017
Plant big to small – trees, shrubs, perennials, and then ground covers.


September 19, 2017
Choose mums in bud instead of bloom to enjoy color in garden longer.


September 18, 2017
Never add diseased plant debris to the compost pile.


September 17, 2017
Plant Ilex verticilla for vibrant red fall berries.


September 16, 2017
Give containers seasonal flair by adding pumpkins and gourds.


September 15, 2017
If it hasn’t rained for awhile, get out those hoses. One deep watering is better than several light ones.


September 14, 2017
Keep feeders up for hummingbirds getting ready to migrate. Learn more here.


September 13, 2017
Stop deadheading annuals you want to reseed in the garden.


September 12, 2017
Paperbark maples have excellent fall color and impressive bark.


September 11, 2017
Trees – evergreen and deciduous – anchor the landscape.


September 10, 2017
Do you want a sophisticated garden? Go formal.


September 9, 2017
Stop deadheading so perennials set seed heads for birds in winter.


September 8, 2017
Plant Colchicum bulbs for flowers this fall.


September 7, 2017
Divide peonies now. Replant no more than 2” deep or they won’t bloom.


September 6, 2017
Ornamental grasses offer texture, movement & habitat for wildlife.


September 5, 2017
Keep picking veggies to keep them producing.


September 4, 2017
Stop deadheading marigolds if you want to collect seeds.


September 3, 2017
It’s time to divide bearded iris.


September 2, 2017
Stop deadheading roses so they can develop hips.


September 1, 2017
Marigolds are beautiful for fall gardens & containers, too.


August 31, 2017
Don’t be afraid to move perennials if you don’t like where they are.


August 30, 2017
Time to plant radish seeds for fall crop.

August 29, 2017
Pick up fallen fruits to reduce the build-up of disease-causing organisms.


August 28, 2017
Plant ornamental grasses by Labor Day so they’ll have time to settle in before winter.


August 27, 2017
Russian sage is a drought tolerant perennial.


August 26, 2017
Plant another crop of lettuce for fall harvest.


August 25, 2017
Make a butterfly habitat to help monarchs.


August 24, 2017
Do something unexpected in the garden!


August 23, 2017
Plant your fence!


August 22, 2017
A fence doesn’t have to be boring – paint it!


August 21, 2017
Echo the color of front door in container flowers.


August 20, 2017
No room for a vegetable garden? Grow on the roof of the garage!


August 19, 2017
Play in the garden.


August 18, 2017
Plant succulents in the stump of a dead tree.


August 17, 2017
Garden sheds can be pretty & functional!


August 16, 2017
Show off collections in the garden.


August 15, 2017
Turn an old birdbath into a succulent planter.


August 14, 2017
Use a rain barrel to collect valuable rainwater.

August 13, 2017
Paint chairs to add color to the garden.


August 12, 2017
Want a perennial that blooms late summer to early fall in shade? Plant white wood aster!


August 11, 2017
Cut off those seed heads before seeds are scattered across the garden.


August 10, 2017
Good drainage is key to success of garden. Always add compost when planting.


August 9, 2017
A row of sunflowers creates a windbreak.


August 8, 2017
Don’t forget foliage when combining color in the perennial garden.


August 7, 2017
Flower spikes add drama to the perennial border.


August 6, 2017
Bright colors stand out at the back of a border.


August 5, 2017
Once established, sedum & Russian sage are very drought tolerant.


August 4, 2017
Choose mildew-resistant varieties of perennials prone to powdery mildew.


August 3, 2017
Ornamental peppers take containers from late summer to early fall.


August 2, 2017
Pinch back stem of coleus to a pair of leaves if it’s getting too tall.


August 1, 2017
Plant fragrance in the garden.


July 31, 2017
Get best color on Japanese blood grass with direct sun much of the day.


July 30, 2017
Keep deadheading geraniums and they’ll keep blooming until frost.


July 29, 2017
You may not love hosta flowers, but pollinators do!


July 28, 2017
Instead of deadheading all astilbe blooms, leave some standing for winter interest.


July 27, 2017
Harvest vegetables in morning when water content is highest.


July 26, 2017
Eliminate standing water to prevent egg-laying mosquitoes.


July 25, 2017
Add the whimsy of a fairy garden to your landscape.


July 24, 2017
become thrillers growing on obelisk.


July 23, 2017
Do something unexpected in the garden!


July 22, 2017
Butterfly weed is a tough, drought tolerant perennial & monarchs need it.


July 21, 2017
For the best cut, be sure the lawnmower has sharp blades.


July 20, 2017
Squash is one of the oldest cultivated crops.


July 19, 2017
A sunflower has more than 1,000 individual flowers, called disc flowers.


July 18, 2017
Use large numbers of fewer plants for big impact in landscape.


July 17, 2017
Check for nesting birds before pruning hedges.


July 16, 2017
Rust can be a fashion statement in the garden. It is in mine!


July 15, 2017
Provide flat stones for butterflies to rest in the garden.


July 14, 2017
Keep ahead of weeds. Never let them go to seed.


July 13, 2017
As plants in containers grow larger, water more often.


July 12, 2017
Bottle trees, once believed to trap evil spirits, add whimsy to today’s gardens.


July 11, 2017
Plant annuals in spaces while perennials grow.


July 10, 2017
Add pots to the garden for pops of bold color.


July 9, 2017
Grow a vine on a trellis to hide an unsightly view.


July 8, 2017
Choose plants for the garden that need less water like yarrow.


July 7, 2017
Deadhead annuals to keep them blooming all summer long.


July 6, 2017
Preserve flavor of basil by blanching before freezing.


July 5, 2017
Encourage exploration of the garden with curves.


July 4, 2017
Water hanging baskets more often. They dry out faster than other pots.


July 3, 2017
Aesculus parviflora (bottlebrush buckeye) attracts butterflies in summer.


July 2, 2017
Water in the morning. It’s most efficient and less likely to cause diseases.


July 1, 2017
Plant parsley to attract ladybugs & their larvae.


June 30, 2017
Deadhead dill to prevent seedlings from popping up across the garden.


June 29, 2017
Don’t use Japanese beetle traps – they attract more beetles to your garden.


June 28, 2017
Vintage décor adds personality to garden.


June 27, 2017
Plant dill and fennel for swallowtail butterflies and their caterpillars.


June 26, 2017
Drought-tolerant perennials are only drought tolerant once established.


June 25, 2017
Cut back chrysanthemums and asters to promote branching and more flowers.


June 24, 2017
Plant a smorgasbord of flowers, berries and seed heads for birds and butterflies.


June 23, 2017
Crumble flowers of chives into summer salads.


June 22, 2017
Cut back catmint to urge fresh foliage and re-bloom.


June 21, 2017
Remove stalks of daylily blooms after all flowers are spent.


June 20, 2017
Dry lavender to hang in closets.


June 19, 2017
Cut back leggy petunias to encourage fresh compact growth.


June 18, 2017
Remove offsets of succulents and plant them.


June 17, 2017
Containers on stairs draws attention to change in levels.


June 16, 2017
Take time to plant correctly. Dig a wide hole and amend the soil.


June 15, 2017
Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed) provides food for monarch caterpillars and nectar for butterfies.


June 14, 2017
Water established roses during dry periods.


June 13, 2017
On hot, windy days containers may need watering twice.


June 12, 2017
Keep cucumbers well watered for best flavor.


June 11, 2017
Divide irises after they bloom.


June 10, 2017
Plant caladiums, crotons and ferns to create tropical getaway.


June 9, 2017
Use soaker hoses to minimize waste of water.


June 8, 2017
Dress up sun-starved porches with colorful houseplants.


June 7, 2017
Plant touchable plants near benches and in containers.


June 6, 2017
Foam on plants is spittlebugs. Handpick or spray with hose.


June 5, 2017
Plant pentas & zinnias to attract butterflies.


June 4, 2017
Grow color UP in the garden with clematis.


June 3, 2017
Love ladybugs. A ladybug can eat up to 50 aphids every day.


June 2, 2017
Tomato plants need regular watering. Their soil should never dry out completely.


June 1, 2017
It’s time to replace pansies w/ heat lovers like angelonia, salvia, vinca and zinnia.

May 31, 2017
Seed heads are beautiful, too!


May 30, 2017
Foliage adds color to containers, too!


May 29, 2017
Plant salvia to attract hummingbirds in sunny garden.


May 28, 2017
Deadhead faded roses to promote more blooms.


May 27, 2017
Ferns add delightful texture to containers.


May 26, 2017
Invite hummingbirds to the shade with Fuchsia ‘Gartenmeister’.


May 25, 2017
Ants do not harm peony buds.


May 24, 2017
Sprinkle petals of calendula flowers into summer salads.


May 23, 2017
Wait until nighttime temps are above 55 degrees before moving houseplants outside.


May 22, 2017
Let bulb foliage yellow and die before removing.


May 21, 2017
Plant thyme between flagstones.


May 20, 2017
Time to mulch to conserve moisture & reduce weeds.


May 19, 2017
Remove spent blooms to encourage roses to keep blooming.


May 18, 2017
Begin container designs with a great foliage plant.


May 17, 2017
Cut down on watering by choosing large pots.


May 16, 2017
Soak morning glory seeds before planting for better germination.


May 15, 2017
Plant marigolds by tomatoes to repel aphids and whiteflies.


May 14, 2017
Scatter seeds of cosmos and zinnia for summer flowers.


May 13, 2017
Remove seed heads on lilacs to promote more flowers next year.


May 12, 2017
Plant dill for beneficial insects and pollinators.


May 11, 2017
need 6- 8 hours of sun for best fruit production.


May 10, 2017
Do not use garden soil in containers – it is too heavy.


May 9, 2017
Plant sunflowers this summer for birds to enjoy.


May 8, 2017
Fertilize roses with balanced fertilizer or specially blended rose food.


May 7, 2017
Plant sage by cabbage to repel cabbage moths.


May 6, 2017
Plant transplants of vegetables in a.m. or p.m. – it’s less stressful.


May 5, 2017
If pansies are getting leggy, cut them back by 2/3 and fertilize.


May 4, 2017
Be sure perennials are well watered before dividing.


May 3, 2017
Change nectar in hummingbird feeders every few days.


May 2, 2017
Wait until soil is very warm before planting tomatoes in the garden.


May 1, 2017
Remove spent blooms of tulips so energy goes back to bulbs.


April 30, 2017
Divide daffodils that didn’t bloom as much as they should right after flowering.


April 29, 2017
Don’t plant tomatoes in same garden space two years in a row.


April 28, 2017
Save space. Grow cucumbers on trellises.


April 27, 2017
Share gardening with kids.


April 26, 2017
White adds light to shade gardens.


April 25, 2017
Plant seeds of cilantro and dill every two weeks for continual supply.


April 24, 2017
Slowly introduce seedlings & transplants to outdoors before planting.


April 23, 2017
Feed rhododendrons with acid fertilizer right after flowering.


April 22, 2017
Get outside to celebrate Earth Day.


April 21, 2017
Love your earthworms. They provide nutrient-rich castings that improve soil structure.


April 20, 2017
Make shallow space seem deeper by adding curved path in center.


April 19, 2017
Even in early spring, welcome guests with bloom-filled pots.


April 18, 2017
Orioles seek ripe fruit & hummingbird feeders in spring when there are fewer insects.


April 17, 2017
Dandelions are an important food source for pollinators.


April 16, 2017
Remove foil wrapper when watering Easter lilies.


April 15, 2017
Remove golden anthers of Easter lilies to extend the life of blooms.


April 14, 2017
Time to plant potatoes.


April 13, 2017
Soak pea seeds overnight before planting.


April 12, 2017
Protect wood window boxes by planting in plastic liners.


April 11, 2017
Avoid planting early bloomers in low areas of the garden.


April 10, 2017
Plant clematis a few inches deeper than it was in its pot.


April 9, 2017
Plant early spring bloomers to invite pollinators to your garden.


April 8, 2017
Kale offers lots of vitamins, potassium, fiber, magnesium & iron.


April 7, 2017
Put supports in place now so new growth will hide them.


April 6, 2017
Cut lavender back by one-third to plump buds.


April 5, 2017
Always follow the directions on the labels of fertilizers and chemicals.


April 4, 2017
Get those hummingbird feeders out. They’ll be back soon!


April 3, 2017
Time to plant seeds of zinnias for earlier summer blooms.


April 2, 2017
Invite natural predators to wage war on slugs.


April 1, 2017
Extend the lettuce harvest by planting new seeds every 2 weeks.

March 31, 2017
Healthy soil grows disease-resistant plants.


March 30, 2017
Plant early spring-blooming plants for pollinators.


March 29, 2017
Enjoy early spring-flowering bulbs.


March 28, 2017
A bird-friendly landscape attracts insects.


March 27, 2017
Don’t dig in wet soil. It will damage soil structure.


March 26, 2017
Don’t forget to thin seedlings.


March 25, 2017
Use burlap instead of coco liner in metal basket.


March 24, 2017
Time to plant tomato seeds.


March 23, 2017
Grow a plant you’ve never grown before this year.


March 22, 2017
Tuck succulents into crevices in stone walls.


March 21, 2017
Plants in shade emerge later than those in sun.


March 20, 2017
Get inspired at garden shows.


March 19, 2017
Be calm in a garden of cool colors.


March 18, 2017
Rev up landscape with hot colors.


March 17, 2017
Time to start seeds of peppers.


March 16, 2017
Disinfect tools as you move between trees.


March 15, 2017
Define curves with edging plants or hardscape like rocks or bricks.


March 14, 2017
Remove black or brown canes from roses.


March 13, 2017
Height differences in landscape create interest and movement.


March 12, 2017
Time to cut back dead foliage from perennials.


March 11, 2017
Feed the soil & the soil will feed the plants.


March 10, 2017
Formal plantings are ideal for gardens viewed from above.


March 9, 2017
Grow & divide hostas if you want plants for the shade fast.


March 8, 2017
Get a jump on weeds b/4 they get a jump on you!


March 7, 2017
Cut down ornamental grasses so sunlight boosts new growth.


March 6, 2017
Prune red twig dogwood. Young stems display best color.


March 5, 2017
Most conifers recover from winter burn. Wait for new growth before pruning.


March 4, 2017
It’s time to start seeds of broccoli & cauliflower.


March 3, 2017
Remove old nesting materials & clean birdhouses.


March 2, 2017
Wait to prune forsythia and lilacs until after they bloom.


March 1, 2017
Evergreens provide color in early spring landscape.


February 28, 2017
Feed spring bulbs with balanced fertilizer as foliage emerges from soil.


February 27, 2017
Root cuttings of English ivy now for spring containers.


February 26, 2017
Provide safety of dense shrubs or evergreens near bird feeders.


February 25, 2017
Plan for storm water drainage.


February 24, 2017
Screen unattractive views with tall plants.


February 23, 2017
Add kitchen scraps to the compost bin, even in winter.


February 22, 2017
Ponds invite mosquito-eating dragonflies to the garden.


February 21, 2017
If new plants weren’t mulched last fall, do it now to mitigate freeze/thaw cycles.


February 20, 2017
Warm temperatures are tempting, but don’t dig too soon.


February 19, 2017
Invite nature with birdbaths, birdhouses and feeders.


February 18, 2017
Plant in drifts instead of one of this and one of that.


February 17, 2017
Join the Great Backyard Bird Count 2/17-20.


February 16, 2017
Visit an orchid show at a botanic garden.


February 15, 2017
Garden in winter by making seed tapes.


February 14, 2017
Bouquets last longer with packets of preservative instead of home mixes.


February 13, 2017
Invite frogs and toads to the garden to eat slugs.


February 12, 2017
Pretty pots – even empty – add color and texture to the garden.


February 11, 2017
Include surprises in the garden.


February 10, 2017
Find a garden view from inside and decorate it with winter interest.


February 9, 2017
Choose plants with more than one season of interest.


February 8, 2017
Cover ugly walls with vines.


February 7, 2017
Shrubs add structure to containers year round.


February 6, 2017
Include places to sit and enjoy the garden.


February 5, 2017
Rock or wood piles offer shelter for small wildlife.


February 4, 2017
Compost improves structure and water-holding ability of soil.


February 3, 2017
Shop garage sales & flea markets for garden décor.


February 2, 2017
Get creative in winter. Build a bird house.


February 1, 2017
Browning leaf tips on houseplants mean not enough humidity in home.


January 31, 2017
Amaryllis help gardeners make it through the winter.


January 30, 2017
Clean clay pots. Soak in 1 gallon of water with 1 cup white vinegar. Then scrub with steel wool.


January 29, 2017
Check stored squash, potatoes & root crops for decay & remove before it spreads.




January 28, 2017
Bury a 3-segment piece of Christmas cactus in potting soil. It will root in 4 weeks.


January 27, 2017
Even in January thaw, save pond cleaning for spring. Fish are sleeping.


January 26, 2017
Invite diversity. Plants, animals, birds and insects create a healthy garden.


January 25, 2017
Squirrels are acrobatic because hind feet rotate 180 degrees.


January 24, 2017
Stay off the lawn in January to avoid soil compaction.


January 23, 2017
Bark is vital in gardens with four-season interest.


January 22, 2017
Check stored canna tubers to be sure they aren’t rotting or drying out.


January 21, 2017
Dust houseplants with large leaves to help plants breathe.


January 20, 2017
Make sure pond pumps are running so ponds with koi don’t freeze over.


January 19, 2017
In ice storms, let ice melt naturally from tree & shrub branches. Removing it may break branches.


January 18, 2017
Decide now where red twig dogwoods could add color to the garden next winter.


January 17, 2017
Remove amaryllis flowers as they fade. As foliage grows, keep plant in bright site and water when dry.


January 16, 2017
Start a garden journal. Your first entry can be seeds ordered.


January 15, 2017
If snow melts, help plants heaved out of soil. Gently push them back or cover roots with mulch.


January 14, 2017
Check stored dahlia tubers to be sure they aren’t rotting or drying out.


January 13, 2017
Increase humidity for houseplants by placing them on water-filled trays of pebbles.


January 12, 2017
In January thaw, reapply anti-desiccants to broad-leaved evergreens.


January 11, 2017
Read garden books & magazines in winter for inspiration.


January 10, 2017
Grow houseplants to clean air inside.


January 9, 2017
Use down time in winter to sharpen pruners. Sharp blades make the cleanest cuts.


January 8, 2017
Learn the language of seed catalogs.


January 7, 2017
Check viability of old seeds before ordering new seeds.


January 6, 2017
Peanut butter is a good source of nourishment for birds in winter.


January 5, 2017
Rhododendron leaves droop and curl under to protect the plant. It is not in distress.


January 4, 2017
A Christmas cactus flowers best when it is slightly pot bound.

January 3, 2017
Use boughs no longer needed in decorations to cover perennials prone to frost heaving.


January 2, 2017
Growing herbs indoors? Don’t overwater – they prefer dry soil.