How Much Water Do Your Plants Need and Actually Get?

Water steaming from a hose

The quickest cause of plant failure is insufficient or incorrect watering. With my blog last week I discussed the sunlight requirements of plants and how choosing the right plant for the right location is so important.  Now, once the correct plant is chosen and properly planted, the cultural care of the plant is also vital … Read more

How Much Light Do You Actually Get?

I know…you are thinking “here goes Doug again getting on his soapbox talking about choosing the right plant for the right location”.  But, in my defense, with working at a retail garden center and working with customers for so many years, this question about light and proper choosing of plants is more of a challenge … Read more

Asparagus: The King of Vegetables

Stalks for fresh asparagus

What vegetable is low in calories, high in fiber, a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, was grown by George Washington at Mt. Vernon and by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello—and tastes delicious?  Asparagus, of course! The Roman emperor Augustus actually had an Asparagus Fleet—a fleet of ships whose job was to locate and bring … Read more

The Alternative Product to Round-Up

Like me, many of you may have read the most recent news article claiming that the active ingredient in the widely used weed killer Roundup can cause cancer.  Some studies have shown that there is a higher risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for people exposed to glyphosate-based formulas. Conversely, there are many studies –scientific and medical – which … Read more

Grow Your Own Strawberry Patch

A basket of strawberries in the middle of a strawberry patch

Yes, it is Strawberry season—the plants are now available for you to start your own strawberry patch.  So how do we do that? Strawberries are perennials so choose a permanent sunny place where they can stay.   Strawberry plants come in little bundles of “crowns”.  A crown is the growing point of the plant with … Read more

Forget the Groundhog: Peepers Signal Spring

Celebrating spring

I know it is only the beginning of March.  Spring is not officially here for another two weeks.  And, yes, I realize that we could still have more cold days and snow this month.  But, have you spent some time outside lately to take advantage of some of these spring-like days?  I sure have.  And, … Read more

National Strawberry Day

Fresh strawberries

Did you know that February 27th is National Strawberry Day?  So my favorite fruit has its own day.  To celebrate, I think I’ll have a strawberry milkshake.  For starters…. So here are a few interesting facts about strawberries:  Strawberries are related to roses.  That means they’re also related to apples, plums, peaches, apricots, raspberries, blackberries, and … Read more

Gardening Things To Do In March

Gardening tools laid out in a display

March is the month that we, gardeners, have been looking forward to.  For some of us, it has been a long, boring winter.  March means that hibernation is finally over and we can spend more time outside. Just like with meteorology, the green industry looks at the first of March as the beginning of spring … Read more

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