Tree forming-Landscaping from the inside out.

Originally posted on Johntheplantman's stories, musings, and gardening.:
  Using Bonsai techniques to prune and shape overgrown shrubs and trees in the landscape.  I have always thought that a good landscape design should provide pleasing views from the inside out as well as just from the outside. A good landscape garden is a four…

D’Ann’s Garden—Raised beds with brick borders to grow perennials

Originally posted on Johntheplantman's stories, musings, and gardening.:
My friend D’Ann loves gardening. She is good at it too, and she doesn’t mind getting a little dirt under her fingernails. I had built some raised beds for her back yard a few years ago and was impressed with the way in which she planted…

Nice Plant, no Tomatoes? Cure or Prevent Blossom End Rot.

Sometimes you will have a nice looking tomato plant that is not setting any tomatoes. Like this: Blossom end rot is a plant disease that attacks the blooms of the tomato plant as they attempt to set fruit. Just in case you need to explain it to a friend, when the bee fertilizes the flower, […]

Gardening in Bales of Straw

My friend Joel loves his vegetable garden. He works in it nearly every day. I went to see him the other day and he showed me his latest project of interest—growing vegetables in bales of straw. “That’s straw,” Joel explained, “as in wheat straw, not hay as in ‘animal feed that contains every weed seed […]

Finding My Voice Through “Quotes and Notes”

In case you need to know where the “quotes and notes” came from, here is the explanation. Recently, throughout the fall and winter, I have seen some interesting changes in my writing life. I have been finding my voice. As you may know, a couple of years ago I lost my vocal cords to a […]

Repairing a Drainage Problem

Repairing poorly installed drainage can be a lot of work but it can also be a bit of a fun job. We must be flexible, also. For instance, I had to change my approach in the middle of this job. The problem I needed to tackle was that runoff was flowing through a carport that had not been designed for handling heavy rain.

Deadheading and pruning hydrangeas in January

Originally posted on Johntheplantman's stories, musings, and gardening.:
I wrote this article about pruning and dead heading hydrangeas a while back. The information still holds true. This is one of my most asked about subjects. Enjoy! John A rare beautiful January day found us preparing some new flower beds for Ms. Marion, who most…