How To Use Your Pump Sprayer To Reach Japanese Beetles In A Tall Crape Myrtle

  I had three calls today to let me know that the Japanese beetles had made their appearance. The last message was a text from my good friend Randolph who wanted to know how to get the pesky beetles that were eating up his crape myrtles. I started to explain the process to him but […]

How to mix your own super potting soil

My secret formula for making good potting soil and saving money. Good, clean potting soil, it’s cheap, and it really works. I need to repot some older plants and plant some new ones. I’m going to need a lot of potting soil and potting soil is expensive. I’ve been thinking about it for some time […]

Flowers for Late Winter and Early Spring—part one of a series

I love to watch the progression of winter into spring by noticing the flowers as they appear while the season progresses. This year I kept a photo-log. I was happy to find that even though I’m not well enough organized to keep the dates, the camera is. I started on February 1 with the first […]

5 Steps For An Easy, Accurate Way To Apply Liquid Fertilizer

Follow these instructions for healthier, prettier, happier plants with more flowers. It’s called a “siphon mixer,” and there are several brand names such as “Syphonex” or “Syphonject.” I have used this device for over forty years and it is perhaps my favorite grower’s tool. The tool fits on the outdoor faucet (hose bib) and pulls […]

Margot And Grandpa Make a Garden For The Elf Man–A Story

Because Grandpas can’t hear an elf man but a little girl can. One nice summer day, Margot’s momma and daddy had to go somewhere important. Grandma needed to go to a meeting. Margot’s momma said, “Now, Margot, you and Grandpa can play in the yard together. Please try to keep Grandpa out of trouble.” Grandpa […]

Landscaping from the Inside Out is Like Putting a Picture on the Wall

In September I wrote an article titled, “Design a Landscape To Be Seen Through the Living Room Window.” My brother, Tom is a gifted artist and I have had paintings of his on my living room walls for years and years. I think it is fun now that, maybe, I can give him something for […]

The basics of pruning–What Happens When We Prune a Plant

  Pruning season is coming up. I wrote this article some time ago in answer to the many questions I receive about pruning. It’s really a very simple process. Growing a plant is one thing.  Shaping plants well is an art form and adds another dimension to your plant growing experience.  Here is an article that […]

These Garden Weeds Should be Sprayed–Not Pulled—Here’s Why…

There are a number of weeds that are most pervasive and undesirable in the landscape garden–Here’s how you should control them…

Prune Azaleas in May-June. Fertilize Azaleas, Avoid and Kill Poison Ivy

There is a rather old planting of George Tabor azaleas on the side of our driveway and Sweetie has been reminding me relentlessly for months that they need to be pruned and shaped. The last week in May or the first week in June is just the right time for the job. Here’s the “before” […]

Make a Beautiful Mixed Flower Creation With a Wire Basket and Coconut Fiber Matting.

John the Plant Man shows us how to prepare and plant a beautiful hanging basket of mixed flowers using a wire basket and coconut fiber liner.