Water the ground, not the plants

Posted by on May 5, 2015

Use an end-of-hose sprayer, drip irrigation, soaker hoses, or watering can – saturate the ground and leave the leaves dry. Improve potting soil mixes. Incorporate water-retaining polymers into the potting soil for your container gardens. They really make a difference.  

Garden Glossary

Posted by on March 21, 2013


A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z A Abiotic: A non-living organism. Acid: An acid or sour substance that has a pH below 7.0. Acidic soil: Acidic soil: The pH scale is logarithmic, from 0 to 14 […]

Build a Beneficial Bug Bungalow and Pollinator Workshop

Posted by on October 7, 2015

Build a Beneficial Bug Bungalow

I’m super excited to announce that I’m hosting a garden tour, pollenator lecture, and a Build a Beneficial Bug Bungalow workshop. Interested in attracting and protecting wildlife in your garden? The workshop will go over how-to attract some of the most common beneficial bugs. Helen Yoest, the winner of the 2015 City of Raleigh Sustainability […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, October 5, 2015–and hurricane preparedness

Posted by on October 5, 2015

Grateful Red hydrangea

THE WEEK Rainy. 70s THE RAIN  Um, thanks, Joaquin? Monday 1.6 Tuesday 1.1 Wednesday 0.1 Thursday 2.6 Friday 2.25 Saturday 0.4 Sunday 0.1   THE DEEDS Preparing for a hurricane. You really can’t be too careful. We were lucky, and prepared just in case. With so much rain, there was little to do. I mowed. […]

A Visit to Piet Oudolf’s garden in Hummelo

Posted by on September 27, 2015

Piet Oudolf

Several friends on our tour asked if I started a piece on Piet Oudolf. No, I replied, “I’ve written other several stories during the trip, but I’m waiting to do a story about Hummelo when I have a chance to savor the piece.” At this moment, I’m in seat 27D, on my return American Airlines […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, September 7, 2015 Labor Day

Posted by on September 7, 2015

Southern Living Helen Yoest

THE DAY Three 12-hour days. Once I did the majors of the five-week reno, it was time to begin the minors, including the sod. THE RAIN Monday, 0.6 inches. Thankful. Saturday, 0.25. Grateful. THE DEEDS Since it’s Labor Day, you may still be in the garden. I know I am. I’m back on a regular […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, August 31, 2015

Posted by on August 31, 2015

Ivor Mace

THE DAY Lower 80s but with an autumn feel. Over cast. My last week dedicated to the reno. THE RAIN Zippo. THE DEEDS On September 1st, I’m starting a couple of new work projects that will take me through mid January. With all my other assignments, this will keep me busier than ever.  This has been […]