Pests

Posted by on September 10, 2014

If you find fall webworms in your trees — hickory, walnut, birch, cherry and crabapple, to name a few — pull them out and dump the caterpillars into a bucket of soapy water. This is a good control measure for those nests within reach. For those nests that aren’t within reach, you may have to […]



Garden Glossary

Posted by on March 21, 2013

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Acidic soil: Acidic soil: The pH scale is logarithmic, from 0 to 14 with 7 being neutral. Soil with a pH level below 7 is acidic. The lower the pH, the more acidic it is. Acidic soil is also referred to as sour soil.     Alkaline soil: The pH scale is logarithmic, from 0 […]


Plants With Benefits: Growing Papaya

Posted by on October 29, 2014

Papaya tree in Som Dewey Siharath's garden

I had the good fortune to met a young man on Facebook, who doesn’t live far from me. His name is Som Dewey Siharath. Dewey has created a beautiful edible garden with many plants from his native country of Laos. Dewey grows loofa, neem, yardlong beans, horseradish, persimmon, plus many other edibles, but more about […]


Caladiums, an absolute favorite!

Posted by on October 29, 2014

'Rosemary' caladium, Classic Caladiums

Last spring, I had the good fortune to be sent a whole lotta caladium bulbs to trial from Classic Caladiums. Admittedly, I don’t typically plant annuals or bulbs that are treated as annuals. (Well, that’s not completely true; I’m a sucker for parrot tulips, but still…) A couple of years back, I was scouting a garden […]


Day 14 Patrick Dougherty at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC

Posted by on October 23, 2014

Day 14, October 22, 2014. Patrick said he fought they would be finished on Friday, October 24th.

          On Day 14, Patrick Dougherty’s stickwork has taken on his signature organic form. Still unnamed, many of us are trying to offer up some suggestions. If you have an idea of what to name this stickwork, please leave your suggestion in the  comment section of this post. The way I’m […]


Day 10: Patrick Dougherty at the North Carolina Botanical Garden Chapel Hill, NC

Posted by on October 17, 2014

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The still unnamed Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty has made progress in my absence.  I missed three days due to the rain, but it would appear work continued, at least part of that time.   The walls, ceiling, and windows are in place. The structure looks to complement the scale of the North Carolina Botanical Garden […]


Lawn and Garden Tool Review and #Giveway: Troy-Bilt JET Gas Leaf Blower

Posted by on October 16, 2014

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CLOSED Troy-Bilt JET Gas Leaf Blower Need this? Want to re-gift this? I won’t tell. Enter a chance to win a great prize during this #giveaway! A winner will be chosen at random, Friday, October 24th. Sharing this #giveaway over at #GardeningWithConfidence and @TroyBilt with @HelenYoest Click to Tweet! Recently, I received the new Troy-Bilt […]


Day 6: Patrick Dougherty at the North Carolina Botanical Garden

Posted by on October 13, 2014

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Day 6: The scaffolding is in place. On a misty mid-morning visit, I was able to witness the progress from earlier in the morning. Not much happened Friday afternoon since Patrick Dougherty of Stickwork and his team didn’t work as Patrick attended his son’s college orientation. Day 6 appears to be the day the “weaving”  begins. […]


Day 5: Patrick Dougherty at the North Carolina Botanical Garden

Posted by on October 10, 2014

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It’s fascinating to watch the slow process of creating art. Patrick Dougherty is currently an artist-in-residence (though October 24, 2014) creating an outdoor sculpture of a one-of-a-kind installation at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. It takes Mr. Dougherty 3 weeks to install his signature Stickworks. @HelenYoest Click to Tweet! Working with local volunteers, the project began  with the […]