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 […]


Partying With A Propagator: Dividing Rohdea japonica, Sacred Lily

Posted by on August 28, 2014

New Plants

My 2014/2015 growing season is all about propagating…my journey into sowing, cuttings, divisions, and turning the Love Shack at Helen’s Haven into the Propagation Party House. ~Helen Yoest   I’ve had a longstanding clump of Rohdea japonica, probably 10 years or so. It’s been a very slow growing in my garden, Helen’s Haven, so I’ve had […]


Garden Talent: Herald Winter With Pine Knot Farm Hellebores

Posted by on August 24, 2014

Hellebore book

Before the wisteria blooms and daffodils begin their spring-time dance, and before the tulips turn your head, hellebores will begin a celebration in the garden as the harbinger of late winter. Nestled in a woodland setting in Clarksville, VA, near the North Carolina border, is Pine Knot Farms, a 60-acre parcel, with 5 acres as […]


Partying With A Propagator: Building The Propagation Party House

Posted by on August 21, 2014

Party Prop House

My 2014/2015 growing season is all about propagating…my journey into sowing, cuttings, divisions, and turning the Love Shack at Helen’s Haven into the Propagation Party House. ~Helen Yoest   Greenhouses seem like the ultimate luxury, one that I never felt worthy of or that I could do justice. I’m still not convinced that I can […]


August garden maintenance for the southeast

Posted by on August 4, 2014

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Harvest vegetable gardens as needed. Most of what you have growing in your vegetable garden are annuals. By August, they are looking a little wrung out. As plants end their production cycle, remove them from the garden; otherwise, they may attract insects and disease to the plants that are still productive. Deadhead flowers. Keep your […]