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 […]


Gardening Tricks That Work: Silo Shed

Posted by on September 9, 2014

garden silo shed

As I travel for work scouting, styling, and writing about gardens for books and magazines, I come across many great and useful tips and tricks I learn from other gardeners. Not every detail of these great gardens make it in a story, so this column on my blog, Gardening With Confidence, is a place for […]


Plants With Benefits: Tomato Harvest

Posted by on September 2, 2014

Brie's tomato harvest

By now you should know that tomatoes are a plant with benefits…but did you also know that eating cooked tomatoes is said to act as a kind of internal sunscreen? According to researchers at the Universities of Manchester and Newcastle, England, eating cooked tomatoes may  help block UV rays. But eating tomatoes is only a […]


Goodbye summer…

Posted by on September 1, 2014

Ginger Snap Dahlia

There is always a sense of sadness as the sun sets on Labor Day weekend, even though it is just a date on the calendar. Summer is still an idyllic time for me, one that takes me back to my childhood in Norfolk, Virginia where I roamed the field across the street that lead to […]


September Garden Maintenance For The Southeast

Posted by on September 1, 2014

Muhly grass and salvia

Strawberry needs September (and August) is when the cell size of spring fruit strawberry buds is determined. The more favorable the growing conditions your strawberry’s receive now, the bigger the berries will be next year. Ensure that your strawberries get an inch of water each week. If nature doesn’t provide this, then plan to supplement […]


September Garden Inspiration

Posted by on August 31, 2014

Gardening with Confidence Vivien Phillips Garden

September delights.  With the dog days of summer behind us, September opens with cooler air and less humidity, creating a fresh scent and a sense of excitement.  The source of this excitement may be for no reason other than it is bearable to be outside once again.   Indeed, September, and throughout the fall, is […]


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 […]