Fruit sanitation

Posted by on December 19, 2014

  This December, begin inspecting your fruit trees.  Remove any mummified remaining fruits, and rake up and dispose of old leaves and branches that may harbor diseases over the winter.  



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 […]


The Garden of Denny and Georgina Werner

Posted by on December 19, 2014

Denny Werner's Gardem

With drifts of purple coneflower, spikes of orange Canna, and the spilling of yellow coreopsis morphing the straight edge of the border, a garden is formed. And not just any garden, but the garden of Dr. Dennis (Denny) Werner, plant breeder North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, NC. Since 1988, with the support of his […]


Here’s a gardening trick that works: number of lights and ornaments for your Christmas tree

Posted by on December 18, 2014

Christmas tree lights

As Gardening With Confidence begins our busy season decorating clients’ homes and offices for Christmas, we find we answer the same questions often: About how many lights and ornaments do I need for my tree? Here’s a gardening trick that works: 100 miniature lights per foot of tree 15 ornaments per foot of tree 10 […]


Garden Talent: Robert E. Lyons

Posted by on December 18, 2014

Bob Lyons

My friend, Bob Lyons, has retired after 33 years in horticulture. It was a career well-achieved. Congratulations, Bob! May you continue to have your hand in the soil and the spirit of wonder only gardening can bring…Helen Yoest Name: Robert E. Lyons Years of work in profession: 33 Occupation: Professor Emeritus of Horticulture and Former […]


Plants With Benefits: Creamy Avocado Pasta Sauce

Posted by on December 9, 2014

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Avocados are an aphrodisiac, so yes, they were a chapter in my newest book, Plants with Benefits. Avocado is a must have plant…with benefits! My book has me exploring ways to cook with benefit plants–an excuse to play around in the kitchen. I love avocado. I love pasta (and so do the kids.) So why not […]


Garden Talent: Herald Winter With Pine Knot Farm Hellebores

Posted by on December 8, 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 […]