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.  

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, May 18, 2015

Posted by on May 18, 2015


THE DAY Warm on Sunday, high 85 ºF THE DEED Did a better clean up job on the Loquat that was damaged by an ice storm. Took the chainsaw to a gnarly branch. Tied up the awesome and fun columnar ornamental plum. I’m reminded that I need to ask Lane about this plant. I looked […]

Gardening with Confidence: Kids in The Garden

Posted by on May 15, 2015

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CHAPTER 40 KIDS IN THE GARDEN My garden at home was designed specifically with kids in mind. We moved in when my oldest was one—and now my youngest is eleven. So you can imagine that I would have been remiss if I hadn’t created the opportunity to make my garden a welcoming place for the […]

Gardening With Confidence: Mailbox Gardens

Posted by on May 11, 2015

Mailbox garden

CHAPTER 35 MAILBOX GARDENS First impressions may be wrong, but they are always right for that moment. Most of us living in suburban neighborhoods pass our mailboxes several times a day. We put in our outgoing mail and take out our incoming mail. Each car that passes sees it; kids hit it with their balls; […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, May 11, 2015

Posted by on May 11, 2015

Helen's Haven Iris

If you ever suffered from a drought, and who hasn’t, then you know this feeling. When you haven’t had rain in a while, you start to worry. And by a little while, it could be less than a week. Even though in inches of rain, Raleigh is up for the year, with regular rainfall, yet, […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, May 4, 2015

Posted by on May 4, 2015


The Week Picture perfect weekend, mid-70s The Deeds Had my daughter’s boyfriend over to add a second coat of water sealant to the tobacco stick fence, I spent some time trying to eradicate the wintercreeper, Euonymus fortunei. For me, it is a slow grower, so I didn’t pay much attention to it. Now, I notice and […]

50 Ways to Garden With Confidence: Level Changes

Posted by on April 28, 2015

Helen's Haven

  CHAPTER 33 LEVEL CHANGES Slopes and hills, bumps and dips—a garden often comes in many shapes. Whether your garden is naturally contoured or you decide you want to introduce some profile to your land, level changes are best viewed as opportunities to create instead of challenges to overcome. How you choose to handle elevation […]

Lesson Learned: pay attention to paid google ads

Posted by on April 26, 2015

Classic Caladiums

OK, I get it. Google needs to make money, but this goes too far IMHO. @Helen Yoest Click to Tweet! When it comes to bulb retailers and wholesalers, I play favorites. No question about it. I don’t mess around with cheaper, lesser quality bulbs; I only want the best. Classic Caladiums is one of those […]

#Gardengiveaway: Proplugger

Posted by on April 26, 2015


THIS #GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!     Have you heard of the Proplugger  5-IN-1 planting tool? I got one last year and it made planting 100+ daffodil bulbs from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs a cinch! This spring I’m using it to plant 4-inch pots of annuals and perennials. It is easy and convenient to use. Proplugger […]

Classic Caladiums: add some variety to your life

Posted by on April 23, 2015


Ever since I learned how easy it was to plant masses of Classic Caladiums, it is now an annual event here at Helen’s Haven. Classic Caladiums is my go-to source for the best quality of caladium bulbs. Not only are the bulbs the best, they come from the science and selection of Dr. Robert (Bob) Hartman. Bob […]