September

Posted by on September 1, 2014

With the dog days of summer behind us, September opens with cooler air, creating a fresh scent and a sense of excitement. The source of this excitement may be no other reason than the weather being bearable enough to spend time outdoors once again. Reds dominate. Yellows generate. Purples empower. Grasses sway, with flowers as […]



August garden maintenance for the southeast

Posted by on August 4, 2014

Cleome

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 […]


Garden Talent: Dahlias, Darlin’

Posted by on August 1, 2014

Ginger Snap Dahlia

Early each morning, as she begins her day, the view of Yellow Mountain greets Vivien Phillips of  Newland, North Carolina. When Vivien built her home in 1996, she carefully sited the footprint of her front door a little left of the mountain axis, so each day she would be reminded of her deep roots as […]


It’s trampoline season in Helen’s Haven

Posted by on July 31, 2014

And here she sits waiting for someone to play with her.

Typically, when I write about a season, it usually revolves around a flower or fruit–peony season, iris season, tomato season–but lately my seasons have been around my kids. I’ve entered trampoline season. Unlike a flower or fruit season, these kid seasons tend to be long. So, because of that, I try to tough it out […]


The Secret Science Behind Successful Gardening

Posted by on July 25, 2014

Pollinators

Create a thriving, year-round garden with proper planning. By strategically planning your garden layout, you can combine growing areas for plants, flowers, herbs, vegetables, and even fruits that will flourish. This type of gardening, also called companion planting, has been used by different cultures around the world for centuries. By combining compatible plants in your garden, […]