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, August 10, 2015

Posted by on August 10, 2015


THE DAY A break from the heat. THE RAIN It just missed us. THE DEEDS Here are three videos I did for Troy-Bilt: If I made it look easy, it’s only because of the cracker-jack directing and editorial team at Troy-Bilt. Drought Tolerant Plants, Gardening in Zone 7, and How To Amend Sandy Soil I don’t […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, August 3, 2015

Posted by on August 3, 2015

Limbed up leylands

THE DAY How did it become August already? THE RAIN None, nada, zippo! THE DEEDS Aster and I cleaned out the shed. What precipitated that…in the high 90x? I wanted to paint the roof of a bird feeder house. I couldn’t find the paint. Oh, Aster….Don’t be jealous… I now know where everything is. 😉 […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, July 27, 2015

Posted by on July 27, 2015

Green Tree Frog

THE DAY Back to work after a wonderful vacation. I intended to go back to work Monday, but my Troy-Bilt 3-inch chipper/shredder arrived that day. I couldn’t stay away, so Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday was spent chipping and shredding. 10 huge piles of pruned limbs. THE RAIN Thursday, 1.7 inches. THE DEEDS It seems my […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, July 20, 2015 – The chainsaw massacre

Posted by on July 20, 2015

New space in Helen's Haven

The Week I really lucked out with the weather. Mid-80s all week. The Rain Early Monday morning, we were treated with 1.1 inches of rain. Most grateful. The Deeds I did not plan this week, and that’s OK. Sometimes were just have to go where the moment takes us. I spent four days with a […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, July 13, 2015

Posted by on July 13, 2015

Helen's Haven

THE DAY 91 and overcast. THE RAIN Zero. Zip. Nada. THE DEEDS Because of the lack of rain, I watered the conifers planted last fall. They were not looking well. I’ve kinda ignored them thinking we were getting enough rain. One of the problems is the Leylands limbed up to make room for the new collection […]

#ForagingInCuteShoes: Smilax root

Posted by on July 7, 2015

Smilax root

COMMON NAME: Common greenbriers Botanical Latin: Smilax rotundifolia  Plant Type: Tenacious vine,  but may also form a small, tangled bush. Did you know, smilax is NOT classified as a vine, but rather a climbing shrub? @HelenYoest Click to Tweet! Root: Gnarly clumps Taste: Potato-like. Used In: At home, I use smilax root to thicken soups and stews. Ten […]

Gardeners Roll Call, Monday, July 6, 2015

Posted by on July 6, 2015

Helen's Haven

The DAY Overcast, humid, and mid 80s The RAIN We had a couple of misty days, but nothing appreciable….until Saturday. Saturday 0.50 inches Sunday 0.20 inches The DEEDS It has been a slow gardening week. It’s a shame too….spring has sprung, the early summer meltdown has past (and I hope it stays gone for good), […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, June 29, 2015

Posted by on June 29, 2015

Gaia Herb Farm

THE  DAY Absolutely beautiful! Low humidity; low-to-mid 80s THE RAIN Thursday —  0.1 inch Friday  — 1.1 inches Saturday — 0.5 inch   THE DEEDS Thanks to Garden Gate magazine’s visit last week, I’m able to skate the rest of the summer with regards to major projects. I wish I could say it was ice […]

Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, June 22, 2015

Posted by on June 22, 2015


THE DAY Moist (humid) and hot (95) RAIN Wednesday evening — .4 inches Thursday evening — 2 inches Friday evening – 1/4 inch Saturday evening – 1/4 Clearly, no complaints here… THE DEED Yard waste center to rid of last week’s collections. Filled the bee’s sugar water. Entertained Garden Gate magazine for two days The […]