Planting tomato plants to produce more roots

Posted by on May 25, 2016

Tomato seedlings are one of the few plants that grows better planted deep.  When selecting seedlings, buy the tallest, healthiest plant you can find at the nursery.  Before planting, strip all but the top leaves of the plant. Lay the entire plant down in a a trench on its side and cover with soil. Leave only […]



Raleigh City Farm

Posted by on April 21, 2016

Raleigh City Farm

Over the last four years, I’ve been watching the Raleigh City Farm grow. In the downtown area of Raleigh, the Farm is located on 800 N. Blount Street. Having lived in the Historic Oakwood community for 10 years (from 1988-1998), I watched this area change. A lot. I never imagined it would be what it […]


April Inspiration

Posted by on April 6, 2016

Edgeworthia Helen's Haven Gardening With Confidence®

  With a slow start after a cold winter, the birds are scratching, singing, and suggesting I pay attention. I am. There’s a feeling of joy. They feel spring; as do I. The temperatures may not say spring, but the songs do. In my garden, Helen’s Haven, everything is two to three weeks behind. What […]


Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, April 4, 2016

Posted by on April 4, 2016

Crossvine in Helen's Haven

THE WEEK I was still in Florida through Friday evening. Saturday and Sunday was picture perfect! (Ok, we had a little rain Saturday morning, but it cleared.) THE RAIN While gone…1.0 inch Saturday, 0.2 inch THE DEEDS   MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY Walked five miles. It’s what I do every day when staying at the condo in Jupiter, […]


About to Dig? Call 811

Posted by on April 1, 2016

Are you planning a landscape project?  Before you dig, call 811 from anywhere in the country a few days prior to digging.  Your call will be routed to your local One Call Center.  Tell the operator where in your yard work will occur and what type of work will be performed.  The affected local utility […]


Gardeners Roll call: Monday, March 21, 2016

Posted by on March 21, 2016

Lizzi Lathers. Photo by Elizabeth Galecke.

THE WEEK The spring-like weather continues, although it was chilly Sunday. THE RAIN Monday 0.75 inch Saturday 0.20 inch THE DEEDS I’m loving the extra hour of daylight after work. My favorite time of the year. What did you do with your extra hour? I planted three native vines: Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’, Clematis armandii ‘Snowdrift’, […]