Podcast

Learn about composting your garden waste in the garden instead of moving it to a compost pile. Listen to Podcast: Like many gardeners, for years I would diligently clean up the veggie and annual flower gardens this time of year, pulling out dead plants and adding them to my compost pile. But in the last few years I’ve decided to compost in place. Instead of feeding the compost pile, I feed the garden soil in the beds directly. Here’s how it works. Instead of pulling out old broccoli, cabbage, pepper […]

Learn how to identify and control these pesky critters. Listen to podcast:   What’s eating your lawn? Got holes? If your lawn looks like a war zone, there are many possible causes. Certainly skunks could be digging for grubs or your neighbor’s dog digging for fun, but if you see tunnels too, it’s time to talk voles and moles. Although they sound alike, these are two very different creatures. Moles are completely subterranean and are carnivores. They feed on earthworms and other soil creatures, not your plants.  Other than forming […]

Learn about poison ivy, including the best and safest ways to control it. Listen to podcast: For as long as I can remember, each summer I get some amount of poison ivy rash. Poison ivy is best identified by the “leaves of three, let them be,” rhyme. It grows as an aggressive ground cover and up trees. I once saw a whole tree enveloped in poison ivy vines. I stayed away! It’s best to avoid contact with leaves, stems and roots since the chemical urushiol can stay active for months […]

Learn about growing the part shade loving coral bells for its beautiful flowers and colorful foliage. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How To Grow: Coral Bells   Heuchera spp and hybrids   Other Name alum root   Sun Requirements Part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Late spring to mid summer in colors such as white, red, pink, and coral   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 2 feet x 1 to 2 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, native, deer resistant   Coral bells […]

Learn how to plant and grow daffodils in your yard and garden. Listen to Podcast podcast transcript How to Grow: Daffodils Narcissus spp and hybrids   Other Name jonquil   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring in colors such as yellow, white, gold and bi-colors   Mature Height x Spread 4 to 24 inches x 3 to 6 inches   Added Benefits deer resistant   If you’re looking for an easy to grow, spring flowering bulb that returns faithfully each year, slowly spreading […]

Learn about dahlias, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Dahlias Dahlia hybrids   Other Name garden dahlia   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color late summer into fall in colors such as pink, salmon, white, cream, red, and bi-colors   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 5 feet x 1 to 3 feet   Added Benefits attract beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant   If you’re looking for a big showy flower to cap off the […]

Learn all about selecting the hardiest dogwood trees and shrubs for the North. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript   How to Grow: Shrub Dogwoods Cornus spp   Other Name shrub dogwoods   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring with white or yellow flowers with colorful summer berries and attractive fall foliage and bark color   Mature Height x Spread 3 to 10 feet x 3 to 6 feet   Added Benefits Native, attracts beneficials, fall color, deer resistant   Shrub dogwoods […]

Learn about the benefits and problems with having earthworms in your soil. Listen to podcast: We all have played with the wiggly earthworm since childhood. As gardeners we’ve been taught to revere the earthworm as a master decomposer of organic matter and savior of plants growing on clay soils. But all is not what it seems with the earthworm. There is a dark side to this creature. First a little history. There are no native earthworms in North America. All the earthworms were wiped out in the last ice age […]

Learn about the varieties and how to grow this popular perennial flower. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Echinacea Echinacea purpurea   Other Name Purple coneflower   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Early summer to late summer in colors such as purple, white, yellow, pink and orange   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 4 feet x 1 to 2 feet   Added Benefits Native, attracts beneficials, drought tolerant, deer resistant   Known for its medicinal benefits, coneflowers also a beautiful […]

Learn about elderberries, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Elderberries Sambucus spp and hybrids   Other Name Elder     Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring with white or pink flowers. It also has attractive red or black berries     Mature Height x Spread 5 to 12 feet x 5 to 10 feet     Added Benefits Native, attracts beneficials   Elderberries are common shrubs often found growing wild in meadows, abandoned fields […]

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