You can find good-quality perennials at bargain prices in the fall.

Eight great gardening hints for October

Well, haven’t we been the lucky ones this year. The leaves are still green, the flowers are still blooming and the Blue Jays made the division play-offs. (At least they were still in the game when I wrote this.) Thanksgiving is done, and we Beachers still have good enough weather to get out and garden. […]

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Meet the fun and easy-going succulents

Say it slowly: “Sssuu-cu-lent.” Sounds so juicy and luscious, it immediately brings to mind foods like roast turkey, strawberries and crème caramel. But not if you’re a gardener. In that case it calls up visions of fat, fleshy plants in a palette of blues, greens, browns and purples, usually displayed in a neat, geometric leaf […]

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Contain yourself while waiting for spring

Holy compost! I can’t remember a spring that’s been so slow to arrive. I go out in the morning, peer hopefully for something new coming up, then disgustedly go back inside to fuss over the houseplants … again. Lately, though, I’ve found something new to do in the garden: fuss over my many outdoor containers. […]

Digging in the digital dirt

Pssst … Wanna find some dirty stuff on the Web? When a gardener says that, you pretty much know what to expect. When the world outside is green and lovely, I can hardly sit still at a keyboard. But when it’s white and cold outdoors, I retreat to the digital world. Lately, I’ve been tap-tapping […]


Your guide to the year in gardening

Our gardens are safely tucked away under a blanket of snow and mulch, so what’s happening in the gardening world? Right now, before seed, plant and soil orders grab all your attention, take a moment to mark your calendar with some of the gardening highlights of the coming year. Orchid Show, February 13 and 14: […]

Cathy Kobza tells gardeners the buzz on bees at a recent Beach Garden Society meeting.
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Celebrating the B(ee) list

Everyone oohs and ahhs when they see butterflies in their garden, but most of us probably don’t get too excited when we see bees there. That’s changing – and for good reason. Those little bees that buzz around the flowers are indispensable to human life. I talked with apiarist (a.k.a. beekeeper) extraordinaire Cathy Kozma recently […]