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Shelter the living, but don’t make zombie plants

October 23, 2014

Warning: balcony gardeners, patio gardeners, porch gardeners and container gardeners of all kinds. You are now entering a critical time for your plants. From the middle of October on, you will be tempted by stretches of sunny days and comparatively mild nights. “It’s still pretty nice out,” you’ll say. “I’ll leave the houseplants out just […]

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Fall has fallen, despite gardeners’ wishes

Fall has fallen upon us. Today, Tuesday, Sept. 23, is the first official day of autumn, which means, more or less, that we now have more hours of darkness than we have of light. (My husband tells me that the beginning of autumn is calculated differently, astronomically, but let’s not complicate things.) I hate fall. […]

Life or death decisions in August

It’s late summer, and time for the garden to wind down. But this summer’s child isn’t ready to quit just yet, thank you very much. We had a miserable winter and cold spring, and my garden – and I – are running way behind schedule. I’ve been practicing garden triage so far this year, cutting […]

New plants for those bare spots

There are a lot of bare spots in my garden this spring. I’m still hoping, but pretty soon I’m going to have to face facts and cut those dead plants down. (Sniff.) My hydrangeas and roses seem to have taken a big hit. Also my clematis and ornamental grasses, which all grew in containers. So […]


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