Caring for Trees during a Drought

We have eight sycamore trees on our property, planted about thirty years ago. They have survived on lawn sprinkler water and winter rains and I had hoped that el nino would provide deep watering this...

The Benefits of Rain

How long has it been since we had rain like this?  A long, long time.  So long, in fact, I had forgotten what a significantly rainy winter could do for a garden. The beneficial effects of this wet wi...

Beware of Transplant Shock

Q: My problem is an angel’s trumpet that I received as a gift. It is a large potted plant, full of buds that I believe will be flowers, but the old leaves turn yellow and even the new little le...

Gardeners are Propagators, too

Step across the threshold of a garden, and you may never be the same again. Spend regular hours in the garden, and you will certainly begin to view the world differently. You start out just wanting t...

Leaf Blowers

“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind. The answer is blowin’ in the wind.” – Bob Dylan In human affairs, the truth is never simple. The proposed ban of leaf blo...

Manure Worth It’s Weight

If you could purchase only one product at your garden supply store to make your plants grow, what would it be? (Hint: If you have a cow or a horse, you won’t need to go to the store.) I have a ...

Red Wrigglers vs. Night Crawlers

I have been privileged to receive many interesting letters from readers of this column. Some of their questions are printed here. Q: I buy night crawlers (earthworms) and put them around my plants. D...

April Showers Bring May Flowers

“April showers bring May flowers” are words whose truth has been amply illustrated this year. Our late rain has brought an abundance of blooms and a massive wave of first roses in May, an...