February 24, 2016
Should you start with a design or does design evolve over time?
February 10, 2016
It's more than beauty. Flowers serve a vital role in the vegetable garden, stopping the spread of disease, controlling which insects get to stick around and making our lives easier. Here's some more info and tips for getting started.
January 27, 2016
Even though we can't start planting outdoors just yet - soon, but not yet - we can get a taste of spring by visiting one of the local garden and flower shows. I talk about 3 within driving distance that will satisfy your longing to breath in air saturated with the scent of warm soil.
January 6, 2016
What does it take to enjoy gardening? Is it a personality thing? Maybe a disorder? My friend thought it looked enticing, until she gave it a half-hearted try. Here's my advice to her and anyone who is discouraged about gardening.
December 23, 2015
We're all familiar with El Nino. He comes around every few years and totally confuses us about winter. I'm not complaining that it's too warm for me, but it's not the best winter weather for the garden. Here are a few things to keep an eye on, until things go back to normal.
December 9, 2015
Would someone visiting your garden get a glimpse of who you are? If your garden doesn't reflect you every bit as well as your home does, here are some ideas to help you shape your garden's story.
November 25, 2015
You might not consider fall to be the ideal season for evaluating your garden's design, but you can learn a lot by studying your garden when all the leaves have fallen.
November 11, 2015
It may be November, but it's still nice enough outdoors for the plants to be growing - which means there's work to be done. A little care now can mean the difference between winter dieback and winter dormancy.
October 28, 2015
Piling your leaves at the edge of the road for pick up is a waste of garden gold. Here are 6 things you can do with your leaves that won't take much time or effort on your part and will make your garden richer.
October 14, 2015
It happens every year, so it's easy to take it for granted or even miss the show. Those dazzling fall colors the leaves turn don't change by accident. Here's what causes all those colors and how to predict if it will be a great year for fall foliage.
September 30, 2015
The formal gardens at the Vanderbilt Historic Site in Hyde Park are a great place to visit, but they also hold a lot of lessons for our own, much smaller gardens. Today I bring some of the tips and ideas I was given by 2 of the Vanderbilt Garden Association Volunteers. The group has been working on the gardens for over 30 years and they really know what works - Canadian roses, floating water garden dye, and starting your garden in fall, for starters.
September 23, 2015
Mums are everywhere in the fall. They call them Hardy Mums, but most of them wind up in the garbage. Can mums really be hardy? Sure. Follow these tips.
September 16, 2015
Have a few carrots, turnips, or beets still in the garden. Why not let them stay there and sweeten up. Today's podcast is about how to store your root vegetables in the garden, so - snow permitting - you can harvest them in January.
September 9, 2015
It's hotter than July, but the bulbs are out in the nurseries and it's time to scoop some up. Today we talk about the best bulbs for the Hudson Valley and how to guarantee a great show next spring.
September 2, 2015
As the vegetable garden starts to fade, herbs are a great way to fill in those increasing bare spots. Not every herb loves fall's cooler weather, but these 6 will be as welcome in the garden as they are in the kitchen.
August 26, 2015
Tips for making smart choices when you go bargain shopping at nurseries in the fall.
August 19, 2015
Some easy jobs for late summer, that will give you a headstart next spring.
August 12, 2015
My garlic was not stellar this year. In fact, it was down right puny. That's not going to happen again. Today's show is a refresher on what garlic needs and what keeps it from forming big, lush bulbs.
August 5, 2015
The end of summer is clean-up time in the garden, but it's also a great time to evaluate how things are going. While you're cutting back and moving plants, use some of today's tips to check how things are going in general, in the garden. Remember, fall is just around the corner and it is a great time to be outside. Having a list of what you want done will help you get right to it.
July 29, 2015
Not enough bees and other pollinators in your garden? There are a number of reasons for this, some of which are out of our control. But one thing we can do to get our vegetable gardens buzzing is to mix in some flowers. Not just any flowers - nectar rich flowers. That's what we'll talk about today.
July 22, 2015
With a little observation and knowing the right questions to ask - which you'll get here - you can figure out what's ailing your plants. It's probably not as bad as you think.
July 15, 2015
It's one of the hardest things for a gardener to do - tearing out perfectly good plants that no longer work in your garden. Here's some inspiration to make it easier.
July 15, 2015
Do you need to buy special fertilizers for every plant? Of course not. Here are a handful of things every plant needs and how to provide them.
July 8, 2015
The time to think about your fall garden is early in the growing season. Fall plants need time to get established, so they are ready to shine when their time comes.
June 26, 2015
We can't stop the rain, but we can be prepared for what it does to the garden. Take advantage of the loose soil, but watch out for rot.
June 17, 2015
It is possible to have a small water garden without it being a lot of work. I don't even have a pump. What I do have are floating water plants that create just the right environment.
June 10, 2015
Does companion planting work? It's hard to say. How do you even test it? One thing that's worth experimenting with is companion planting to control insect pests and attract beneficial insects. That's what we'll talk about today.
June 3, 2015
Have you ever noticed your fruit trees seem to drop lots of small fruits in the beginning of June? That's called June Drop and it's nothing to panic about.
May 27, 2015
Plants hate excessive heat as much as we do. Even though the heat doesn't usually last long, there are a few things we should do to help our plants cope.
May 20, 2015
Wildlife is a never ending challenge in the garden and no one is more wily than the groundhog. We may never keep them out entirely, but here are some ideas to keep them diverted.
May 13, 2015
Some interesting and fun facts about spring, that you might not already know.
April 29, 2015
Now is your chance to peek into some remarkable private gardens, with the help of the Garden Conservancy's Open Days Program. Find out the whys and whens, on today's podcast
February 4, 2015
Here's a succession planting tip that will not only keep the harvest going longer, it will prevent vegetable boredom, too.
January 28, 2015
Snow blankets the garden,but does it hurt your plants and what does it mean for the wildlife looking for food?
January 26, 2015
Easy tips for your garden and plants, that won't chill you to the bone.
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