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On The Garden Path-Winter-blooming plants complete a garden

It’s February, and we’ve hit those difficult weeks when winter has lost its charm, and the cold has yet to give any hint of giving way to spring. Gardeners are full of dreams and plans, and as the craving for flowers grows stronger, we threaten to do dangerous and extravagant things to ...

Garden Clippings: Watering Methods

I sometimes catch flak about the amount of resources that go into my lawn and garden. People think I use a lot of water or chemicals to keep things looking nice. But the fact is, a well-maintained and planned landscape is actually more self-sustainable than one that may not look as nice.There ...

Garden Clippings: Ready for Harvest

A recent trip through the vegetable garden reminded me that even with the heat, this time of year is a gardener's delight. Buckets of tomatoes and peppers make us oblivious to insect bites and sweat on the brow.Some crops, such as tomatoes and peppers, are easy to recognize when they're ready ...

Garden Clippings: Attracting Hummingbirds

This article originally appeared in CAPPER'S July 10, 2001.There are many things in the garden I anticipate seeing each year before the Kansas wind and heat rob them of their luster - the Juddi viburnum blooming, the appearance of the fall-planted bulbs, and the lush, new growth of the ...

Garden Clippings: Fruit Production

'Why aren't my vine crops putting on fruit?' That's a popular question from gardeners trying to grow pumpkins, melons and cucumbers, especially early in the growing season.Sometimes the problem is the gardener's fault, and other times Mother Nature is to blame.Overfertilizing will cause a ...

Garden Clippings: Basic Gardening Terminology

Soaring fuel prices affect just about everything we do, from travel to grocery bills. This year, I predict that the backyard vegetable garden will be important to even more people than in years past, in an effort to offset some of the grocery tab.Vegetable gardening can seem like a daunting ...

Garden Clippings: Planting Trees for the Future

How many times have you stood in amazement while gazing at the outline of a majestic tree? I'm not talking about the giant sequoias or other renowned trees of the Americas, but rather those that we pass by in everyday life.I find myself in awe at the generation before me that had the ...

On The Garden Path: Bulbs

Flowers are on everyone’s mind this time of year, as winter wanes and spring approaches. Gardeners are on the countdown now, ready to push past the last probable date of frost, so they can get their hands in the dirt.Here are three intriguing summer bulbs to consider using in your garden this ...

Garden Clippings: Getting Your Garden Ready In February

February usually includes a few warm days that get the blood flowing and the thoughts heading in the direction of the garden. Once there, gardeners ponder the question, 'What can I do?'Garden features, such as fences, decks, patios or other structures, can be built during this time, and some ...

On The Garden Path: Silver Plants

The word 'silver' conjures up visions of gleaming teapots, sparkling museum pieces brought from faraway places and hours of polishing to prevent Mother's cutlery from tarnishing. Silver has little place in the modern home, because, after all, no one has time to polish candlesticks. However, you ...

Garden Clippings: Use Garden Produce

Now is your last chance to use this year's garden produceThe average date for the first frost here in Topeka, Kan., is October 15. Depending on your geographic location, the average date in your area may be several weeks earlier or later. No matter what the date is, it will be a time to ...

Garden Clippings: Getting Rid of Poison Ivy

Take care when ridding the garden of poison ivyThis article previously ran in the July 6, 2004, issue of CAPPER'S.'Leaves of three, let it be' is a timeless piece of advice for all who venture outdoors, but this guidance is not an option for gardeners who have poison ivy invade their ...

Tomato Care

It has been an odd spring at my little spot on the map. It was mild early enough to allow an early bloom of the spring bulbs, then it turned dry, which caused the lush grass to take on a hot summer appearance, and there were several freezes over two weeks past the average frost-free date for ...

Considered a Weed by Some, Asters Add Color to Garden

I used to think that asters were weedy plants that were too wild for a garden. I always thought they looked great mixed in with a field of goldenrod, though.Then I got a job at a greenhouse, potting up bare-root plants. After the aster roots were potted, I picked through the leavings and got ...