Yard and Garden

Practical advice for gardening and yard maintence. Advice on growing flowers, trees, shrubs, vegetables, fruit and herbs. Plus, lawn care, structures and machinery.

On The Garden Path

by Kathy Manney

Within the barren Mojave Desert, near Tecopa, Calif., China Ranch Date Farm is a surprising haven of greenery. “Hidden Oasis” reads the big yellow sign on Old Spanish Trail Highway. Undeniably, China Ranch is a true desert oasis.

Garden Clippings: Wasabi

By Mike Lang

Wasabi (Wasabia japonica) is a plant that has been used by Japanese cooks through many centuries. It's a member of the crucifer family, which includes mustards, broccoli and cauliflower. Wasabi is prized for its fleshy root, but its leaves are also flavorful.

On The Garden Path

Article courtesy of Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center

The first tulips were brought to Europe from Turkey in the mid-1500s. In the early 1600s, however, they were still rare – mostly found in university botanical gardens. It was at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, where some locals, desperate to get their hands on the rare flowers, climbed the wall of the botanical garden, stole some tulip bulbs and began cultivating them for sale. Thus began the wild ride that became Tulipmania.

Garden Clippings: Crape Myrtle

By Mike Lang

Sometimes referred to as the lilac of the South, the common crape myrtle, Lagerstroemia indica, brightens up gardens all over the southern part of the United States as a large shrub or a small tree, which can reach a height of 30 feet.


On The Garden Path

By Robert R. Bowers

Travel any country road in late August and early September, and breathe the fragrance of autumn’s sweetest clematis. This redolence emanates from the lacy white flower of Virgin’s bower – the most delicate of wildflowers – as it follows fencerows and treetops while reaching for the sun, forming wide to narrow sweeps of breathtaking beauty.

Garden Clippings: August

By Mike Lang

August stirs up two completely opposite emotions in my gardening psyche.

On the Garden Path

by Bernadine F. Wells

Not even an Oklahoma ice storm can keep 86-year-old Gloria Howard from gardening. In 2002, an ice storm that surprised central and western Oklahoma left trees and fences broken, and limbs scattered everywhere. The persimmon trees in Gloria’s backyard, which had been there for more than 50 years, broke under the weight of several inches of ice, and some of them fell on electric wires and fences. So, she had all 14 of them removed.

Garden Clippings: Landscaping

By Mike Lang

Landscape is not all about plants. In fact, there are some great landscapes that don't include any plants.