Five Common Garden Problems (and What to Do about Them)
by Carol Chernega - April 2014
1. Most common disease: powdery mildew. This is commonly found on peonies (Paeonia spp.), phlox and monarda, but many other plants can have it too. From the name — mildew — you’d think it flourishes in wet weather, but the opposite is true. It actually gets worse when it’s hot and dry.
What to do: The best way to stop it spreading is to cut off the plants down to the ground at the end of the season and throw out the debris — don’t put it in your compost ... >> read article
by Michelle Reynolds - April 2014
Trellises enable those unruly and rambling plants of all kinds to take off and do what they love to do, in a controlled manner. The plants might need a little nudge in the right direction periodically – a sling here, a fastener there. A trellis allows one to train the plants to twist and twine, wrap, climb, spiral and ascend to the sky – supporting to the plants on their journey to the light ... >> read article
Favorite Shrubs for Midwest Landscapes
by Karen Atkins - April 2014
I resist any rules in gardening. After all, it is such a personal sport. But, something I have observed as a reliable guideline in my own gardens is this: perennial beds have greater impact if they are at least one-third filled with shrubs. And, shrubs can produce berries and flowers, too.
If you want to introduce some new shrubs to your beds, consider my short list, below. In our neck of the woods, deciduous shrubs only have impact six months of the year – so don’t be surprised that so many of my favorites are evergreens. You can’t lose with my short list. I promise ... >> read article
Jack and His Woodland Friends
by Barbara Rothenberger - April 2014