Hold the Salt
by Beth Botts

Most of the harm from snow really comes from how we get rid of it. Time for a little rethink. Who doesn’t love new snow? The white blanket softens the world and makes everything look new. And it’s a good thing for the garden. Snow cover insulates the soil so it is less likely to thaw and then freeze again. Enveloping snow protects plant tissue from cold snaps and adds moisture when it melts in spring.   >> read article
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Build a (Real?) Fairy Garden
by Michelle Byrne Walsh

Whether or not you believe in fairies, you can create a garden for these mythical creatures in a small space filled with shrub roses, foxgloves, pansies and dainty, adorable ‘fairy flowers.’ It is a perfect project for a children’s garden, too. Some people argue that fairies are real creatures from the kingdom of the elementals. Some people don’t believe it for a second ...   >> read article
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Forcing Bulbs
For Those Who Just Can’t Wait
by Stacey Mollus

I am counting the days until spring. I watch the weather forecast like I am watching the lottery numbers being read, hoping the meteorologist is going to give me some good news. Once the holidays are over, gardeners start dreaming about the beauty that lies beneath the surface of the soil, knowing there are bulbs under there just waiting for the right minute to bust out.   >> read article
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A Different Kind of Snow
by Maria Zampini

The Snow Fountains weeping cherry tree stands out in the ornamental crowd as it offers four seasons of beauty for year-round appeal. It also can be clipped, pruned, shaped, staked, bent and otherwise manipulated into a dozen or more forms. This is one small chameleon tree that you might not recognize from afar, but you will admire and desire it.   >> read article
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What to Prune, When?
by Charlotte Kidd

The sky is clear. The sun is bright. The weather is ideal for pruning. You’ve found pruners, loppers, pruning saw, gloves, paper trash bags and string. Walking around the yard, you scan your garden, trees and shrubs. You’re puzzled. What DO you prune, and WHEN should you prune it?   >> read article
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Chartreuse Houseplants
by Chris Baker

The hot plant for January isn’t a plant at all. It’s a color — chartreuse. Chartreuse goes with just about every other color and never fails to brighten up a dark room on a dreary winter day. Fortunately, there are a number of excellent new houseplants that shine brightly in chartreuse.   >> read article
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A Plan to Cram
by Michelle Byrne Walsh

Getting as many veggies into a raised bed—throughout the short Midwest growing season—is a quest for many gardeners. What goes where, when and why when stuffing raise beds with vegetables and herbs?   >> read article
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Purpletop Vervain
Verbena bonariensis
by Lynda Heavrin

I will never run out of plants to discuss as I love so many, but I asked my friends what they will be thinking about in January/February and in unison I heard “seeds.” So, an easy plant from seed it is — one of my favorites is Verbena bonariensis.
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