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Lemony Herbs
Consider growing some lemony herbs in your garden.

No lemons? No problem. If you want to enjoy a homegrown lemony taste, consider growing some lemony herbs in your garden. The five most common lemony herbs are lemon balm, lemon thyme, lemon verbena, lemon basil, and lemongrass.

>> read “Lemony Herbs”    
Finding Your Path
Pathways in the garden

Making a path can be as simple as mowing a swath through the high grass of a meadow. Most of our gardens, however, have more definition and less space than that, calling for more structured ways to pass through them.

>> read “Finding Your Path”    
Wonderful Window Boxes
Window boxes increase the gardening space

When someone says “window box,” what images first pop into your mind? Old World, pretentious, charming, expensive? Perhaps you think of these gussied-up containers as high maintenance, or maybe you simply write them off as another wacky sport in the world of competitive gardening. Yet, could it be that you would really like to try them, but have no idea where to begin?

>> read “Wonderful Window Boxes”    
It’s All in the Mold
Making concrete molds for miniature gardens

Making concrete molds for stepping-stones or miniature gardens is a fun, simple project. And they make great additions to your landscape!

>> read “It’s All in the Mold”    
Stumpery Style
A new kind of container garden

In many ways we have come full circle, with nature once again governing our tastes and garden design. Adding a stumpery to your woodland garden, particularly if there are already stumps in the area, can satisfy your desire for a more naturalistic look.

>> read “Stumpery Style”    
Easy-to-Grow Plants
These plants ensure new gardeners success

Over the years, I have found the following plants are almost guaranteed to grow beautifully as long as they are planted properly and given minimal care. This list is by no means all inclusive, but these plants perform without special attention and ensure new gardeners success as they begin their journey down the garden path.

>> read “Easy-to-Grow Plants”    
Lasting Impressions
How to build a hyper tufa trough

Hypertufa troughs are earthy and natural containers that look great in gardens of every style. Today’s hypertufa troughs are modeled after ancient stone vessels that were used by farmers in England and the Orient to hold water and feed for livestock. As farmers replaced stone with more modern materials, the old stone feeders became popular as planters. As they became scarce, and pricey, people began to make their own. But a hypertufa trough is a worthy container in its own right, and should not be considered a poor substitute for the real thing.

>> read “Lasting Impressions”    
Top 10 Plants for Birds
Plant a bird-friendly habitat in your backyard

Attracting birds to your garden calls for more than feeders and feed. Of the 167 birds on my “spotted in my yard” list, only 29 came to feeders. Native habitat attracted the rest.

>> read “Top 10 Plants for Birds”    
Build Your Own Clematis Posts
Give your clematis or other vines some support

Clematis stands high on my list of favorite plants. I have designed and built a number of supporting posts just so I can add this beautiful plant to the garden in areas where other supports don’t exist. I don’t just build them for myself, I’ve also built posts for my friends. In total, I’ve created about a dozen posts, and while each one is different, the basics of building them are the same.

>> read “Build Your Own Clematis Posts”    
Mole Control
How to get rid of these pesky diggers in your landscape

I know you won’t believe this, especially if you have moles tunneling through your landscape, but moles are actually somewhat beneficial in the landscape. They are probably tearing up your lawn in order to achieve this, but they do help with soil management and the control of undesirable grubs and insects.

>> read “Mole Control”    
A Bowl of Beauty
A container recipe for multiple seasons

Ah, the mixture of foliage and flora as a harbinger of spring.

>> read “A Bowl of Beauty”    
What Mr. MacGregor Didn’t Know
How to keep rabbits out of the garden

Rabbits are notoriously difficult to remove from an area – just ask Mr. McGregor. The story of Peter Rabbit has long delighted young children and elicited sympathetic sighs from gardeners. What can a poor gardener do to rid himself of this cotton-tailed pestilence?

>> read “What Mr. MacGregor Didn’t Know”    
 
 
 

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