How-to

How To Plant Spring Blooming Bulbs In A Pot

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Longfield Tulips and Muscari featured image

I am always looking to cram more color into spring.So when Longfield Gardens offered me the chance to try 25 Mystic Van Eijk tulips and 50 grape hyacinths, I was happy to take them up on it. But we have a lot of voles and chipmunks around here, which love to eat tulips. We also [...]

Video Mishaps: Garden2Blog Adventure with P. Allen Smith

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Garden to Blog poster

If you've been following my back page, you probably already know that I've been invited to the 2014 version of P. Allen Smith's Garden2Blog. I'll be joining twenty-plus other bloggers for two jam-packed days of tours, demonstrations, and workshops, while squeezing in time to get to know my fellow bloggers and P. Allen Smith himself. [...]

Make That Lingering Snow Earn Its Keep

– Posted in: Design, Front of the House, Hardscaping and Projects, How-to, New House, New Gardens
Use That Lingering Snow to Design Your Garden

The snow is melting, but not fast enough to suit me. I've already taken pictures of where the snow melts first, so I know where to plant my spring-flowering bulbs this fall. In the spirit of making lemonade out of lemons, I realized this lingering snow was the perfect opportunity to outline a new garden [...]

How to Analyze An Area of Your Yard to Improve It: The Parking Pad Bed

– Posted in: Design, How-to, New House, New Gardens, Parking Pad Bed
ask yourself these questions before you redesign your yard

In case you are just joining in: About two-and-a-half years ago our family moved from our long-time rural home to a different 19th-century farm house about twenty-five minutes from our previous one. I have been renovating the landscape around the house in a non-systematic frenzy and writing about it as time permits. (Previous posts are [...]