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Design Terror!

Design Terror!

I have worked with a lot of clients in the last month that are absolutely terrified of designing gardens. I understand this because it represents a lot of money and commitment for the client and many of them have almost no experience in the area. While there is no easy way to get past this fear, there are some things you can do to make it a little bit better.[...]

The Most Likely Reason Your Plants are Dying

The Most Likely Reason Your Plants are Dying

I get calls at the nursery about brown dying plants all the time. While I love helping people and want them to have happy plants I am reluctant to replace them because most of the time the conversations goes something like this: [...]

So, What Did You Call That Plant Again?

So, What Did You Call That Plant Again?

Categorize and name things – it’s what we humans do. One of the best examples of this can be found with the plants we share our world with. It can be complex and detailed like the scientific binomial naming or it can be as simple as a family calling a plant a name that only they use. But there are some very useful names and categories that everyone can benefit from learning. [...]

More Tidbits about the Tree Buying Business

More Tidbits about the Tree Buying Business

Tree buying can be one of the most painful parts of putting together a landscape or garden. But it is much easier to get the rest of the job together when the trees are in place to give you the bones for the rest of the design. Here are a few more tips that can make a tree buying excursion easier.[...]

How to Pick a Quality Tree at the Nursery

How to Pick a Quality Tree at the Nursery

With my day job at a nursery, I find that many people who buy trees for the first time know very little about choosing a tree or getting it planted. This is not surprising, after all, since we have all been beginners in our first few visits to a nursery. Some common motivations for picking the tree often have more to do with unrealistic expectations than any understanding of how the tree will be in five or ten years. Here are some points to think about before you go:[...]

The Real Scoop on Dandelions and Honeybees

The Real Scoop on Dandelions and Honeybees

Every year at this time there are lots of questions about how to get rid of dandelions and lots of concern about honeybees needing dandelions to survive. Most of the argument is based on emotion on both sides. Proud lawn owners want a nice smooth carpet of lawn. Beekeepers and nature-lovers want plenty of food for the bees and other creatures. The truth, like most things, is somewhere in between. So let’s look at the issues and see what we need to know to make good decisions. [...]

Time to Visit the Perennials

Time to Visit the Perennials

Perennials are often touted as low maintenance landscaping, and they usually are, but that does not mean that they are no maintenance. Much of the care of perennial flowers comes between the time after the tops die back for the year and when the new green shoots are young and still small. But if you don’t get to things until a bit later, that is okay as well. Let’s go through some of the steps you need to have good perennial plants:[...]

Permaculture Worth Looking Into

Permaculture Worth Looking Into

There was a time when gardening was simple. All you had to do was plant like your neighboring farmers did, just on a smaller scale and with vegetables, and everything was going to be fine. This did ok, but with time the soil would get worn out, just like a farm, and after a generation or ten you would have to move on to fresher soil. Gardening and farming went quietly along like this for thousands of years and it wasn’t a big deal because there were few people and plenty of land. Well, it went mostly fine except for the occasional catastrophic failures of agriculture that bought down entire cultures. [...]

Do You Need a Garden Box?

Do You Need a Garden Box?

I finished my first garden box over the last week. Many of those I have talked with over social media will likely be shocked by this revelation. I have not been kind to garden boxes in the past, and to be perfectly honest, I will not be kind to them in the future. [...]

The Broken Knife: A Gardening Parable

The Broken Knife: A Gardening Parable

I was looking at a failed piece of work while visiting a knife smith friend the other day. It snapped in two while he had been finishing a last bit of heating and tapping. As I looked at the area of the break, I could see that there was a small bit of the crack that was dark black where the rest of the break was a normal light silvery color. The black part was where an unseen flaw had been hiding. In the stage he was at the flaw could not be seen, and depending on the level of finish he decided to give the knife it may never have been seen. [...]

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