Category Archives: Tips, Techniques and Tools

July is Smart Irrigation Month

(This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener July 2009 issue.) Tips for Tuning Your System for More Efficient Water Management Sometimes water conservation can be a hard sell in this region among great rivers, where water is still plentiful and relatively inexpensive. But even if you don’t have environmental concerns and your water bill isn’t among your greatest financial

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Houseplant Heroes!

By Ellen Barredo (This article was first published in a shortened form in The Gateway Gardener March 2012 issue) Houseplants, our Green Heroes, work tirelessly purifying our home and office environments removing common pollutants and continuously releasing oxygen and moisture into our homes and offices. Houseplants improve our lives, naturally cleansing the very air we breathe. A recent news report

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Get a Hot Start on Cool Season Veggies

a picture of young seedlings in a tray

Can’t wait to get out in the garden?  You can start sooner and have easily grown produce if you plant cool season vegetables!  By Mara Higdon (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener Jan./Feb. 2011 issue) Can’t wait to get out in the garden?  You can start sooner and have easily grown produce if you plant cool season

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Naturally Easy Holiday Decorations

an image of botanical holiday decorations

(This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener December 2006 issue) By Steffie Littlefield This holiday season leave the glitz and glimmer to the commercial establishments and refresh your outdoor pots, window boxes and porches with natural fresh cut greens and colorful twigs.  Combining beautiful lush evergreen boughs, wreaths and garlands with weatherproof berries, pinecones, charming outdoor ornaments and

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Over-Wintering Tropicals

Alocasia 'Polly' photo by Robert Weaver

By late September, I am readying my tropical plant collection for the indoors by trimming away dead or damaged growth, checking for insects and spraying, if needed, and inspecting potting soil for slugs and various critters. By Chris Kelley (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener October 2006 issue) It’s time to start dreaming big about your tropical

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Feed Your Soil and Organic Diet: Compost

[This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener September 2006 issue] By Patrick Geraty Good nutrition continues to be a hot topic these days, with the popularity of organic foods skyrocketing and Americans from every walk of life increasingly sensitive to the specifics of their daily diet. It’s the same in home gardening and lawn care.  More hobbyists are

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