Category Archives: Tips, Techniques and Tools

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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Many Annuals Affected by This Season’s Weather Extremes

By Pat Bellrose Heavy rain, way below normal temperatures and  now extreme prolonged heat! Each year gives us new challenges growing annuals, But this year WOW! If you planted early you probably are experiencing  some issues.  If you have planted late or have not planted yet  your plants are experiencing a different set of issues. So far I have gotten

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Mix Up Your Beds and Borders

By Barbara Perry Lawton (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener May 2006 issue.) Traditional gardeners and garden designers often create each garden bed and border with a single focus, with an emphasis on a particular group of plants. As a result, we often have perennial borders, annual beds, rose gardens, herb gardens and other “Johnny-One-Note” gardens. While

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