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Playing in the dirt: A change of season signals new to-do tips

Posted 10/13/2018 in Columns

October? Are you kidding me? Not with these temperatures. Oh wait -- just as I was losing all hope that fall would arrive, a slight cool snap was forecast.

In the garden with Felder: Bring on the sniffles -- but careful what you blame

Posted 10/13/2018 in Columns

Goldenrod is getting cranked up, and people are starting to sneeze ... but blaming the wrong culprits.

Southern Gardening: Fall mums make a big, pretty landscape splash

Posted 10/13/2018 in Columns

Finally, we're going to start enjoying some cooler weather, and just in time. I've wanted to start writing about the fantastic cool-season color, but I've had to wait until the summertime heat starts to cool.

Southern Gardening: Confederate rose is great for fall blooms

Posted 10/6/2018 in Columns

This summer has seemed endless: hot, humid and just miserable. As a gardener, I know, or maybe hope, relief will soon be on the way.

In the garden with Felder: Plenty to do in autumn, but take time to reflect

Posted 10/6/2018 in Columns

Everyone has their favorite season, but to me autumn is the best, a time to set out a little stuff for winter and next spring while wrapping up the summer garden, then basking in recollections.

In the garden with Felder: Pollarding, poodling, pruning: a matter of personal taste

Posted 9/29/2018 in Columns

Some gardeners are standard-setting bullies, criticizing neighbors for doing what's been perfectly acceptable for centuries.

Southern Gardening: Container-grown herbs are a great fall option

Posted 9/29/2018 in Columns

Although we're finally into the fall season, it's still 90 degrees outside across Mississippi.

In the garden with Felder: Keep watch for sap-sucking bugs on your crape myrtles

Posted 9/22/2018 in Columns

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Mississippi gardens have just started getting a little less rosy.

Southern Gardening: Use select perennials to expand container options

Posted 9/22/2018 in Columns

When summer starts to roll around to autumn, some gardens and landscapes nearly start all over, as worn-out summer annuals are composted and new seasonal selections take their place.

In the garden with Felder: Thought of cold weather signals it's salad time

Posted 9/15/2018 in Columns

Too bad my tummy doesn't have eyes to better appreciate the colorful goodies I'm about to send its way right out of my little container garden.

Southern Gardening: Pumpkins, squash and gourds, oh my!

Posted 9/15/2018 in Columns

I came to a shocking realization this past weekend: Even though it still feels like summer, the signs are all around us that fall is about to begin.

In the garden with Felder: Close encounters of the good kind

Posted 9/8/2018 in Columns

Jump back, calm down and move on: Good advice for encounters between gardeners and beneficial reptiles found lurking in out-of-the-way places.

Southern Gardening: Native fall beautyberry belongs in the landscape

Posted 9/8/2018 in Columns

I've noticed a common characteristic among us gardeners. As we go through the year, our favorite plants in the landscape and garden seem to change from week to week.

Playing in the dirt: Timely tips for great autumn blooms

Posted 9/8/2018 in Columns

September was my least favorite month when I worked, because Labor Day was the last day out of school until Thanksgiving.

In the garden with Felder: Up for some competition?

Posted 9/1/2018 in Columns

In competition gardening, it's only partly what you know or your skills that gets the prize. It's also a willingness to jump through hoops.

Southern Gardening: Hot and sweet peppers produce best in the fall

Posted 9/1/2018 in Columns

Several weeks ago, I wrote about looking forward to the time of year when ornamental peppers start strutting their gorgeous fruit colors.

In the garden with Felder: Oh, those pesky critters

Posted 8/25/2018 in Columns

There's little more disheartening than tending a bed or potful of homegrown food this sultry time of year. There are tricks to help pull it off, but they won't ease the angst.

Southern Gardening: Hibiscus family offers varieties for all settings

Posted 8/25/2018 in Columns

Earlier this year, I wrote about an outstanding landscape plant, the Rose of Sharon.

In the garden with Felder: Gardens are more than good looks

Posted 8/18/2018 in Columns

A garden is much more sensory than mere looks; sometimes more memorable features can be found -- eyes closed -- right outside the door.

Southern Gardening: Carefully plan how to meet plants' sun and shade needs

Posted 8/18/2018 in Columns

While visiting my parents in Tennessee this weekend, my dad asked why one of their Annabelle hydrangeas was blooming while another -- growing just 5 feet away -- was not. He asked if I had some special fertilizer or bloom juice that could be applied.

 

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