Garden space is precious, as are the time, effort and expenses required to grow stuff there. So, unless you garden for therapy, occasionally think about minimizing inputs and maximizing outputs. And grow what you need.
I write this while contemplating what a wild year 2020 has been. There's no need to remind anyone about the pandemic that has literally changed our landscape.
Ever pocket a handful of seeds on the sly, without express permission? Going down a slippery slope this week, by admitting that I believe there are right and wrong justifications and methods for, er, liberating plants from other gardeners. Hear me out.
Many of my gardening friends are already on the lookout for the annual migration of Monarch butterflies on their way to their Mexico wintering grounds. Witnessing this migration is awe-inspiring.
We're already into our September garden, and lots of great things are going to happen.
Love getting stumped on plant identification questions, but sometimes I'm driven around the twist, occasionally left high and dry.
I had an unexpected pastel delight in my veg patch this week, when my sweet potatoes started flowering. As luck would have it, one vine had crept around a purple-leaf basil whose small edible flowers share the same pink throats.
I've been thinking about the whole COVID-19 pandemic experience we've endured for the last several months -- like social distancing and face masks -- and the activities we look forward to enjoying once again.
Whether it is the hot weather, the age of your landscape or simply the need for change, a late summer makeover can help increase your landscape's beauty.
One of my favorite native wildflowers has gone rogue overseas, but its newfound connections are perversely satisfying to me.
Late summer means it's time for another round of garden activities.
In the late summer and into the fall, some of my favorite garden plants are the annual herbs.
Every summer I feel like hanging up my hat on advising about lawn care, because people gonna do what they're gonna do, regardless of what's best for the lawn.
If I can get the little dog from next door to keep helping me dig my garden, I'll be better prepared for fall.
Last week, I told you about culinary peppers that I like to grow and ultimately consume. This week, I want to share another way to use peppers in our second summer garden and landscape.
I'm staying with the theme of second summer this week because I was out in my landscape early this morning taking care of a task that was hard to do but inevitable.
A garden is good for many things, including amusement, especially for those who have an appreciation of the absurd.
There are some sweet homegrown compensations for Mississippi's torrid summers.
A couple of weeks ago, I gave you my thoughts on the second summer season in our Mississippi landscapes and gardens.
It's true, the old adage that gardening is good for us, and one of the upsides of Covid-related restrictions is that I've had ample opportunity to give it more practice.