How-To Archive

World Pajama Gardening Day

We all know about World Naked Gardening Day. But how should gardeners celebrate if they don’t dare to be bare outdoors? Celebrate World Pajama Gardening Day by gardening in your pajamas! It’s held the day after World Naked Gardening Day and you...

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Garden and Landscape Calendars

I have various “what to do when” calendars scattered throughout my website. I’ve collected them here for easier access. Monthly Gardening Calendars Shrub Pruning Calendar Lawn Care Calendars Planting Trees Correctly Vegetable Planting Calendar Vegetable Harvesting...

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GMO Food – How to Avoid

Some consumers would rather avoid food that contains GMO ingredients. It’s hard, since most corn products (including high fructose corn syrup but not popcorn) and soy products are made with GMO plants. I found a guide to avoiding GMO food...

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Join Me for a Pacific Northwest Trip – July, 2016

Looking for a quick garden get-away to one of the garden beauty spots of the world? Join me this summer in the beautiful and exotic Pacific Northwest! Home to lovely gardens, rain forests, and stunning scenery. You’ll see Butchart Gardens...

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Dandelion – Control

My young friend Ayana and I recently spent several minutes making a bouquet of dandelion flowers and blowing on the seedheads of those already bloomed. Although the flowers are bright and distinctive, some folks would rather not have this plant...

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Weeders – Portrayed by Artists

I just became aware that famous artists have had an interest in weeding just like I do! Some examples are below. Email me if you know of other pieces of art that include weeding or weeders!     Katy K....

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Leyland Cypress – Fallen

It’s not unusual to see tall Leyland cypress trees that have fallen over during high winds, particularly after a heavy rain. Leyland cypress has a shallower root system than you’d think…and few strong anchor roots. If yours is taller than...

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History of Walter Reeves’ Radio Career

1980 – 1991 Special guest on “Metro Extension 103”, forty 30-minute shows on V-103 FM. 1984 – 1986 Hosted 15 two-hour call-in gardening shows on WGST-AM, in rotation with other Extension service agents 1989 – 1994 Wrote and voiced 50...

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Testing Potting Soil Quality

There are no hard and fast rules about how fast good quality potting soil should drain or how much water it should retain. Here is one way to compare the difference between two products you are considering. For each one:...

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Mulch – Way Too Deep

Local landscape designer Lyle Collins noticed some  really deep mulch installed by a professional company around crapemyrtles. I see it too. It’s called “volcano mulching” and it is never good for trees. Moisture held around the trunk leads  to rot...

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France and Italy Trip – 2016

In response to several requests, I’m hosting a trip to southern France and Italy on May 29 – June 9, 2016! Northern Italy, Southern France and Provence seem to make seasoned travelers swoon. “It is just so beautiful… and the...

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Come With Me to Cuba – Oct 2015

I get real pleasure from travelling with folks who like to see the world. Going to Callaway Gardens was a real trip when I was a kid! Now I get to see the corners of the globe with gardeners (and...

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Come With Me to Holland for the 2015 Tulip Festival!

This is going to be amazing! I have worked with my long-time tour company operators, Earthbound Expeditions, to charter a river cruise boat in late April, 2015 during the height of the tulip festival in Amsterdam! We will, of course,...

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Cuba Trip 2014 – Our Group

Twenty three curious and enthusiastic Cuban travelers had a great time exploring the gardens, culture, and history of Cuba looking forward to a great meal at a local restaurant more hungry people! group at Cienfuegos Botanical Garden where are our...

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Cuba Trip 2014 – Cars and Transportation

Anything with wheels can be adapted into some mode of transportation in...

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Cuba Trip 2014 – Pictures

I recently returned from my third trip to a country that fascinates me: Cuba. This was a legal “people to people” trip, permitted and sanctioned by the U.S. State Department. Accompanied by 23 equally fascinating travelers, we were able to visit organic...

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Cuba Trip 2014 – Food

Every meal included rice and beans but we usually had a choice of pork, chicken or fish…and sometimes shrimp and...

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Cuba Trip 2014 – Plants

We visited an organic cooperative farm, two national botanical gardens and a mountaintop nature...

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