Gardening Just got Easier!

by on June 29, 2011

Make Your Blooms Last

You’ve worked hard choosing the perfect perennials for your garden, so of course you want their beautiful blooms to last as long as possible.

Keep your plants healthy and fresh looking by deadheading—the process of removing spent flowers. The plants will then focus their energy on making more flowers. Follow these tips on how to deadhead your favorite perennials:

veggie answers

Astilbe

(Astilbe spp., Zones 4 to 8). Leave seedheads standing until unattractive, then cut to ground.

Balloon flower

Balloon flower

(Platycodon grandiflorus, Zones 4 to 9). Remove individual spent flowers. Sap is sticky, so clean your pruner with alcohol.

Bee balm

Bee balm

(Monarda didyma, Zones 4 to 9). Cut back to side buds. After the plant flowers, cut it back to 4 or 5 inches to promote healthy foliage.

3 Tiny Garden Books with Big Answers

On those days when it’s too hot or wet to be out in the garden, why not relax and curl up with a good garden-related book? With these three tiny books that fit in your purse or pocket, you’ll get the answers you need without lugging around an entire encyclopedia.
veggie answers

veggie answers

Questions about vegetables? Check out The Veggie Gardener’s Answer Book. Award-winning garden writer Barbara Ellis offers advice on everything from seed starting to controlling pests organically.

which plant where?

which plant where?

Drop Plants for Places into your shopping tote the next time you head for a garden center. It’s packed with color photos and information on more than 1,000 plants for any spot in the garden.

test your knowledge!

test your knowledge!

Looking for some garden-related fun? The Garden Lover’s Puzzle & Quiz Book includes crosswords, quizzes, word searches, and more. Grab a penand prepare to be challenged.

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