It has been a strange weather pattern for the last month. We have very warm days, we have very cold days, we have had heavy amounts of rain and we have had moderate amounts of snow and most of that snow disappeared.
I have written about this subject in the past, but oft-times some things bear repeating. I want to review with you the care of your Christmas tree.
Last week, I was telling you about growing Paperwhite bulbs and Amaryllis bulbs. I told you that this week, I would be giving you a few hints on how to better grow these bulbs.
Thanksgiving is a time of family get-togethers with a giant meal. As we all know, the following Friday is Black Friday; the official start of the holiday shopping spree.
Well, that was quite the spell of cold weather. I don’t know about you but for me, that first wave of really cold weather each year really takes some getting used to.
Well, the November weather is proving to be erratic. Let’s hope that we soon get back to normal average high temperatures.
I was listening to the weather forecast for the weekend and it looks like it is going to get cold.
Well, the month of October is almost gone. It’s time to begin to think about the possibility of winter rearing its ugly head in the not too distant future.
While out and about the other day, I noticed many people doing the annual fall cleanup of the yard in preparation for the winter months.
The leaves are beginning to slowly color up into their fall colors. Soon it will be time to get the leaf rake out!
Well, it’s getting to be that time of the year.
I usually write this column early on Tuesday morning. I woke up early on Tuesday morning and heard a strange sound outside.
Last week, I told you about fall being the time to plant tulip, daffodil, hyacinth, crocus and other spring flowering bulbs.
We have had some cool mornings and some very nice warm days. This is the kind of weather that should inspire you to be working in your yard.
The last few weekly columns concerned getting your lawn looking as good as new. The only thing you need to know now is what type of grass seed you need to make your lawn your pride and joy.
It’s officially the month of September. As much as we dread to see the calendar roll around to September, there are things in the yard that need to be done.
We are into the last week of August. How does your lawn look?
Late August is the time that most of the mosquito transmitted diseases begin to rise. There have been reports of EEE found in mosquitoes in southern Massachusetts.
Here we are at mid-August. And we have had some cooler days and cooler nights.
This week, I will give you a few more things to do in your yard.
As hard as it is to believe, fall is coming.
It would appear that the calendar has run out of days in July. August always brings a new round of things to do in the yard.
One of the advantages of being retired is that you can stay home on really hot days and not have to hear people ask, “Is it hot enough for you?”
With the forecast for the first heat wave of the season, you may be tempted to stay in the house and ignore working in the yard.
The Kousa dogwood in the front yard has been holding on to its flowers for over a month.
Well, it looks like summer has finally arrived. It would appear that we are in for a week of hot and humid weather.
I had a question from Frank about a problem with a hens and chicks plant that was not growing the way he had hoped.
How is your lawn growing? With a pattern of rain on a regular basis, you may not have to do any supplemental watering.
Even though we have had a series of nice days, we still appear to be getting rainy days on a regular basis.
I was looking out the window the other day and I saw a black caterpillar crawling along the edge of the window frame. I recognized at once what type of caterpillar is was. The gypsy moth caterpillars have hatched out.
Well, where did the month of May go? It’s time to think about what you should be doing in the yard during the earliest part of June.
Well, we are coming up to Memorial Day weekend and this is the traditional time to plant your vegetables and annual flowers.
Well, we seem to be on track to have a late planting season for annual flowers and warm weather vegetables.
Sunday is Mother’s Day. Many of you will be giving flowers as a gift. Some of you will be giving flowering hanging baskets.
I noticed that the leaves are beginning to unfurl on the maple trees in my backyard. As those leaves unfurl, we will probably be seeing one of the first pests of the season.
Sunday is Easter Sunday and many of you will give or receive pots of Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinth or Lilies. What you may not know is how to care for these plants after you receive the plants.
I guess that we are back to typical April weather. I have found, over the years, that the weather isn’t consistently warm until closer to the end of April and sometimes May.
You know that you live in New England when Sunday gives you temperatures in the high 60’s and on Tuesday morning you wake up to 24 degrees. Welcome to Spring!
The weather starts to warm up, and then it drops back down. If it weren’t for the persistent wind, we would probably love being outside. If you live along the coast, the summer sea breeze is wonderful. As for the rest of the year, the wind off the ocean is not, as they say, a day at the beach.
Welcome to Spring! Well, at least what passes as early Spring around here. But the days are getting longer and slowly but surely the weather will be getting warmer.
Last week, I was explaining to you about transplanting your houseplants. As I said then, now is a good time to move your plants up to larger-size pots if the plants need to be transplanted.
Just when we thought we would get through the winter without a major snowstorm, along comes the storm of Sunday night. I hope your back has recovered from all the shoveling that you had to do
Well, did anyone lose any trashcans on Monday? I have to admit that Monday was one of the windiest days that I have seen in a very long time.
Well, we seem to be in a snowy weather pattern. Thankfully it hasn’t been a lot of snow. Yet, we still have to keep the shovel and ice melt handy to clean up the mess.
So far, this has been a strange winter. As I write this column, the forecasters are calling for snow changing to rain along the coast. Once the storm stops, we aren’t going to have the temperature drop into a deep freeze.
Now that a lot of the snow has melted, you may be outside picking up a few sticks and branches that have wound up on the lawn. If you look closely, you may find a coating of a green substance on the soil. This is the beginning of moss growing on the soil.
Over the last few weeks, I have been telling you about why your plants need fertilizer and how important it is to be fertilizing your plants on a regular schedule.
Last week, I was telling you about the importance of fertilizing your plants. This week, I will tell you about the different types of fertilizer and I will tell you what those numbers you will find on the fertilizer container mean for the growth of your plants.
Over the last few weeks, I have been telling you about how soil plays such an important part in successful gardening. No matter if you are growing in containers or you have plants in your gardens or if you are growing a lawn, it’s all about the quality and quantity of the soil.
For the past few weeks, I have been telling you about the importance of having good soil for whatever garden project you are doing.
Happy New Year to all of my readers!
Last week, I began telling you about the importance of soil as a part of having a successful garden or lawn in your yard.