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.
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. The winter moth caterpillars will be hatching from the egg masses that were laid on the trunk of the tree last November or early in December.
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.