Monthly Archives: May 2017

Garden friends

Planting or still planning your garden?  Then consider companion planting. Over the years, farmers and gardeners have learned that certain flowers and veggies grow well with one another. Some flowers – such as marigolds – are a kind of ‘wonder’ flower, keeping a host of hungry beetles, aphids, and nematodes away from your flowers and […]

Dark matter

Mulch can be the gardener’s friend, but what if your mulch does more harm than good?  You might wonder how that could be,  if mulch keeps weeds down, neatens your garden, helps your plants stand out, and often feeds your soil, while concentrating watering on your beautiful plants. Most of our neighbors use a lawn […]

Forget about it!

For many of us, using mulch on our garden is as familiar as planning our gardens, planting seeds, and caring for our perennials. We know that almost any kind of mulch will discourage weeds, funnel water to our plants, nourish the soil, and make our garden look neater. My mom, the gardener in the family, […]