Tag Archives: planting

Seasonal Interest

  Finally it is starting to feel like winter. During this mild weather the birds, chipmunks, squirrels and others have had an extended harvesting and caching season. In some landscapes it is a struggle for resident winter wildlife to find food that will sustain them through the coldest seasons. Often when planning a landscape the […]

Native … to where? when?

We enthusiasts have a shorthand way of speaking. We say, “I use native plants”, and then sit back and smirk at our superior understanding of ecology and the good we’re doing the planet.  But really?  There are as many definitions of ‘native’ as there are gardeners, I’m afraid. Native to where?  Are you talking about […]

Is Your Foot a Foot? How to Lay Out Plants Efficiently.

The earth has been prepped.  Your plan is clearly marked. The plugs have arrived.  Now what? If the plants were shipped in boxes,  remove them as soon as you can.  If you have to wait, store them inside, or at least in the shade.  If they’ve come off a pallet, same thing – let them […]

Spacing Out, or How to Determine Plant Quantities.

Glad you decided deep plug plants are the way to go.  (See previous post for a few good reasons why.)  Now, how to calculate the number of plants you’ll need? Plant information gleaned from various sources tell you the ultimate size of a plant, including its width.  So it should be relatively easy to decide […]

Not new. Not American. Not garden.

Michael King’s recent blog post entitled Never New Gardening had me stewing for quite some time before responding.  He and I agree on one thing: that titles for garden trends will ultimately incite a downward spiral, ensuring that what begins by getting an increasing groundswell of support will almost certainly feel the sting of going out […]

Birth of a nursery.

Around the turn of the century (THIS century!  Sheez!), gardeners and designers and architects and ecologists were circling around some ideas about native plants.  They may have all had different definitions, and different reasons for wanting to use them, but they had one thing in common:  they wanted native plants, but they were hard to […]