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Five tips for container gardening success

Five tips for container gardening success

Courtesy of Bonnie Plants Container gardens are an easy way to incorporate color, edibles and interest into the landscape. Container gardens allow you to easily dress up your balcony and patio, create a colorful welcome for guests and keep edibles close at hand for cooking and entertaining. They’re also […]

On Gardening: Follow a pruning strategy for evergreen shrubs

On Gardening: Follow a pruning strategy for evergreen shrubs

Daphne bloom. (Tom Karwin — Contributed) Let’s consider evergreen shrubs, which differ from deciduous shrubs by continuing in leaf year-round. This is not the same as retaining leaves all year: evergreen shrubs sometimes are described as dropping their leaves year-round, for on-going renewal. A separate group of evergreens is […]

Don't Buy Ladybugs to Control Aphids, and Other Gardening Myths Debunked

Don’t Buy Ladybugs to Control Aphids, and Other Gardening Myths Debunked

Ladybugs eat aphids. So if aphids are eating your potato plants, you might be tempted to mail-order a ton of ladybugs (yes, this is a thing you can do) to solve your garden woes. There’s a flaw in that plan, though: when you release ladybugs, they fly away . […]

Fat cat university chiefs are getting free gardening, cleaning and utility bills on top of £450,000 a year salaries

Fat cat university chiefs are getting free gardening, cleaning and utility bills on top of £450,000 a year salaries

Fat cat bosses at top universities are having their council tax and utility bills, as well as gardening and cleaning costs, paid as a perk at their grace-and-favour accommodation. Vice-chancellors, deans and presidents at 40 institutions, including Oxford and Cambridge, receive the benefits in addition to salaries of up […]

Gardening checklist for May includes patience

Gardening checklist for May includes patience

May is the month when we really can’t wait to get our gardens started. Everywhere we go, there are temptations. Great plant sales are being advertised, and they are hard to resist. It is wise to keep in mind that the last frost date for northern Illinois is May […]

Good weather and renewed interest in shrubs helped Wyevale Nurseries to best March sales since 2012

Good weather and renewed interest in shrubs helped Wyevale Nurseries to best March sales since 2012

Wyevale Nurseries says the sales increase has been driven by demand from independent garden centres, trade customers and cash and carry. Sales and marketing director Adam Dunnett said: “It’s fantastic news. March has been a great month for us and our best March since 2012 and in fact it […]

RHS Garden Bridgewater clears city planning

RHS Garden Bridgewater clears city planning

View of the Welcome Centre. Image: Hodder and Partners The application for the 63-hectare garden will now be referred to the Secretary of State because it is being built on the green belt, on the site of a former historic garden at Worsley New Hall. An RHS spokesperson said […]

Kid crops: Getting started with family gardening

Kid crops: Getting started with family gardening

Provided Gardening is one of the most rewarding things a family can do together. Spring has finally arrived bringing with it the promise of a new season for many things — baseball, landscaping, recreation, graduations and moving on to new schools or careers. It’s also time for gardeners to […]

When to plant out bedding plants - not yet

When to plant out bedding plants – not yet

Fuchsia summer bedding Ivy leaf Pelargonium The weather has been glorious and we think summer is almost here, and with it the temptation to buy and plant bedding plants. April is too early anywhere in the country because the risk of frost is present. Most bedding plants are not […]

Gardening: How to make the most of colorful annuals

Gardening: How to make the most of colorful annuals

Everyone’s a gardener in April. That is the time when cars almost automatically turn in the direction of garden centers, where everyone stocks up on their favorite plants for spring. For many people, the first choices are some of the many annuals that are already in bloom with the […]