Fight back against plant diseases

Jennifer Beaver Columnist From late February through May, my garden enjoys a honeymoon period. The blooms are perky, the leaves are green and sturdy, and I convince myself that this is the year that I will have one of those always-beautiful self-sustaining gardens you read about in glossy magazines. Well, the honeymoon is over. I…

Sunday in the garden

By Jennifer E. Beaver Columnist Sunday is my favorite day in the garden. Okay, some weeks it’s my only day in the garden. After a quick look at the paper, I put the world’s problems behind me and set out for the front yard.

A garden grab bag

By Jennifer E. Beaver Columnist Every gardener is getting itchy to go out and play. Following are a few tips and tricks to help you welcome spring and get more out of your garden all year.

October— a rare month for plants

By Jennifer E. Beaver Columnist The title of this week’s column is adapted from one of my favorite books, Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. “First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys,” writes Bradbury in his prologue.

Keeping pets safe in your garden

By Jennifer E. Beaver Last night, I was awakened by the faint but unmistakable odor of skunk– probably the same one my neighbor saw walking boldly down the street, strutting like Pepé Le Pew. A few weeks earlier, we heard the shrieks and chitters of happy raccoons as they discovered the fish emulsion-soaked soil in…

Getting the most from your summer garden

Did you plant tomatoes and other edibles in the spring? If so, you’re probably enjoying the fruits of your labors. Isn’t it tempting to let the zucchini do its thing while you lounge around in the hammock? Not so fast. Many gardening magazines and books will tell you that this is a slow season with…