Entries from December 2006

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Planting potted trees

I recevied the following question from Linsey: I got a beautiful potted tree for Christmas. I’d like to plant it outside. When do you recommend that I do this? Is there a proper procedure to enhance the chances of survival? The Garden Lady likes the idea of a potted tree for the holidays and hopes […]

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Pruning – When? and Where?

Anadalia asked me the following about pruning: Someone just told me that the best time to prune is December. Is this true? Also, I hear different things, is it better to prune from the inside out or the outside in? Each plant, shrub or tree, that you prune has a different season to be pruned, […]

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Requesting seeds and plants from the Garden Lady

Pho_chan wrote the following to me:   Bonjour Madame de Jardin, Je suis étudiante en biologie et je m’intéresse beaucoup à l’aconit napel,plante sur laquelle je suis en train de faire un mémoire d’études.  Pourriez-vous m’envoyer un échantillon de la plante ou quelques graines pour que je puisse la faire pousser moi-même? Je vous en remercie. […]

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Taking care of plants when you are away for the holidays

I was asked the following plant-related question by someone named Sarah: I saw a suggestion to bury used tea bags in your houseplant soil to retain water in winter.  Any other hints to help keep plants moist when we’re away for the holidays? I had never heard of burying used tea bags in your houseplant soil […]

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

Indoor Poisonous Plants

Winter will be here in the Northeast in a few days. The Garden Lady wants you to have a safe Holiday season and New Year. Our plants are indoors for safe keeping and are making the house decorative as well as pretty. But some of these plants we have are poisonous, such as this Jerusalem […]

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Global warming and gardening?

I received the following questions from Jen: Are there any plant related reasons to worry or any precautions to take about the unseasonably warm November and December we’ve had on the East Coast so far this year? Is the weather going to mess up the natural cycles of native trees and plants? I’m mainly concerned […]

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

The chemical/organic fertilizer debate

Here is a question from Micah and his wife  about growing plants in general. Whether it’s about the lawn or potted plants, my wife thinks it is good to use chemicals like Miracle Grow and anti-weed fertilizer. What are your thoughts?  I’m a “natural” guy while my wife is an artificial supplement girl.  Who is […]

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Leaving your plants for summer break

In response to a November 7th post about growing plants in the dorm, the Garden Lady received the following question from a Marklen about how to care for your dorm plant when you are away for a month or so. What about if you are away for the summer break? What can you do if […]

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

Prolonging the life of your Christmas tree

I received this question from a Micah and his wife about prolonging the life of their Christmas tree: We bought a Christmas tree this weekend.  My wife thinks that you can significantly prolong the life of the Christmas tree by putting a special solution (sugar?) in the water.  My view is that since water is what they […]

Friday, December 1st, 2006


I received an email from a Gabriela in Mexico. She asked, Con que nombre se le conoce a la ASPIDISTRA en America Latina (Mexico)? How exciting to know that someone in Mexico is reading my website! Though I do not speak any Spanish I hope that the translation of your question is “What is the […]