Entries from March 2007

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Lady Apples

                                                                         TheGardenLady received this question from John: I live in the Texas hill country, and have started some lady apples from seed. I am not sure how well they will grow, but how can I give them the best chance, and what are their growing habits.                                                                           The Pink Lady apple is from Western […]

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Vermicomposting for everyone – even in classrooms

TheGardenLady received these questions about vermicomposting from Ashley – I have recently started a barrel composter. It is a modified 55 gallon foodsafe drum/barrel that is working nicely. Can I add worms to this? Because it is off the ground they will not enter natually, and I have been hearing so much about the benifits […]

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Apple Trees

                                                                                     TheGardenLady received this question from Lisa –  It seems hard to find a staymen apple tree at the local nurseries anymore (DC area) and planting the apple seeds has never worked no matter how many times/ways we’ve tried.  Do you have to plant the whole apple for the seeds to sprout?  Any other ideas […]

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Preventing Herbs from Getting Leggy

TheGardenLady received this question from Sarah: My daughter and I planted 3 herbs from a pretty herb kit we got as a gift – basil, parsley and thyme.  They’ve come up, but are pretty spindly.  Are they just not getting enough light?  Or, is there anything else we can do?                   The Nov. 13th column […]

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

Composting and Worms

TheGardenLady received emails from two people asking questions that are similar. I will try to answer both together as well as saying a few words separately to each. Laura King wrote: I wanted to know more about composting and what kinds of things I can put in it. I heard so many different things, I know […]

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Caring for Daffodils

Fran asks TheGardenlady the following question: My mother gave me a (small) pot of gorgeous and very leggy daffodils to take to my office. They have really brightened up my desk, but I am worried that I might have killed them. A few leaves are turning yellow/brown at the tip, and several new flower buds […]

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Growing Roses in the Garden

Joe asks TheGardenLady the following question: I would like to try to grow roses in my garden. I’ve heard some varieties are very difficult to grow. Can you recommend a variety that is fairly easy and what suggestions you may have to make them look their best?                                                     Many roses are high maintenance. They generally want a […]

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Hostas: Plants that Need Little Sun

Joshua wrote: I need a good, medium sized shade plant for a corner that receives very little sun. Any recommendations? When you have a corner of your yard that does not receive much sun, consider the Hosta – see pic. There are so many different leaf sizes, variations in colors, textures and shapes in the […]