Entries Tagged as 'Advice'

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

When to Plant a Magnolia Bush

Photo by Fadadomar TheGardenLady received this questin from Betty: When is the best time of year to plant Magnolia bushes? TheGardenLady never heard of a Magnolia bush; but since there are about 80 different species of magnolia that are native to the eastern United States and southeastern Asia as well as hunderds of named hybrids, […]

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Acid for Hydrangeas

TheGardenLady received this question from Martha: How can I add acid around my hydrangeas? Because hydrangeas like an acidic soil – especially if you want the blue blooms- you can supplement the fertilizer and add acid.  Know that not all the hydrangeas will change color. Usually it is the pink and blue hydrangeas that can […]

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Mike McGrath will be in Princeton on June 7th

Sustainable Lawrence Presents: An Afternoon with WHYY Radio Host Mike McGrath “You Bet Your Garden” A Rare Sighting in the Greater Princeton Area Organic Gardening, composting, Organic Lawn, & Organic Tomato lovers Come to hear, see, and ask questions of Mike McGrath – Lecture and Demonstrations, Q &A, A Book Signing Organic Afternoon WHYY/NPR Radio […]

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Diseased Marigolds

                                              Alternaria TheGardenLady received this question from Helen. I just put in marigolds next to my tomatoes, as companion plants. I think I’ve overwatered them and it’s been rainy in Ithaca this year…White spots are forming on them. I don’t have a digital camera handy, or I’d show you what they look like. My daughter […]

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

What to do with your plants when you go on vacation

  TheGardenLady received this question from Steph. I am going away for 4 weeks from mid-July and I don’t know what will happen to my plants! I can’t get anyone else to water them and I am afraid they will die…I’ve been nurturing them for about 1-3 years now…I have a ficus/rubber plant (Ficus elastica […]

Monday, February 25th, 2008

What Are The Newest Plants This Year?

I am sure that TheGardenLady is not alone in wanting to know the newest plants developed for the garden each year. Does TheGardenLady’s readers want to be the first in his/her area to have these new plants? Or is the gardener looking for just that special plant for just that special area in the garden […]

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Gardening In Maine Near Acadia National Park

  Acadia National Park – Photo taken by beforethecoffee TheGardenLady received this question from Clive: I am a UK citizen and live in England.  Recently I purchased some waterfront land looking out towards Acadia National Park, in Down-East Maine. In the next year I hope to have an all-year-round house built on the land, which I hope […]

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Planting Flowers in Maine

  TheGardenLady received this question from Maryjane: I summer in Maine under white and Norway pines.  The soil is acidic.  I want to plant flowers. What suggestions can you make for raised beds? How lovely to summer in Maine and create your own flower gardens. Your letter does not say whether you want to plant […]

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Outdoor Gardening Things To Do In The Winter

  It is January and though it is winter for many of us there are still a few outdoor gardening things we can do. If your ground is not frozen, you can still take soil tests  – take separate tests for lawns, vegetable and flower gardens or shrub borders. You can get your soil test […]

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Taking Care of Ferns

  TheGardenLady received this question from Johnathan: My girlfriend just bought me a fern plant.  I never grew or even had plants, but I just got my  own apartment. I need to know how to take care of them and how to get them to grow up to 10ft. TheGardenLady wrote the Dec.3rd post How You […]