Entries Tagged as 'Soil'

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Why perennials help save the environment

Dust Bowl by USDAgov If TheGardenLady readers have not seen the documentary The Dust Bowl by Ken Burns, you should. It chronicles one of the worst man-made ecological disasters in American history.  (read this)  I think it is MUST watching.  You will see what planting just annuals in great expanses or overplanting with annuals in […]

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

How to test your soil at home

Smartleaf Compost pH Test Results shows 7 by Wayan Vota How to test your soil at home has been written on behalf of The Garden Lady by Mr McGregor, a popular Notcutts gardening writer. It’s extremely important to discover the type of soil you’re working with in the garden as it determines what flowers you […]

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Another View on Using Compost for Potting Soil

On Monday’s post, TheGardenLady answered a question about using compost for potting soil, in which she suggested that this was fine to do.  Recently, she received a response to her answer from Carolyn of the famous Carolyn Shade Gardens in Bryn Mawr, a garden which TheGardenLady has written about in the past (see here).  Here’s […]

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Using Compost as Potting Soil

Compost by Fleurette Jardin TheGardenLady received this question from Peggy. I want to use compost as potting soil. I live on a 3rd floor so am limited to plants on a balcony, such as jasmine, monarda, some lobelia and other annuals to color the desk area and maybe a tomato plant or two. Any thoughts […]

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Garden Landscaping for Beginners – Part 1

Garden Landscaping by rainbow_landscaping Because TheGardenLady has been asked about landscaping and/or choosing a good landscaper, TheGardenLady thought this would make an interesting column. Below are a few suggestions for anyone who is interested in landscaping one’s property. There are many outstanding female landscapers as well as male landscapers. (The word “he” was used most […]

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Raising Plants in the Desert

Tomato Plants in the Negev It may be winter here and across most of the US, but I think back to the terrible drought that Texas and other parts of the Southwest had this past summer and the potential for water problems in these areas and the West in the future. I recently read an […]

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Why Gardeners Garden – Part I

The Original Garden Lady Why do you, my GardenLady readers, garden? And what are some of your favorite plants in your garden? TheGardenLady column’s readers would love to know and TheGardenLady would like to know about your garden and why and what you dream about and want in your garden. Since I sometimes think I […]

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Schultz’s Moisture Plus Potting Mix

TheGardenLady received this question from Andrew. I recently had some plants that I transplanted From 1.6L pots to 3.5L pots. For the first sized pot I used a mix of plain peatmoss/perlite/topsoil/black earth. I noticed that I had to water these plants every 2/3 days depending on the heat outside. Now that I’ve put my […]

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Vegetable Gardening for Newbies

TheGardenLady received this question from Tricia. I am very new to gardening, but would love to grow my own veggies. I have a starter set with lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers. I have a large space in my backyard, but it is full of wood chips. Can I plant here? If so what is my next […]

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

What’s Blowing Your Way

TheGardenLady just wants to let her readers what’s in store.  Tomorrow there will be a post on Lori Rubel’s Georgia Vines.  And in 4 days from now, TheGardenLady will be posting an answer to a reader’s question about planting hostas under a dogwood. So keep reading and asking questions.