Our how-to for using milk and water jugs to create your own planters to sow seeds in the snow. Yes, you can start sowing seeds now, even if you're snowed in, and be rewarded with hardy vegetables and flowers in the summer.
Disappointment abounds when a budding garden goes bad. Unfortunately, it can happen to even the most experienced gardeners. There could be several reasons as to why your gorgeous blooms look gaunt and it’s important to figure out what the cause is prior to performing a risky resuscitation. Here are some common causes of garden failure with tips and advice on how to revive your struggling back yard treasures.
Problem 1: Too Much, Not Enough
It’s easy to go overboard with purchasing gardening tools. The latest equipment promises a new level of expertise previously unrivaled, not to mention ease of use. But these things can take up a lot space, cost a lot of money, and be over-specialized. Instead, focus in on getting the basic tools that can assist you with almost any gardening endeavor.
Q: Last spring I had lots of luck starting seed of coleus, impatiens, zinnias, marigolds, and vinca with just one fluorescent light. I want to add more this year, and I'd like to know which lights are best. — Kristin Fahey, Akron, Ohio
Q: I've just moved to zone 8, and I've heard that it's hard to grow daffodils where the ground doesn't freeze. But I've also been told that certain varieties will do okay. Are there special varieties I should look for? Would planting them in a little shade or on the north side of the house help? — Ruth LaFavore, Baton Rouge, LA
Q: I have a 15-foot yellowwood tree that has a beautiful shape but a forked trunk that collects water. Is there any danger that the sitting water there will rot the wood? Should I fill the space with silicone or something to prevent water from collecting? What can I do to save this tree? — Polly van de Velde, Chapel Hill, NC
Q: I had to take out a dying flowering crab apple, thanks to a neighbor's walnut tree, which has poisoned the ground under its drip line. Is there a midsize tree that will survive under a walnut in Zone 5? — Sharon Nightingale, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Q: Our new home came with some beautiful old rhododendrons around the porch. They're getting way too tall, however. What's the best way to cut them back? — Martine Godin, Portland, OR
Q: I filled a large flower bed with the new Wave petunias last year, and they made a terrific show at first. But near the end of the summer they just quit. The plants still looked healthy, but the flowering stopped completely. — Renee Bohm, Denver, CO
Q: Last year, we became proud owners of a long-neglected garden. Do we have any hope of transplanting the old climbing roses successfully? — Theresa Jordan, Arlington Heights, IL