more about: Gardening

Awful Name, Beautiful Plant

Names matter. How many computers would Apple have sold if they’d named the Mac the “Phlegm?” The green industry (growers and garden centers) need to catch on. Here you have a wonderful new houseplant that’s beautiful, easy to grow, and perfect for homes, offices, and dorm rooms. And yet many of you have saddled it with a name that sounds […]

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Let It Snow? Oh, No!

Many Southerners hate snow. But have you ever asked your plants how they feel about it? No? Then put down that pitcher of spiked eggnog, turn off the 40-year old Bing Crosby tape, and hop to it. Because depending on the type and amount, snow can be a blessing or a curse for plants. Here’s why.

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My Mom Was Right About Squash

Every winter when I was a kid, my mother would bake butternut squash for dinner. It looked yucky — like an alien’s head split down the middle with a pool of butter in place of the brains. Mom said I had to sit at the table until I ate it. Once, I sat there 4 months.

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The Real Poop on Manure

The soil of a great garden is like one of Grumpy’s posts. It’s loaded with manure. But slinging this stuff isn’t as simple as it sounds (although it sure is fun). Use the wrong kind or misapply it and your plants could shrivel instead of thrive. So take a nice, warm seat as Grumpy gives you the poop on using […]

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“Indoor Plant Decor” — Houseplants With Style

Cold weather bids us to take our gardening indoors lest we freeze our plump, pink cheeks. But as anyone who’s ever received a houseplant will attest, the first question that usually comes to mind isn’t, “How do I grow it?” Instead, it’s, “What do I do with this dang thing?” Well, glorioski, finally there’s a book that shows dozens of easy, […]

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‘Sorbet’ Violas — Sweet Treats for the Fall

Well, the frost zapped Grumpy’s coleus and zinnias, so now I need cool-weather flowers to bloom out front that will give me nonstop color for months and months. And I know just the plants to do it — ‘Sorbet’ violas.

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5 Quick Ways to Winterize Your Garden

Freeze warnings are out, which means that tomorrow my impatiens will look a lot like applesauce. Annuals turned into disgusting slime aren’t the only damage cold weather can  bring. Here are five quick ways you can head off winter Armageddon in the days ahead.

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Why Can’t We Be Friends?

One of Grumpy’s greatest talents is his ability to offend great numbers of people, sometimes unintentionally. And, boy, did he do it big time in last Sunday’s blog post (“5 Gardening Mistakes to Avoid This Fall”). Although regular readers didn’t find fault with it and indeed found the information timely and helpful, many independent (“Mom & Pop”) garden centers launched […]

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5 Gardening Mistakes to Avoid This Fall

Fall is the best time for planting almost any hardy plant. The weather feels great and plants aren’t stressed by heat and drought. But before you fill up your 1978 Ford Torino station wagon featuring faux wood siding with every green thing you find at the garden center, make sure you DON’T DO these five things.

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What’s Wrong With My Dogwood?

Grumpy loves flowering dogwoods. He thinks that anybody who can grow them and doesn’t has a serious developmental flaw. But sometimes your beautiful dogwood suddenly doesn’t look so pretty anymore. Here are 4 common problems and what to do about them.

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