What will grow under my walnut tree? An updated list

Those doggone walnuts. On one hand, they are one of our most valuable hardwood trees, but on the other hand they can be a real nuisance in the home landscape. Walnuts release a chemical into the soil called juglone. Juglone is present in all parts of the tree, but can be especially high in the [...] . . . → Read More: What will grow under my walnut tree? An updated list

Raising Harelson and Honeycrisp apples

Last fall’s apple crop was the best ever on our apple trees. We had more than we could ever use, even after giving away several bushels to  our friends and our church. I have two Harrelson reds and a Honeycrisp apple tree at my home, which is a 3 acre hobby farm. I’ve had them [...] . . . → Read More: Raising Harelson and Honeycrisp apples

Urban landscaper: beware of root girdling!

“Girdling roots” are roots that grow around other roots or the trunk of the tree, eventually restricting their growth and choking off any nutrients they carry to the rest of the tree. The girdling can be on one side of the trunk, or in more sever cases, will encircle the entire trunk, causing the death [...] . . . → Read More: Urban landscaper: beware of root girdling!

Award-Winning Perennials Part II

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Award -Winning Perennials, part I

Each year, the Perennial Plant Association picks a perennial plant that it feels has the outstanding qualities to be voted Perennial Plant of the Year.  With the global warming, Northfield is on the border between zones 4 and 5, depending on who’s zone map you are looking at. (I like the one put out by [...] . . . → Read More: Award -Winning Perennials, part I

Pruning: the basics

This is an updated version of the plant care sheet that I give my customers, who often ask about how to best prune a variety of different plants. Feel free to copy it and keep it in a handy place! Evergreens: Evergreens that grow continuously can be pruned or sheared anytime during the growing season [...] . . . → Read More: Pruning: the basics

Peg’s Pond Part II

Last time I wrote an entry (Peg’s Pond) about building a pond for my sister-in-law Peg. A planting season has gone by, and as you can see by the pictures, the place has changed quite a bit! Peg now has some Koi and a few goldfish, and they have taken a real liking to their [...] . . . → Read More: Peg’s Pond Part II

Is Global Warming here? New Plant Hardiness Zones

If you’re an avid gardener, you have probably seen that the National Arbor Day Foundation has released an updated version of the U.S Department of Agriculture’s hardiness zone map, which was last updated in 1990. The NADF has used data from 5000 National Climatic Data Center stations around the country from the last 15 years [...] . . . → Read More: Is Global Warming here? New Plant Hardiness Zones