| Sep 28, 2012
| 5:49 AM
My last couple of gardens have been such epic fails that this year, I didn't even try.
The decision to take a gardening sabbatical was not an easy on. My youngest children enjoy turning the soil, sowing the seeds, monitoring the growth and — most...
| Feb 7, 2012
| 1:45 PM
Traditionally during this time of year there is snow under our feet. This year, though, it's the sound of leaves crunching beneath our feet instead of fresh snow.
Since the start of the year, 13 days have been above 50 degrees. A total of 20 days have...
| Aug 6, 2012
| 7:18 AM
My mother, now 95, has gardened all her life. When she moved to a condo at retirement, she subtly but surely turned the austere, cookie-cutter landscaping around her unit into a lovely shade-loving perennial garden in back and a sun-loving bed in front....
| Jun 30, 2013
| 2:47 PM
Average temperatures: High 92, Low 73
Rainfall: 7.15 inches
1. Moon phases
•New moon: July 8
•First quarter: July 15
•Full moon: July 22
•Last quarter: July 29
2. Moon sign planting dates
| Feb 11, 2013
What gift is more traditional on Valentine's Day than a bouquet of red roses?
Red roses represent respect and a creative spirit. They symbolize romantic love and enduring passion. But as beautiful as they are, cut flowers have a short life. Within days,...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 7:45 AM
Want to teach your children to treasure diversity in a global world? Then get out there in the mud and garden. Gardens model a healthy vision of community better than most. If what floats a person's boat is a place where everybody is just like them,...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 12:44 PM
When Mateusz Rozanski and Kelly Cross planted a tiny boxwood hedge in front of their Maryland Avenue house, they woke the next morning to find all the expensive little shrubs gone.
So they planted the twin patches of dirt again, and again the plants...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 8:08 AM
I hope your plants survived the frosty temperatures last week. We are actually experiencing the weather the Farmer's Almanac forecast last year. I checked out one of my favorite gardening sites and this is the frost information provided for the 49770...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 6:23 PM
The faded newspaper clipping shows a small girl with a wide smile, holding a gigantic head of lettuce. The girl is me, in 1964. The lettuce was a prize-winning product of my first elementary school garden.
That ancient photo — emailed to me this...
| Jan 27, 2013
| 8:57 PM
Average temperature: High 74, low 51
Rainfall: 2.35 inches
Central Florida average last frost date: Feb. 15
1. Moon phases
•Last quarter: Feb. 3
•New moon: Feb. 10
•First quarter: Feb. 17
•Full moon: Feb....
| Feb 4, 2013
| 5:00 AM
If the Super Bowl is over, can spring and the gardening season be far away?
Well, yes. If holidays are the markers on the highway to warm weather, we still have to get through Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day and this year's early Easter. Not to...