Newspaper mulching, as I described in detail in an earlier post, is the easiest way to keep beds weed-free for an entire season. But how do you plant seeds and seedlings when weed-smothering paper is in place? I'm so glad you asked. Here's the how-to: Read more »
Many years ago, I decided to never use chemicals in my rose beds, nor anywhere else on this property. And today, when the roses are in bloom, I can freely eat their fragrant petals without fear of getting sick. Candied rose petals are delightful on this Queen Victoria Cake. Read more »
SQUIRRELS STEALING YOUR NEWLY-PLANTED BULBS? Don't get mad...get creative! Based on my own experience, it's easy enough to outwit these long-tailed bandits. You simply have to think like a squirrel. Read more »
I HOPE YOUR LILIES ARE SAFE AND SOUND. Mine, alas, are not. They've been ravaged by Lilioceris lilii -- the scarlet-topped insect you see pictured above. More about this "Lily Leaf Beetle," and the cartwheels I'm performing in order to save my plants: Read more »
WHEN WEEDS INVADE MY PERENNIAL BEDS, I don't get mad -- I get newspaper. Newspaper-mulching, as we have discussed before, makes weeds disappear instantly. And it prevents them from re-emerging for an entire season, if not longer. I newspaper-mulched one of my weed-choked beds just this morning. Would you like to see the easy procedure? Read more »
IN LATE SUMMER, it's fairly common to find weird-looking webs (like the one pictured above) on crabapple and other hard-wood trees. Who weaves these horrid things? Meet Hyphantria cunea, the "Fall Webworm." More about this caterpillar, and why you needn't go out on a limb to eradicate it: Read more »
Kevin is an award-winning food, garden and lifestyle guru who lives in New York's Hudson Valley. His recipes have appeared in dozens of newspapers. He has contributed countless gardening articles to African Violet Magazine, Berkshire Home Style Magazine, and Garden Design Magazine.