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Is It Too Late To Plant Vegetables?

Or… “Can I still plant vegetables in the garden in late June?”  The answer to the first questions is no, it’s not too late. The answer to the second question is yes! Frankly, you can plant most vegetables now and many can be sown or placed in the garden through the rest of the summer.…

Taking Time To See

On this early June morning I went out to the front porch with a cup of coffee and my phone. But instead of checking my email, or sending a text to one of my sons, I put the phone down on the arm of the Adirondack chair and watched the landscape. The sun was just…

Container and Window Box Ideas

One of the best ways of being creative in the landscape is to plant containers filled with flowering annuals, succulents, shrubs or trees.  You can create a garden in pots on the deck, soften hard spaces such as driveways and walls, or fill window boxes with cheerful color that lasts all summer.  Here are some…

Myths About Planting

There are hundreds of myths about plants and gardens, but at this time of year it’s appropriate to address a few misunderstandings about planting. 1. “Is it too late to plant?” aka “Don’t plants have to be installed by the end of May?”  No matter what you’re putting into your yard and garden, there is…

Winter Moth Larvae 2018

Although the “word on the street” is that winter moth larvae damage isn’t going to be as bad this year, I have seen them on every property I’ve visited in the past ten days. They are still very small, so the damage they are doing is only noticeable when you look at a plant closely.…

My Lavender, Heather, Heath, Butterfly Bush, Roses, or Russian Sage Died

Remember the fall of 2017 when it was warm, warm, warm, even through November? Remember how some PJM Rhododendrons came into bloom and the buds on the Hydrangeas were starting to swell as if it was spring? And perhaps you recall that in early December the temperatures suddenly plunged down into the low 20’s. Well…

Is It Safe To Plant Outside?

As the garden center fills with beautiful plants for the summer season, our customers are asking if they can plant what they see outdoors. “Can I put my tomatoes in?” one man asked today, and yesterday a woman called wanting to know if she could plant the basil outdoors. Today is May 1st and we…

Pots With A Sense of Place

The containers we use on our porches, decks and patios are one way that we give our yards and gardens “a sense of place.” Our pots, urns and boxes can celebrate the natural world near the sea, but do so in a subtle way that doesn’t distract from the plants or the house. Large collections…

A Good Year For Moss

Over the past two weeks I’ve had many customers come to me asking about the moss in their landscape. “Where did all the moss come from?” or “What can I do about the moss in my lawn?” If you’ve been concerned about the amount of moss in your lawn and garden, this blog post is…

Spring Weeds In Your Lawn and Garden ~ April

Now that it’s finally warming up, many on the Cape are taking a close look at what is going on in their lawn and gardens, and they are seeing weeds. Areas that were fine last fall are suddenly filled with small plants, many of them with tiny leaves. “What are these weeds and how can…

Stocking My Garden Shed Shelves

When I heard that on April 14th and 15th the Bonide company was going to donate their profits from the sale of their products in our store to Habit for Humanity Cape Cod, they had my attention. I routinely use many of their products through the course of the summer, so here was a change…

Jump-Starting Tomato Plants

Mid-March is the time to start tomato plants from seed if you’re growing them inside under lights. Some of our customers do this,while others want to jump-start their tomatoes by buying seedlings later in April and then growing them on indoors until it’s time to plant them outside in late-May. Here are some tips for…

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