Calendar & Seasons
by Ruth S. Foster

Calendar & Seasons text here. Spring - Summer - Fall - Winter

Mother Nature's Calendar
Indicator Plants and GDDs or When the oak leaves are the size of a mouse's ear, it's time to plant the corn. more
Bringing Outside Plants Indoors for the Winter
As the glorious palette of fall unfolds and fades in the northern parts of the country, can Jack Frost be far behind? And those beautiful tender summer flowers in pots which are still in their glory, can they be saved for another day? more
Sequence of Bloom
Planting for different seasons of bloom and color. Learn more about the sequence of bloom in your climate zone, and you can plan ahead to create a garden that blooms throughout the growing season. more
In Pursuit of the Perfect Lawn
Lawns are really thousands of tiny plants, each crying for attention. A perfect lawn depends on constant care... regular mowing, fertilizer, water, monitoring, maybe chemicals and lots of tough love. more
Flowing Bulbs
Their flowers are the harbingers of spring and one can never have enough of them. Some repeat each year. Some disappear. more
Evergreen Groundcovers
As the leaves fall away from trees, shrubs and flower beds, evergreen foliage becomes more noticeable and more cherished. None so much as the ground covers that keep the bare earth green during the darkening days of winter. more
Fall Colors
Although bright red maples and glowing orange sugar maples are what's referred to as "peak" color, the more subtle hues wax and wane throughout the season. And each tree and leaf is different. more
Fall Pruning
Fall is clean-up time for perennials, the time when leaves and stalks of herbaceous plants are removed from the garden. more
Japanese Beetle Grubs
Lawn insects are a problem, none more so than Japanese Beetles, which lay their eggs in midsummer. Their white grubs cause brown patches in August by eating grass roots. more
Houseplant Bug Problems
Houseplants brought indoors from outside have bugs and blights. Indoors, where there are no natural predators, these pesky problems eventually recur often with population explosions that dismay us. more
Mowing Lawns Efficiently
A fine art and some science. There have even been some studies about mowing efficiency. The fewer turns one makes and the longer the straight stretches are, the less time it takes. more
Why Plants Die
It's like trying to explain why babies cry. Many things may be wrong, but knowing which are causes and which are effects is complex. The current plant theory is that plant health starts with healthy roots. more
Maintaining Common Flowers
A few helpful tips and tricks for maintaining the garden favorites: Petunias, Geraniums, Impatiens... more
Raking Leaves
Who hasn't dragged endless bags of them from one place to another, again and again? To reduce this nagging yard work, first decide which leaves have to go and which can be left where they fall. more
What to do with Left Over Bulbs
The frost is on the pumpkin, the fodder's in the shock and all that stuff.... but in many households there are still spring flowering bulbs not yet planted outside in the garden. more
Simplify the Garden Outdoors
A few time and labor saving tips to simplify your outdoor gardens. more