Calendar & Seasons
by Ruth S. Foster

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

Independence Day
IJuly 4th is here again. It's one holiday without an ethnic, religious or specific hobby for existing. It is just a celebration of this fine country. March with the parades, sing the patriotic songs, go to the beach, enjoy time with family and friends. more
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
Dividing Perennials in Late Summer
Late summer may seem a lazy time to just sit back and enjoy the garden, but be not fooled. In fact, it's the preferred time to divide and propagate perennials. more
Pruning Grafted Trees and Shrubs is Tricky
Many of our most best flowering and fruiting trees and shrubs are grafted. Plants specially bred for bigger flowers or delicious fruits are often very poor growers. more
How Gardens Grow
One of the joys of summer is making time to read technical journals and publications that pile up on the floor that have been saved for these less hectic, lazy days to get new understandings of how gardens grow. 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
The Biting Bugs of Summer Are Back
The biting bugs of summer are back again. Most are just huge nuisances, though some carry diseases. Understanding when and where each kind is likely to cause trouble can lower their bother but the only really effective thing to do is to use repellents. 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
Splendor in the Grass
Wake up your lawn with designs of tall grass. more
Mesclun: French Seedling Greens For Salads
Grow your own mesclun salad green indoors or out with these handy tips from Ruth Foster. more
Labor Saving Gardening Tips
Ruth offers some simple strategies to make your garden care less labor intensive when good help is hard to find. more
You Can Eat the Flowers
You can have it all and eat it too in the backyard garden. A garden that looks beautiful, supplies flowers for cutting and drying, as well as unusual tastes and textures to eat. 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
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
Tips for New Trees, Shrubs, and Sod
A few helpful tips for planting and maintaining your landscape. more
Maintaining Common Flowers
A few helpful tips and tricks for maintaining the garden favorites: Petunias, Geraniums, Impatiens... more
Beware of Invasive Vines!
If you have bare ground but don't want more lawn (and it's high maintenance), evergreen ground covers are very good but think carefully which variety is best for you. more
Vegetables for Beginners
If you want vegetables grown using clean water and few chemicals, grow your own. more
Simplify the Garden Outdoors
A few time and labor saving tips to simplify your outdoor gardens. more
Sounds in the Garden
Fountains, babbling brooks and birds that sing are not the only sounds in the garden. More insidious ones come from the motors on the tools we use. more