Category: Gardening by the Sea

April 2022

Happy Spring!  If you have forsythia in your yard, cut some branches and put them in water in the house.  The buds will gradually open.  Also, if you have pussy willow, you can cut branches and bring them inside in water to open. It is time to trim some bushes, like butterfly bushes, trumpet vine, … Continue reading April 2022

August 2019

You remember the song from Sesame Street, “It’s not Easy Being Green”! This past week put our gardens to the test. Potted plants need to be watered daily when it is hot. I have a dozen tomato plants in large pots on my patio. Some varieties of tomatoes do not make fruit when it is … Continue reading August 2019

June 2018

As I write this, we are remembering our loved ones and friends who have served to defend our country and those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce … Continue reading June 2018

May 2018

Happy Spring – finally!  I am writing this column on Earth Day.  The theme of this Earth Day is “End Plastic Pollution!”  It is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.  We celebrated at our church service this morning with story and song.  I brought in seeds from my gardens and gave them to whomever had garden … Continue reading May 2018

April 2018

Welcome to spring.  March came in like a lion and he is still roaring.  After four storms, we will be very happy to say hello to April and hope for better days. I have a patch of heather by my front door and it has been blooming since February, even under the snow.  The daffodils … Continue reading April 2018

December 2017

I hope this finds you in good spirits and good health.  I have a short column this month. If you plan to have a live Christmas tree, it is very important to have the stem with a fresh cut – no more than 6 hours old.  The solution that works best is seltzer and bottled … Continue reading December 2017

November 2017

Hope you have enjoyed the warm days so far into the fall.  I think the plants are confused, too!  We just received a much needed rainfall.  The rain will help trees and bushes survive better going into winter. For December blooms, start paper white bulbs now.  Place bulbs pointy end up in a shallow container … Continue reading November 2017