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Amendments help garden and container plants perform better all season.

In a perfect world, we might be able to dig into the soil at any place in our garden and have it be like reaching into a bag of rich potting mix. This is, of course, wishful thinking. Unfortunately, for many of the plants we grow, whether ornamental or edible, some amending of the soil is probably required for optimum results. READ MORE

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September 06 Cloisters Longwood 034 The gardens at the Cloisters in New York, NY show some more classic and beautiful bamboo trellis designs.

The gardens at the Cloisters in New York, NY house some classic and beautiful bamboo trellis designs.

More often than not, gardeners need trellising to help solve space issues or to simply add a vertical element to the garden. For sturdy perennial vines or lianas (woody vines), more sturdy permanent trellises are required. In the vegetable garden, functional and seasonal trellises for pole beans, peas, vining cucumbers and gourds are all that are needed. Simple, appealing trellis designs that let the plants take center stage are generally most desirable. Creating trellises with free or inexpensive materials makes home trellising solutions even more doable.

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Till amendments in deeply to increase the depths of the organic layer where most of the microbes reside.

“The soil is not, as many suppose, a dead, inert substance.  It is very much alive and dynamic.  It teems with bacteria, actinomycetes, fungi, molds, yeasts, protozoa, algae and other minute organisms.  This microbial population of the soil is concentrated mainly in the upper four or five inches where the bulk of the organic matter, their food, is to be found.” -J.I. Rodale, Pay Dirt, 1945

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Sometimes a stand-alone pot in the garden is like a work of art.

I knew that I had many containers around my garden, on the deck, on the patio, in the flower beds, at the entryway, along the driveway, but I never really thought about how many I actually had. Today, I walked around the garden and counted. My final count was 148. That is more than I ever dreamed of and so I made a second trip around the garden just to be sure and the number came up the same, 148.

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The tube-shaped, golden-orange flowers of the Florida azalea (Rhododendron austrinum) show the warmer side of the color wheel. (photo by Jessie Keith)

When is an azalea a rhododendron? Always! The American Rhododendron Society website  explains: “Rhododendrons and azaleas belong to the genus Rhododendron in the heath family (Ericaceae). Other members of this ornamental-rich family include heaths [Erica spp.] and heathers [Calluna spp.], blueberries [Vaccinium spp.], mountain laurels [Kalmia spp.] and many other important ornamental [and edible] plant genera.

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Make roses more drought resistant by mulching well, but keep mulch clear of the woody base of each plant.

This year you’ll hear a lot of suggestions for helping your landscape make it through drought. Some are truly actionable while others may prove problematic. For example, many sources recommend relying on drip irrigation. This may be ideal for your veggie and flower gardens, but it can prove troublesome for trees and shrubs with vast root systems that don’t always respond well to poorly placed pinpoint watering.

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