April to-dos

This excerpt is from The Perennial Gardener’s Design Primer by Stephanie Cohen and Nancy Ondra. Find it at:

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Looking to add a new garden area to your yard? Or not sure what to do with the ones you have? This excerpt from The Perennial Gardener’s Design Primer (Storey Publishing) offers some tips on garden design for spring, as well as a list of fantastic seasonal plants for both sun and light shade. … Read more

Understanding soil

This excerpt is from The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook (Workman Publishing). Find it at:

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Soil. It’s incredibly important to your garden. We may think of it as its own substance, but it’s just water, air, and bits of rock — and, hopefully, lots of formerly dead things (to feed the many tiny living things also present). This excerpt from The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook breaks down the mystery of soil and explains what you need to know to help your garden this spring. … Read more

This excerpt is from The Layered Garden by David L. Culp. Find it at:

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For many of us, daffodils were one of the first flowers we learned to recognize. But don’t let their familiarity lull you into complacency. In addition to being the definitive harbingers of spring, these members of the genus Narcissus are also surprisingly varied, with thousands of varieties. Here, The Layered Garden‘s David Culp discusses his favorites. (And if the daffodil peak has passed in your area, we also included a bit on epimediums, which bloom after daffodils — an example of the layering concept.) … Read more

Get rid of invasive weeds

This excerpt is from How to Eradicate Invasive Plants by Ruth Rogers Clausen. Find it at:

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Weeds. Sigh, we know. They’re not really what you want to think about when you think about spring. But weeding still needs to be on your to-do list, this month and every month, because if you don’t do it, things will only get worse. Still, it helps to go about it wisely, and this excerpt from How to Eradicate Invasive Plants explains the best plant-specific ways to get rid of a few troublesome annuals and biennials. … Read more

This excerpt is from 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants by Ruth Rogers Clausen. Find it at:

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Weeds aren’t the only things that invade our gardens and ruin things. In many areas, trouble isn’t just blown in on the wind — it walks in on four legs, and it’s hungry. This excerpt from 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants explains how to recognize signs of deer, common methods for getting rid of them, and the basics of designing a deer-resistant garden. … Read more