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Garden Gate January/February 2020

You CAN create the garden of your dreams with Garden Gate magazine! Every issue is packed with must-have plants, reader tips, simple time- and money-saving ideas, step-by-step, how-to help and the inspiration you need to create a gorgeous garden year after year.

United States
Active Interest Media
$6.63(Incl. tax)
$31.85(Incl. tax)
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
from the editor

Happy New Year! Throughout 2019 we had the chance to grow, test and learn about 2020’s new plants. And in this issue we get to share the best of what we saw. On page 20 you’ll meet our favorite new annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs and vegetables. But not everything is new in this issue: On page 14, see how Carrie and James created a simple potting bench from a reclaimed drop-leaf wooden table. You can customize and change it to suit your personality and style. Maybe it’s just how I was raised, but I always look for new ways to use old items before throwing them out for good. It’s a great way to create ornaments, stakes and other useful garden elements. If you’ve been with us for a while, you probably…

1 min
garden gate online

Help your shrubs bloom their best Read up on how to prune all of your favorite shrubs so they bloom and bloom every year. GardenGateMagazine.com/articles/how-to/ Out with the old… …could just mean outside with the old. See some of our favorite ways to upcycle common junk items into garden treasures. GardenGateMagazine.com/articles/design-ideas/ Garden Gate® Notes Get timely garden tips, see special offers and enter drawings gardeners love. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR FREE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER GardenGateNotes.com…

3 min
great ideas from smart gardeners

Toothpick markers Arden Lawand, NY Sometimes store-bought plant markers can seem large and cumbersome for delicate seedlings. That’s why Arden Lawand came up with a smart solution for keeping track of all the seedlings she starts early each spring. She recruits different-colored toothpicks into service as color-coded (and less cumbersome) plant markers. To keep track of the seedlings, she simply “skewers” the toothpick through the packet of seeds and uses the same-color toothpick to mark each newly planted seedling. Now, at a glance she can tell what each seedling will grow into and she has all the important growing information right at her fingertips for quick and easy reference. Egg carton drip tray Danielle Emiro, VA With so much plastic going to waste and eager to find a way to put some of it to…

1 min
pest watch

Large milkweed bug Oncopeltus fasciatus Like other insects that have a direct relationship with the milkweed family (think monarch butterflies), the adult large milkweed bug is colored orange and black. These bugs feed on the seeds, leaves and stems of milkweed (Asclepias spp.), ingesting the toxic compounds from the milkweed sap, giving them a bitter taste and protection against predators. Damage More of a nuisance than an actual threat to the milkweed plant, the large milkweed bug feeds on the seeds by piercing the seedpod with its proboscis, injecting digestive enzymes into the plant and then sucking the liquefied plant with its strawlike beak. It only feeds on the outside layers of the seeds in the pods, leaving many seeds intact for the milkweed to reproduce. Control Milkweed bugs do little damage and are…

4 min
spiketastic gardens!

Flower spikes are glamour queens in the border. These upright blooms attract attention wherever they’re planted. Tall or short, sharp or blunted, fluffy or slender, spikes have a variety of different looks. DESIGN WITH SPIKES Because they grab your attention, planting spikes is a great way to help move your eye through the bed, pointing the way back toward other interesting plants. Have a view of the air conditioner or a neighbor’s garage that’s not so great? Use spikes as a distraction: Plant them opposite the unsightly scene so they’ll be the center of attention instead. The more stiffly upright and architectural a spike is, the stronger the contrast between it and other, more rounded plants nearby, so the more dynamic it is in the garden. You’ll also need fewer of them…

3 min
diy potting bench

Are you tired of using the picnic table for potting up seedlings? Do you repot houseplants on top of the dining room table? If so, then this do-it-yourself potting bench is guaranteed to make your life easier. We found this drop-leaf table at a flea market for $25 and transformed it into a great-looking repurposed potting bench that you can customize to suit your garden needs and sensibilities. Many of the ready-made potting benches are made with thin boards and can be wobbly to work on. And the potting benches that are sturdier and better built come with a hefty price tag. Repurposing an unused table solves both issues. Look for a table with sturdy legs and one that’s large enough to provide adequate work space as a potting bench. Keep…