Garden Gate Mar/Apr 2018

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1 min
from the editor

Seeing the spring garden come to life is like welcoming an old friend into your home after you haven’t seen him or her for a while. The winter months can seem like an eternity as I wait to see signs of plant life emerging. I can almost always depend on my hellebores to bloom, even with a bit of snow sprinkled on and around them. But the one flower I hold my breath for is the tree peony. Of course I’m always concerned that this rather expensive plant made it through the winter. But the real reason is the huge, red, fragrant blooms that catch your eye from across the yard. It’s just spectacular. You’ll see what I mean when you turn to page 22 and explore the depth and…

3 min
great ideas from smart gardeners

Juice lid pot feet Sandra Kaltsas, New York Sandra kept her plastic juice bottle lids because she saw an opportunity to use them to protect her patio. When she had saved four lids, she used them as pot feet, below. She also put them under the legs of her iron plant stand to prevent rust stains. Floating flowers Karen Nickel, Wisconsin Worried about the safety of the fish in her pond while the water lilies were beginning to grow, Karen came up with a way to provide protection from raccoons and other predators. She bought 12-by-12-inch squares of cork-board from a craft store and cut out multiple quarter-sized holes. Using 1-inch flower plugs, she teased apart the roots on the bottom half of the plug and rinsed the potting soil from the roots as much as…

1 min
from the wild side

Eastern tailed-blue butterfly Everes comyntas APPEARANCE These dainty little butterflies add sparkle to your garden. The males have cobalt blue wings while the females (above) are a bit more gray, and both have orange spots with a small tail-like extension along the bottom edge. But this beautiful color is hard to catch as they have a small wingspan of about 1 in. and don’t often rest with their wings all the way open. Caterpillars begin green and turn brown with fine hairs and a faint stripe on the back. LIFE CYCLE This butterfly lays its eggs on flower buds. Caterpillars then eat the buds, flowers and seeds of the plant. Their favorite hosts plants are in the pea family, such as vetch (Vicia spp.), clover (Trifolium spp.) and wild pea (Lathyrus spp.). There…

5 min
pollinator palace

Want to make sure your fruit trees produce a bumper crop and you have plenty of tomatoes to share with neighbors? Invite hole-nesting bees to take up residence. There are thousands of species across North America so there are bound to be some already in your area, but you can also buy dormant bees online. One big threat to bees’ existence is a lack of habitat. You can help them by providing a home similar to the one in photo 1. But simply building a bee house probably won’t be enough. It helps to learn a bit about what else your guests need before you invite them in. Solitary hole-nesting bees don’t get as much attention as their hive-dwelling cousins, in part because they aren’t aggressive. They nest alone in abandoned…

7 min
shared wisdom

Sow stories with heirloom seeds Have you ever grown something so special to you that you had to share it? For Grandma Ausilio Riccelli, her treasure was a red pepper grown by her mother and passed on to her children and grandchildren. Even though the pepper is delicious and versatile, she grew this vegetable because it was her heritage. Heirloom plants are rooted in gardeners who valued what they grew so much that they preserved the seeds and passed them on to be grown, harvested and regrown for many years. CHERISHING HISTORY Lee Buttala is one of those gardeners. As executive director of Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, he not only grows his own heirlooms but shares the stories of hundreds of heirloom seeds. Seed Savers Exchange is a nonprofit organization…

5 min
before & after

Get water wise How would you like to reduce your water bill by 40 percent? That’s what Pam and Mark Goodman did by swapping out their front lawn for a yard full of drought-tolerant plants suitable to their USDA zone 9 area. The small photo below gives you an idea of how drought had taken its toll on the original turf. So in 2012 Pam contacted Rebecca Sweet to help her create a plan that would be beautiful, save water and reflect her personal style. The resulting garden does the job and looks good in every season, too. To start, they stripped out all the sod and dug down 18 inches to get rid of weed roots. After that they laid a fabric weed barrier and topped it off with a mixture…