Garden Gate Sept/Oct 2018

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.

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1 min
from the editor

Autumn is the perfect time of year to do a lot of different chores: divide, plant, water trees and shrubs and clean up flower and vegetable beds. But the one thing I like to do most is sit, relax and enjoy because it won’t be long before the cold weather will be here and many plants will be only a memory. With that in mind, we have a ton of autumn color for you to enjoy in this issue—from the bright yellow blooms of goldenrod to gorgeous out-of-the-ordinary fall plant combos. Then don’t plant another bulb until you’ve read our Fall Bulb Planting Guide on page 30. We share shopping tips, let you know the best time to plant in your region, show you how to plant for a longer display and…

3 min
great ideas from smart gardeners

Keep away, rabbits! Lee Wikoff, Minnesota Every winter the rabbits like to make a buffet out of Lee’s Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) vines and climbing rose (Rosa hybrids) canes. One day, Lee was visiting a friend who used a medical ventilator, and an idea clicked. The plastic aerosol tubing was small in diameter and looked like it would fit snugly around the branches of vines and shrubs. Lee found the aerosol tubing online for about $20 per 100 feet. See how it’s flexible enough to follow the curves of the vines in the photo above? Now Lee can keep bunnies at bay. Try new uses for old buckets Here are a couple of handy uses for that extra 5-gallon bucket you have lying around! Elizabeth Furr Prieldy, Colorado Buckets make great upcycled containers, but they aren’t…

1 min
pest watch

Apple maggot Rhagoletis pomonella It’s no good to find one of these crawling creatures in the apple you’re eating. To prevent future infestation, be on the lookout for the adult apple maggot above. In summer it looks like a ¼-in.-long fly with white banding on its wings. Adults emerge throughout the summer to lay their eggs on developing fruit trees. DAMAGE The eggs are laid beneath the apple or fruit’s skin, causing dimples and deformities. The larvae hatch and begin to tunnel. A small hole in the fruit means the larvae has exited; but cut it open and you find fruit that’s filled with rotted brown trails. Infested fruit usually falls to the ground prematurely. CONTROL To protect your crop, hang red, round sticky traps in the branches, so adults will get stuck and…

3 min
a glittering garden chandelier

MATERIALS: 12-in. wire hanging basketMini string lights (100-count)5 small curtain clip hooks7 ft. #15 ball chain23 ft. #10 single Jack chain30 4-in. black cable ties (and 30 twist ties)MonofilamentBlack outdoor extension cord Your garden is a reflection of your unique preferences. When the sun descends and masks the beauty of the plants, find a lighting solution that has personality: Add a special touch with your own homemade chandelier! Simple sparkling lights strung around the patio is a great look, but match that string of lights to a repurposed structure and you have a charming outdoor light fixture. It didn’t take much digging around the shed to find this old 12-inch hanging basket. Look below for the detailed materials list, then read on to learn how we built this radiant garden ornament. MAKE IT SHINE…

4 min
tropical retreats

Are you daydreaming of a trip to the tropics? Why not save yourself the hassles of travel and instead start planning a tropical retreat of your own that’s just outside the back door? An exotic oasis is possible even if you live where winter is anything but sunny and warm. Just ask Dennis Schrader, coauthor of Hot Plants for Cool Climates and co-owner of Landcraft Environments, a wholesale tropical plant nursery. He’s been working with tender plants for years in USDA zone 7 New York and has lots of great tips to share for designing and growing tropical gardens in any climate. FOLIAGE RULES Lush plantings filled with foliage are a hallmark of tropical gardens. The key to keeping your exotic paradise from looking messy and dull is some variety, but…

5 min
5 tropical favorites

Here are a few plants that Dennis recommends for their easygoing tropical beauty. Care for tropicals is much like other perennials, but these exotic beauties usually require more water and fertilizer. The information at right will let you know exactly what to do. The biggest challenge to growing tender plants in many areas is keeping them alive through winter. There are many ways to protect them, but the simplest is to just bring your favorites indoors to grow as house plants. Even the shade dwellers will need plenty of light, so place plants in front of a sunny south-facing window or use a grow light. Also, keep the humidity as high as possible to avoid dropping leaves. You can do this by grouping several plants together; or if there’s space in your…