Garden Gate Nov/Dec 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

As I look back on 2018 I’m reminded that each year in the garden is a unique opportunity, and every season is different from previous years. Last summer my ‘Sum and Substance’ hosta had gorgeous chartreuse leaves and was absolutely huge. This season it was half the size and the leaves weren’t nearly as yellow. In fact, none of my large hostas did well. But not everything in my garden was disappointing: Traditionally it’s been a critter buffet, but this year I’m happy to say they haven’t done much damage. I’ve come to realize that no matter how much I plan, I’m not in charge. And that’s OK! It’s a joy to be surprised by what will happen with the plants and wildlife in my garden every year. That’s why…

2 min
great ideas from smart gardeners

Bag leaves, smother weeds and plant new things Jerry Klinken, Maryland If you bag up your leaves in plastic trash bags each fall, check out Jerry’s tips for putting the bags of leaves to use: After he fills them up, he lays them flat to cover the ground in an area where weeds need to be smothered or where he wants to make a new garden bed. In spring, he moves the bags out of the way. The weed-free area is a great place to plant seeds or seedlings. Next he spreads the leaves around the young plants as mulch. By the end of the season, they’ve started to decompose, and will eventually enrich the soil. At this point, he starts again by raking up new leaves and putting them into the…

1 min
from the wild side

Red fox Vulpes vulpes With a fluffy tail and rusty-colored face, the adorable red fox can be found all across North America. Fruit, worms, grubs, spilled trash, pet food and small rodents or birds are the fox’s favorite foods. It’s not aggressive toward humans, but it might do a great job of keeping mice, moles and even rabbits away. THE FOX IN THE GARDEN A fox might interrupt your garden by eating fruit or stepping on or digging up plants in the search for grubs. And the smell can be pungent as they mark their territory. They rarely attack, but it’s a good idea to keep your pets indoors, your chicken coop securely fastened and, if you’re a bird watcher, make sure birds have an area to seek shelter if a fox is…

5 min
how well do you know the birds in your backyard?

Do you know your black-capped chickadee from your white-breasted nuthatch? Do you attract hummingbirds to your garden by providing homemade sugar-water? Most people think all that’s involved in attracting birds to their yards is providing a feeder or birdbath. But these benefit only a handful of species and for just short periods of time. Like all plants and animals, birds require specific habitats with specific plants that provide food and shelter at just the right time. Take my enlightening quiz on backyard birds to find out just how much you really do know about our feathered friends. 1 How does the American robin locate earthworms? A Sight and sound B Taste C Touch D Smell Answer: A When you see a robin hopping around the yard and cocking its head, it is using a combination of…

1 min
how well did you do?

0 correct: Time for you to get outside with a bird field guide and get to know your neighborhood birds. Birds make great subjects for nature photography, so grab a camera or your phone and start taking some bird photos! 1 to 4 correct: Not too shabby! You’ve done some homework, but there is still much more to find out. Time to hang up a bird feeder or place a birdbath in your garden and grab a pair of binoculars. 5 to 8 correct: Impressive. Now consider joining a local birding group and be sure to sign up for a field trip to meet other bird-lovers. Keep a journal of the birds you see in your garden. 9 to 12 correct: Have you considered becoming an ornithologist? Be sure to share your love…

5 min
multiseason makeover

Have you ever installed a garden bed only to find that after a few years it was looking pretty dull? That’s what happened to us with this 18-by-12-foot bed in our test garden. It didn’t age very well, and you can easily see the lack of color and interest in the small before photo below. A makeover was definitely in order—we wanted a garden that looked good in all four seasons. Several of the established plants were late-season bloomers, so it didn’t take much to get the autumn pizzazz you see in the large after photo here. But we didn’t stop there. On the following pages you’ll see how the other seasons came together, along with a maintenance checklist for keeping everything looking good in winter, spring, summer and fall. Spring The challenge with…