Garden Gate September/October 2019

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

To clean or not to clean We’ll soon head into that time of year in the garden when the leaves fall, the flowers fade and plants rest. Typically it’s not a time for me to rest as I try and pick up and mulch every leaf that blows into my yard and compost every yellow hosta leaf lying limp on the ground. And most often I run out of time to do it all. But do I really need to be that tidy? It’s a question we get all the time here at Garden Gate and in fact, each of us on the staff probably clean up our garden beds to varying degrees. Chloe Deike reached out to six well-known gardeners and asked them for their perspectives on fall cleanup. She…

1 min
reader garden award

How To Enter: INSTAGRAM: Submit photos of your garden using the hashtag: #ggmagReaderGarden MAIL: Reader Garden Award Garden Gate Magazine 2143 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312 EMAIL: Email your information and a link to your images in cloud storage (Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon Cloud Drive, etc.) to ReaderGarden@ aimmedia.com GUIDELINES: Only amateur gardeners are eligible for awards; participants cannot earn their living from gardening, landscaping or interior design. Gardens that have received other national gardening honors or awards or have been featured in a national magazine are ineligible. Please retain an original copy of your complete entry for your records; materials will not be returned. Images from entries may be shared online. DEADLINE: Submissions must be received by October 15th, 2019. Award winners will be selected by Garden Gate editors to be featured in a future issue. WHAT TO…

1 min
{meet}katie meyer

WHAT I’VE LEARNED... I don’t have a fancy light setup to start tomato seeds. I start mine in flats in the brightest window I have. When the tomatoes get leggy, I transplant them into plastic cups. Since they can be planted deeply, the legginess doesn’t matter. My latest discovery is using clear cups. You can see the roots and know when it’s time to transplant. A pop-up trash can is a great garden tool. On a reader’s advice, I bought one and use it when I have a bunch of weeds to pull. It cleans out easily and is so simple to store. Heirloom tomatoes are real showstoppers on a caprese platter. Growing up, I never liked tomatoes but now that I grow my own, I totally get it. You just can’t beat…

3 min
reader tips

A sturdy, long, serrated bread knife is a good tool for dividing plants in the fall instead of the standard soil knife or shovel. It’s easier to be precise and control the size of the new plants when you slice the roots like a loaf of bread!Cameron Hutchings, VA A pumpkin for pests Donna Hartman, IA Here’s a festive solution to your slug problem: Get a pumpkin! Donna cuts the top off of a pumpkin and cleans out the seeds and pulp. She places it in her hosta bed and lets it collect slugs. She then kills them with soapy water and tosses them in with her yard waste. You can return the pumpkin to the bed and continue to dispose of the slugs as needed. The best part is that it looks…

1 min
the wild side

Eastern screech owl Megascops asio What it looks like Even though it could very well be living in your neighborhood, it’s tricky to spot this small owl. Six to 10 inches long, the Eastern screech owl can be gray or red, has dark stripes, and blends in with the bark of a tree. It’s easy to recognize its yellow-green beak and ear tufts that stick up (though fluffier young owls don’t have ear tufts), but not its round yellow eyes, as it sleeps during the day. At night you can detect its sound, which is more commonly a trill or a whinny, not always a screech. Where to find it The Eastern screech owl nests in tree cavities and dead snags in wooded areas, but is regularly found living in suburban areas with…

2 min
create a spiral topiary

Although it looks difficult, it is actually fairly easy to create and maintain a spiral topiary. Whether in the ground or in a container, a spiral topiary is a little touch of whimsy with a decidedly formal flair. You can find a 4-foot tall evergreen topiary like this for sale at nurseries and garden centers for $100 and up. But you can get the hands-on satisfaction of doing it yourself for less than half that amount. Evergreen trees and shrubs like the dwarf Alberta spruce here make the best spiral topiaries because of their sturdy trunks and year-round color. Conically shaped trees are the easiest to clip into a spiral shape. Common boxwood, Italian cypress and privet are also excellent candidates. Check with your local garden center for the best choices…