Garden Gate March/April 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 Issues

in this issue

1 min
from the editor

A long, fun road My earliest memories of gardening are days spent in my grandma’s and mother’s gardens. I remember standing next to towering hollyhocks and walking along borders filled with delphiniums, daylilies and phlox that Grandma and I cut for bouquets. At home I helped Mom and Dad with weeding the peas and green beans and shucking sweet corn when it was ready. It’s been a long road of garden discovery, and I’ve enjoyed many words of wisdom and tips from people in my life and from gardeners I’ve met while here at Garden Gate. After more than 23 years creating stories and delivering what I think is a great magazine to our family of subscribers, this will be my last column as editor. One of the hardest things about…

1 min
garden gate online

We love grape hyacinths! Want to carpet your garden with these beauties every spring? Learn how and meet several members of this surprisingly diverse family. flowers-plants/ Plan your vegetable garden Our guide helps you calculate how many seeds or plants to grow per person so you have just the right amount. Garden Gate® Notes SUBSCRIBE TO OUR FREE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER GGMAGEXTRA.COM Keep an eye out for this icon throughout the issue and check out for expanded articles online.…

1 min
{meet} kristin beane sullivan

WHAT I’VE LEARNED... Growing ‘Gladiator’ alliums is a great way to make friends. When someone walking by admires the huge blooms, I ask if they want some. These multiplying bulbs are so easy to dig and carry home! Before you design a spot for a bench, stand in that spot and look around. Make sure there are no dumpsters (or other not-so-great features) in view. I learned this the hard way. Chickens are handy for eating bugs (and mice), but they also really mess up your mulch! I’ve stopped buying bagged mulch for my beds. Now I mulch with chopped leaves, which improve the soil faster, and because they’re free, I don’t worry about raking them up during spring cleanup.…

3 min
great ideas from smart gardeners

Simplify scooping Louisa Fordyce, PA If you’ve ever dug up your corms, bulbs or tubers in fall and saved them in a box of peat moss over winter, you might know the frustration of digging through the box to find them again in spring. Louisa found this process to be messy, so when she spotted an unused cat litter scoop, she decided to try it out. She found it was easier than just using her hands to sift through the peat moss to find buried gladiolus corms. When she couldn’t find any more large corms with the scoop, she dumped the remaining peat moss into a kitchen colander to sift for the smallest corms. She recommends doing this process outside to avoid having to clean up messes indoors. Sprinkle sand and soil Rita Frederick,…

1 min
the wild side

Great spangled fritillary Speyeria cybele This butterfly begins as a jet-black caterpillar with orange and black spines that become a dark brown chrysalis. With a wingspan around 3 inches, the adult butterfly has light brown to orange wings with black stripes, spots and scalloped edges. The undersides have a thick, cream-colored band and bright silver spots. The female is a darker tawny rust color. Life cycle You’re most likely to spot it in summer. Females lay their eggs in leaf litter near violets (Viola spp. and hybrids), the host plant. The eggs hatch and young caterpillars overwinter in the leaf debris until very early spring. They emerge as their food source, violet leaves, emerge. Only one generation is produced each year. Attracting it to your garden Great spangled fritillary likes meadows or sunny woodland…

4 min
what goes with tulips?

Tulips don’t deserve to be put in solitary confinement. These beloved bloomers merit the company of others, neighborly companions in contrasting colors and shapes that accentuate the bold forms and colors of tulips. Just be sure to select plants that thrive in sun to part sun and well-draining soil, the same growing conditions tulips need. Tulips look great with other spring-blooming bulbs, but different flowering times can make this a little tricky. Make sure to plant bulbs that will bloom at the same time. If exact timing doesn’t matter so much, mix tulips with emerging perennials. Perennials in spring have a freshness all their own that pairs nicely with tulips whenever they decide to strut their stuff. Even before the buds open, new growth from lower-growing plants will create a textured…