While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Tom and his wife Peg listened to the instructor declare, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other." He asked Tom, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?" Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, "Pillsbury All-Purpose, isn't it?" The rest of the story is not pleasant. —Author unknown


Ten Signs of a Compulsive Gardener

Not that it’s bad or anything, but I’ve hit all these signs of garden addiction. What are your 10 Signs of Compulsive Gardening?

1. Buy a house based solely on the suitability of the yard for gardening.

2. Remove winter mulch on the first 60-degree day, even when you know there’s another 6 to 8 weeks before […]

How to improve clay soil

My yard is full of orange-red, sticky, heavy, wet clay. I know I’m not alone. What to do?

The answer, actually, is easy:

Add lots and lots and LOTS of organic material such as compost.


I know. That’s not the answer I wanted, either. But it makes sense: The more oxygen and nutrients your soil contains, the […]

How to get wisteria to bloom

How can I get my wisteria to flower? Early spring is the perfect time to encourage new blooms, even if you have to wait one more year.

Top 10 best-selling garden books

Most of us in the northern tier of states still have a couple of weeks left before we slip on our garden boots for good, never to return to a chair until next November.

So there’s still time to read some of the top-selling garden books at Amazon.com, where I’m seeing a real trend here. Let’s […]

Plant vegetables and fruits in containers

Not enough space? Not enough time? Go to pot! Yes, I do mean you should plant your veggies and fruits in large containers.

Ruby & Emerald Duet Lettuce from Renee's Garden Seeds

I started what turned out to be a lively discussion with other horticulture geeks on LinkedIn about what edibles to grow in containers.

March 16th, 2009 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Category: garden | One comment

Garden Advice: With Peggy Anne Montgomery

I realized this week (like I didn’t know it already?) that I know a lot of really cool, wonderful, knowledgeable people in the horticulture world. So, let’s dig in for this occasional feature I’m going to call “That One Thing, That One Plant.”

Today’s guest is Peggy Anne Montgomery, horticulturist for Bailey Nurseries.

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner