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04 Dec
2019
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A Low-Maintenance Gift

This year, as shiny wrapping papers are being ripped off of boxes, and bows and ribbons are flying through the air, you should think about giving yourself a special gift, one of those gifts that really does keep on giving:  a low-maintenance garden. If you play your spades right, a low-maintenance garden will give you..

04 Dec
2019

Shop in Your Garden

Whether your winter celebrations are sacred, religious, cultural, pagan, pure retail or astronomical (Winter Solstice is December 22nd), I’ll bet you’d love to add some color and cheer to your surroundings during this coldest of seasons. Have you thought about sourcing your gardens and yard for decorations? You might be surprised at the variety of..

14 Nov
2019
Flagstone patio and knee wall in Gainesville hall County

Naked Landscape is Revealing

What’s blooming now in Northeast Georgia? Not much. (Thank goodness for pansies!) But the late fall/early winter season is actually a great time to get intimate with your garden and your overall landscape. It’s a chance to take in the lay of the land, the natural curves and bends, the gentle slopes and, yes, even..

06 Nov
2019
Nursery with tons of annuals

You Made Your Bed…

You made your bed, now grow some pretty fall flowers in it! The same flower beds that supported all those fabulous spring and summer blossoms can keep your landscape from being drab and boring this fall and winter. It’s not too late to plant some color for the new season, but hurry. The days are..

04 Nov
2019
Parking lot planting bed

What the Hellstrip?

Horticulturist Lauren Spring Ogden was spot on back in the 90s when she coined the term “hellstrip” to describe the trampled-on, stepped-over, parched, neglected, unsightly, unspoken-for, dog-potty strips of land between the sidewalks and the street curbs. Since then, the garden-minded among us have been quietly crusading for better treatment of these slivers of earth..

30 Oct
2019
Sourwood in the fall garden

Small Fall Native Trees

Aah…Beautiful autumn in Northeast Georgia. As I’m out and about these days, I’m thinking about how so much of the splendid fall color we see is from the big native trees…in the big-picture landscapes. You know, national forest lands and public parks, undeveloped rural acreage along the highways and mature, old-growth neighborhoods (not the people,..

09 Oct
2019

Fall for Foodscaping

A few months ago, I wrote about foodscaping, an exciting gardening philosophy that I’ve been putting into practice in my own gardens and for some of our clients. ( Eat My Garden! July 24, 2019) Foodscaping is simply integrating edible plants, like vegetables, fruits and herbs, into traditional, ornamental garden design. With the clock ticking..

09 Oct
2019

The Hopeful Hemlock

Are you familiar with the Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)? I hope so, because that means the tireless work of a whole lot of North Georgia volunteers is paying off in increased awareness of the tree’s beauty and value—and of the plight that is threatening its survival. If you’ve hiked the slopes, ridges and ravines of..

02 Oct
2019

Fall To-Do….Or Not

Avid gardeners and piddlers, alike, know there are plenty of chores to busy ourselves with in the autumn months—in case we’re not busy enough already. You know, tidying up, maintaining tools, organizing and planning. But today, I’m going to focus on what I believe are the two most important things you should be doing right..

14 Aug
2019

Nature’s Copycat: Food Forests

Nature’s Copycat & Your Potential Buffet: All About Food Forests One of the most important and thought-provoking concepts in life is just how profoundly interdependent we all are on one another, particularly in the area of food production. We rely on one other for varying services and goods, with each individual offering their own indispensable..

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