that s a wrap prepping a windmill palm for winter, gardening, This is the end result a plastic wrapped tower to protect the windmill palm

That's A Wrap! Prepping A Windmill Palm For Winter

Trachycarpus fortunei is a northern growing windmill palm. Despite reports of cold hardiness to Zone 5, I feel more comfortable giving it some protection in my Zone 6ish yard. You will need a simple frame, plastic wrap, twine, leaves, and another set of hands. So far, this method has worked for ten years.

saving elephant ears, gardening, Elephant Ears It s sad to see them go but if northern gardeners want a tropical garden they have to take matters into their own hands

Saving Elephant Ears

It's only a matter of time -- frost is coming. And that means northern gardeners have to prepare their tropicals for winter storage. Here is a brief review of the steps:
1. Clip back the Elephant Ear stems, leaving about 8". Don't be surprised if there is a gush of water pouring from the cut stalk -- and be aware that "bleed" and this can permanently stain clothing.
2. Using pitchfork or spade, carefully pry the bulb out of the soil. Shake off the excess dirt, but don't try to separate any of the attached smaller bulbs. They'll be easier to separate in the spring when you replant the bulb.

diy potting shed, gardening, outdoor living, The potting shed

DIY Potting Shed

The idea to build a potting shed began with a seed -- a sentence, really -- that took hold in my partner's brain. There, it rooted and sprouted, growing into a longer-than-a-weekend DIY project.
In short, the potting shed has a storage side, a potting side, a grow area, and a loft for storage.
The original blog post features drawings and plans for the potting shed.

what is your least favorite gardening chore, gardening, Really

What is Your Least Favorite Gardening Chore?

We always go on and on about the joy and tranquility of gardening -- but it can't always be sunlight and roses. Some garden chores should be put in the compost bin.
For me, it's trimming shrubs and cleaning up the mess. How about you?

gardening advice florida heat, gardening, lawn care

Making my Bed & Crying in it

With Zone 10 temps returning to more humane levels, it was time for me to make a bed (or three) in my bed less yard. I only wish someone had warned me about St. Augustine grass -- course and tough and able to withstand Florida's heat.
The amount of money spent, time devoted, and difficulty level is dependent on how much vegetation killer you'll need to purchase, your personal stamina, and size of the area.
There are other methods to remove lawn that be more cost efficient, such as covering the area with dark plastic.

behold nature s stained glass, gardening, Maple

Behold, Nature's Stained Glass

As you go about the seasonal task of raking and bagging, don't forget to take a moment to look up and contemplate the stained glass that's all around.

gnome sweet gnome, flowers, gardening

Gnome Sweet Gnome

Gnomes, it seems, are a misunderstood, misjudged, maligned tribe of garden ornaments. In some gardens, they're embraced. In others, not so much. A few months ago, gnomes made a splash at the Chelsea Flower Show when a 100-year ban was lifted and gnomes were allowed a one-time-only entrance.
But when a gardener places a gnome in the garden, a piece of history lives on. The world's leading gnome expert, Dr. Twigs Way, explains it all for you.

how grows your spring, flowers, gardening, Forsythia heralds spring s arrival

How Grows Your Spring?

On a recent trip to visit family on Long Island, it seemed that spring had hit the snooze button -- I think because winter is still lingering ever so slightly. That had me wondering about spring in other parts of the country. How is your spring?

the biggest seed i ever planted, gardening, In the right conditions this will be the result

The Biggest Seed I Ever Planted

Some seeds are so small that you practically need tweezers and a magnifying glass to get them planted. That's not really the case with the coconut, one of the largest seeds on the planet.
To sprout one, it requires patience and lots of heat and humidity.

no heart for snow, flowers, gardening, hydrangea, outdoor living, This snowy weather is one of the reasons I created this implied knot garden My yard was too small for a full knot but it could easily fit a piece of a knot The fountain now draped in plastic is in the middle of the knot

No Heart For Snow

My heart may not be into the lure of winter white for medical reasons, but there is no disputing how snow can alter the look of a garden.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Man
Nitty Gritty Dirt Man
About meI do not have a degree in horticulture, nor do I host a show on HGTV. My own landscaping business? Nope. Oh, and I’ve never appeared as a gardening expert on “The Martha Stewart Show.” Join me in the garden at