deer proof, edible landscaping, lawn care, native plants, organic, pests, plant selection, wildlife gardening

Oh, deer, not tonight, please

Help! We bought a house in the suburbs that needed new landscaping, but every time I put out plants, the deer come during the night and eat them. What can I do? Ask folks planning a move into the countryside how they feel about nature and they’ll express devotion. A year and hundreds of landscaping… Continue reading Oh, deer, not tonight, please

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disease, drainage, landscape design, lawn care, native plants, organic, pests, plant selection, sustainable, Uncategorized, wildlife gardening

Living with Low Spots

After it rains, our back yard takes forever to drain. It's so discouraging to plant things and they drown. How can we get rid of the water without flooding our neighbors? Drainage dilemmas plague many folks, either with seasonal sinkholes where water collects after a rain or a spot that's always spongy and nothing grows… Continue reading Living with Low Spots

color, container plants, landscape design, lawn care, native plants, organic, plant selection, sustainable

3 RULES FOR CHOOSING PLANTS

          This week I've been working with my friend Cindy Huey on the area in my front yard near the entrance. When we moved to this house a few months ago, there were two huge sago palms (which are highly toxic, by the way) and 20 shrubs in an area barely large enough… Continue reading 3 RULES FOR CHOOSING PLANTS

gardening with children, Lady Bird Johnson, landscape design, lawn care, native plants, plant selection, wildlife gardening

Wild about Wildflowers, Part 1

This week I had great fun with the Ft. Bend Master Gardeners in Rosenberg, Texas. They wanted to hear about one of my plant passions: wildflowers. (I'm sharing a list of my favorite wildflowers at the end of this post, plus a FREE BOOK for a lucky winner!) Many Americans alive today were not around… Continue reading Wild about Wildflowers, Part 1

edible landscaping, heirloom plants, plant selection, recipes, sustainable

Figs gone wild: YOU CAN GROW THAT!

A few months ago my doctor put me on a LOW-FODMAP diet.  The bottom line is I can't eat lots of things I love anymore. Including figs. That might not be a big deal to you, but it is to me. Making fig preserves each autumn is a tradition for my dad and me to do… Continue reading Figs gone wild: YOU CAN GROW THAT!