native plants, plant selection, Uncategorized

Vines to Cover a Multitude of Sins (Part 1)

Our old wooden fence is in full sun and about 6' tall, but ugly so I'd like to cover it.  I'm afraid wisteria would be too heavy and tear the whole fence down.  What are some other vines to use? Jo, Oklahoma A wooden fence covered with any vine could spell disaster.  Let's look at some… Continue reading Vines to Cover a Multitude of Sins (Part 1)

native plants, plant care, Uncategorized, wildlife gardening

For the birds: keeping squirrels out of birdfood and birds out of people food!

How do I keep squirrels out of birdfeeders?  I don't mind feeding both, but can't keep the feeders full because the pesky varmints keeping raiding my feeders!   Bob I'm fed up with my tomatoes getting pecked by birds just as they start to ripen. HELP!  Sarah A multi-pronged approach at my house seems the best… Continue reading For the birds: keeping squirrels out of birdfood and birds out of people food!

disease, organic, organic pest control, plant selection

Periwinkle problems solved?

Gena asks me: "I PLANTED WHITE PERIWINKLES 2 WKS AGO. THEY LOOKED GREAT AND NOW ONE BY ONE IN A ROW EVERY DAY THEY LOOK WILTED . I AM SO MAD. WHAT COULD IT BE?  Annual periwinkles or vincas (Cathaaranthus roseus) are susceptible to a fungal disease.  A great deer-resistant annual color plant for sun… Continue reading Periwinkle problems solved?