Deadhead your flowers to maintain their beauty! What does deadheading mean? Deadheading is simply the process of removing old, faded blossoms from your flowering plants. If the flowers are left to develop seeds, the plant thinks it has accomplished its goal of reproduction and will stop blooming. Deadheading will encourage plants to put their energy […]

Mike’s Favorite Pruning Shears

We get a lot of emails from our readers.  One question often asked is: Which brand of pruning shears does Mikes use?  This question is an easy one for me to answer. If you were to swing by the nursery right now, you’d find Mike there in his bib overalls.  The way he looks in his […]

How to Propagate Roses from Seed

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Rose propagation can be an interesting hobby for those who enjoy growing these beautiful flowers. To produce plants that are exact duplicates of the parent plant one would propagate roses with cuttings. But rose propagation from seeds can be a fun experiment, even though this propagation method does not produce duplicates of the parent plant. […]

Propagating Softwood Cuttings of Deciduous Plants

What is a softwood cutting? To help you understand the propagation of softwood cuttings and hardwood cuttings let’s use a Burning Bush as an example. If you watch closely as a Burning Bush develop buds in the early spring, you will see how these little tiny buds quickly develop into new growth shoots, 6″ to […]

When to Prune Hydrangeas

When and how to prune hydrangeas like Endless Summer and other varieties seems to be one of the most confusing issues that gardeners face.  Why is that?  Conflicting information that’s what the problem is.  So in just a moment here I am going to forever set the record straight for you.  But first, let’s have […]

Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick, a Plant Lovers Plant


If you’re familiar with Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick you know what an interesting and sometimes seemingly bazaar plant it is. But have you ever seen one grown single stem as an ornamental tree? Harry Lauder’s is truly a plant lovers plant and every garden should have one. I like to train them into single stem […]

7 Green Bean Trellis Ideas

Green beans or snap beans, are great fresh from the garden, canned or frozen. One of my fondest memories as a kid was picking green beans from my aunt’s garden and snapping them on the front porch with my dad, uncle, cousins, brother and sister. Okay, it wasn’t “fond” at the time, but you know […]

How to Get Rid of Slugs in Your Garden

If you love Hostas, you also know the damage caused by slugs.  Besides eating large holes in all the pretty leaves they also leave long silver slime trails as they move across the leaves feeding. Here are four simple home-made traps to show you how to get rid of slugs in your garden.  There is […]

Tips on Growing Weeping Pussy Willow from Cuttings.

If you’ve never seen a Weeping Pussy Willow tree, you’re in for a treat. These are very unique plants, and they are easy to grow from scratch. Rooting weeping pussy willow cuttings is pretty easy, and the rooted cuttings can be trained into interesting weeping trees. Weeping Pussy Willow looks just like a regular Pussy […]