So You Bought a Shrub, Now What?

It occurs to me that people may be a little unclear about what to do with that cute little plant you just bought/received/acquired. I mean, how hard can it be? 1. Buy. 2. Take out of pot. 3. Put in the ground. 4. Watch it grow. Well, the answer is, pretty much not hard at... Continue Reading →

First Rose Bloom of the Season

Any first blooms of the season are exciting, And somehow, roses are up there with the best of them. I have quite a few roses, some I love more than others, but Julia Child, now entering only its 4th year in my garden, is the best of the best. Her growth habit is restrained and... Continue Reading →

It’s Worse than That…

I couldn't resist this. Yes, too bad for the plants that Garden on the Edge lost to severe Eastern winter. But keep reading through to the end, and watch the youtube video. Incidentally, as I often remind you, click on "like" or "follow" to get more of my pearls of wisdom. Or silly links.

Mulches Part II

Bark vs arborist's wood chips: Again, I defer to Linda Chalker-Scott: The Myth of Pretty Mulch pretty much 😉 says it all. Using bark mulch has too many disadvantages, whereas wood chips have few. So  this: ...is now this: As I've said in previous posts, my garden is my research field. So I'm going to try... Continue Reading →

Wood Chips in the Garden

Very quick post here. Having received a driveway-load of wood chips from a local tree service, and knowing that it's largely of the cedar-Thuja-Douglas-fir variety, I googled to find out if it was safe to use as garden mulch now, or should I pile it up in an enormous mountain in the backyard waiting for... Continue Reading →

Tips For Low(er) Maintenance Lawn

The pictures of turf on the package of grass fertilizer is ultra-high maintenance, and unless you're a golf-turf manager, you'll never achieve it. It needs watering, weeding, fertilizing, liming; top-dressing with compost, overseeding; receives lots of harmful chemicals to weed-and-feed (golf course turf isn't subject to the same restrictions as homeowners), and needs a team... Continue Reading →

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