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Big mistake, big lesson

Since mistakes are learning experiences, This page sponsored by: our biggest blunders could be viewed as great treasures. If only we didn't have to pay the price! Can we avoid the cost and advance as a group by pooling our bloopers? Let's try. Here in this department are Worst mistakes from those-who-will-remain-anonymous   You don't know the p......

Tree stake mistake

Stakes rarely serve any purpose, often cause lasting harm This tree, centerpiece of the bed assessed in Overplanted oops, is tightly staked. If you ever see that done to your tree, immediately remove the stakes and cords or wires.   A tree in a nursery standard sized root ball does not need staking unless it's on a severe slope or in truly mighty w......

Enabled erosion

Steep slope no place for slick top dressing! Let's avoid some pain and advance as a group by pooling our blunders. Here's a mistake we've learned to avoid -- the hard way! --playing out on a much bigger scale and more visible place. Wonder how many motorists are noticing and learning?   Steep highway embankments along below-grade freeways are a maj......

Quotes

...growing on and on We collect quotes that have given us the most help or biggest laugh, and include them in articles here.   Take my last best advice: Try everything twice! - Janet Macunovich - Don't wear  perfume in the garden unless you want to be pollinated by bees. - Anne Raver - In his garden every man may be hi......

What's Up 183: Transplant primer, gauge growth, overplant

What's Up summary of this week's news Janet Macunovich and Steven Nikkila help you grow Issue #183, June 9, 2012 Scroll this Summary of the What's Up news. Each title takes you to a fully illustrated article. This week: We learned by doing, with special emphasis on making the most of mistakes and mis-timing... We posted 14 new articles with 96 new ......

Bugs and animals

Return to Quotes directory  One of the best scarecrows we ever used was a kid's toy duck with big eyes (eyes seem to have great effect) and a motion detector that triggered a quack. We stationed it at the base of the plant we figured was next on the menu. - Janet Macunovich - see What's Coming Up #141     We have descended in......

Design

Return to Quotes directory The only limit to your garden is the boundaries of your imagination. - Thomas Church, landscape architect - see Growing Concerns #754 and What's Coming Up #151   In his garden every man may be his own artist without apology or explanation. - Louise Beebe Wilder - see What's Coming Up #22 ......

Forsythia buds killed

 We should've known in a coldest-ever winter, to pick a hardier branch for forcing spring. We should've known better! We decided to force a branch from a shrub to show our granddaughter that winter would not go on forever. "The trees and flowers are just sleeping! See all these buds on the branches? The leaves are inside there and they will ......

Arborvitae too tall

...now we know to stay on top of conifers! It's a mistake to let an arb get away from you, but reducing it sure can teach a thing or two about how much little bits of green can grow.   We have arborvitaes that we've loved but now they're getting to big and we think we made a mistake in not clipping them at all, earlier. Can we cut them back to make t......

Grow 547: Facts, techniques, tips

Early Winter! This page Sponsored by: Gardeners share the best advice and most valuable tips Dear Readers, A student once said, "Thanks for convincing me that if I can't give a plant the right light and water, so it can keep itself healthy, it's better to just throw it away or let it die rather than spend my gardening time medicating it. ......

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