What's Coming Up 20: Boots, annuals fail, late bulb planting, Egyptian gardens, kids

enlarge this image

Two highlights in this issue, both worth contemplating in winter: Boots -- which to buy and why to protect your feet, enable you to do more and make it all easier. Also, annual flowers: Their match to your site and what those you've already grown have been telling you. 

Click to read the topics in this issue:

Boots fit to keep your feet

When annuals opt out at midsummer

The gardener afield, report from Egypt

Green Thumbs up and down to kids who grow up in gardens

This week's work:
     Why poinsettias die

     Squirrels direct late bulb planting

     Tending gloves


This issue is available in pdf. Download it here.
Pdf version available thanks to our Sponsor:


This week in our gardens

Grow with us as we:

Toss a poinsettia

Toss out, or advise someone to toss, yet another failing Poinsettia. So many fail so quickly because they're carried from store to car, or car to home, unprotected. A closed paper bag (not plastic!) can trap enough warm air around the plant to keep its cells from dying from cold during that trip. If the cold reaches it, tips die, leaves die but remain attached and the plant dies a very unattractive, gardener-esteem-busting, leaf-dropping, yellowing death.

The same fate befalls many gift plants, and houseplants moved to new homes in the winter. Most of them are tropical species, so bundle them against anything colder than 40°F. Even a very brief exposure can kill them. More on poinsettias, cold damage symptoms and prognosis in Cold kills holiday plants.

Heed our local squirrels...

...to deal with leftover bulbs

Squirrel watching tells us that the ground's not frozen yet but we'd better get a move on if we've got anything to stash. We'll dig some quick holes and dump in the last bulbs.

Wash and sort gloves.

Once those bulbs are in we're pretty much done with the dirty stuff for the year. We still have pruning to do but for that we can wear our warmest gloves. Most of these gloves we're readying for next year are great for garden work but not so "hot" when it comes to insulating.




Read more of our Sponsor-recommended articles.

You can be a Sponsor, too. Every little bit helps make this library grow.