Stories by Dean Fosdick

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

Some tips to help potted perennials survive in winter

In simpler times, container gardening was small-scale landscaping using flowering annuals. Enjoy their color for one season and go with something new the next.
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Plant species tulips for early color

Large, goblet-shaped blooms make a colorful springtime splash grouped in beds and pots. But those hybrids are softies compared to their wild ancestors - species tulips growing in unforgiving sites ...
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Plan ahead to keep critters from harming plants

Competition and conflict have existed between people and animals since the first gardeners began sowing seeds on the ground. The critters just as quickly carried them away.
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014

Use garden harvest for fruit or green smoothies

Smoothies are a nutritious way to stir things up in the kitchen, especially if the ingredients come from your garden. Few drinks are as refreshing as fresh or frozen fruits and syrups mixed with ...
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Crafting custom brew at home can begin in garden

You don't need a garden to succeed as a home brewer, but growing your own ingredients is a flavorful step up. Much of the creativity involved in crafting a custom-made beer starts with the plants ...
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Choosing to plant in curbside spaces can be a challenge

Making a yard and a community more beautiful begins at the curb. But that narrow space between sidewalk and street - sometimes called a boulevard, median, hellstrip, parkway, verge or tree belt - ...
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Birders debate playing back birdcalls on phones

Wildlife watchers can now wield unnatural powers, playing actual birdcalls on smartphones and other mobile devices. The practice, called playback, is effective for attracting elusive species but ...
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bee-friendly gardens can save species

Bees are pulling a disappearing act. Honeybees are vanishing from their hives. Bumblebee numbers have crashed so radically that some species are believed extinct.
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Benign neglect? Garden pest control naturally

Gardeners worried about the safety of synthetic pest-control products sometimes turn to botanically derived compounds instead. But many of those also contain toxic ingredients, such as nicotine, ...
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Gourmet herbs are simple way to spice up garden

Culinary herbs are enjoying a revival thanks to new varieties, stronger flavors, health concerns and more discerning palates. Their low cost, attractiveness and easy-to-grow attributes are making ...
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Shop smart for a healthier garden

Garden centers, with their vast collections of plant colors, sizes and shapes, can be intimidating to inexperienced buyers. But you can become a discerning purchaser with a little homework and by ...
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

Pots are perfect fit when growing fruit

Many fruit growers are going to pots. Con­tainers are great for tight spaces, easy to manage, convenient for harvesting and provide better soil than is found in most gardens.
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014

How early is too early to plant?

Plant too soon and you'll lose your crop to lingering spring frosts. Too late and you'll gamble with winterkill before you can harvest.
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Some plants accept gardeners' mistakes better than others

Gardening is a forgiving pursuit. Get it wrong one year and you can start fresh again the next, wiser, with lessons learned. Study up between planting seasons.
By Dean Fosdick

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013

How to pick the right mulch

People often confuse compost and mulch, although each fulfills a different function in gardening. Which one you want depends on your needs.
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

Simple tips can help allergy sufferers keep gardening

Allergies can put a serious crimp in gardening: A runny nose, itchy eyes, or a wheezing and persistent cough can drive allergy sufferers indoors during the growing season.
By Dean Fosdick

Friday, Sept. 5, 2008

High and dry

Succulents save water
By Dean Fosdick

Friday, Nov. 16, 2007

Living Christmas trees can be warm reminders of family holidays past

NEW MARKET, Va. - If you're dreaming of a green Christmas, you can start with a living Christmas tree.
By Dean Fosdick

Friday, Aug 25, 2006

The right way to play chicken in the garden

NEW MARKET, Va. - Few things can raise the hackles on a gardener's neck like a flock of chickens methodically working their way through some well-tended flower or vegetable beds.
By Dean Fosdick
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