Stories by Lee Reich

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Summer veggies were just the first round

You've got to plan what vegetables to grow for the cool and rainy days ahead that sap the vitality from tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and other summer vegetables.
By Lee Reich

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014

Coral bells are loved for their leaves, flowers

Coral bells (Huechera spp.) are plants that earn their keep even when not in bloom. Here is a perennial, especially some of the newer hybrids, that is loved as much for its leaves as for its flowers.
By Lee Reich

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer calls for spinach substitute

Popeye ain't the only bloke who's gotta have spinach. Some gardeners also crave it, freshly picked. This isn't spinach season, though.
By Lee Reich

Thursday, May 29, 2014

How to help daffodils make more daffodils

Now that daffodil bloom time has passed, some gardeners might be wondering where their flowers were. If some plants remained all leaves, with few or no flowers, why was that?
By Lee Reich

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Plants love eating organic

To get the most out of any organic fertilizer, keep in mind how plants feed and how these fertilizers act in the soil.
By Lee Reich

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bulbs, yes, but no food for deer

Chomping down on a rosette of freshly emerging tulip leaves is just the thing to drive away winter doldrums - for deer. Crocuses probably taste almost as good to them.
By Lee Reich

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Easy-upkeep cacti produce beautiful blooms

The biggest problem with growing orchid cacti is figuring out just what they are. They are cacti, but are not spiny. Their spectacular blossoms are neither orchids nor orchid-like.
By Lee Reich

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Turning a rosemary bush into a tree

Picture a little rosemary tree at your kitchen window, standing there upright and green as if in defiance to the wintry scene beyond the panes. This little tree offers more than decoration and ...
By Lee Reich

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

Native plants offer fruit, beauty

Butterfly weeds are edging out delphiniums, clethra is hobnobbing with flowering dogwood, and sunflower is strutting like a prima donna.
By Lee Reich

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

Sap aside, pencil cactus is nice indoors and out

Pencil cactus is a fitting common name for Euphorbia tirucalli, even though the plant would be useless for writing and is not really a cactus.
By Lee Reich

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

How to help houseplants get enough light

There are ways to make sure houseplants are getting enough light on the darkest days.
By Lee Reich

Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

Hackberry worth a second look

Hackberry is a tree that many people hardly but deserves full attention - specifically, its bark.
By Lee Reich

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

As a general rule, leave the leaves

Think of all those minerals taken in by a tree’s deep roots. Leaves are, pound for pound, about as rich in minerals as is manure.
By Lee Reich

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

Shrub has both pretty, ugly sides

Beyond its fecundity, adaptability and that golden haze, autumn olive offers more pluses.
By Lee Reich

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

Planting early will keep your garden green in autumn

How green is your vegetable garden? Just because summer's long gone and frost is in the air doesn't mean your garden has to be a scene of tawny colors, limp leaves and withered stems.
By Lee Reich

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013

Berry can't be bought in markets

Many raspberries taste good, especially when picked dead ripe and popped into your mouth, but Fallgold is perhaps the tenderest and sweetest raspberry around.
By Lee Reich

Thursday, April 1, 2010

These transplants can save your life

If this were 100 years ago and I were wealthy, how lush my large greenhouse would now be with tomato, lettuce, marigold, zucchini and zinnia seedlings.
By Lee Reich

Friday, Jan. 2, 2009

Options for the Christmas tree when its time is up

There's no rule, of course, about how long to keep a Christmas tree. In many homes, the tree goes out along with the old year. At the very least, it's time for your tree to go when it starts to ...
By Lee Reich

Friday, Dec. 26, 2008

Hickory has the bark, and bite

With oil prices high, more and more people are turning to wood heat. If you're one, and you happen to reach for a log from your woodpile that feels like it's made of concrete, you're in luck.
By Lee Reich

Friday, Sept. 19, 2008

Asters acquired highbrow moniker while in England

Someday you might want to plant asters in your garden; then again, you might not.
By Lee Reich

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