Stories by Lee Reich

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mulch is good, but which is the best?

Mulching can be one of the best things you do for your trees and shrubs. It also can be one of the worst things you do for your trees and shrubs. First, let's get our definitions in order.
By Lee Reich

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Help plants grow and stay healthy by staking them

Upright plants, bathed in air, are less apt to get fungal diseases, and those bearing fruits – tomatoes, for example – are less likely to have their fruits attacked by slugs and turtles. And of ...
By Lee Reich

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Planting seeds has benefits

"Plant seeds" may seem like an inane suggestion for a gardening column. But I'm serious. More and more people who garden these days put plants rather than seeds into the ground.
By Lee Reich

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Spruce up old apple trees to former glory

A neglected, overgrown, old apple tree does have charm, its gnarled, elbowed branches seemingly reaching out for a hug. The fruits, unfortunately, are more often than not too small, too high and ...
By Lee Reich

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

'Lucky bamboo' may be lucky, but it's not bamboo

The New Year is still young so let's continue to welcome it in - with some lucky bamboo. At this time of year, this plant appears in supermarkets and plant stores across the country. It may or may ...
By Lee Reich

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Comeback being made for gazing globes in gardens

Did I see a glint of mocking laughter in a friend’s eyes when I mentioned the new addition to my garden, a gazing globe?
By Lee Reich

Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014

Use pesticides as last resort to guard your houseplants

With winter, scale insects are showing up on my potted citrus tree and some orchids.
By Lee Reich

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Widespread rumor that mulch kills is not true

Rumor has it that mulching your garden beds or trees and shrubs could starve your plants. It's a rumor that has circulated for the past 40 years or so, ever since mulching surged in popularity.
By Lee Reich

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

Beets: A delicious year-round vegetable

The nice thing about growing beets is that you can eat them fresh for much of the year. A spring planting is ready to start harvesting by early summer, and a summer planting is ready from ...
By Lee Reich

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

Cyclamen kin's blossoms offer a dainty, but hardy alternative

For the past few weeks, dainty pink or white butterflies have been hovering above the bare soil in some of my clay flowerpots. They're not really butterflies: They are cyclamen blossoms held aloft ...
By Lee Reich

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

For speedy composting give pile air, food, water

As the bumper sticker on my truck reads, "Compost Happens." Sometimes, however, it doesn't happen fast enough. That problem usually can be traced to some limiting factor.
By Lee Reich

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

In right places, garlic chives look, taste good

Is it a weed or a garden plant? Garlic chives are among those plants - paulownia tree, Jerusalem artichoke, mint and anise hyssop are others - that can parade under either guise. Garlic chives ...
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
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