I like to structure gardens so that there’s something eye-catching on each level. I find that it’s often easy to forget about the plants right at your feet. So, when you’re planning your garden, consider these plants for forming borders, either in a bed or along a path. Some of these do really well in containers too! Read more
Aside from the vibrant color, there are a number of other reasons to plant evergreens. Large trees can create a screen to provide privacy that won’t wane with the seasons. Additionally, these trees and shrubs can create a buffer or noise barrier between your garden or home and busy streets or loud neighbors. Here are my favorite evergreens to use in creating a living fence. Read more
They’re easy. They’re delicious. They’re nutritious. You’ve probably seen them at upscale restaurants—those delicate little greens sitting delicately on a beautifully presented plate of food. Microgreens may look fancy, but you can grow them at home. Read more
Whether you’re new to gardening or you’ve been at it for a while, the right tools make all the difference. You want to make sure you’re using the right tool for each task, and you want tools that are going to last for a very long time. Read more
I love pasta as much as the next person, but as fall approaches and I’m moving around less, I use lower carb substitutes. My go-to is spaghetti squash. I love the texture and the sweet flavor. I grow the ‘Tivoli’ variety at the farm. Read more
I’ve grown squashes for as long as I can remember, and spaghetti squash has always been in rotation. Follow these tips for growing and harvesting, and you’ll have a crop of your own next season. Read more
For most people, the thought of a rabbit conjures a cute, cuddly little creature. For gardeners, though, these critters can be one of our nightmares. Known to wreak havoc on a garden, rabbits will gnaw on tender plants and even build nests among the shrubs. There are a few things you can try to deter rabbits from getting comfortable in your garden.
How to Keep Rabbits Out of Your Garden
As with most rodents and even deer, fencing is one of the best ways to prevent rabbits from getting into your garden. Chicken wire and netting works well for young plants—simply lay them directly over the plants. For more mature plants, you’ll need to build a fence at least two-feet high, buried about six inches deep. Be sure to bend the wire away from the plant before burying it. Chicken wire with narrow openings works best.
This same concept works on a smaller scale as well. You can protect individual young plants by creating mini fences around them. Create a cylinder around your baby trees, shrubs, or vegetable plants. Use mesh with no more than a half-inch opening and, again, bend it away from the plant and bury it.
Rabbits like to nest. Take measures to keep them from making your garden their home. Remove branches from shrubs that are low-lying. Thin out or remove dense vegetation. If you find any signs of rabbit nesting, remove it.
At the farm, we also use blood meal to deter rabbits from having a feast or making a home in the gardens. Rabbits are plant-eaters, so the scent of blood meal will usually send them running. Blood meal is high in nitrogen and will need to be re-applied every 7 to 14 days.
Not all containers are created equal, especially when it comes to surviving winter. Some containers—like terracotta and ceramic—absorb moisture and are prone to cracking when the temperature drops. Because Crescent Garden planters are made from a recyclable poly resin plastic that resists water, you can keep them outside through the winter. Read more