Advice for sticky clay and stakes that stay, with lots of interactive cuts
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It's everything-needs-doing-at-once week. It's exhilarating and exhausting to try to keep up with Ma Nature's rush. We help you prioritize, so you also have time to simply enjoy the exuberance.
Top stories of plants and procedures.
Have a care with shovel and tiller in spring to avoid ruining the soil's condition. If the soil will ball in your hand but then crumble when you poke it, it's perfect. Yet even if it's too early, too wet you can advance your garden's cause. Read When we dig clay
It's not you, it's all of us -- we don't recognize in spring what we planted last year. To make matters worse, weeds with an attitude are doing their best to convince us they belong. We hope you'll post the photos of your mysteries on the Forum so others can help you answer. Meanwhile, here are two mysteries you can solve with a click.
We're hurrying to cut down and plants are rushing to come up. Clippings from one can support the other. Twigs, sprigs and other ways to stake those floppy plants unobtrusively at low cost.
Applauding the brave cuts, boo-hissing the diseases that debilitate older stems of woody plants. Lots of photos to guide you in cutting hard for healthy, beautiful evergreen herbs and roses.
What's of special interest on the Forum
Starting flowers and vegetables indoors? Get lights and snug 'em right down on the seedlings.
When the hedge is top heavy, hard pruning brings the foliage back down to where it's needed. But oh, it's hard to give up that screen, even briefly and thin though it may be! Look at this in-progress cut to keep the privacy while renewing the privet.
When color comes early, you may wonder if that forsythia's glowing more golden, quince redder, redbud more fluorescent. You aren't seeing things. It's a fact of chemistry. Cool weather can make spring color more saturated... and can also dull a few summer bloomers!
It looks like a bad dream in its straw-like tangle yet we're afraid to cut it lest we lose the bloom. Fortify yourself with photos of what comes next so you can refresh your clematis' look and renew its vigor.
Seeking the Mediterranean look? Here's an interesting, ongoing discussion about capturing those plants and designs for the American Midwest.
Have no fear, these shrubs grow like weeds and bloom on new wood so cut quick to take advantage of the spring surge of growth. Look at the cut.
We are never alone in the garden, for the gardening advice that came to us from a parent, neighbor or other veteran gardener grows on.
Seed and a gardener wield the power of surprise.
It's catching driver's eyes and raising questions this week.
When it happens so fast we miss some of the show. Steven takes you on tour, you set the speed!
"What happened next" from previous articles. Celebrating the hits, updating the misses.
To help you in your decision to move a new plant that's not doing so well, here's a look back and report forward on a tree 10 years in a bad place, its much needed replanting, and full recovery.
We told you to resume fertilizing houseplants in March, and start then to cut back and repot because that's when they resume growing. A reader says "Wow, you weren't kidding!"
Confident weeds vs. tentative gardener
It's more than a visual thing. Weeds play mind games, too, giving off mental waves that say, "Certainly I belong here." Tips to help you beat these cunning interlopers.
Where did that article go? Gang way, we're spring cleaning!
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