Gardening With Tony

Gardening With Tony

UNITED STATES—Flowers were originally colorful only to attract pollinators. Breeding has improved the color and quality of many garden varieties of flowers, to make...

UNITED STATES—Lawns composed of turf grasses are the most functional, but also the most demanding forms of groundcover. That is old news. There are...

UNITED STATES—There is no way around it. Just about every garden has some degree of shade. Even low profile single story houses without eaves...

UNITED STATES—Turf grasses are the ultimate in groundcover. They are very durable, and useful for covering large areas in a very user friendly manner....

UNITED STATES—A Great Basin bristlecone pine tree of the eastern Sierra Nevada can live more than five thousand years. A giant sequoia tree of...

UNITED STATES—Too much of a good thing can be a problem. That is why bacon is not one of the four basic food groups....

UNITED STATES—If there are any cool season vegetables left in the garden, they should probably be harvested pretty soon. If left too much longer,...

UNITED STATES—It is easy to see why there are optimum times to prune, and just as easy to see when pruning should not be...

UNITED STATES—They are weeds for a reason. They grow like . . . well, weeds! By definition, they are unwanted. Yet, they typically proliferate...

UNITED STATES—Cherry blossoms are such an excellent tradition in Washington D.C., as well as in Japanese neighborhoods of the West Coast. 'Kwanzan' and 'Akebono'...

UNITED STATES—Watering has not been much of a concern lately. All the rain has kept our gardens too wet to work in. Some of...

UNITED STATES—This is getting to be cliché. “While they are dormant through winter," plants tolerate all sorts of abuse that would offend them at...

UNITED STATES—Along with all the bare root fruit trees, roses and cane berries, nurseries also stock bare root perennials like strawberries, asparagus, horseradish and...

UNITED STATES—Winter is no excuse to be less diligent in the garden. It would seem that gardening would be less demanding because there is...

UNITED STATES—It might seem creepy to think about what spring bulbs are doing right now out in the garden. Like victims of a horror...

UNITED STATES—Water is no more scarce in California than it has been in recorded history. The problem with it is that it is a...

UNITED STATES—It is probably no coincidence that certain berries and small fruits are so colorful through winter while colorful flowers are relatively scarce. Like...

UNITED STATES—Stormy winter weather always reminds some of us that our trees need some attention. Wind can break limbs. If the weather gets really...

UNITED STATES—Without specialized pruning while they are bare and dormant in winter, many deciduous fruit trees would be overburdened by their own fruit next...

UNITED STATES—Anyone who has had undergone surgery knows the advantages of unconsciousness. Any frat boy who woke up after a night of overly indulgent...

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