| Nov 20, 2014
| 12:45 PM
Fruits and vegetables will be growing in school yards around Fort Lauderdale soon. "You name it, and if it can be grown in Florida, we'll grow it," said Kristina DaSilva, director of marketing and development for HandsOn Broward. The nonprofit is behind a...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 12:43 PM
Dorothy E. Marvel, a retired librarian and inveterate gardener, died of ovarian cancer Nov. 19 at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 84.
The daughter of August Carl Winterstein, an electrician, and Julia Emre Winterstein, the former Dorothy Eleanor...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 7:44 PM
The historic plantations along the James River aren't the only homes decorated and open for holiday touring. Here's a list of some Christmas home tours that are within an easy drive from the Peninsula.
Reservations are required for some of the tours,...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 7:55 PM
Should I remove the new bulbs [babies] from an amaryllis when repotting? Mine has three small bulbs coming off the main one.
You will probably get more blooms if you remove the bulblets. Plant them in separate pots and, in a few years, the babies will...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 5:19 PM
Rosemary is a wonderful herb. It looks great, smells wonderful and is versatile in the kitchen and, during the summer, it's easy to grow. However, once the weather gets cold, many gardeners have problems with it.
While it seems resistant to the cold,...
| Nov 22, 2014
| 6:30 AM
As I put my gardens to bed for the winter (my zinnia and cleome are still blooming, due to warm autumn days), I'm finally writing a letter I've been meaning to write since my court date in October, when I contested a hefty fine received from Baltimore's...
| Nov 22, 2014
| 11:27 AM
When I was a kid, my father headed for the forest behind our house in Lynchburg, where he searched for the best cedar to cut for our Christmas tree.
Mom wanted nothing but a cedar because the native tree filled the house with a wonderful fragrance no...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 6:12 PM
Last week I covered a variety of plants commonly displayed this time of year. I skipped poinsettias, one of the seasonal favorites. Keeping them alive for the season is reasonably easy; keeping them for next year requires time and effort.
| Dec 6, 2014
| 12:23 PM
Question: Amaryllis, which I am growing in the ground, have green leaves that are almost touching the soil. Should I cut those leaves back?
Answer: Amaryllis won't mind their leaves touching or even flopping on the ground but you might.
Do feel free...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 4:07 PM
What should we do for termites in the base of a cedar tree a few feet from our house?
If the termite-infested wood is within 3 feet of the house, you should call in a pesticide company to treat the area. Remove the tree. If it is farther away but...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 4:30 AM
Wet weather kept Alberto Ortega from working most of last week — and he couldn't have been more pleased.
"This rain is a blessing I was beginning to think I'd never see," the gardener said.
In four decades of tending people's yards, this year...