Jessica Damiano's award-winning garden blog gets to the root of things.
Want to learn how to cultivate your green thumb in time for growing season? The folks over at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, who always do a great job educating the public on such matters, are holding their 31st annual Spring Gardening School on April 13 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at The Academy of St. Joseph in Brentwood.
You pick the classes that interest you most (pruning;...Read more »
The Perennial Plant Association has named the 2013 Perennial Plant of the Year: Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ (say it with me now: po-lig-o-nay’tum o-do-ray’tum vair-e-ah-gay’tum).
Every year, the Perennial Plant Association bestows this title on one standout plant. You might be more familiar with one of this year's winner's common names: variegated Solomon's seal, striped Solomon's seal,...Read more »
Last month, I showed you how to grow your own pineapple at home. It's a fun and easy — albeit patience-requiring — project. Well, you might want to get crackin' on that, because if recent events in England are any indication of what such a fruit could yield, you could stand to make a tidy sum.
According to the UK newspaper The Sun, 30 tons of horse manure, urine and straw, plus the...Read more »
Looking for a reason to stop cursing the dang cold? You might be freezing your tootsies off today, but come July, you might be grateful for the Arctic snap you endured way back in January.
Laura C. Harrington, professor of entomology and an expert on mosquito-borne diseases, explains: "Cold weather, especially extreme cold temperatures, limit survival of mosquitoes and other...Read more »
As a gardener and garden columnist, I've long dreamed of having a rose named in my honor. Roses aren't even among my favorite flowers, I just think it would be really cool to overhear people at the nursery saying, "Oh, and give me three Jessica Damianos please," just as they would order up an Oprah Winfrey rose, or an Elizabeth Taylor.
U2's Bono actually was just honored in that...Read more »
Ever wonder what happens to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree after the holidays? It doesn't get kicked to the curb like mine does. It doesn't even get turned into mulch. No, the behemoth evergreen gets turned into a house.
Tishman Speyer, the company that owns and operates Rockefeller Center, once again will mill lumber from the 80th Rockefeller Center tree -- an 80-foot Norway spruce...Read more »
Because you're all gardeners, something tells me not only do you notice insects when you're digging in the dirt, but you might even be fascinated by them. It doesn't matter how many times I see an ant carry a crumb away, it just never gets old. But I just came upon a whole new level of entomological discovery that stopped me in my tracks.
I'm familiar with the inner workings of the aphid's...Read more »
Good news, orchid lovers: New York is getting another show. And this one won’t focus solely on orchids: Blooms on Broadway will feature 500 species of exotic plants and flowers, including African violets, houseplants and perennials.
International vendors from Equador, Japan and the U.S. will have display booths, and there will be an expert speaker series ("how to create a tropical rain...Read more »
Infomercials famously make the products they're touting appear bigger, better, more efficient and generally easier to use than they actually are. You know that, and I know that. Still, armed with that intellectual knowledge and the ability to read through hype, I've had a handful of too-good-to-be-true sucker moments over the years.
I've laid down some good, hard-earned cash for Wonder...Read more »
While Congress and the president are wrangling over cutting fat and raising taxes, and we're all teetering on the edge of the “fiscal cliff,“ the White House has decided to stick with tradition and deck its halls with a virtual forest of Christmas trees.
“We have 54 trees in the White House,“ first lady Michelle Obama told visitors recently,“ according to a report in the UK Guardian newspaper....Read more »