Entries by Melody Hughes

Gardening: Growing Roses in the Triangle

Roses, everybody loves them. They are beautiful, smell wonderful and make great cut flowers for the house!  But they are difficult to grow and the options are dumbfounding. There is so much to discuss but I don’t have that much space therefore I will just cover the basics and suggest you visit Clemson Cooperative Extension, for more details.

Gardening: Container Planting

We have definitely had our share of heat this summer and it has probably taken a toll on your potted plants.  You may need to completely start over and that’s fine because there are some great late-summer container ideas that will last through fall and into early winter before the first frost.

Gardening: Spotting Garden Diseases

It is fall in North Carolina and time for planting! So be careful with your new plants that they don’t have or inherit any diseases. Plant diseases are very common and a normal part of gardening. With some effort you can minimize and control most issues.

Garden: Planting Spring Vegetables

Isn’t this time of year exciting!? Our weather here in Cary is amazing, and the stores are already gearing up with all kinds of vegetable and herb plants for the garden. It is time to start planning your vegetable garden, but please remember that the safest time for planting in our area is after the last frost date, which is usually April 15.

15 Holiday Gifts for the Gardener

So, you want to give your really great gardener friend a gift? It’s easy if you are a gardener yourself, because you think alike! If you don’t consider yourself as having much of a green thumb, though, no problem. Here are some great ideas for you and ones I think most any gardener would like.