Photo by Melody

Dave's Garden Articles: By Angela Carson

Monday, November 14, 2011

Gardening picture

Monet's Gardens: Living Works of Art
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

Autumn brings us many gifts, particularly in the realm of color. On November 14, 1840, we were presented with a uniquely colorful gift: the artist, Oscar-Claude Monet. I believe part of my long fascination with the works of Monet is rooted in the fact that he bore such an obvious love for nature and gardens.

Continue reading »

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Gardening picture

Arum pictum: Mystery and Drama for the Fall Garden
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

Arums are mysterious plants. You know the type: they send up intriguing foliage in one season, perhaps an unusual flower in another season, and then, long after you've forgotten about the plant altogether, it pops up with an unusual fruit or seed head. Arum pictum, unlike other members of the arum family, makes a dramatic appearance in the autumn, just when you least expect to see it!

Continue reading »

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Gardening picture

Spider Lily, a Fall-blooming Stunner!
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

If you live in the southern part of the United States, or in certain regions of Mexico or Central America, you may be lucky enough to stumble upon a very exotic looking flower, called the Spider Lily.

Continue reading »

Monday, August 8, 2011

Gardening picture

New Ways to Use Your Abundant Crop of Cherry Tomatoes
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

If there are three things cherry tomatoes are known for, it is their prolific yields, their sweet flavor, and their propensity to drop lots of fruit that will lead to a bumper crop of volunteer offspring the following summer. This year I found myself not only with the two cherry tomatoes I actually planted, 'Sweet Millions' and 'Black Cherry', but also with several volunteer plants that sprung up among this year’s pea patch. I decided to let them grow, since the peas would wither away before the tomatoes grew to any great size, and see what I ended up with. Predictably, almost all of my volunteers were cherry types, so I kept two extra black cherries, a 'Sungold', and a 'Red Pear'.

Continue reading »

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Gardening picture

Wild Clematis, an Unexpected Treasure
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

It began with the memory of a search for gold. We were so near to the location of mining claims held by the Golden Nonesuch Mining Corporation, which was once held by my husband's family, that he couldn't resist a trek up a rough, winding Montana mountain road in that general direction. We didn't get far enough to reach the mining claims, but I did discover a little treasure of my own, bearing the common name of Western Blue Virginsbower.

Continue reading »

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Gardening picture

A Burning Question: Why Grow a Gas Plant?
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

Dictamnus, commonly known as a gas plant, is an interesting specimen to include in your perennial garden. It often draws comments initially because it is a very lovely and unusual plant, no longer commonly found in garden centers. Once I mention some of the unique characteristics of the plant, however, which gave it the common names "gas plant" and "burning bush," visitors to my garden are even more intrigued!

Continue reading »

Monday, February 14, 2011

Gardening picture

Love Lies Bleeding: A Memorable Name for a Striking Plant
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

February has arrived, and with it continual reminders that Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching. As our thoughts turn to the subject of love, let's focus our attention on a captivating plant with the intriguing name "Love Lies Bleeding."

Continue reading »

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Gardening picture

Rediscovering My Winter Wonderland
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

I awoke this morning to a fresh, white world, and as always, was moved by the beauty of it. I am no recent transplant to the Midwest, having lived here my entire life, but there is still something awe-inspiring about the transformation worked in the garden by the first snowfall.

Continue reading »

Monday, December 6, 2010

Gardening picture

Spinach as a Cool-season, Autumn Crop
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

Autumn has begun to cast its chill over us, and in many parts of the United States, our vegetable gardens are showing sure signs of shutting down for the season. Sweet corn and green beans are squirreled away in our freezers and pantries for winter dinners. The tomatoes and peppers provided their last harvests before the first frosts hit. Late summer and early autumn are the perfect time to clean out the exhausted plants from the mid-season crops, and sow a few last rows of leafy greens to bring the season to a close! Spinach is a prime example of a fast-growing crop that will offer delicious dividends for the minimal effort it takes to sow a few rows. A little planning is all it takes to extend the usefulness of your summer garden into the fall months.

Continue reading »

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Gardening picture

Winter Composting: Retaining the Heat When the Temperatures Drop
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

Autumn presents a conundrum to the composting gardener. At no other time of year do we have access to such a prolific array of organic materials with which to build our compost piles. At the same time, with winter fast approaching, it becomes more difficult to provide the conditions under which those organic materials decompose into that fabulously rich, earthy medium that gardeners call compost. Don't despair! There are steps you can take to provide the proper conditions for your garden and kitchen waste to continue its progression into compost, even during the dead of winter!

Continue reading »

Monday, May 17, 2010

Gardening picture

Visiting My Garden's Wild Country Cousins
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

I recently spent half of my Spring Break at Mammoth Cave National Park, near Cave City, Kentucky. The park is obviously well-known for the cave that is within its confines (Mammoth Cave is the longest known cave system in the world, with around 370 miles of passages), but it also contains many lovely hiking trails above ground. It was there that I rediscovered the charm of random patches of flowers dispersed among the leaf litter on the ground, and a subtle smattering of color peeping from behind a fallen log.

Continue reading »

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Gardening picture

Turkish Delight: an International Treat for the Holidays!
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

Mention Turkish Delight to the average American, and the book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (or the recent 2005 movie based on the book) will probably come to mind. Mention it to a resident of the other side of the world, however, and the associations will be very different!

Continue reading »

Monday, August 24, 2009

Gardening picture

Preserving Green, Wax, or Snap Beans: Canning versus Freezing
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

If you find yourself with an abundance of fresh beans, whether green or wax, you may be comparing the pros and cons of canning or freezing them. Let me help you clarify some of the issues involved!

Continue reading »

Monday, August 3, 2009

Gardening picture

Reiman Gardens: A Shared Treasure
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

Did you know that the magazine lying on your bedside table might have, in a small way, contributed to a phenomenal public garden in Ames, Iowa? You just may find that you have played a minor part in supporting a garden that epitomizes the philosophy of sharing.

Continue reading »

Monday, June 8, 2009

Gardening picture

Omelet in a Bag (aka Choose Your Own Adventure Meal)
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

This summer, my husband's Aunt Marlene and Uncle Jim introduced us to an entirely new way of making omelets! It is perfect for a camp-out or a quick meal at home, and best of all, each person gets to customize their own omelet to include all their favorite fillings. This is a great way to use some of that summer garden bounty!

Continue reading »

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Gardening picture

Get an Early Start on Your Garden with a Cold Frame!
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

In the last article, I discussed several different designs for building your own cold frame. Now, let's delve into information on how to put your new cold frame to use!

Continue reading »

Monday, March 30, 2009

Gardening picture

Building a Cold Frame to Jump Start your Spring Garden
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

Wouldn’t you love to extend your growing season, as you would with a greenhouse, but on a smaller, more affordable scale? If you answered “yes,” consider adding a cold frame to your repertoire of gardening tools!

Continue reading »

Friday, March 6, 2009

Gardening picture

Metamorphosis of a School Butterfly Garden
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

The teachers at Dee-Mack Primary and Jr. High School now have a new example to use when explaining the meaning of the word "metamorphosis." The can point out the window, and demonstrate how a bare, muddy patch of grassy yard has undergone a wonderful transformation into a blossoming, fragrant butterfly garden for the school!

Continue reading »

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Gardening picture

Inspiration in the Chocolate Garden
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

What happens when a gardener encounters two of her great passions (chocolate and gardens) in one setting? Inspiration!

Continue reading »

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Gardening picture

Mail Order Plants: Is What You See What You Get?
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

January is here, with all its accompanying ice and wind and dreary days. In the midst of all this gray and white, there is one bright spot: the colorful catalogs that fill my mailbox every day! I can almost feel the warmth emanating from their sun-filled pages, and I can't wait to curl up on the sofa with my latest catalog to dream of warmer days in the garden.

Continue reading »

« Previous Page 1 | 2


We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2014 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hope for America