Gail Vanik

Hot weather brings summer pests

The arrival of summer this week and the extreme heat brings a new set of issues in the garden – namely bugs. The relatively mild but wet winter means that the pests are out in force this year and...

DATE: June 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

How gardeners overcome the limits of time and space

If you only have a small space in which to garden, or the thought of getting down to dig in the dirt is no longer appealing, then maybe you should consider container gardening.With the advent of...

DATE: June 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

The strawberry: practically perfect in every way

Strawberries are probably close to being one of the most perfect things to grow.They take up fairly little space for a reasonably family-size patch and are easy to grow. Many of the new varieties...

DATE: April 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Prepare your soil for planting season

As the weather warms throughout our rural area, thoughts turn to spring planting season. For many, our poor soils here consist mostly of clay, sand, or shale and need to be amended and improved...

DATE: April 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Gail’s Garden: Creating a landscape from its roots

Although most people think of a buying a tree in a pot to take home and plant, there is also another way to landscape your yard and that’s through the purchase of bare root nursery stock.Bare root...

DATE: March 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

This Thanksgiving, try giving a gift of life

Even though the weather hasn’t been indicative of the season, Thanksgiving is next week. And with Thanksgiving comes the annual gift giving frenzy. This year, consider some living alternatives for...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

A tale of two grandmothers, and two cacti

Neither of my grandmothers were great gardeners. In fact, by the time I was old enough to really know them, they didn’t “garden” at all.One lived with me while I was growing up. Gram was a woman...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Come sit in the shade – and a new world of color

If the recent dog days of summer have sent you running for shade, then you’re not alone. It’s been hot. And sunny. But one way to beat the heat is to plant a shade garden.If you have a shady spot...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

When it’s this hot, proper watering is crucial

The past week or so has been exceptionally hot, and my crew has been struggling with not only keeping plants alive and looking good, but also keeping themselves from being affected by the extreme...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Gail's Garden: It's time to think about that new bed of roses

Often associated with weddings, graduations and other life events, roses are among the most popular of all shrubs. June is the month when roses bloom and while I was in my garden this past weekend,...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Gail’s Garden: Now’s a good time to sow

Just as there are shoulder seasons in the tourism industry, there is also a shoulder season in gardening, and one of the best is happening right now. It’s fall planting time!The days are still warm...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

For an armchair gardener, pots may be the ticket

As much as I hate to admit it, I’m getting to the point that gardening on my hands and knees just isn’t as appealing as it once was. So last summer, we put our tomatoes in huge pots on our back...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

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