How-To

  • new garden pests
    How-To

    Watch Out for New Garden Pests Heading This Way

    Recall for a moment the sense of excitement you feel while strolling through your garden on a summer morning. You take in the colors, the scents, the daily changes as…

  • fall gardening tools
    How-To

    Care for Your Garden Tools and Houseplants, and Learn to Build a Cold Frame

    Now that most of the fall cleanup is done and the colder weather has truly set in for many of us, it’s time to think about those off-season gardening tasks.…

  • Episode 123: Listener Q & A
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    Episode 123: Listener Q & A

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not because it’s the holidays, but because it’s the annual Q&A episode here on Let’s Argue About Plants. When we put…

  • training a conifer
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    How to Stake and Train a Conifer

    While many conifers are able to grow without any staking or training at all, newly planted trees may require it in order to establish well. Additionally, staking and training can…

  • japanese beetles on a leaf
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    How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles

    It was long thought that Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) would not survive in our Mountain West climate; after all, they like humidity and moisture. But when they were introduced into…

  • profile of Charles Edgar Dickinson Jr
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    Profiles in Botany: Charles Edgar Dickinson, Jr.

    Haters have been around for a long, long time. They existed well before the late great legend of hip-hop the Notorious B.I.G. helped popularize the term to the mainstream in…

  • red leather tool bag
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    3 Splurge Gifts for Your Favorite Gardener

    Keep your equipment handy in this luxurious tool bag Nick Pence is a horticulturist and leatherworker who has designed a beautiful and functional collection of leather sheaths, holsters, and bags…

  • succession of bulbs
    Design

    Plant a Succession of Unique Spring-Flowering Bulbs

    Planting spring-flowering bulbs in fall is an easy way to bring joy to the garden in the following year. This group of plants brings with them tremendous excitement and early…

  • close up of bright red japanese maple
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    How to Grow Japanese Maples

    The Northeast is well known for its native maple trees (Acer spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9). They are commonly used as forestry plants or sidewalk trees and are invaluable contributors…

  • almost ripe butternut squash
    How-To

    Late-Fall Chores in the Northern California Vegetable Garden

    One of the best things about vegetable gardening here in Northern California, is that there’s seldom any true downtime. Whether it is winter, spring, summer, or fall, there are chores…