Category Archives: Basics

The Drought of 2012

Officially, a drought is an extended period of below-average water supply in a particular region, often created by inadequate precipitation (either rain or snow). That’s how it began for us in the Midwest:  less snowfall than usual this past winter, an … Continue reading

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Lilac Powdery Mildew Treatment Reminder

If you haven’t started treating your lilacs for powdery mildew, don’t delay. Now is a good time to start with your first horticultural oil spray, with the second spray at the end of July or the beginning of August, if … Continue reading

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Gardening on the Cheap

Whether you’re making a garden or re-making a garden, plants and tools can be expensive. Here’s my list of tips and techniques, acquired over thirty years, for keeping down costs while still acquiring the best materials. If you know of … Continue reading

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Cones of Death

Mulch cone of death Some horticulturists and arborists call them “mulch volcanoes”. I call them “cones of death”, since prolonged exposure to this overzealous use of mulch will eventually weaken and kill the occupant. Mulch can be a useful tool … Continue reading

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Answers to Questions You Haven’t Asked

Thanks to the magic of WordPress, I am able to see a list of the search terms used by readers coming to Gardening in the Mud. While I try my best to anticipate questions or issues in writing each post, … Continue reading

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Geum coccineum ‘Cooky’

Geums (JEE-ums), known commonly as Avens, are members of the Rosaceae family. They are especially useful to gardeners in Zones 5 and 6 because they are quite hardy (to Zone 4), they will grow in full sun or partial shade, and, … Continue reading

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