BY B. ROSIE LERNER We can be so difficult to please. When plants flower when we want them to flower, we call it “blooming.” But when plants flower when we don’t want them to, we call it “bolting.” Flowering is an undesirable trait when growing rhubarb; therefore, bolting describes the event. Gardeners frequently ask why… Continue reading.
My wife and I read your column every month in the Electric Consumer. Our problem is that we would like to plant a couple of deciduous trees for shade on the south side of our house. The problem is that we have a sewer line from the house to the collection box about 75 feet… Continue reading.
I have a small garden with nothing but tomato plants and cucumbers. I put pine bark mulch on it to control the weeds. I was wondering if I should till the pine in or rake it out? — RON WOOLARD, TERRE HAUTE, IND. Pine bark is relatively slow to decompose and may make tilling more… Continue reading.
We have several fire bushes whose leaves never turn that spectacular red in the fall. They just remain green till they fall off. We have fed them spring and fall, and yet there are several other fire bushes, treated the same, whose leaves do change color. Any suggestions? — JOYCE LAKEY, TERRE HAUTE, IND. Fall color… Continue reading.