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In the garden with Felder: Talking the (tomato) talk

Posted yesterday in Columns

I got into a smackdown with an older, more experienced gardener over who grows the tastiest tomatoes. And I got owned. Totally owned.

In the garden with Felder: Sometimes hard pruning is the way to go

Posted 7/13/2019 in Columns

Whacking overgrown shrubs back hard, like changing diapers, needs doing occasionally and can be worrisome the first time. But it usually works out fine.

Southern Gardening: Heat-loving Rudbeckia offer big summer blooms

Posted 7/13/2019 in Columns

Summer has hit us with a vengeance this year.

In the garden with Felder: Herbs for the kitchen? Simple does it

Posted 7/6/2019 in Columns

At their most unpretentious, gardening, cooking and music have very simple things in common.

Southern Gardening: Old Southern classic crinum lilies remain a good selection

Posted 7/6/2019 in Columns

As my wife and I traveled around the Southeast last week visiting family and old friends, one stop was especially memorable.

Keep gardens looking their best all summer long

Posted 6/29/2019 in Columns

A bit of grooming and care will keep flower gardens looking their best throughout the hot summer months and into fall.

In the garden with Felder: Yes, plants can thrive indoors

Posted 6/29/2019 in Columns

Big Jim, my old rubber tree, just turned 45, and still looks great because of a unique Doctor Who ability to start over when necessary.

Southern Gardening: Minor Echinacea species make big garden impacts

Posted 6/29/2019 in Columns

This past week, I've had the pleasure of visiting Washington, D.C., while I stayed in Alexandria, Virginia. I was in town because the American Horticultural Society selected me, the Southern Gardener, to receive the Great American Gardener B.Y. Morrison Communication Award.

In the garden with Felder: Here's the dirt on soil

Posted 6/22/2019 in Columns

We dig in it all the time, but have you ever thought about what gives dirt its smell -- or flavor?

Southern Gardening: Beautiful and easy-to-grow coneflowers make them a hit

Posted 6/22/2019 in Columns

In my role as the Southern Gardener, I get to share many great plants all across Mississippi and beyond. Some are new and some are old reliables, but all get to be called my favorite landscape plants from time to time.

In the garden with Felder: Sometimes a physical barrier is the bottom line

Posted 6/15/2019 in Columns

There is a one-word answer to some of the most plaintive requests I get for help with garden pests: Fence.

Southern Gardening: Color-changing hibiscus blooms are worth the wait

Posted 6/15/2019 in Columns

The fourth and last column in our hibiscus series focuses on a woody species, Hibiscus mutabilis or confederate rose.

In the garden with Felder: Which approach do you take to gardening?

Posted 6/8/2019 in Columns

What motivates you to garden? Unconsciously, everything we do out there involves "why" and reveals a bit of our philosophy.

Southern Gardening: Hardy hibiscus offer many massive blooms

Posted 6/8/2019 in Columns

Week three of the Southern Gardening tour of hibiscus brings the spotlight on the hardy hibiscus.

In the garden with Felder: There's beauty in variation

Posted 6/1/2019 in Columns

Pardon the pun, but I'm jaded with unusual plants.

Southern Gardening: Hibiscus varieties offer tropical color

Posted 6/1/2019 in Columns

This is week two of the "Tour de Hibiscus," featuring great choices for our Mississippi gardens and landscapes.

In the garden with Felder: Gardening 'outside the box'

Posted 5/25/2019 in Columns

There's an easy way to get around the garden-gobbling size and leaf debris to better enjoy our official state tree: Up against a wall.

Southern Gardening: Rose of Sharon has high growth potential

Posted 5/25/2019 in Columns

One of the plant groups I love to grow in my home landscape is the hibiscus. To that end, I'm going to dedicate the next several columns to different options of these beautiful flowering shrubs that are available for the home gardener.

In the garden with Felder: Be kind to your garden: mulch

Posted 5/18/2019 in Columns

Pine straw or bark mulch? Not an exciting topic, but to hands-on gardeners and plants it can make a difference.

Southern Gardening: Vermillionaire blooms, attracts until first frost

Posted 5/18/2019 in Columns

Last week, I had the pleasure of being the kick-starter speaker for the Mississippi Master Gardener State Conference.

 

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