Gardening In General

Gardening has many different aspects, such as light, water, soil, fertilizer, compost, hardiness zones, design, tools and equipment, its many terms, starting a garden, and seasonal practices. Don’t worry if this sounds like a lot because most of it is easy to learn and implement. We’ll help you along the way as you explore these areas to start or better your garden. As you do, let us know what else we can do or how your journey is going. We’d love to hear from you!

  • Are Annual, Perennial, Or Biennial Plants Better?

    Are Annual, Perennial, Or Biennial Plants Better?

    Deciding whether annual, perennial, or biennial plants are better for your garden can be challenging. So, let me help by explaining what to compare, why you should compare these plants, and what to do when you’re done!

  • Are Ashes Good For Your Garden?

    Are Ashes Good For Your Garden?

    Gardeners commonly receive advice to use ashes to fertilize their gardens. Maybe you’ve gotten the same advice or heard about large-scale agricultural operations using them. But are ashes good for your garden?

  • Hawai’i Plant Hardiness Zones Map And Gardening Guide

    Hawai’i Plant Hardiness Zones Map And Gardening Guide

    Hawai’i’s plant hardiness zones range from 9a to 13a. Most of its land area falls into hardiness zone 11. Hawai’i has a range of climate conditions, even including a polar region (and microclimates as well). However, you can enjoy year-round gardening in much of Hawai’i, with relatively mild weather and few extremes.

  • When And How To Use Landscape Fabric (Or Not)

    When And How To Use Landscape Fabric (Or Not)

    Manufacturers market landscape fabric (or weed barrier) as a long-term solution to reduce or prevent weed growth in your garden. Who wouldn’t want that? Unfortunately, for those of us who have installed landscape fabric before, we soon come to regret it. It doesn’t perform well long-term, and it usually ends up causing more problems than…

  • All The Pros And Cons Of Landscape Fabric

    All The Pros And Cons Of Landscape Fabric

    Manufacturers market landscape fabric (or weed barrier) as a great solution to reduce or even prevent weed growth in your garden in the long term. And who wouldn’t love to avoid pulling weeds? Unfortunately, if you haven’t had the “pleasure” of using landscape fabric before, you won’t know the regret that comes with it.

  • What Is Landscape Fabric (And Should You Use It?)

    What Is Landscape Fabric (And Should You Use It?)

    As a professional garden consultant, I have had many clients ask me about landscape fabric. In short, it’s a material manufacturers allege prevents weeds in your garden. And what gardener doesn’t want that?  Unfortunately, landscape fabric doesn’t live up to those expectations. In fact, it creates more problems than it solves in the long run.

  • What Is Leaf Mold (And How To Make It)?

    What Is Leaf Mold (And How To Make It)?

    Leaf mold is not the same as moldy leaves. The former is an excellent conditioner for garden soil and will add vital elements to it. The latter is likely some kind of plant disease.  Leaf mold is essentially fungus decomposing leaves. Whereas any number of microscopic bacteria may break down the leaves in your compost…