Anne Gichevski

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Gardens: plants for cracks

I have built a path. I mean this in the grand tradition of building things, which is to say, "I got someone else to build it", namely my husband. And I got him to build it badly, with gaps and holes and rubbish pointing.<p>A path with rubbish pointing opens up a world of planting opportunities, albeit …

Why The Gardener and The Squirrel Can't Be Friends

It's him or the garden.<p>He looks adorable outside your window. So you start giving him old pieces of bread ... and name him Joe.<p>But if you're a …

Decorating Ideas, Home Improvement, Cleaning & Organization Tips

See the custom kitchen and home makeover the actress gave her mom just in time for Mother's Day....<p>This has been a celebrity secret for far too …

A Healthy Garden With Half the Work

Gardening season is almost upon us, but if you're dreading the thought of weekends spent mowing, pruning, and weeding, we've got some ideas to help you get the most from your greenery for less work.<p>Gardening season is almost upon us, but if you're dreading the thought of weekends spent mowing, …

The World's 18 Strangest Gardens

Designing a landscape can be as simple as planting a backyard garden or as complex as shaping tons of earth around a city. As eco-friendly design continues to prosper, landscape architects are devising new ways of gleaning environmental benefits from the natural surroundings while minimizing how …

Gardening To Do List: August in the Garden

August gardening chores can be a mixed bag. For many gardeners, the month of August begins the downhill slide into offseason. Warm climate gardeners …

Step-by-Step: Build the Ultimate Raised Bed

The perfect raised bed<p>A raised bed—essentially a large planting box—is the ultimate problem solver: It offers perfect drainage, protection from …

Ask Alys: your gardening questions answered

<b>My veg patch is infested with horsetail. I keep pulling it out but it gets worse. What can I do?</b><p>Horsetail (or mare's tail), <i>Equisetum arvense</i>, is a beast. Left unchecked, it will take over the garden. Occasional disturbance just makes things worse. You have to dig deep to remove all the roots, which …

Gardens: five ways with scented climbers

<b>Sun trap</b><p>For a truly powerful perfume, look no further than the glamorous star jasmine (<i>Trachelospermum jasminoides</i>). Evergreen, glossy leaves and a frosting of white flowers from June to August make this the smart choice, provided it has sheltered, sunny conditions. It will cope with partial shade, …

Fall Vegetable Gardening Tips

01 of 05<p>The abundance of a summer vegetable garden can turn to chaos in the fall. Cucumbers that didn't get picked, lettuce that bolted, fallen …