VOLUME 14, ISSUE 42 • October 18, 2018

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Horticultural Howdy! And welcome to e-gardens for another big week. I think you'll enjoy it. I've packed extraordinarily important stuff into it this time around.

In this edition…
• Backyard greenhouses;
• Perennials: dividing to multiply;
• Garden guides for this weekend;
• An odd turn for St. Augustine; and
• Steven Chamblee has brought some big buddies.

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Photo: Haworthias in the Sperry greenhouse.


Home Hobby Greenhouses

If this is the year you've promised yourself a greenhouse, I have some tips to help you enjoy it to the fullest. It's my favorite part of horticulture, and I'll share what I've learned. Click to read more.

Photo: Part of the collection of succulents in the Sperry home hobby greenhouse.


Native Son: The Beast

Our buddy Steven Chamblee lists his favorite things about fall, plants included. Big, boisterous plants.

Photo: ‘Color Guard’ zinnia dazzles Steven’s eye.


Gardening This Weekend

As we head toward frost and first freeze over the next several weeks there are some things that really need to be done. I've made you a list for this weekend. Click through to see them.

Photo: These tropical aglaonemas will soon be moved into our greenhouse for winter.


Question of the Week: October 18, 2018

"I'm at wit's end on my St. Augustine. It's still yellow, even at the end of the growing season. What's going on?"

I understand completely, and I've done homework to get more details. Please read this important story.

Photo: This was posted by a Facebook friend just a few days ago.


If It Blooms in the Spring…

…you divide it in the fall. And that means sometime very soon. It's time to tend to your perennial gardens, and I'll share the details of how best to do so.

Photo: St. Joseph's lilies ("hardy amaryllis") bloom in spring and should be divided in late fall.


And, in closing…


Time's up for e-gardens, but you can tune me in on radio this weekend, or podcasts are always available. See what I have to say in your newspaper or check out my website. You already get e-gardens, but you could help us by sharing it with your friends.

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Until next week's e-gardens, thanks for reading, and

Happy Gardening!


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