Pruning Cane Berries - Raspberries & blackberries grow on long stems called canes which don't fruit until second year of growth. After bearing fruit, that cane dies. But new first-year canes develop at the same time, and will bear fruit the following year.Remove 2-year-old canes soon after they finish bearing. They won't fruit again & they can otherwise spread disease. Pinch back the tips of first-year canes when they reach about 3-4 feet to cause the cane to branch...exception-everbearing types
Newspaper weeds away! Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet the newspapers and put them in layers around the plants overlapping as you go. Cover the newspapers with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.
Marigolds repel many species of insects. You can plant marigolds around tomatoes to inhibit the ugly green hornworms. These big insects can devour an entire tomato plant in one night. Plant marigolds around your entire vegetable garden to add bright color and keep the insect predators at bay. Excellent for repelling mosquitoes!
Formula for a great foundation planting scheme: About 50 percent of the foundation bed's space should be evergreens, 25 percent deciduous and flowering shrubs, and 25 percent perennials. | Photo: Chris Cohan, RLA | thisoldhouse.com