- Issue 161 - September/October 2021
- Issue 160 - July/August 2021
- Issue 159 - May/June 2021
- Issue 158 - March/April 2021
- Issue 157 - January/February 2021
- Issue 156 - November/December 2020
- Issue 155 - September/October 2020
- Issue 154 - July/August 2020
- Issue 153 - May/June 2020
- Issue 152 - March/April 2020
- Issue 151 - January/February 2020
Garden Gate Issue 161 - September/October 2021
Ever wonder why birds don’t nest in your fancy birdhouse? Maybe it isn’t as appealing to them as it is to you. This updated edition of the Audubon Birdhouse Book is full of facts about many North American birds and how they nest, so you can build a safe birdhouse for your avian friends!
This reasonably priced and easy-to-find line of gardening gloves has something for almost everyone, and they come in different sizes to fit all hands comfortably. Also available at Home Depot stores and online.
Many styles and colors/patterns are available:
- Goatskin Hybrid Leather Palm Garden Safety Cuff Gloves
- Digz Planter Pro Women's Gardening Gloves, Geometric Pattern
- Digz Suede Leather Palm Garden Gloves with Safety Cuff
Garden Gate Issue 160 - July/August 2021
Sunscreen is a must-have for gardeners. This one offers lots of protection without a hint of greasiness or thickness. It’s easy to use on your face or body, and I’ve used it for years!
When holes start showing up on my coleus (Plectranthus hybrids) leaves, I grab my bottle of Bonide®Captain Jack’s DBB® Dust and give it a squeeze to dust the culprits with spinosad. This is a great organic alternative to the old, more toxic insecticides. It’s even safe for use on edible plants.
I love all of Litheli’s products, especially their power, ease of use, and interchangeable battery. A setup like this is well worth the investment. I clean leaves off my patio all the time with this lightweight blower. An hour of charging gives me about 30 minutes of runtime with the 2.5Ah battery.
Linda’s garden shows off thousands of bulbs every spring. The image on the colorful puzzle above shows her beautiful garden at its peak. This print of Linda’s garden is just one of dozens of exclusive puzzles available in the Garden Gate store.
Garden Gate Issue 159 - May/June 2021
If you’re looking for ways to reduce your chemical usage and let plants help each other solve problems like pests, weeds and even staking, Jessica Walliser has some good advice in her new book, Plant Partners: Science-Based Companion Planting Strategies for the Vegetable Garden.
Garden Gate Issue 158 - March/April 2021
Save your back and you knees with these handy shears that have a 36-inch-long aluminum shaft. The blades swivel 360-degrees to it's easy to adjust them to suit the job. Add to that an ergonomic handle and spring clean-up, keeping the lawn edge tidy or other trimming chores will be easier than ever.
Gain a new perspective on naturalistic gardening with this book by Kelly D. Norris, horticulturist and plantsman. Norris encourages the reader to consider how plants grow, their origins, and the sites where they thrive to create ecologically diverse yet jaw-droppingly beautiful gardens.
There’s no need to drag out a huge tiller to work up your soil. If you have a battery-powered EGO POWER+ string trimmer or hedge shear, you already have the power head to run another handy tool. This little cultivator can expand from 8 to 9 ½ inches wide — just the size for tilling up small gardens and raised beds or weeding between rows of plants where you need more maneuverability.
You’ll have lots to carry after your spring shopping trips to the garden center, and we have just the thing to make that easier! Check out our high-quality tote bag collection. We love these lush watercolor pastel prints and durable 100% spun polyester bags with wide, sturdy handles.
Help fight fungus gnats in your houseplants with this organic insect-control spray that targets these annoying insects.
Help control fungus gnats in your houseplants with these yellow stick traps.
Garden Gate Issue 157 - January/February 2021
You probably have experienced the positive effects that gardening has on your well-being. This book by Sue Stuart-Smith, a psychologist and life-long gardener, explores the science behind why gardening has a beneficial impact on our lives.
You’re surely dreaming of all the additions or renovations for your garden this coming year. Get some great help by purchasing a garden plan, which comes complete with plant recommendations and growing info. Garden plan pictured above is the Four-Season plan.
Garden Gate Issue 156 - November/December 2020
Whether you’re an experienced plant parent or have never owned anything other than a fake ficus, Houseplants for All (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Danae Horst is a handy guide to filling your home stylishly with happy, healthy, beautiful plants. From the founder of the Los Angeles-based plant boutique and styling studio Folia Collective, this slender volume walks you through the process of how to assess your own home for essentials like light and humidity and then introduces you to the right plants for your indoor environment.
This indoor growing setup solves all of the classic indoor gardening woes with a built-in grow light that provides enough light for plants to thrive and a beautiful framed design. Choose from multiple colors and sizes, like the landscape GrowFrame shown here. It can fit 3 to 4 small potted plants, which creep out of the frame like living art.
This motion-activated sprinkler keeps animals and pests out of plants, yards and gardens using a harmless spray of water. With options for day only, night only, or 24 hour protection, the Yard Enforcer gives you the flexibility to only activate it when you need it. Sprays up to 70 feet in diameter, covering 3,840 square feet when set to a full circle
This motion-activated sprinkler attaches to the garden hose. Place it in the area to be protected and it sprays the deer with a stream of water.
Check out more products to deter deer in your garden here
Garden Gate Issue 155 - September/October 2020
Notice how this foam garden kneeler has (soft) raised projections and an open grid pattern — this design provides massaging comfort and helps keep your legs from “falling asleep.” It’s lightweight but durable and stays in place without slipping. The 11×18-inch size means it works for more than gardening: a seat cushion for stadium bleachers or extra padding for your car, boat or kayak seat.
Transforming your garden into a habitat for birds and butterflies does not need to be difficult. You’ll find specific details about designing a nurturing habitat, and then three sections: one each for birds, hummingbirds and butterflies.
Carry your own Garden Gate art with you wherever you go. Our phone cases can be customized with a number of gorgeous photography, digital designs or watercolor paintings of your favorite plants and flowers. The cases have a durable, slim profile with flexible edges and are impact resistant. Cases are available for several iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models.
Make planting bulbs easier when you use a bulb auger, here are a couple we recommend:
Garden Gate Issue 154 - July/August 2020
Get your science goggles on! Stephanie Rose has lots of fascinat-ing projects, experiments and concoctions that can help boost your garden’s health and produc-tivity. There are make-your-own potting mixes, natural granular and liquid fertilizer recipes, an antifungal spray and even pH and soil tests to conduct using items around your home.
If you have a lot of staking to do, try a tape gun. Make quick work with this pro tool to wrap a tie around a stake, staple the ends and cut one-handed.
Garden Gate Issue 153 - May/June 2020
The beauty of gardening is that there are many outlets to suit every stage of life. Toni Gattone uses her personal experience and expert green thumb to create a resource of practical encouragement for gardeners who are looking for new ways to continue their hobby as they age.
Our newest book is here to help make gardening a lot less tricky. From easy-to grow plants to tool recommendations, you’ll find loads of gardening wisdom. Get inspired through tours of small spaces and rose gardens. There are even ideas for landscaping for your favorite furry friends with our dog-friendly gardening tips.
Garden Gate Issue 152 - March/April 2020
It’s no news to the gardener that plants are fascinating. But how much do you really know about the science behind them? If you’re an avid veggie gardener or want to know more about the ins and outs of organic gardening, pick up Gardening for Geeks: All the Science You Need for Successful Organic Gardening and learn more about plant biology, organisms in the soil, good and bad bugs and more.
There are two special features to these pruners: A gear that gives extra power to the cut without extra effort from you, and a contoured grip that turns with the motion of your hand. To keep the handles from slipping, don’t try to cut branches bigger than the recommended ¾-inch diameter.
Bamboo splitters are an essential tool when working with green bamboo to modify for structures like the trellises you saw in issue 152. Our friends at Longwood Gardens recommend splitters from Hidatool, but you can also find options on amazon.
Garden Gate Issue 151 - January/February 2020
Harvest fresh herbs, lettuce and greens indoors year-round with Miracle-Gro® Twelve™. This hydroponic grow system has LED grow lights and stands alone as a 16½-inch-by-28-inch end table or can be stacked for even more growing space. The Twelve is bluetooth compatible so you can download the app, sync it to your phone and control the lights, monitor the water level and get reminders to fertilize.
If the idea of growing microgreens appeals to you but you’re not sure where to start, this kit from True Leaf Market is the way to go. It has all the supplies you need for up to six batches of microgreens — drip trays, inserts, grow pads — and seed for eight different plants. Step-by-step instructions walk you through the process. All you need to supply is some water and a sunny window so you can watch your new greens take off.
These disposable gloves are really tough. Latex free, they’re made of two layers of nitrile, a synthetic rubber, for extra durability. They’re chemical and tear resistant so are great to use for applying pesticide or herbicide, if you’re working around poison ivy or even chopping hot peppers. These gloves are touchscreen sensitive and provide plenty of dexterity so you can use them for detail weeding or planting seeds.
Deer giving you grief? Check out this book by Karen Chapman. Each chapter takes you on a cross-country tour of a different deer-resistant garden and includes the gardener’s strategies for keeping deer away. There are plenty of inspirational photos in a variety of garden styles and settings that show you just how beautiful a garden can be even with deer in the neighborhood.