Articles by Reeser Manley

A ladybird beetle with its eggs.

Non-native trees, shrubs also can sustain the garden food web

By Reeser Manley on June 11, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.

The merry month of May in the vegetable garden

By Reeser Manley on May 04, 2012, at 7:33 p.m.
Photo taken the third week of April showing that soil temperature is the best indicator of sowing and planting times.

Garden advice for May

By Reeser Manley on April 27, 2012, at 11:53 a.m.
Three exuberant native perennials, joe-pye weed (back left), sneezeweed (back right), and goldenrod (front), take center stage during summer in the University of Maine Cooperative Extension native plant landscape in Ellsworth. These and other flowering perennials will be available at the May 19 plant sale.

Put a mailbox in your garden

By Reeser Manley on April 20, 2012, at 3:44 p.m.
A volunteer pansy, the seed dropped from a potted plant on the porch rail.

Include edible flowers in the vegetable garden

By Reeser Manley on April 13, 2012, at 4:33 p.m.
Root crops, such as these carrots and turnips, begin with direct sowing of seeds in the April garden.

Tips on direct sowing seeds in the vegetable garden

By Reeser Manley on April 06, 2012, at 4:21 p.m.
These rhubarb crowns arrived early from the grower and were heeled (temporarily stored) in a garden bed for a week or so while their planting bed is under construction.  After placing them in this shallow trench, buds up, they were covered with soil so that the buds were just below the soil surface.  This technique also works for asparagus crowns and bareroot herbaceous perennials.

An April garden checklist

By Reeser Manley on March 30, 2012, at 9:52 p.m.
Corn in the tasseling stage with winter squash growing at its feet in summer 2011 in the garden of Ladonna Bruce and Stuart Hall in Stockton Springs. In the Three Sisters Garden, beans would be growing up the corn stalks, but with or without beans, raccoons will leave this corn alone.

Growing sweet corn in the small garden

By Reeser Manley on March 23, 2012, at 11:44 a.m.
This solitary bee condo was made from five nest boxes constructed as described in this article. Attached to a fence post in Marjorie's Garden, it is decorative as well as functional. Many of its cavities are filled with dormant adult bees, waiting for spring.

Will pollinators be there when you need them?

By Reeser Manley on March 16, 2012, at 3:20 p.m.

The cultivation of June-bearing strawberries through the year

By Reeser Manley on March 09, 2012, at 2:17 p.m.

Recommended varieties of June-bearing strawberries

By Reeser Manley on March 02, 2012, at 6:16 p.m.

A new gardener’s guide to choosing vegetable varieties

By Reeser Manley on Jan. 20, 2012, at 5:08 p.m.

Include heirloom vegetables in your garden this year

By Reeser Manley on Jan. 13, 2012, at 1:50 p.m.
Aphids can form large colonies on garden plants, as in this photo of aphids on swamp milkweed seed pods, but they seldom do serious damage to the plant. And they attract predatory insects which control many different herbivores.

Managing garden herbivores, Part 3: cutworms and aphids

By Reeser Manley on Jan. 06, 2012, at 7:14 p.m.

Managing garden herbivores, Part 2: Japanese beetles

By Reeser Manley on Dec. 30, 2011, at 12:05 p.m.

Here’s the latest word from gardeners in the slug wars

By Reeser Manley on Dec. 23, 2011, at 7:28 p.m.

A vegetable crop planting guide for new gardeners

By Reeser Manley on Dec. 16, 2011, at 1:55 p.m.

Planning what to grow in your first vegetable garden

By Reeser Manley on Dec. 09, 2011, at 11:17 a.m.
This photo shows some of the raised beds in Marjorie’s Garden this past early summer, including beds growing raspberries, trellised cucumbers, potatoes (covered with a row cover to exclude potato beetles), and highbush blueberries. The walkways had just been mulched with wood chips.

Looking ahead: Tips on planning your first vegetable garden

By Reeser Manley on Dec. 02, 2011, at 11:11 p.m.

Can growing vegetables really save you money?

By Reeser Manley on Nov. 25, 2011, at 3:33 p.m.