Author: Amy Mullen
Amy graduated from DePauw University with a degree in physics, a lifelong love of theatre, and a problem-solving style that combines the approaches from both those fields. A Master Gardener and long-time communications professional, Amy conducts gardening seminars and blogs about gardening in addition to her work with Spotts.

In the Organic Garden: Week of February 20, 2017

Viola | Spotts Garden Service

February 20 to 26, 2017: unusually warm temperatures have bulbs pushing up and trees budding ahead of schedule. We’re spending this week pruning fruit trees and and starting seeds indoors for the spring garden.

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The Organic Garden: Week of February 13, 2017

Sketchbook with hand-drawn garden plan and packets of seeds.

February 13 to 19, 2017: Welcome back to our weekly series! This week, we’re making planting plans, ordering plants, and gearing up for starting spring vegetables indoors.

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Evaluating Garden Health

Milkweed | Spotts Garden Service

We’re big believers that the garden should reflect both the spirit of the place and the personality of the people who live and play in it. We’ve found the best way to keep our gardens moving in that direction is

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What to See and Do in the Zone 6 February Garden

snowdrops

Unusually warm temperatures are teasing gardeners, but snow and slush keep returning. Still, hints of spring are all around!

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The Fragrance of Christmas

Christmas potpourri | Spotts Garden Service

The smell of a fresh-cut tree or the aroma of cookies baking can take us back to previous holidays in a heartbeat. The fragrances on this list are a integral part of our holiday traditions (and probably yours too)!

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The Hugelkultur Experiment

Wood debris in hugelkultur |Spotts Garden Service

We’re creating a new garden across the street from our office. This triangle-shaped spot was covered in turf grass, with two dead trees that had to come down. And furthermore, a giant depression smack in the middle of the property

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In the Organic Garden: Week of December 5, 2016

Winterberry and juniper | Spotts Garden Service

December 5 to 11, 2016 We’re wrapping up fall cleanups, building soil, and potting up forcing bulbs in these last couple of weeks before Spotts Garden Service takes a holiday break.

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In the Organic Garden: Week of November 28, 2016

Red winter arrangement | Spotts Garden Service

November 28 to December 4, 2016 We’ll keep working in the garden until we get significant snowfall. So we’re cutting down and cleaning up, decorating and wrapping pots for winter, and potting up bulbs for forcing indoors.

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In the Organic Garden: Week of November 21, 2016

We’re spending Thanksgiving week chipping and reusing fallen leaves, wrapping and decorating outdoor pots for winter, and potting up bulbs to force.

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Wildlife-Friendly Fall Garden Cleanup

Seed head | Spotts Garden Service

Fall is a busy season in the garden. In addition to harvesting in the fruit and vegetable gardens, we spend fall planting new borders, digging and dividing existing plants, and planting bulbs. By the time mid-November comes around, we’re ready

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