Category: The Garden Spot

Looking for gardening tips and information? Callen Outen, Horticulturist, takes up various gardening topics in The Garden Spot.

Cold-Damaged Plants

When temperatures drop down to freezing or below freezing, plants that are not adapted will die back to the ground or unfortunately die altogether.

What’s Causing Your Hay Fever?

What’s causing your hay fever? Unfortunately, goldenrods share their bloom time with the inconspicuous ragweeds.

How To Select The Best Mums And Pumpkins

Are you seeing mums and pumpkins everywhere you go? How do you select the best and make them last?

Mountain Mint

Mountain mint is an easy growing perennial that flowers from July to August.

Forage Radish

Are you planting a fall garden this year or leaving it fallow? If you are not planting a fall garden, you should plant a cover crop.

The Best Time To Plant Shrubs

When is the best time to plant shrubs?


Eggplant (Solanum melongena) is a warm-season vegetable that typically has a long growing season and grows slowly during cool periods.


What is your favorite apple variety? Many consumers are fans of the ‘Honeycrisp’ because they desire a red apple with a combination of crunch and sweet.

Paw Paws

Pawpaw (Asimina trilobal) is the largest edible tree fruit native to the United States. Pawpaws are understory trees or thicket-shrubs that grow in deep, rich fertile soils near river-bottoms.

Lace Bugs

Azalea lace bugs can be very destructive pests. They have piercing-sucking mouth parts in both nymph and adult life stages.