Articles by Vijai Pandian

Traditional gardens require ample space, appropriate sunlight and an ongoing time commitment, but container gardening offers an alternative way to grow fresh fruits and vegetables with more limited resources.More
Energy conservation starts at home. With a few modifications to existing landscape design, an average backyard can become an energy conservation tool.More
When temperatures warm in late winter and early spring, it's a good time to take advantage of these conditions to plan tree pruning.More
Winter may not seem like a great time for landscape activities. However, plenty of chores can keep gardeners engaged throughout winter and lay the groundwork for a successful spring.More
Houseplants add life and beauty to home and work environments. They filter indoor air pollutants, their vivid colors, textures and fragrances serve as a natural stress relievers, and maintaining them over a cold, dark winter can gratify a gardening urge.More
With so many varieties and sizes of live Christmas trees, making a suitable selection that stays fresh throughout the holiday season can be daunting.More
The winter holiday season would not be complete without a traditional floral display of poinsettias. Known for their showy, colorful and often red-toned bracts and dark green leaves, poinsettias add a festive spirit and brighten homes when daylight is fleeting.More
Freezing nights and shortening daylight in the fall tranquilizes the landscape — not counting the insatiable meadow vole that remains active throughout the year.More
Fall is a great time to harvest and sow milkweed seeds. For the monarch butterfly, milkweeds are essential for survival.More
The arrival of fall frosts signals the growing season has ended and the time has arrived to give the vegetable garden bed a good cleanup to prep it for next spring's planting.More