About Kris_Wetherbee

I was born and raised under the green thumbs of my parents, who instilled in me a love of gardening. Through the years I've developed my skills, learned the ropes and nurtured that passion through classes, studies and other learning opportunities as well as professional experience that includes time spent as a certified organic market grower, garden coach and designer. Together with my husband we have developed, nurtured and maintained several gardens on our own property, including a Tuscan courtyard garden, cottage garden, herb garden, wildlife garden, kitchen garden, and a fruit and berry orchard.

  1. Garden Solutions Center I have a young fig tree outgrowing it's current pot, when is the best time to plant in our ground...aka red georgia clay? & what are it's idral growing conditions? Thank you.

    To answer your first question, you can plant your container-grown fig in the ground at anytime--the only exceptions are frozen ground or during a heat spell. Figs thrive best in full sun and well-drai…
  2. Garden Solutions Center I have marathon grass. It has several bad spots. I'm told by a longtime neighbor, it's because of yard moths and I need to spray insecticide once a month for grass to grow there. Any suggestions?

    What your neighbor is referring to is more commonly known as "lawn moths" or "sod webworms". The larvae feed on grass and live in the thatch layer of your lawn. Brown spots in your lawn are the result…
  3. Garden Solutions Center I have a few containers that I've been growing tomatoes in, but would love to continue growing something once the frost has taken the tomatoes as I really love these containers. Any suggestions on plants or herbs that I can grow in winter outdoors? I'm in zone 7b. Thanks!

    There are many winter-hardy perennials and evergreens that you can grow in containers, such as heather, yucca, boxwood, heuchera, juniper, and cotoneaster. Keep in mind that if you want to grow season…
  4. Garden Solutions Center I am blessed with an abundance of grapes this year. That's the good news!! :) We have plenty for us, family, friends, Church, etc. Do you have any suggestions on how to use the rest? Thank you!

    There are so many tasty ways to preserve your grape harvest. For starters, they will easily keep up to a month or more when stored in a cool cellar. I like to freeze extra for use in muffins or smooth…
  5. Garden Solutions Center How to deter rabbits from the garden?

    A rabbit fence surrounding your garden will certainly keep them from sneaking in. The fence can be a 3 foot tall chicken wire fence or hardware cloth that is buried 6 to 10 inches deep, or a 2 to 3 fo…
  6. Garden Solutions Center Do noise generating animal repelants work?

    The answer to your question is--it all depends on who you ask. Naturally if you ask the manufacturers they will say yes, however many gardeners and previous owners of these devices might likely disagr…
  7. Garden Solutions Center I planted some starlight lily bulbs in a pot, but they did not get much height to the stems. What could I have done wrong?

    You may have done nothing wrong. Keep in mind that the size of your pot may limit the ultimate height of your lilies--they will grow to full size when grown in the ground. The bigger and deeper the po…
  8. Garden Solutions Center how to electrify your garden fence

    Hi gardenpower1. All you need is an electric charger that is connected to your garden fence, assuming that your garden fence is a wire fence and is not grounded in any place. The electric fence charge…
  9. Garden Solutions Center I saved my Fennel and now, can someone help me with using it?

    Hi For2Day. Before I answer your "one last request" (by the way, I hope you have many continued requests now and into the future), I wanted to enlighten you a bit on marketing tactics of supermarkets.…
  10. Garden Solutions Center I saved my Fennel and now, can someone help me with using it?

    Though you didn't specify as to the type of fennel in question, it sounds like you're referring to 'Florence Fennel' or 'bulbing fennel' which is grown primarily for the bulbous base. This type grows …
  11. Garden Solutions Center What should I plant with my tomatoes to reduce my issues with aphids and whitefly?

    Opps -- looks like I had aphids and whiteflies on my brain. The following sentence from above should say: "These are plants whose flowers provide the nectar that certain beneficials--like lady beetles…
  12. Garden Solutions Center What should I plant with my tomatoes to reduce my issues with aphids and whitefly?

    Gardeners have been pairing flower and herbs with vegetables in order to deter pest insects for centuries. This gardening technique known as "companion planting" is just beginning to blossom as far as…
  13. Garden Solutions Center My front garden bed is very bland. What are some great annual/easy to take care of flowers that can add some color?

    A few of the annuals that have been stellar performers in my summer garden include marigolds, nasturtiums, petunias, zinnias, geraniums (Pelargonum), dwarf sunflowers, African daisies (Osteospermum), …
  14. Garden Solutions Center Do you have any tips for canning pickles at home? I'm sure we could get creative with the spices.

    I have searched in vain and have yet to find a commercial dill pickle product that taste's as good as homegrown and home canned dill pickles. I've canned hundreds of jars through the years of pickles …
  15. Garden Solutions Center how would you educate familys on the importance of living a sustainable lifestyle specific to garden2table?

    The best way to educate families is to make it very clear how a garden-to-table lifestyle will benefit them most. For starters are the savings: savings to the family budget by way of reduced spending …
  16. Garden Solutions Center When should you prune a hydrangea or just let it grow. We prune ours and it doesn't bloom

    Pruning a hydrangea at the wrong time will certainly cause it not to bloom. The best time to prune a hydrangea all depends on whether the hydrangea produces blooms on new growth, flowers on the previo…
  17. Garden Solutions Center I still have a sunny spot on my patio for another container and would like to grow a tomato. I know I'm getting a late start, but are there any tomatoes that I can grow before frost comes in fall? Our first frost can be anywhere from October 15 - 30. Thanks.

    There is still plenty of time to reap the rewards of vine-ripened tomatoes from your patio. The key is to buy a good sized potted plant (6 inch container or larger) rather than a tomato seedling, and …
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