Hartley Magazine

All the latest news, hints, tips and advice from our experts

Tiny Orchids are Greenhouse Jewels

Orchids stand apart. At flower shows these movie stars of the plant world gather under the lights, their jewel-tone speckled faces shining. But I confess— Orchidaceae’s astonishing allure has always passed me by. However, that changed last month, when my friend Ann Murphy, Director of Marketing for the Oregon Association of Nurseries, invited me to […]

Grow arugula in the greenhouse, expert says

Varieties of arugula – also known as rocket – developed in the last ten years grow especially well in greenhouses, an expert has suggested. In an interview with the Canadian Press, organic food producer David Cohlmeyer said these plant types have great flavour and produce a bountiful crop. Mr Cohlmeyer stated that the shape of […]

Banish Bugs in your Greenhouse

Pest control starts long before the question- “What do I spray?” This month greenhouses take center stage in the gardening year. However, insects can come along with the show. I’ve turned to Sue Nicol, a Seattle consulting horticulturalist and arborist ([email protected]) for advice on indoor pest management. Sue says, the first question all greenhouse owners […]

Vegetable Seeds

One good thing about bone-chilling weather is that it provides a chance to peruse this winter’s crop of seed catalogues indoors. I’ve only begun, but my list is growing long… Johnny’s Selected Seeds have long-supplied Northeastern market gardeners with the best in vegetable seeds; they offered organic seeds before they were readily available elsewhere. I’ll […]

Vegetable-grower offers advice to gardeners

People hoping to fill their greenhouses with some delicious vegetables could follow one author's advice when it comes to growing their own produce. Writing for the Orange County Register, Shelby Barone stated that she first started tending to her own food four years ago. Now, she has offered some tips to those who wish to […]

Greenhouses of the Founding Fathers, continued-Monticello’s Greenhouse

Like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson’s interest in gardening was influenced by European trends. His gardening mentor, Bernard McMahon, an Irish nurseryman and writer, was probably instrumental in encouraging that he build his own. Because Jefferson himself had travelled extensively in Europe, he had seen many greenhouses – freestanding structures later known as orangeries, which were […]

Fragrance Success in the Greenhouse

One whiff of fragrant plants in winter and I’m transported far beyond the gray and white landscape outside my windows. The exotic aromas, redolent of the tropics, develop fully when captured within the enclosed walls of a greenhouse or sunroom. But I don’t want clashes of strong scents – think how your nose reacts when […]