Seed to Table Garden

In past episodes of Plain Gardening, Bill Finch introduced us to the Seed to Table Garden in downtown Mobile’s Renaissance Place.  We watche…


Carrots and Radishes

For Gulf Coast Gardeners, fall is a great time to plant. Lots of cool-weather plants will be transferred from small pots to the ground betwe…



In this exciting episode of Plain Gardening, gardening expert Bill Finch has a new miracle cure for your pesky garden weeds! It’s called wee…


Plain Gardening: Kudzu

This month’s edition of the Smithsonian is featuring Bill’s article on Kudzu; it explodes some of the many myths about “The Green Monster.”

Plain Gardening

Planting Now for Fall

Gardening expert Bill Finch says this hot time of year is also when you need to be planning—and planting—your fall and winter gardens. Augus…


Downtown Oaks

Gardening expert Bill Finch says Mobile was a smart city early on, creating beautiful oases like Bienville Square and Washington Square, whe…


Watering in the Summer

It’s been mighty hot, and if the hit-or-miss afternoon thunderstorms miss you, then your garden may need water. Gardening expert Bill Finch …

Coleus Varieties

Coleus Varieties

Gardening expert Bill Finch says the answer is coleus.

Plain Gardening: Ginger


Bill says gingers are the new hostas. There are lots of varieties: some with detailed leaves, some with flowers, some with beautiful red ste…

Stink Bugs

Stink Bugs

This time of year, lots of delicious things are ready to eat: peppers, eggplants, and especially tomatoes. And who wants to eat them? Stink …


Shore Acres

Gardening expert Bill Finch calls this season American Summer; it’s like summer in most parts of the country. But if you want color that las…



It’s azalea season along the Gulf Coast. Did you know they’re in the same family as rhododendrons?