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Is it spring yet? Don’t ask me

March 19, 2012 Everyone is anxious to get a head start on the garden, especially since we are having record high temperatures and sunshine that feeds our gardening addictio. more »»

Sweet potatoes are possible

March 12, 2012 Every year I say I am going to grow sweet potatoes, and every year I procrastinate. Maybe itás because Iám not really a fan. I know they are supposed to be good for u. more »»

Herbs are similar, different

March 5, 2012 Because the National Garden Bureau has declared 2012 as the Year of Herbs, I have decided to address an issue that has been in the back of my mind for quite some time, the difference between oregano... more »»

Even plants are multi-taskers

February 27, 2012 As much as I love my flower gardens, I can’t help but wish they were more functional. I like things to have more than one purpose. more »»

Time will reveal winter Time will reveal winter damage

February 20, 2012 After last week’s column concerning the effect of a mild winter on spring blooming plants, I began thinking about what other changes we can expect this year in our gardens. more »»

Weird weather brings early plants

February 13, 2012 ‘‘My hellebores are blooming,’’ a friend told me last week. I think mine are too, although I haven’t taken the walk out to the backyard garden yet to find ou. more »»

New type of plant is ‘super’

February 6, 2012 When you absolutely can’t think of anything else to say, the only word left is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, at least according to Mary Poppin. more »»

Changes aren’t made overnight

January 30, 2012 Gardeners in northeast Ohio were shaken up a bit last week by the news that our area jumped an entire zone according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. more »»

New map shows what to plant

January 26, 2012 Whether or not you believe global warming is caused by human activities or if you think it’s a natural effect of climate change, there is no doubt things are changing. more »»

New varieties make gardening fun

January 23, 2012 I’ll never forget the first time I visited a Japanese hibachi restaurant, the kind where everyone is seated around a large griddle and, other than the people you came in with, you never know who the... more »»

Take it or leave it, spathe is high maintenance

January 16, 2012 I’ve heard a lot of people say they can’t keep a houseplant alive. “I kill everything,” is a common diatribe among would-be growers of indoor plants. more »»

Seed saving is scientific fun

January 9, 2012 Someone told me they were getting ready to order all their seeds for this year’s garden and I nearly fell off my chai. more »»

Order trees to plant in spring

January 2, 2012 It’s true that Arbor Day in Ohio isn’t until April, but if you plan to celebrate by planting trees, now is the time to make decisions and let your favorite local garden center know what you want. more »»

Living with poinsettias after the holidays

December 26, 2011 Christmas is over, and those beautiful poinsettias are still showing lots of colo. more »»

Poinsettias get more colorful

December 19, 2011 It’s been a few years since I’ve written a column about poinsettias, but the different plants we’re seeing in the garden centers and grocery stores these days prompted my interest in this popular... more »»

Research provides inspiration

December 12, 2011 What inspires you? More importantly, what inspires you in the garden? A couple years ago, I went around the community asking people this very question. more »»

Hollyhock patch is a happy place

December 5, 2011 For $2, you can buy a package of seeds for Malva sylvestris ‘Zebrina,’ also called miniature hollyhock or French hollyhock, from garden centers or seed catalog. more »»

Bring Brunnera to shade garden

November 25, 2011 Grab your garden notebooks and write it down, the 2012 Perennial Plant of the Year is Brunnera m. ‘Jack Frost’ PP13859. Don’t ask me what all of that means, I just call it Brunnera ‘Jack Frost. more »»

Start list for next year’s garden

November 21, 2011 Most of my garden is resting under a layer of compost and manure; what I like to call ‘‘beefing up’’ for next season. more »»

Fall cleanup is crucial to gardening success in spring

November 14, 2011 Don’t let Friday’s snow trick you into thinking you’re finished in the garden this season. more »»



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