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Hens and chicks are becoming trendy

June 24, 2013 Anyone who has spent time browsing gardens on social networks lately, particularly Pinterest and Facebook, may have noticed a large number of creative succulent garden photos being posted to the... more »»

Grow Japanese maples as ornamentals

June 17, 2013 When it comes to growing ornamental trees, nearly everyone these days has a dwarf weeping cherry or two somewhere near the house. Everyone except me, that i. more »»

Late-blooming lilac changes color

June 3, 2013 I’ve written before about Miss Kim lilac, the late variety that opens its flowers long after the common lilac is finished blooming. But this season my Miss Kim has done something strange. more »»

Late-blooming lilac changes color

June 3, 2013 I’ve written before about Miss Kim lilac, the late variety that opens its flowers long after the common lilac is finished blooming. But this season my Miss Kim has done something strange. more »»

Banned herbicide is still showing effects

May 27, 2013 It’s been more than 20 years since we put chemicals on our lawn. more »»

As the mowing begins, so do the allergies

May 20, 2013 Back in the 1980s, we had a bit of a scare when the husband was rushed to the hospital after being stung by a honeybee. more »»

Weeds aren’t what they seem

May 13, 2013 When I was very young and had to go to my grandparents’ house while my parents worked, there was no computer, video games or children’s television networks. There was only outsid. more »»

Battling wildflowers not so glorious

May 6, 2013 The National Garden Bureau has proclaimed 2013 as the Year of the Wildflower, and as much as I enjoy many species of native wildflowers, I can’t warm up to field bindweed. more »»

Planting tomatoes isn’t complicated

April 29, 2013 It doesn’t take a theoretical physicist to figure out that tomatoes are probably the most popular vegetable planted in gardens today, so you would think that planting them would be easy. more »»

Happy-faced pansies brighten up spring

April 22, 2013 There’s a reason the garden centers are full of pansy baskets this time of year. Pansies love cool weather and their bright colors, and happy faces cheer up anyone who happens to come across them. more »»

Catkins and other strange things

April 15, 2013 Every time I go searching for something about gardening, I find something else that is equally, if not more, amazing. more »»

It’s never too early for look for pests

April 8, 2013 A couple years ago, I went on a tirade about the Viburnum Leaf Beetle attacking the shrub just outside my bedroom window. more »»

It’s never too early for look for pests

April 8, 2013 A couple years ago, I went on a tirade about the Viburnum Leaf Beetle attacking the shrub just outside my bedroom window. more »»

Springtime brings thoughts of mulch

April 1, 2013 The plan is always to get the mulch in place in early spring, but I am usually mulching gardens all season lon. more »»

Fastener was inspired by a weed

March 18, 2013 American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay wasn’t totally correct when she wrote in her poem, “From a Very Little Sphinx,” “Everybody but just me Despises burdocks. more »»

Try growing green beans this season

March 11, 2013 When I was a little girl, we used to call them string beans, except when we called them snap beans. I suppose they were both. more »»

Garden changes can result in challenges

March 4, 2013 I think I’ve finally figured out why I enjoy my gardens so much. It doesn’t have anything to do with getting my hands dirty or growing pretty flowers and tasty vegetables. more »»

New apple variety arrives locally

February 25, 2013 It takes a long time for a new discovered fruit, vegetable or plant to make it to market. more »»

Celebrating Presidents Day with gardens

February 18, 2013 I often write in this column the importance of keeping a garden journal to record what goes on from season to season. more »»

Winter gardening for the dedicated grower

February 11, 2013 It is possible, I have heard, to grow some vegetables all winter long — outdoors — in our backyards. I have never tried it, but it certainly sounds plausible enough to pique my interes. more »»

 
 
 

 

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